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  1. #11081
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    That looks better. I meant the in camera custom setting. What you did worked worked great. I use an Expo disc to set a custom WB.
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  2. #11082
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    I'd like to show you guys a very rare site that few photographers (or cavers) see. It is the Great Hall of Mysteries, part of Tumbling Rock Cave in Scottsboro, Al. It is about 3 miles back, 500ft below the surface of the earth.

    Cave photography is normally a challenge as it requires either extremely expensive flash bulbs (which are usually illuminant for 1/30th of a second to 2 seconds depending on how much you're willing to spend), or via "painting" with a spotlight.

    This isn't a tourist cave. This is the real deal. No walkways, no paths, just climbing boulders and crawling. Muddy and slick, it took 3 hours to get to this location. It is one of three shots I'll show you from this trip. Hope you enjoy!

    Nikon D90 : Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 AF : Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S DX : Nikkor 50mm 1.8 AF : 2x SB900 : Nikkor 35mm 1.8 AF-S : Total Noob : Tips Appreciated! Flickr! Blog!

  3. #11083
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    This is a ring that I just finished making...it's a 1964 Silver Quarter. Not the cleanest, but they will only get better from here.

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  4. #11084
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    I'm struggling to work out the relationship between the ring and the actual text on the pages of the book. Is it a deliberate choice or was it a random back drop?
    I love the set up for the shot but the words don't work for me.

  5. #11085
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.C.F. View Post
    This isn't a tourist cave. This is the real deal. No walkways, no paths, just climbing boulders and crawling. Muddy and slick, it took 3 hours to get to this location. It is one of three shots I'll show you from this trip. Hope you enjoy!
    Are you going to let us know how you did this shot?

  6. #11086
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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    I'm struggling to work out the relationship between the ring and the actual text on the pages of the book. Is it a deliberate choice or was it a random back drop?
    I love the set up for the shot but the words don't work for me.
    Yeah, it was random...I am going to reshoot it with Song of Solomon behind it... but someone wanted to see the ring and that happen to be the closet book. haha
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  7. #11087
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    yeehaaaaaaaaaa

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  8. #11088
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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    Are you going to let us know how you did this shot?
    Sure. We worked with at team from the SCCI (Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc) that purcahses/leases land with cave structrues on it. Tumbling Rock is one of their properties.

    The particular guy that lead us began developing in 2005 a system called S.I.T. or Sustained Illumination Technique. These are home made lighting kits developed to offer three factors : 1. Strength, to light as much as possible. and 2. Longevity, to keep the area as lit as possible. 3. Lightweight. You are afterall, hauling these back into a cave.

    We lit the Great Hall with one of these S.I.T. devices. It lasted about 15 minutes, just long enough to figure out a good exposure time and pop a few shots off. This one was 10 seconds, ISO 400 f8. The blue tint was already their, but I pushed it a bit further with a tungsten white balance.

    We're very lucky to have the guys we did. Most cave photography is either done with expensive flash bulbs, which only light for a few seconds at most, or by "painting" with a spotlight. Very few get the chance to see these entire structures lit as they are whole, much less for such a period of time.

    To see more of S.I.T.'s power, see here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/realms_...7608572058553/ as this is the guy who created it, and took us in.

    Hope you enjoy. Now time for another shot. This is the Topless Dome of Tumbling Rock. It was only once called "Topless" because it was too high to see the top. At 396ft high it is the largest known underground waterfall. It was measured by a climbing team that climbed the walls in the 1970's, thinking there was a way out. There isn't. the water pours through a very tiny crevace at the top. It is the most spectacular experience I think I have ever seen. Our guides were real showmen too, and as we approached it they lit it up, and even used a spare battery, ipod, and speakers to play music. It brought a majority of to tears. Absolutely breathless.

    Nikon D90 : Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 AF : Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S DX : Nikkor 50mm 1.8 AF : 2x SB900 : Nikkor 35mm 1.8 AF-S : Total Noob : Tips Appreciated! Flickr! Blog!

  9. #11089
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    New shot...taken on songs of solomon and a little better picture. This is my second ring, a 1960 Silver Quarter. Took around 3.5 hours to make.

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  10. #11090
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    yeehaaaaaaaaaa




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