A little jewel box in the Diamond Cave at Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The crystals are not diamonds, just calcite precipitated when this part of the cave was under water. Jenolan Caves were one of the first caves in the world to be lit by electric light, using hydro-electric power from a local stream.
I did not use a flash because that would produce a photo with no depth. I used the available electric light and slightly underexposed the photo, then used Photoshop to lighten the shadows without burning out the bright parts of the photo.
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williewhistler (16412) 2012-06-22 6:34
it is very difficult to reproduce the atmosphere and sense of awe experienced in these underground situations,however you have done well to show the lovely shapes,colour and texture of the crystals.
A nice presentation in a very suitable frame.
Best regards Les.
Tigerlily (3379) 2012-06-22 10:17
Beautifully exposed image, wonderful light and detail..great job,Vincent.
ifege (10719) 2012-06-29 21:39
Well taken Vince and great PhotoShop light management for a superb result.
delpeoples (59684) 2012-07-06 7:50
Great title. You did really well here. having been to Jenolan a few years ago, I'm well aware that you were operating without a tripod (as you know they're banned) in extremely dark light conditions. The lack of noise and great definition are impressive. And you chose a good subject to demonstrate the beauty of these extraordinary caves.
Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend