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TECHNICAL FORUMS => Film & Photography => Topic started by: chunky on April 15, 2018, 06:10:31 pm

Title: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on April 15, 2018, 06:10:31 pm
Hey all don't know if anyone would be interested in a thread of this nature, but I find myself without a decent trip report or reason to share photos quite often so thought a thread for us who like to show off may be just the thing......with a weekly limit for TOR ;)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on April 15, 2018, 06:13:03 pm
To kick off bumped in to MatthewJC who was leading a group around Cwmorthin at the weekend and he asked to let him know how the shot came out. Here you go Matt

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/800/39667227070_9668ddc4cb_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Pete K on April 15, 2018, 07:43:49 pm
That is a cracking shot. I work in there myself a couple of times a week and never get tired of taking pictures of Cwm, but that is the best view of that chamber I've seen. Lovely picture.
One from me of the same MatthewJC in the same mine last week.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: matthewjc on April 15, 2018, 07:47:52 pm
Hi Mark

Fantastic shot 8), many thanks fortaking it and sharing

Was good to meet you and club & hope you all had a good weekend in Snowdonia..

Regards
Matt
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: skippy on April 16, 2018, 09:38:27 pm
Craven had a cracking club meet down Lancaster Hole last weekend. Several trips were made by its members with everyone having a great time.
I cannot take credit for this superbly lit photo of 'Bob's Boss'  in the upper series as this was taken by CPC member Simon Parker.
(https://scontent.flhr3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/r270/30707408_10155259456470685_1900200862983127040_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=f798abb28df936252a345fabe2e447c6&oe=5B647BAC)

However, great thread to start Mark...Most of my photo's are just snaps that try and capture the spirit of a club meet..however, if by accident I come up with something half decent, I'll continue the thread.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Topimo on May 30, 2018, 10:19:08 am
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/894/41726272474_36c2c9f025_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26zd45W)Garlands (https://flic.kr/p/26zd45W) by tommypmoore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/81064627@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Topimo on June 01, 2018, 08:40:51 am
A little wander round Giants.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1752/40676251500_9eb3fd7d03_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24Yqqr3)Rope to Nowhere (or not?) (https://flic.kr/p/24Yqqr3) by tommypmoore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/81064627@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1724/42433001012_0d562197df_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27DEdRJ)Smiley Giants (https://flic.kr/p/27DEdRJ) by tommypmoore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/81064627@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: pwhole on June 02, 2018, 08:11:14 pm
Very nice indeed ;)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on June 07, 2018, 07:14:30 pm
Nice Tommy,

looking forward to seeing more. Let me know if you get a micro 4/3 would be interested to hear how you get on with it. Sure is lighter than hauling a dslr around. Will have a play with mine over the coming weeks, been great as a video camera but haven't played with it for photo's yet.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Topimo on June 11, 2018, 10:43:43 pm
3 from last week. A fun adventure with surface friends.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1758/40931149730_270fc50ff5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25mWQN7)Dark Silhouette (https://flic.kr/p/25mWQN7) by tommypmoore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/81064627@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1760/42741810971_0578a18d30_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/287WXin)BCRA (https://flic.kr/p/287WXin) by tommypmoore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/81064627@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1753/40931149450_241a8950fd_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25mWQHh)Megatron Reflections (https://flic.kr/p/25mWQHh) by tommypmoore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/81064627@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Topimo on June 11, 2018, 10:46:43 pm
Nice Tommy,

looking forward to seeing more. Let me know if you get a micro 4/3 would be interested to hear how you get on with it. Sure is lighter than hauling a dslr around. Will have a play with mine over the coming weeks, been great as a video camera but haven't played with it for photo's yet.

Cheers Mark, a photo-mate has set me on to looking at Fujis as their current crop are very nice, I'm very impressed with some of his high-ISO shots - you'd never know compared to a G11!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on June 21, 2018, 09:21:32 am
One from the weekend. Wookey chamber 1. The witches kitchen.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180621/c22a5185a4c7b254d70cd40120a71473.jpg)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Topimo on June 25, 2018, 08:06:41 pm
A couple from Saturday, SUSS had an excellent training weekend staying at the TSG with NUCC and ICCC.
There were plenty of people on good long SRT trips, surveying, bolting and rigging, and more...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1834/29132809158_c1fc8df648_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Longc5)Frozen in Time (https://flic.kr/p/Longc5) by tommypmoore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/81064627@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1788/28136643077_2656d7aafc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JSkDHP)Revelations Striations (https://flic.kr/p/JSkDHP) by tommypmoore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/81064627@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: mudman on June 25, 2018, 09:51:13 pm
Here's one of a little visited bit of Ogof Craig a Ffynnon. Focus could have been better but I found this place intriguing as you could really get a feel for how the nature of the chamber had changed over large periods of time as you noticed small details such as fresh calcite deposition over muddied formations.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Judi Durber on June 25, 2018, 10:03:35 pm
These are wonderful and should be posted on this thread 

https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=23629.msg297053;topicseen#new (https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=23629.msg297053;topicseen#new)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on July 09, 2018, 09:10:17 pm
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1768/43254609752_2c96af1362_c.jpg)
Feels like forever since I've been in Dan yr ogof. Fantastic day spent playing with other members of The Dudley at the weekend. Here the beautiful Cloud Chamber, but the highlight was visiting Rotten Stone Aven, definitely a collectors piece!

Full resolution can be viewed https://www.flickr.com/photos/markburkey/43254609752/in/dateposted-public/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/markburkey/43254609752/in/dateposted-public/)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: SimonP on July 20, 2018, 12:27:15 am
Ibbeth Peril Cave

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/931/28630132617_44df63fca0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KBWUYa)36434174_10155424748735685_5083583133324935168_o (1) (https://flic.kr/p/KBWUYa) by Simon Parker (https://www.flickr.com/photos/163148178@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on August 06, 2018, 02:41:21 pm
St Paul's from Sundays inner circle trip in Agen Allwedd(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180806/004568d56c801c3b13a47eb770dcef5b.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180806/1c072082347117c3fd20ca49ffefbac2.jpg)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: flashmonkey on August 28, 2018, 11:27:18 pm
https://flic.kr/p/28UiZWk
https://flic.kr/p/LwkkT4
https://flic.kr/p/Lwkmrt

Sorry folks haven't figured out how to compact the photos down yet lol
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on September 02, 2018, 09:18:58 pm
The Chasm. Ogof Ffynnon Ddu(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180902/ac024accf9b32a5379c84f8f4d2d586a.jpg)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on September 03, 2018, 02:45:06 pm
https://instagram.com/p/Bl3iZLjguxN/
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on September 03, 2018, 03:47:53 pm
Ovis aries (ssp speleus) in Calf Holes (should've been Lamb Holes):

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on September 03, 2018, 08:38:34 pm
Sorry, I got interrupted and had to abandon my computer. I was going to continue that we didn't leave the poor thing down there, but a member of our party, who happened to be a vet, rigged up a makeshift harness and we pulled her (the sheep, not the vet) out, and off it trotted, happy as Larry. Oddly enough, as we were organizing things, another party came along and pitched in; it also included a vet, and, indeed, our party included a shepherd – so the poor thing was in good hands.

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on September 03, 2018, 10:49:31 pm
Nice one Fulk 

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: mudman on October 09, 2018, 12:23:58 am
At the request of Pegasus, here are a couple from a trip into OFD1 at the weekend, the first is by The Column at the end of Column Passage and the second is from the other side of the duck that leads to The Eagle's Nest.
Unfortunately, there was a fair amount of camera shake, so I think I may need to return with a tripod.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on October 12, 2018, 10:21:58 am
A quick Wednesday night's bimble round Notts II:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Tseralo on October 21, 2018, 01:01:25 pm
I'm not mega happy with this image but it was the best of the shoot and my first time shooting underground. I think I missed focus probably should have used a higher f-stop and lower shutter speed.

In the future, I may try and get the subjects to use all their lights and reduce mine in an effort to get more dynamic lighting.

D7200 F3.4 Iso 400 12mm 1/160 Speedlight in the hot shoe

(https://i.imgur.com/0ycp0h1.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on October 31, 2018, 05:35:23 pm
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1972/45601943352_bf41a4397a_b.jpg)

The Miao Room is the largest known cave chamber by volume in the world.
It is a part of the Gebihe cave system, located in Ziyun Getu He National Park.
The chamber  was discovered by a French expedition 1989.
This year a British led expedition returned to complete the 3D scanning begun in 2013 to create the most accurate detail model of the chamber to date.
For an idea of scale the stalagmite is measured at 148 feet tall and the bulb holder at the back of the shot is around 150m away from the camera.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on October 31, 2018, 05:56:49 pm
I'm not mega happy with this image but it was the best of the shoot and my first time shooting underground. I think I missed focus probably should have used a higher f-stop and lower shutter speed.

In the future, I may try and get the subjects to use all their lights and reduce mine in an effort to get more dynamic lighting.

D7200 F3.4 Iso 400 12mm 1/160 Speedlight in the hot shoe

(https://i.imgur.com/0ycp0h1.jpg)

Some little bits of feedback from what I've found. Feel free to ignore me!

two ways to get the most out of that speedlite:
1) increase your ISO - the D7200 could go up to ISO 1600 or 3200 with little or no signs of noise (with proper exposure). This gains you 2 or 3 stops of light, meaning you can stop down the aperture for the same exposure to f/6.3 or f/9 (numbers might be slightly off). This will give you significantly better depth of field.

2) move the speedlite off camera for more directional lighting. Strobist blog is a decent read for those starting to use the flash off camera. This of course involves more faff - and is probably the main source of cave photographers bad reputation for slowing trips down!

If the main source of light in the photo is the speed light, changing the shutter speed shouldn't change much to either the exposure or clarity of the shot. The speed light flashes at a tiny fraction of a second (1/10,000 ish usually) and provided it is the main/only source of light it will freeze the subject.

Really like the framing of the photo, a nice caving shot, so don't take this as criticism at all!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Tseralo on October 31, 2018, 06:04:18 pm
I'm not mega happy with this image but it was the best of the shoot and my first time shooting underground. I think I missed focus probably should have used a higher f-stop and lower shutter speed.

In the future, I may try and get the subjects to use all their lights and reduce mine in an effort to get more dynamic lighting.

D7200 F3.4 Iso 400 12mm 1/160 Speedlight in the hot shoe

(https://i.imgur.com/0ycp0h1.jpg)

Some little bits of feedback from what I've found. Feel free to ignore me!

two ways to get the most out of that speedlite:
1) increase your ISO - the D7200 could go up to ISO 1600 or 3200 with little or no signs of noise (with proper exposure). This gains you 2 or 3 stops of light, meaning you can stop down the aperture for the same exposure to f/6.3 or f/9 (numbers might be slightly off). This will give you significantly better depth of field.

2) move the speedlite off camera for more directional lighting. Strobist blog is a decent read for those starting to use the flash off camera. This of course involves more faff - and is probably the main source of cave photographers bad reputation for slowing trips down!

If the main source of light in the photo is the speed light, changing the shutter speed shouldn't change much to either the exposure or clarity of the shot. The speed light flashes at a tiny fraction of a second (1/10,000 ish usually) and provided it is the main/only source of light it will freeze the subject.

Really like the framing of the photo, a nice caving shot, so don't take this as criticism at all!

Thanks josh that’s really helpful a few other people have said to me about using off camera flash so I think a radio trigger may be on the wish list.

I find the noise is noticeable if I pixel peep at higher ISO’s but maybe I should just get over that. I come from a landscape background where ISO 100 is the norm. Plus that lenses sweet spot is F5.6.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on October 31, 2018, 06:13:44 pm
I'm not mega happy with this image but it was the best of the shoot and my first time shooting underground. I think I missed focus probably should have used a higher f-stop and lower shutter speed.

In the future, I may try and get the subjects to use all their lights and reduce mine in an effort to get more dynamic lighting.

D7200 F3.4 Iso 400 12mm 1/160 Speedlight in the hot shoe

(https://i.imgur.com/0ycp0h1.jpg)

Some little bits of feedback from what I've found. Feel free to ignore me!

two ways to get the most out of that speedlite:
1) increase your ISO - the D7200 could go up to ISO 1600 or 3200 with little or no signs of noise (with proper exposure). This gains you 2 or 3 stops of light, meaning you can stop down the aperture for the same exposure to f/6.3 or f/9 (numbers might be slightly off). This will give you significantly better depth of field.

2) move the speedlite off camera for more directional lighting. Strobist blog is a decent read for those starting to use the flash off camera. This of course involves more faff - and is probably the main source of cave photographers bad reputation for slowing trips down!

If the main source of light in the photo is the speed light, changing the shutter speed shouldn't change much to either the exposure or clarity of the shot. The speed light flashes at a tiny fraction of a second (1/10,000 ish usually) and provided it is the main/only source of light it will freeze the subject.

Really like the framing of the photo, a nice caving shot, so don't take this as criticism at all!

Thanks josh that’s really helpful a few other people have said to me about using off camera flash so I think a radio trigger may be on the wish list.

I find the noise is noticeable if I pixel peep at higher ISO’s but maybe I should just get over that. I come from a landscape background where ISO 100 is the norm. Plus that lenses sweet spot is F5.6.

conscious i'll clog up this thread so feel free to message if you wanna chat further  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: TheBitterEnd on October 31, 2018, 06:47:38 pm
There's a bit of story behind this, Fujicolor c200 souped in Kodak HC 110   ;D

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on October 31, 2018, 11:02:08 pm
Hi, BE, isn't HC 110 a B & W developer? So – colour neg in B & W developer sounds a bit nutty? Still, the end result looks OK!

(What's wrong with good old-fashioned digital?  ;D)

(Wezzit? – Calf Holes?)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: TheBitterEnd on November 03, 2018, 05:21:55 pm
Yes it is a B&W developer and yes, calf holes. Being a hip and trendy hipster  ;)  I've got back into shooting film and thought I'd have a go somewhere easy to see how it went however I must have got something trapped in the seal of the pelicase on the way out because when I got home there was a bit of water in it. The old Pentax ME Super was wet and on winding back the film it was fairly obvious that the water had got inside. The main priority was saving the camera and fortunately I got that dried out and it seems to be working (haven't had a film through it since though) but given that the film was wet and likely to stick together in the can I was pondering what to do with it since I don't have C41 chemicals; someone suggested that it was possible to process C41 in B&W dev so with nothing to loose I thought I'd give it a go.

The result looks grainy but I suspect that is mainly because the colour neg is orange and very low contrast  so I had to push it a lot in the scanner to get something out of it.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Roger W on November 03, 2018, 07:17:41 pm
Nonetheless, a very atmospheric image.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on November 03, 2018, 11:28:56 pm
Hi BE,  you got an ME Super? – my favourite camera ever! And I agree with Roger – a nice pic.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on November 20, 2018, 09:40:05 am
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4850/44151387040_d8497b4ba0_b.jpg)

One from the weekend. Rowten pot.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Alex on November 20, 2018, 10:08:20 am
I have never seen Rowton like that before. I have never been able to see very the bottom from the top, which looks like what you can see under the guy on red. That must have taken a lot of flashes! Very good shot.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: MJenkinson on November 20, 2018, 10:17:08 am
I think that is just the ledge on the other side of the shaft from the takeoff! Tis a big hole.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on November 20, 2018, 11:12:36 am
This is shot at night from the eye hole route hanging on the first rebelay looking down across the bridge.
Will stick a couple of shots up later of the main pitch 

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GoneCaving on November 20, 2018, 01:03:03 pm
That's a fabulous shot of Rowten!! I love the way the line of the rope draws you into the depths.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on November 20, 2018, 05:51:17 pm
Thanks Gone Caving.

A couple of the main pitch.

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/46488096_317225252202137_5730919302802964480_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ht=scontent-lht6-1.xx&oh=04c0d0c71839ec5647badc32b7d23075&oe=5C7B07F6)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GarDouth on November 27, 2018, 12:45:29 pm
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4847/44257099620_76f9090871_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2aqRcPJ)

Final pitch of Rumbling Hole, Yorkshire Dales (https://flic.kr/p/2aqRcPJ) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr

Just a quick snap with my Lumix FT5, lit with 2x Scurions. F3.3, 1.6 sec, ISO400. Single shot.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GarDouth on December 03, 2018, 09:01:38 pm
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4902/31050105897_4fea201e5b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PiMUHp)

Sleets Gill (https://flic.kr/p/PiMUHp) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr

Canon EOS M, 22mm, f3.5, 1/60s. Single shot, single layer, lit by 2x YONGNUO YN-560 III guns.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on December 04, 2018, 08:10:41 pm
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4902/31050105897_4fea201e5b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PiMUHp)

Sleets Gill (https://flic.kr/p/PiMUHp) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr

Canon EOS M, 22mm, f3.5, 1/60s. Single shot, single layer, lit by 2x YONGNUO YN-560 III guns.

Great shot, glad the weather held!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on December 04, 2018, 08:11:28 pm
One from the weekend. Pant Mawr Pot

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4812/46129244462_b432fd92af_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Pegasus on December 04, 2018, 08:14:15 pm
One from the weekend. Pant Mawr Pot

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4812/46129244462_b432fd92af_c.jpg)

Ooo, that's good. Wish you'd shoot the entrance to Rumbling when the greenery is out :)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on December 04, 2018, 11:11:10 pm


Ooo, that's good. Wish you'd shoot the entrance to Rumbling when the greenery is out :)

If you let me know which day of the year that is I'm there!

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Tseralo on December 05, 2018, 01:15:32 am
One from the weekend. Pant Mawr Pot

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4812/46129244462_b432fd92af_c.jpg)

Love the colour it’s nice to see some caving images that are more than just brown and white.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JTebbutt02 on January 01, 2019, 06:16:58 pm
I thought I would post one of the photographs that I took while in OFD with the help from Bill Nix and Mark Burkey, the photograph is of Will trying not to fall in a particularly deep section of the stream way. Jake.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JTebbutt02 on January 01, 2019, 06:21:57 pm
I thought I would post one of the photographs that I took while in OFD with the help from Bill Nix and Mark Burkey, the photograph is of Will trying not to fall in a particularly deep section of the stream way. Jake.

if you are unable to view the image I will attach a link to my Flickr account.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/167536749@N03/
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GarDouth on January 07, 2019, 10:00:25 pm
A nice trip into Easegill to photograph Arson Shaft with Northern Pennine Club, somewhere I've wanted to photograph for a while. Its a really fine pitch just off the main passage, well worth a visit.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4814/45928810714_83313e3fe1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cYzahN)
Arson Shaft, Easegill (https://flic.kr/p/2cYzahN) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: PeteHall on January 07, 2019, 10:42:03 pm
That is an absolutely stunning picture Gary! And looks a great bit of cave too.

If you don't mind, I'd be very tempted to get that printed for my kitchen wall.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GarDouth on January 07, 2019, 10:49:58 pm
That is an absolutely stunning picture Gary! And looks a great bit of cave too.

If you don't mind, I'd be very tempted to get that printed for my kitchen wall.

Thanks Pete and you're very welcome to (thanks for asking). You can get the high res version from Flickr which should be good enough to print. It actually works well rotated 90 degrees right too if you want a portrait version.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on January 09, 2019, 12:43:58 am
A nice trip into Easegill to photograph Arson Shaft with Northern Pennine Club, somewhere I've wanted to photograph for a while. Its a really fine pitch just off the main passage, well worth a visit.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4814/45928810714_83313e3fe1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cYzahN)
Arson Shaft, Easegill (https://flic.kr/p/2cYzahN) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr
Great shot

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JTebbutt02 on January 09, 2019, 10:10:26 am
A nice trip into Easegill to photograph Arson Shaft with Northern Pennine Club, somewhere I've wanted to photograph for a while. Its a really fine pitch just off the main passage, well worth a visit.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4814/45928810714_83313e3fe1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cYzahN)
Arson Shaft, Easegill (https://flic.kr/p/2cYzahN) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr

excellent photograph!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on January 09, 2019, 08:11:37 pm
Great first trips underground at the weekend to start 2019. A few shots below from Dan Yr Ogof.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4909/45730128805_ba17974b5a_c.jpg)
The Rising

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7921/45764022315_9be36b2892_c.jpg)
Bakerloo Straight

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7803/39714331453_05f3d6de7a_c.jpg)
Climb down to The Abyss
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Tseralo on January 13, 2019, 11:58:31 pm
Recording the sounds of mud.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GarDouth on January 29, 2019, 04:23:58 pm
Probably the most beautiful formation in the UK. In my opinion anyway.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4875/46909064771_ca2b04c53c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2etcdEP)
The Geryon, Ogof Draenen, South Wales (https://flic.kr/p/2etcdEP) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Jack Hare on January 29, 2019, 04:57:03 pm
The calcite thingy to his left isn't bad either!  ;)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GarDouth on January 29, 2019, 09:49:09 pm
The calcite thingy to his left isn't bad either!  ;)

 :lol:

Yes, yes that's what I meant of course  :doubt:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on January 30, 2019, 09:13:34 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4886/46931390681_97173ba12f_b.jpg)


Martel Chamber, found at the end of the Hanke Canal in Škocjan Caves is Europes largest cave chamber.
Here a view from the sump end of the chamber.

4 cavers use several high powered strobes and flash bulbs to illuminate this shot.

unfortunately you don't get a full appreciation in low resolution. For full resolution version check out my Flickr version here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/markburkey/46931390681/in/dateposted-public/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/markburkey/46931390681/in/dateposted-public/)

Sorry another blog coming soon  ;)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: andys on January 31, 2019, 09:50:33 am
...... is Europes largest cave chamber.

Apart from Frozen Deep of course, as our Mendip friends would have you believe.  :tease:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on January 31, 2019, 10:23:21 am
...... is Europes largest cave chamber.

Apart from Frozen Deep of course, as our Mendip friends would have you believe.  :tease:

no I'm Spartacus... I mean europe's largest chamber...
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Jack Hare on February 03, 2019, 07:08:41 pm
Snapped this quickly as the caver emerged from Sump 1 in Swildon's. Quite lucky to catch this moment as the water pours out of the helmet.

(https://i.ibb.co/2Zm7N0T/20190126-DSC09974.jpg) (https://ibb.co/6XVRBck)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Caver Keith on February 05, 2019, 12:59:00 pm
Thought it was about time I had a go at cave photography.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7866/46269366704_1633a490c4_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2duEAHN)fullsizeoutput_9de (https://flic.kr/p/2duEAHN) by dcrtuk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrtuk/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4878/46269367234_925a065844_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2duEASW)fullsizeoutput_9da (https://flic.kr/p/2duEASW) by dcrtuk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrtuk/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on February 06, 2019, 01:19:05 pm
Thought it was about time I had a go at cave photography.

Nice one caver keith. A snippet of my first go at videography will be aired on Inside Out, February 11th 7.30pm BBC1 Yorkshire and Linconshire ;)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on February 07, 2019, 03:59:33 pm
Chunky:

Quote
Martel Chamber, found at the end of the Hanke Canal in Škocjan Caves is Europes largest cave chamber.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that the chamber in Torca del Carlista, N. Spain, is a fair bit bigger.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Pegasus on February 07, 2019, 08:55:31 pm
Snapped this quickly as the caver emerged from Sump 1 in Swildon's. Quite lucky to catch this moment as the water pours out of the helmet.

(https://i.ibb.co/2Zm7N0T/20190126-DSC09974.jpg) (https://ibb.co/6XVRBck)

Posted this on facebook (hope you don't mind, Jack) and has been really popular.  Thanks for posting and supporting the forum  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Jack Hare on February 07, 2019, 10:19:14 pm
Excellent, glad to see it shared and hopefully it gets more people posting on this thread!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Chrisby on February 08, 2019, 07:14:19 am
Number 1 son took this as his younger brother reached the pitch head.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on February 08, 2019, 10:02:01 am
Nice one, Chrisby; is it the second pitch in Sell Gill Holes?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Chrisby on February 08, 2019, 04:28:00 pm
Yes it is Fulk, he rigged it too.  :clap2:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on February 08, 2019, 05:36:02 pm
How old is he?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: impman on February 08, 2019, 11:39:38 pm
Both pictures taken by my 12yr old son on a Wessex cave club  invasion of  Aggy.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190208/32d390daf5fb129df04187a0af65f4fe.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190208/06a5f1676cbe78aa2f4f346107f30b94.jpg)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Chrisby on February 09, 2019, 01:12:24 am
How old is he?
17 when he took this his brother in the picture is 13
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Trig Gledhill on February 09, 2019, 09:11:02 pm
Probably the most beautiful formation in the UK. In my opinion anyway.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4875/46909064771_ca2b04c53c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2etcdEP)
The Geryon, Ogof Draenen, South Wales (https://flic.kr/p/2etcdEP) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr
Absolutely stunning Gary!

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Caver Keith on February 10, 2019, 06:59:03 pm
I've just returned home after a fantastic weekend filming a documentary with Shropshire Scouts Caving Team. This is some of the team in the incredibly beautifully decorated Gnome Passage, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. The illumination was provided by 3 Fenix FD65 3800 lumen torches.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7873/46138114635_5ba8a57115_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2di4U46)Gnome Passage Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (https://flic.kr/p/2di4U46) by dcrtuk (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrtuk/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GarDouth on February 11, 2019, 06:31:14 pm
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7855/45928809814_1f25b95bfa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cYza2h)
Bridge Hall, Lancaster Hole (https://flic.kr/p/2cYza2h) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: impman on February 11, 2019, 06:40:32 pm
Eastwater Cavern  top of 13 pots towards the twin verts. By Aaron Varley aged 12.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190211/53971a48a00db2467f2342fb81e35902.jpg)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on February 11, 2019, 07:51:49 pm
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7855/45928809814_1f25b95bfa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cYza2h)
Bridge Hall, Lancaster Hole (https://flic.kr/p/2cYza2h) by Gary Douthwaite (https://www.flickr.com/photos/44136784@N05/), on Flickr
Great shot, love the sense of scale

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Chrisby on February 15, 2019, 04:11:36 pm
Old photo sat in my phone's memory
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on February 24, 2019, 04:27:14 pm
A few from Ogof ffynnon ddu from this weekend.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7874/47146194662_bfd6554c13_b.jpg)
Main Stream

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7911/47146216612_2fa4799031_b.jpg)
Picadilly waterfall

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7882/33322674018_b905ec0f69_b.jpg)
Marble showers
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on March 11, 2019, 05:53:53 pm
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7855/47351284021_c6ddfafa0f_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: christine on March 19, 2019, 01:51:16 pm
A few from the weekend of my beginners, Amy and Grant.

Swildons Hole was very splashy and great for photos.

These guys had a great time. They've done plenty of cave diving but so far managed to avoid the "dry" aspect of the sport. They are super excited now about going caving in France in between their diving days.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7898/46695942604_ae96abdcee_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e9mUSG) (https://flic.kr/p/2e9mUSG)
by Christine Grosart (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cgrosart/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7892/46503828185_24f4fd4057_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dRogX8) (https://flic.kr/p/2dRogX8)
by Christine Grosart (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cgrosart/), on Flickr
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7876/47366277762_a1ff586090_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2faAyaq) (https://flic.kr/p/2faAyaq)
by Christine Grosart (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cgrosart/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on April 01, 2019, 08:32:32 pm
Fault Aven Series. Ogof Ffynnon Ddu

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7867/47464289852_57a61d29ce_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on April 07, 2019, 08:52:51 pm
Surprise View. Peak Cavern

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7849/40592425813_9e8c1ef867_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on April 24, 2019, 11:26:08 am
Sunset Hole(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190424/0256e1d977149715da964caf4016ca3f.jpg)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: GarDouth on April 26, 2019, 12:30:45 am
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46784147095_50394774a1_b.jpg)

Excellent cracked mud in Hanger Passage, Dan-yr-Ogof.
Three flash guns, EOS 650D, 10mm, f5.6, ISO 200
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on July 21, 2019, 09:11:45 pm
Although not a regular caver, our Club Chairman Ian proves at 72 he's still got what it takes on a tougher than expected trip due to Co2 levels in Manor Farm this weekend. Well done matey, a pleasure caving with you  :thumbsup:

Curtain Chamber
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48340517241_36f2d8ae44_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on August 12, 2019, 08:34:08 am
Always wanted to have a try at a shot in HOTMK, so took advantage of being asked to lead a trip in Craig a Ffynnon yesterday with the caveat of having help with a few bags of camera gear  ;D

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48517992432_3e864a65ba_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Cavematt on August 12, 2019, 10:46:33 am
Such a great shot of HOTMK. This is an extremely difficult chamber to capture in one photo while demonstrating its vastness and scale... and to get the lighting right too. Super!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on August 12, 2019, 02:26:23 pm
Such a great shot of HOTMK. This is an extremely difficult chamber to capture in one photo while demonstrating its vastness and scale... and to get the lighting right too. Super!
Thanks Matt, 11mm lens and a lotta help along with 8 x godox ad200's

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on August 14, 2019, 04:08:15 am
Such a great shot of HOTMK. This is an extremely difficult chamber to capture in one photo while demonstrating its vastness and scale... and to get the lighting right too. Super!
Thanks Matt, 11mm lens and a lotta help along with 8 x godox ad200's

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Ooh godox ad200s, I have questions! If you’re about in the dales over the winter and need a flash monkey I’ll happily help, through pure selfishness of wanting to play. Do they fit into a Daren drum? Do you find the fresnel or bare bulb head more useful? How are the power levels for lighting big places with ambient light? Battery life decent? Build quality cave proof?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on August 14, 2019, 08:57:51 am
Such a great shot of HOTMK. This is an extremely difficult chamber to capture in one photo while demonstrating its vastness and scale... and to get the lighting right too. Super!
Thanks Matt, 11mm lens and a lotta help along with 8 x godox ad200's

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Ooh godox ad200s, I have questions! If you’re about in the dales over the winter and need a flash monkey I’ll happily help, through pure selfishness of wanting to play. Do they fit into a Daren drum? Do you find the fresnel or bare bulb head more useful? How are the power levels for lighting big places with ambient light? Battery life decent? Build quality cave proof?
Hey Josh,

They're the muts nuts mate. About 3 x more powerful than a yongnuo. Controllable output from camera.
Rechargeable battery gives 100 full power flashs.
The bulb head is my favourite and for space use tin foil reflector
The Fresnel is set 35mm, I use this head for precision lighting, like if you want to give a bit of fill light on the model etc. The HOTMK shot I used a fresnel head to light the formations in the ceiling.
Build quality is good, though not designed for caves and they really don't like moisture so I've had to repair a few because of humidity abroad.

Biggest issue is cost, they're around 250 each, though yongnuo are just bringing out a copy at 160 so I'll be interested to see how they compare.

I'll give you a shout when in your neck of the woods, or if you're heading down south let me know dates. I'll be about over the August bank holiday.

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on August 16, 2019, 05:41:41 am
Such a great shot of HOTMK. This is an extremely difficult chamber to capture in one photo while demonstrating its vastness and scale... and to get the lighting right too. Super!
Thanks Matt, 11mm lens and a lotta help along with 8 x godox ad200's

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Ooh godox ad200s, I have questions! If you’re about in the dales over the winter and need a flash monkey I’ll happily help, through pure selfishness of wanting to play. Do they fit into a Daren drum? Do you find the fresnel or bare bulb head more useful? How are the power levels for lighting big places with ambient light? Battery life decent? Build quality cave proof?
Hey Josh,

They're the muts nuts mate. About 3 x more powerful than a yongnuo. Controllable output from camera.
Rechargeable battery gives 100 full power flashs.
The bulb head is my favourite and for space use tin foil reflector
The Fresnel is set 35mm, I use this head for precision lighting, like if you want to give a bit of fill light on the model etc. The HOTMK shot I used a fresnel head to light the formations in the ceiling.
Build quality is good, though not designed for caves and they really don't like moisture so I've had to repair a few because of humidity abroad.

Biggest issue is cost, they're around 250 each, though yongnuo are just bringing out a copy at 160 so I'll be interested to see how they compare.

I'll give you a shout when in your neck of the woods, or if you're heading down south let me know dates. I'll be about over the August bank holiday.

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I’m using godox tt600s, and they have done alright with the humidity out in Vietnam this year, back in Yorkshire for November and December. Assuming with 8 they’re in a pelicase rather than Darren drums?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on August 16, 2019, 10:44:05 am


I’m using godox tt600s, and they have done alright with the humidity out in Vietnam this year, back in Yorkshire for November and December. Assuming with 8 they’re in a pelicase rather than Darren drums?


Hey Josh. Yeah they're similar to the youngnuo 560IV I use. Trouble is they just aren't powerful enough for the bigger chambers. I've now also got used to having the extra power on smaller shots which allows far lower ISO and tighter aperture which gives better DOF and less noise, so I tend to prefer them. The smaller flash units still come with me if the cave is particularly muddy and wet.

With regard to carrying, the AD200's are quite bulky and heavy. I now carry a Peli 1400 with DSLR and 3 AD200's with bulb heads as standard. This will shoot all but the bigger shots. I can fit in 5 x 560IV youngnuo's in the same case, but the sheer power of the AD200's out weighs the extra 2 flash units in my opinion.

When doing larger shots you can fit 4 x AD200's in a standard daren drum. My DSLR and lens is too big to fit in a daren drum, so on bigger shots I tend to carry both the Peli case and one or two drums. Abroad where you don't need to crawl I'll often use a 15ltr daren drum and put it all in drums but it's just not practical for UK stuff.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: TheBitterEnd on August 22, 2019, 06:22:16 pm
Mobile phone, shiny new suit (I hope he's stopped growing - the price of these things  :o )

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48600805346_62a9cf7f3f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h3FQcL)20190822_124651 (https://flic.kr/p/2h3FQcL) by TheWub (https://www.flickr.com/photos/79856041@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on August 27, 2019, 08:01:08 pm
Alum........again

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48631365611_2370005088_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Pegasus on August 28, 2019, 08:29:52 am
Alum........again

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48631365611_2370005088_b.jpg)

Looks like the sunbeams are coming out of the depths - was there a spacecraft down there with headlights on??  :o
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Roger W on August 28, 2019, 10:38:44 am
?  Somebody testing Roy's latest lamp ?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: richardg on September 04, 2019, 04:15:43 pm
I took this photo of me whilst out training this morning, it was certainly atmospheric and at 4;30 am alone on the Moor, with the mist swirling all around more than a bit spooky.......

Some people have seen this photo and suggested I put it up here on UK CAVING, our favorite forum

I guess the relationship to caving is if our multiyear dig goes soon, it promises to be a "Biggy" and a corresponding level of fitness would be required for the ongoing exploration...... hence the serious training taking place......

Hope you enjoy the photo.

Richard.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: cavemanmike on September 04, 2019, 06:37:33 pm
Crtt trip
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JasonC on September 04, 2019, 07:47:21 pm
Richard G - that's Art, that is  :thumbsup:

Reminded me of this: https://www.wikiart.org/en/caspar-david-friedrich/the-wanderer-above-the-sea-of-fog (https://www.wikiart.org/en/caspar-david-friedrich/the-wanderer-above-the-sea-of-fog)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: richardg on September 05, 2019, 12:02:09 am
Wow Jason that is a lovely comment and comparison.

Thank You...
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Tseralo on September 07, 2019, 09:46:12 pm
Had a bit more of a play with my little Yi camera in Nenthead just lighting with a Nora and Scurion. There is so much potential there next trip im taking the big camera.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: christine on October 14, 2019, 08:53:51 pm
Just back from an epic week in the Dales and Derbyshire  :beer2:

I kicked off with taking a group of WetWellies Caving clients on a very splashy trip in Swildons Hole. None of them had ever caved before. It was a Christmas present from 2018 and all 8 of them were from the same family - They all want to return. Job done I'd say  :smartass: :thumbsup:

Then I headed straight up to the Dales where the weather had ruined all our cave diving plans but we adjusted and made some more.

Wonderful to see so many friends I've shamefully neglected over the last few years but the week really re-ignited my passion, especially for SRT. One comfy harness later (thanks to Inglesport) and I was back on the horse, daring to take some pitch shots under the expert tuition of Mr Burkey.

I also had a crack at some cave diving images using a Canon 550D and Sea and Sea RDX550D housing and fisheye lens, with 3 strobes and an Ikelite remote trigger.

So, without further a do, here is my set of three for this week  :halo:


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48899399482_f469672c09_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hv5cQw)
 (https://flic.kr/p/2hv5cQw)
Lucy, first caving trip with WetWellies Caving. Image: Christine Grosart



(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48898388043_c3900f9aa3_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2huZ2aV)
 (https://flic.kr/p/2huZ2aV)

Richard Walker on Cathedral pitch, Lost Johns, Yorkshire. Image: Christine Grosart


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48899568977_52551ea624_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hv65dR)
 (https://flic.kr/p/2hv65dR)

Richard Walker in Holme Bank Chert Mine, Derbyshire. Image: Christine Grosart
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: TheBitterEnd on October 27, 2019, 05:27:21 pm
Small calcite gours fluorescing under UV light

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JasonC on October 27, 2019, 06:02:29 pm
An unusual image, TBE, wezzat?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: TheBitterEnd on October 27, 2019, 07:28:46 pm
An unusual image, TBE, wezzat?

It's not anywhere special, most calcite fluoresces, I just had the opportunity today thanks to others providing the UV torches.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on November 04, 2019, 08:08:21 am
Shatter Cave Yesterday. Olympus TG 4, Yongnuo Slave Flash, Skyray Spot.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49011783717_ca9bc3da62_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hF1cKK)PB030027 (https://flic.kr/p/2hF1cKK) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49011575836_1b262f5da7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hEZ8XA)PB030029 (https://flic.kr/p/2hEZ8XA) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49011807422_e8d1ce0103_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hF1jNs)PB030102 (https://flic.kr/p/2hF1jNs) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr


Usual rush job going along.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on November 06, 2019, 10:48:06 pm
One from the weekend. A stunning Helictite arch in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191106/2bc59a748d923d7a05f66a4fc6e7ce4e.jpg)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on November 10, 2019, 09:36:48 am
Another three from the Shatter photo shoot.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49011070118_92d16d1baa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hEWxCj)PB030109 (https://flic.kr/p/2hEWxCj) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49011059048_d6b0185f96_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hEWuks)PB030079 (https://flic.kr/p/2hEWuks) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49011068203_d02a5427ea_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hEWx4i)PB030107 (https://flic.kr/p/2hEWx4i) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on November 10, 2019, 05:21:51 pm
One from the weekend. Rhino Rift 2nd pitch.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191110/92e6156dabbfe79ccc8da260df564333.jpg)

Sent from my SM-A730F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Laurie on November 11, 2019, 01:35:42 am
Wow!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on November 11, 2019, 09:32:53 am
More of Chunky's set on Facebook. The above looks even better as a higher res. image. Not at its best here.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on November 11, 2019, 10:33:18 am
More of Chunky's set on Facebook. The above looks even better as a higher res. image. Not at its best here.

Thanks TOR. Lovely photo's by the way  :thumbsup:

Full resolution of the Rhino shots from the weekend are available to view here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/markburkey/
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Topimo on November 12, 2019, 01:20:26 pm
I'd been discussing this image with a friend the other day, it was taken over a year ago in Shuttleworth Pot.

I managed 2 photos before my camera battery died (poor prep - very frustrating), one was super blurry as I adjusted the focus, this one was very dark as I sorted out light levels but some janky editing on Snapseed has recovered something serviceable to act as a demonstration.

One that I'd like to return and "better" one day when I'm tempted back underground.

Also a note FAO "Q" - the forum is happy with ".jpg" file photo extensions but not ".jpeg", I'm not sure if there's a technical reason for this.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Q on November 12, 2019, 11:02:55 pm
Also a note FAO "Q" - the forum is happy with ".jpg" file photo extensions but not ".jpeg", I'm not sure if there's a technical reason for this.

Hi Topimo, fixed that. The forum should now allow .jpeg as well  ;D

Thanks.
Q
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: flashmonkey on November 20, 2019, 09:47:21 am
My solo trip into ofd the weekend to selenite passage.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on November 20, 2019, 10:27:17 am
My old mate Pete Rose in the dig yesterday. " Bye. I am off to the pub ".


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49092165686_eaa6a991d5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hN7bvL)PB190013 (https://flic.kr/p/2hN7bvL) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49091647318_512be9012d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2hN4wqo)PB190007 (https://flic.kr/p/2hN4wqo) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on November 20, 2019, 11:17:04 am
The second image is called " Pop Goes The Weasel ". I am not allowed to elucidate further. :shrug:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on November 24, 2019, 11:24:14 am
From yesterdays trip in to Pendulum Passage. Ogof Ffynnon Ddu

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49115212942_7102534041_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Judi Durber on November 24, 2019, 12:53:47 pm
One of the current owners of Singing River Mine, on her first caving trip, went into her mine.

House ( & therefore mine entrance) due to change hands mid December.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: TheBitterEnd on November 24, 2019, 07:45:34 pm
Mobile phone snap
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on November 24, 2019, 07:49:12 pm
Nice picture, BE . . . . I guess it's Dolly Tubs looking out to Alum Pot?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: TheBitterEnd on November 24, 2019, 09:40:43 pm
Nice picture, BE . . . . I guess it's Dolly Tubs looking out to Alum Pot?
That's the one, Alec "on-sight" rigging, he's never done the alternative before.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on December 15, 2019, 01:02:06 pm
The Dudley Caving Club Christmas Trip.

I'm pretty sure we must have been bad this year to get the Aggy trip Santa gave us.
A lot of fun with a great bunch of people, but Coal Cellar passage was brutal....perhaps a few less mince pies next time!  :chair:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49222123436_655c8eae1c_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49221640023_1717c56f22_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49221646118_b9704ba0fa_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: AdrianTurner on January 06, 2020, 11:04:55 pm
With a brand new Olympus TG-6 to play with, a couple of semi-willing mugs, and a trip down Notts 2, I'm quite happy with how these turned out! The first was taken handheld in the handheld starlight mode, the main light source being a Fenix HL-55 off to the right of the camera, and back lit by a Fenix HP-12. In post, I've just increased the exposure compensation slightly and cropped it. The second shot was also handheld in the super close-up mode and zoomed in to the max, side lit with a Fenix HP-65R. In post I've just increased the local contrast slightly to make it stand out from the background a bit more. I'm very impressed by how easy it was to get decent images out of this camera without putting in too much effort.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: christine on January 07, 2020, 10:01:41 pm
So, the plan was to head somewhere warm, clear and shallow and spend hours and hours learning how top use my DSLR and Ikelite underwater housing, pus 3 strobes and two video lights.

I got variable results, a dead strobe and a dead video light!  :annoyed:

I'm on a steep, expensive and VERY frustrating learning curve.
If you think cave photography is hard, all I can tell you is don't even think about trying it underwater!

These are the best I could do on our recent pre-Xmas holiday to the Yucatan.

I'd love to know which one you prefer (1,2 or 3?)

For the blog report: https://www.wetwelliescaving.com/post/magical-mexico

     1: Cenote Minotauro

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49279101248_da6c2c11d9_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2i5CgWG)Mexico 2019 (https://flic.kr/p/2i5CgWG) by Christine Grosart (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cgrosart/), on Flickr


     2: Cenote Nahoch

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49279737987_e1658bef26_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2i5FxdX)
Mexico 2019 (https://flic.kr/p/2i5FxdX) by Christine Grosart (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cgrosart/), on Flickr


     3: Cenote Regina

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49278969803_ffb0e51eb6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2i5BASp)Mexico 2019. Images: Copyright Christine Grosart (https://flic.kr/p/2i5BASp) by Christine Grosart (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cgrosart/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: ObviousSpectre on January 07, 2020, 10:09:29 pm
All three are cracking photos  :clap2:

Although I think that the third one is my favourite, love the lighting and the stals in the foreground.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Roger W on January 07, 2020, 10:19:25 pm
As said above, some cracking photos !

I like no. 2 with the bubbles.

Keep them coming!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: christine on January 08, 2020, 11:34:37 am
Thank you guys  :-[

Always interesting to hear other people's perspectives.

The first image is probably the most technically correct (and maybe the least interesting?). It needed much less post processing work than the others.

No 2 is marmite. Some folk hate bubbles anywhere in the shot - some love them (so long as they are not all over the divers face, coming out of his arse etc). Personally I love the bubbles especially if they are backlit and sparkly and well timed. Rich is very good at synching his breathing to my strobe cycles  :ang:

Someone pointed out that the diver should have been next to the formations looking at them, rather than in front. Bit late now... :shrug:

No 3 was taken with the help of an excellent cave photographer called Marissa Eckert (Hidden Worlds Diving, check out her images on FB). Her partner dutifully runs around placing strobes all over the cave so I took full advantage of the extra light.

Unfortunately you can see them all in the image! Even photoshop can't fix that  :down:

Not that great a composure and James wasn't meant to be in the image!

I'm hoping to put a set together for Hidden Earth and not sure if these are good enough.

Shame.

Will have to go back... :bounce:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: christine on January 08, 2020, 01:38:27 pm
Just came across this image of the same place as my photo no.3 in Regina.

This one is taken by another lady photographer, Korean Su Eun Kim. She drags her husband all over the world taking cave photos.
She's about 4 feet high, wears a rebreather that weighs more than her and she is seriously talented.
She throws A LOT of light at her images and I suspect her camera and lenses are not cheap either.
Anyway, a different perspectoive of the same spot.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10162952141125224&set=pcb.10162952142385224&type=3&theater
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Martin Wright on January 10, 2020, 10:04:18 am
I think I would go for number 3. Incidentally, I prefer your number 3 to the Korean photographer's picture of the same place. The divers are in sharper focus, I like the stal in the foreground which has kept its true colour and not been burned out, and the picture somehow captures the three-dimensional aspect of that particular dive with the depth behind the divers. All nice shots, though.

One minor point - shouldn't the caption for number 2 be "Nohoch" rather than "Nahoch" if, as I suspect, it is from Nohoch Nah Chich?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: christine on January 14, 2020, 02:36:17 am

One minor point - shouldn't the caption for number 2 be "Nohoch" rather than "Nahoch" if, as I suspect, it is from Nohoch Nah Chich?

Very probably. Most of the dives blurred into one and the spellings of most places were variable. We didn't go in the usual 'touristy' entrance but I suspect your spelling is correct.

We dived a cenote called Aktun Ha which is also known as Regina...
Tomato Tomato....
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 16, 2020, 01:14:25 pm
Apprentice in training.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49389348671_68c515c57f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ifnjEk)P1140005 (https://flic.kr/p/2ifnjEk) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Youth and Age.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49388868018_921155f755_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ifjRMd)P1140038 (https://flic.kr/p/2ifjRMd) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

If it aint fun. It aint worth doing.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: DaveWatts on January 17, 2020, 09:11:01 am
The famous Manor farm curtain, taken last week on Mendip
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 17, 2020, 09:18:02 am
Thanks for posting Dave. I must admit that I was very angry when I saw your photo. The damage to this wonderful curtain is inexcusable. Here is mine taken at the time of the curtain's discovery. Can folk see a difference ?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49397679848_2be9cd50bc_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ig72ej)manor farm (https://flic.kr/p/2ig72ej) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JasonC on January 17, 2020, 06:56:28 pm
Can folk see a difference ?

Yes indeed :(

... but not having been to Manor Farm for over 40 years, what about the difference in colour?  Is it solely due to the lighting used for the photos, or has it changed from snowy white over that time?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Roger W on January 17, 2020, 07:50:02 pm
Dave's photo is by transmitted rather than reflected light?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 18, 2020, 09:40:45 am
Dave's image was a composite image and as stated the lighting is totally different. Mine was the old fashioned way with bulb flash. Originally a slide mine has been copied by a scanner and reprocessed so there tends to be a loss of colour in that process. I was told that a clumsy caver dislodged a rock which rolled into the curtain and smashed the end off. When this happened I do not know. To see an iconic Mendip cave feature broken this way leaves me little hope that we are capable of preserving our heritage.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 19, 2020, 08:11:13 pm
Withyhill.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49410484026_fbb3f96b1a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iheDt1)P1190008 (https://flic.kr/p/2iheDt1) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49410685792_4843cb84e1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ihfFrJ)P1190007 (https://flic.kr/p/2ihfFrJ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on January 25, 2020, 02:14:50 pm
A sneak peak of Mulu 2020. This shot of Tim Allen and Chris Haigh in Monolith Passage, Cobweb Cave, en route to where Mark Sims would bolt the teams route to discover virgin cave.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49439063936_11c34b9e52_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on January 31, 2020, 08:46:27 am
Ben stands at the end of 'Monolith Passage' Looking out at Chris in 'The Elephant Warren' Whilst Toby de-rigs the bolt traverse toward Mark who is stood in the newly discovered passage high above the floor of the chamber. A discovery which would link in with 'Just a mile' passage and yield the first new discoveries of the expedition.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49464626548_915a4b8334_b.jpg)

Full resolution of the shot can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/markburkey/49464626548/in/dateposted/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/markburkey/49464626548/in/dateposted/)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 31, 2020, 09:22:30 am
Often when I take a warden lead trip I like to get a few rushed images for my group and incorporate a conservation exercise. A few years ago I noticed that bats had been roosting in Icing Flake Chamber in Withyhill and bat droppings were spoiling The Icing Flakes. So as there are rarely any trips to that part of Withyhill here are some photos of the trip. Ultimately I found the hand spray most useful and fair results were obtained. Peter Glanvill's battery sprayer would complete the job whilst the area is so wet. The Icing Flakes themselves can only be properly appreciated when the basins themselves are dry. There were no bats in residence on this occasion.

Icing Flake Chamber. The basins are on top of the bank to the left. Olympus TG 4, Double Yongnuo slave guns and Skyray spot. The background slave gun was perched on a rock but cloned out from the image. An awkward subject to do in a rush.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49410712992_736c9bcf99_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ihfPwG)P1190058 (https://flic.kr/p/2ihfPwG) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Bat poo before cleaning.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49410506811_0275c4f699_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iheLeR)P1190052 (https://flic.kr/p/2iheLeR) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The two Icing Flake basins after cleaning. My paintbrush bottom right.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49410502486_12a6ac417c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iheJXh)P1190044 (https://flic.kr/p/2iheJXh) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on February 01, 2020, 01:26:08 pm
At the far end of Sakai Cave behind Tim lies a draughting unexplored boulder slope which would lead to a huge boulder strewn chamber and tantalising bolt climb.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49472520091_1edf8b2502_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on February 02, 2020, 04:55:41 am
Some of mine from the recent Laos expedition. More on my Instagram @joshwhite992

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on February 02, 2020, 07:09:58 pm
I was never sure that when this thread was started as a " Showcase " it was meant to show the very best work of talented cave photographers or mere snappings of the less talented folk like myself. For the moment I have assumed that it is open to the work of all cave photographers. Even those most humble. Clearly folk like me can never aspire to show the great images posted by our friend " Chunky ". Many of these from far away places folk on a pension could never afford to visit. I rather think "Chunky" is a tad more assiduous in the creation of his images than me. Just chucking a couple of slave fired Yonguos on a rock and hoping for the best might not feature in such great works. But. I say but. Does that mean we " Happy Snappers " ( a Mr.O'Doc term ) have no place on such an esteemed thread? Ah maybe not. I visited the National Gallery in London this weekend and gazed in awe at the work of the great masters. The work and skill of painters like Constable and Van Gough. Few could match that today. Art is art. Photography is art. Are artists like Banksy and Da Vinci any different in their concept of what art should be? Have both the same talent? A photograph is only an amalgamation of two basic things. One is composition and to me, that is the most important. With some, it is the innate understanding of what looks   " right ". There are rules but they are there to be broken. If we followed those rules all photos would look the same. So when composing an image lets first look at doing it differently. Somewhere on Google Image will be the image that you are about to compose. Then let there be light. That will make or break the composition. If there be a third element it is time. How long you want to be involved in the composition. The big question too. Does your image tell a story? Now that might well be the crux of the matter regarding this thread. Do you want to see photographic masterpieces that the word " Showcase " implies? Will you settle for " less " but be able to relate more to the "moment " or the story that the image imparts. Again my personal view is that we all can tell a story, capture a moment on film that might be unrepeatable. We can appreciate the great skill that " Chunky " posesses but we should not be put off by it. We should not feel that we can never be as good as that and in some way we are parading our lack of skills by daring to contribute. No Banksy is not Da Vinci. Turner is not Van Gough. ( I just had to see The Fighting Temeraire yesterday.) One more element then. Lets have fun. Let's have a laugh. In doing so let's look at characters and see them as such rather than as models. Lets see something of the personality hidden below the caving helmet. Cavers are people after all.
So what is gained by this ramble? Well, something I have said for years on this forum. It is the least illustrated of all my hobby forums. Caving photography is inexpensive and one of the rare types of art whereby you control everything. The composition, the light and usually the model though I really hate asking people to pose. Ultimately if you have any agreement with this let's see some proof of it. Let's see lots more images. They might not be technically brilliant but they may excel in other areas. That hardly makes them less relevant, does it?

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JasonC on February 02, 2020, 08:15:10 pm
I was never sure that when this thread was started as a " Showcase " it was meant to show the very best work of talented cave photographers or mere snappings of the less talented folk like myself. ......

Too modest, OR.  The forum is replete with examples of your talents.  The talent is in spotting the picture, then capturing it - to do that with limited kit, in limited time, needs more skill, not less.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on February 02, 2020, 10:32:39 pm


I was never sure that when this thread was started as a " Showcase " it was meant to show the very best work of talented cave photographers or mere snappings of the less talented folk like myself. For the moment I have assumed that it is open to the work of all cave photographers. Even those most humble. Clearly folk like me can never aspire to show the great images posted by our friend " Chunky ". Many of these from far away places folk on a pension could never afford to visit. I rather think "Chunky" is a tad more assiduous in the creation of his images than me. Just chucking a couple of slave fired Yonguos on a rock and hoping for the best might not feature in such great works. But. I say but. Does that mean we " Happy Snappers " ( a Mr.O'Doc term ) have no place on such an esteemed thread? Ah maybe not. I visited the National Gallery in London this weekend and gazed in awe at the work of the great masters. The work and skill of painters like Constable and Van Gough. Few could match that today. Art is art. Photography is art. Are artists like Banksy and Da Vinci any different in their concept of what art should be? Have both the same talent? A photograph is only an amalgamation of two basic things. One is composition and to me, that is the most important. With some, it is the innate understanding of what looks   " right ". There are rules but they are there to be broken. If we followed those rules all photos would look the same. So when composing an image lets first look at doing it differently. Somewhere on Google Image will be the image that you are about to compose. Then let there be light. That will make or break the composition. If there be a third element it is time. How long you want to be involved in the composition. The big question too. Does your image tell a story? Now that might well be the crux of the matter regarding this thread. Do you want to see photographic masterpieces that the word " Showcase " implies? Will you settle for " less " but be able to relate more to the "moment " or the story that the image imparts. Again my personal view is that we all can tell a story, capture a moment on film that might be unrepeatable. We can appreciate the great skill that " Chunky " posesses but we should not be put off by it. We should not feel that we can never be as good as that and in some way we are parading our lack of skills by daring to contribute. No Banksy is not Da Vinci. Turner is not Van Gough. ( I just had to see The Fighting Temeraire yesterday.) One more element then. Lets have fun. Let's have a laugh. In doing so let's look at characters and see them as such rather than as models. Lets see something of the personality hidden below the caving helmet. Cavers are people after all.
So what is gained by this ramble? Well, something I have said for years on this forum. It is the least illustrated of all my hobby forums. Caving photography is inexpensive and one of the rare types of art whereby you control everything. The composition, the light and usually the model though I really hate asking people to pose. Ultimately if you have any agreement with this let's see some proof of it. Let's see lots more images. They might not be technically brilliant but they may excel in other areas. That hardly makes them less relevant, does it?

The idea of the thread was/is to give a platform for people to show off shots they want to share with others...period

Looking back over the thread it is great to see that so many people have participated and equally gratifying that others have liked and commented on a wide variety of styles of photography.

Right from my very first point and click pics I have shared them every chance I've had as it gives me pleasure and although my kit and style have changed over the years the enjoyment of sharing my shots remain.
For me I don't take photos to then not share them, so I'd encourage anyone who has taken the time and effort to photograph underground to show off their shots.

Sent from my SM-A730F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on February 03, 2020, 06:42:51 am


I was never sure that when this thread was started as a " Showcase " it was meant to show the very best work of talented cave photographers or mere snappings of the less talented folk like myself. For the moment I have assumed that it is open to the work of all cave photographers. Even those most humble. Clearly folk like me can never aspire to show the great images posted by our friend " Chunky ". Many of these from far away places folk on a pension could never afford to visit. I rather think "Chunky" is a tad more assiduous in the creation of his images than me. Just chucking a couple of slave fired Yonguos on a rock and hoping for the best might not feature in such great works. But. I say but. Does that mean we " Happy Snappers " ( a Mr.O'Doc term ) have no place on such an esteemed thread? Ah maybe not. I visited the National Gallery in London this weekend and gazed in awe at the work of the great masters. The work and skill of painters like Constable and Van Gough. Few could match that today. Art is art. Photography is art. Are artists like Banksy and Da Vinci any different in their concept of what art should be? Have both the same talent? A photograph is only an amalgamation of two basic things. One is composition and to me, that is the most important. With some, it is the innate understanding of what looks   " right ". There are rules but they are there to be broken. If we followed those rules all photos would look the same. So when composing an image lets first look at doing it differently. Somewhere on Google Image will be the image that you are about to compose. Then let there be light. That will make or break the composition. If there be a third element it is time. How long you want to be involved in the composition. The big question too. Does your image tell a story? Now that might well be the crux of the matter regarding this thread. Do you want to see photographic masterpieces that the word " Showcase " implies? Will you settle for " less " but be able to relate more to the "moment " or the story that the image imparts. Again my personal view is that we all can tell a story, capture a moment on film that might be unrepeatable. We can appreciate the great skill that " Chunky " posesses but we should not be put off by it. We should not feel that we can never be as good as that and in some way we are parading our lack of skills by daring to contribute. No Banksy is not Da Vinci. Turner is not Van Gough. ( I just had to see The Fighting Temeraire yesterday.) One more element then. Lets have fun. Let's have a laugh. In doing so let's look at characters and see them as such rather than as models. Lets see something of the personality hidden below the caving helmet. Cavers are people after all.
So what is gained by this ramble? Well, something I have said for years on this forum. It is the least illustrated of all my hobby forums. Caving photography is inexpensive and one of the rare types of art whereby you control everything. The composition, the light and usually the model though I really hate asking people to pose. Ultimately if you have any agreement with this let's see some proof of it. Let's see lots more images. They might not be technically brilliant but they may excel in other areas. That hardly makes them less relevant, does it?

The idea of the thread was/is to give a platform for people to show off shots they want to share with others...period

Looking back over the thread it is great to see that so many people have participated and equally gratifying that others have liked and commented on a wide variety of styles of photography.

Right from my very first point and click pics I have shared them every chance I've had as it gives me pleasure and although my kit and style have changed over the years the enjoyment of sharing my shots remain.
For me I don't take photos to then not share them, so I'd encourage anyone who has taken the time and effort to photograph underground to show off their shots.

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Well said. I like seeing all photos on here from your multiple flash setups to long exposure type shots, and use them as inspiration for technical lighting, framing and model placement.

Obviously some people’s shots are more advanced than others (including mine), and I would hope they wouldn’t be disheartened or not want to share their shots in this thread, but rather feel inspired to share their shots in this thread.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Pegasus on February 03, 2020, 09:13:37 am
I too appreciate all of the photos posted on this thread - just recently, Christine's lovely shots of cave diving (love the bubbles), OR's shot of the apprentice in training and Hubby in Mulu by Chunky.

Please, everyone do keep posting.... and those viewing it takes a second to click that 'Like' button and show your appreciation, thank you  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: mrodoc on February 03, 2020, 10:43:35 am
This is the lake in Pridhamsleigh Cavern, Devon. Several flashes fired by wireless using a Canon G12.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on February 03, 2020, 10:45:59 am


This is the lake in Pridhamsleigh Cavern, Devon. Several flashes fired by wireless using a Canon G12.

Nice, never caved in Devon, makes me want to go

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: mrodoc on February 03, 2020, 12:23:56 pm
Let me know and I'll take you round.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: JoshW on February 03, 2020, 12:32:03 pm
This is the lake in Pridhamsleigh Cavern, Devon. Several flashes fired by wireless using a Canon G12.

Nice shot, appreciate the extra technical details in the text as well. Will try and add these myself when contributing to this thread  :)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on February 03, 2020, 02:02:54 pm
Let me know and I'll take you round.
Nice, will keep you to that :)

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on February 06, 2020, 09:19:21 am
One from this week. Sort of a portrait cum action shot which I like doing as I don't have to ask folk to pose. Upgraded the digging camera to a TG4 as my    " best" is now a new TG6. Try as I might I could not destroy the old TG2 so I have given it to our " apprentice " who may well become a great cave photographer one day. ( though that remains unlikely under my tuition ). The process this week during one digging session. Take about 100 photos on Programme with flash set to fill in. ( the flash may not fire for close-ups with auto flash as it picks up too much ambient light.)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49488698098_49cd720796_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ip9vMu)P2040100 (https://flic.kr/p/2ip9vMu) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

On this occasion, the camera gave f2 at 1/30 sec, 200  ISO.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on February 06, 2020, 06:41:30 pm
Some of mine from the recent Laos expedition. More on my Instagram @joshwhite992

Love the Gours shot, very nice  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: MarkS on February 09, 2020, 10:44:17 am
Let's see lots more images. They might not be technically brilliant but they may excel in other areas.

TOR, your post has prompted me to post one of mine. A 1st experiment for me using long exposure. We had a team of 3 in a big space without any photo kit apart from a camera. It ended up as a combination of 6 photos, each lit with just a Fenix HP10 and/or a Rude Nora 2. It is in Lagangs Cave in Mulu.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on February 09, 2020, 02:31:34 pm
We had an acronym in diving KISS. It meant keep it simple stupid. Quite often the simple works best and more subdued lighting adds an air of mystery to a subject. Many of the classic photographs of the past are simple. The subject takes precedence over the technical. I was adding images to a Facebook Group for Somerset. I rarely bother now as many are Photoshopped into such an unnatural state that to me they look awful. Now editing tools are fine. I rarely let anything go without using one. Sadly the tendency now is to " overcook " everything. That's not to imply criticism to anything here. Ultimately it's all about what I have been banging on about for years. You don't need expensive kit. All you need is to train yourself to " see " an image before you work the camera. You then might step back and see how you can do it differently. Angles and light. My son is a very good landscape photographer. We went to a beach in Somerset where shingles and wooden posts make a great image with the sea and light adding to the effect. He spent ages setting up and getting wet. We looked at Google image when we got home. Dozens of photographers had done exactly the same thing. Great atmospheric shots but all the same. They all saw the subject the same way because it was the best way embodying all of the things that come together to make a great image. A while back I said that cave photography was becoming formulaic. I still think that is partly true. A smiling model with reverse flash sited behind. It works well but everyone does it. So it comes down to style and being a photo historian I can put a photographer's name to many images I see. The photographer has a style peculiar to him or herself. Nothing wrong with that. The photographic " rules " are there to be interpreted whichever way you want. You have great control over caving images. The light, the composition is all yours to do with what you want. A black pallet if you like. So what that you might use the old BLF rule now interpreted into taking many images to pick through at home. One will probably be exactly what you thought would work in the cave. I rarely spend more than a few minutes taking a photograph but I might take 10 or so to improve the odds. With the Yongnuos you soon learn which settings to use in advance of the shot. I usually start at 1/64 then dial up or back if necessary. The Skyray lamp helps to focus and can pick up distant points. It can also make a good backlight too. Use flash fill in on simple Programme shots as flash auto might not fire if the camera picks up helmet light. I write these things not to tell folks what to do but to encourage them to take and show photos particularly here. Ultimately its all quite easy and inexpensive. Well, at least the above might be the result of my ramblings. Well done that man.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Laurie on February 09, 2020, 04:17:43 pm
Lighten it or darken it, cool it or warm it is all the post processing I do.
Just to make up for my or my printer's vaguaries, a reasonable camera will do the rest for you.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on February 09, 2020, 11:08:14 pm
With respect to cave photographs, I find that one of the most useful ‘post-snap’ buttons is the one that allows you to lighten the shadows and darken the highlights, with mainly minor adjustments to the contrast etc.

However, this has got nothing to do with caving, but everything to do with post-processing. 10 days ago I was in Granada and had the ‘obligatory’ trip to the Alhambra Palace, where I took this absolutely stunning, amazing picture of the Patio de los Leones (AKA the Court of the Lions). Unfortunately I did not notice that the glasses I held in my left-hand hand had somehow snook into the shot. So I figured that a bit of post-processing was in order:

1) Straighten the image.
2) Get rid of the out-of-focus glasses.
3) While you’re at it, get rid of the people and bits of fencing.
4) Do something about the shrouds surrounding the restoration work in progress in the left hand side of the picture, just visible through the arches on the left-hand side; I figured that since the place is quite symmetrical, then I could copy the picture, reverse it left-to-right, and clone the arches on the ‘true’ right into the ‘true’ left. Simple, huh?

Watch this space!!!


Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on February 10, 2020, 09:33:16 am
OK – here's the 'after' shot:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: andys on February 10, 2020, 02:01:55 pm
Great pic John - and great improvement. Just for interest, I thought I'd go a bit further and straighten the image more to remove the "slope" at upper right, and give both tthe red and blue a minor boost to "warm it up" a bit. Anyway, here's my take.

Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on February 10, 2020, 02:08:04 pm
Thanks, andys; by straightening it you've got rid of the strip of light coloured stone on the right-hand side, which improves things (I could've just cropped it a bit more, of course).
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on February 14, 2020, 09:37:46 am
I suppose one has to ask if the dreaded " Selfie " has any place in cave photography. I sometimes do one for record-keeping purposes and it saves time by using myself as the model. One from this week. The stalagmite has miraculously survived when this huge block fell on it some 50 years ago. More to the point the stalagmite has stopped the block falling even further and blocking the passage. Now I suppose you could say that no other idiot would stand so close to such a perilous contrivance. Well, there might be some truth in that.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49524776856_c9250be90b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iskqK3)P2110024 (https://flic.kr/p/2iskqK3) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on February 14, 2020, 01:23:09 pm
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I suppose one has to ask if the dreaded " Selfie " has any place in cave photography.

I think that one has to decide for oneself, and if any self-styled 'purist' objects, then  – too bad. If you'r happy with your photographs, well and good – if you're not, you strive to do better. For what it's worth, I think that the selfie you posted is a nice shot.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on February 14, 2020, 03:39:00 pm
Fulk you have inspired me to write a poem. Personally I think that you and I are both a bit odd. Ahh but the ultimate character crime is to be bland. Much better to be odd.

The Boulder.

Boulder, boulder on the wall.
I would die if you should fall.

Let me pass and you might stay.
We can meet another day.

 "Mr. Trundle's I Scream Parlour" near.
Fingers squashed and screams I hear.

You and I have friendship close.
I trust that you will not be loose.

To fall and batter poor old Nick.
You would not do such a nasty trick.

Yet trust can go and I relent.
Now fixed in with cement.

O.R.






Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on February 14, 2020, 03:43:04 pm
We can still be friends ---

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Fulk on February 14, 2020, 05:22:02 pm
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Personally I think that you [and I] are [both] a bit odd.

You're not the first person to say that.  ;D
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on March 03, 2020, 08:18:21 pm
Mendip Steel Erectors.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49615403637_2afde2881a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iAkUVK)P3030017 - Copy (https://flic.kr/p/2iAkUVK) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49614617283_5e31e9a476_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iAgTaV)P3030024 (https://flic.kr/p/2iAgTaV) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: rhychydwr1 on March 04, 2020, 12:29:25 pm
What is it?  Is it cave related?
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on March 04, 2020, 04:06:40 pm
It's the construction of a semi gabion at the dig. Quicker than building walls as we are very old and not likely to live long enough. Often used along river banks so should last a long while.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: flashmonkey on March 08, 2020, 10:12:28 pm
Caver Keith at Piccadilly waterfall
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on March 21, 2020, 07:24:47 pm
How to cheat the three upload limit. Mostly unposed portraits of The Tuesday Diggers taken recently.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49683389663_38914a247f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iGmmNB)BeFunky-collage(2) (https://flic.kr/p/2iGmmNB) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on March 21, 2020, 07:37:56 pm

A few from the last 12 months.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49684267472_9891770c3f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iGqRKf)BeFunky-collage(3) (https://flic.kr/p/2iGqRKf) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on March 21, 2020, 08:09:51 pm
How to cheat the three upload limit

Bad Tor.......Bad :spank:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Roger W on March 21, 2020, 09:19:05 pm
 Not bad at all - a good idea!

One picture on the forum, click on it and go to flikr and you can enjoy at a higher resolution.

Keep 'em coming, O.R.!
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on March 22, 2020, 09:25:01 am
If caving gets shut down there may not be many more brand new photographs appearing. I hope to do some more on Tuesday but even that is not certain. I do a lot of collages for various hobbies and think of them as one multiview image. Certainly a useful way of illustrating an account without having to load them separately. I have three massive caving collages hung on the wall. The one for Reservoir Hole has 100 images. I had it printed in Berlin to a very high standard. Of course, if the mods decide this is cheating I won't add another here.
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: mikem on March 22, 2020, 10:01:48 am
Think it'll be fine, as long as you don't repeat any  :tease:
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Badlad on March 22, 2020, 12:28:35 pm
Chunky sets the rules on this thread - be warned!

The mods  ;)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: mrodoc on March 22, 2020, 06:13:05 pm
This one was taken last weekend. It's my eldest daughter - probably the last time she will be caving for a while (she is expecting in August). 
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on March 22, 2020, 10:47:43 pm
This one was taken last weekend. It's my eldest daughter - probably the last time she will be caving for a while (she is expecting in August).
As I've previously mentioned to you Peter, love this one, just something about it

Naughty TOR, I was of course only teasing :) the way things are heading I think.bending a photography thread rules is the least of our worries! Stay safe all. Dig out those old shots and keep them coming.

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Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: chunky on March 27, 2020, 12:07:39 pm
One of my first shots from back in 2013 of the OFD3 traverses, re-edited for a monochrome feel.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49685073643_31ea35ea6e_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: pwhole on March 27, 2020, 12:56:54 pm

A few from the last 12 months. BeFunky-collage(3)[/url] by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr


I'm particularly enjoying trying to see all the grey spots in the intersections at one time ;)
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: The Old Ruminator on April 01, 2020, 08:45:54 am
The last quick photos I took on the last digging session before the lockdown. A new grotto in the dig.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49670688146_55be11853e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iFeg5W)P3170118 (https://flic.kr/p/2iFeg5W) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

A suggested name for the formation has been   " The Headless Chicken "

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49670143238_91c1177f28_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iFbt6Y)P3170125 (https://flic.kr/p/2iFbt6Y) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: mikem on April 01, 2020, 08:57:03 am
A suggested name for the formation has been   " The Headless Chicken "
Or Rubber Necking...
Title: Re: Photography Showcase 3 per week limit
Post by: Stupot on July 01, 2020, 07:52:15 pm
3 shots of my last visit into Dan Yr Ogof prior to lockdown.

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