Much better, OR! Though I did seem to detect a certain hesitation about going into that rather damp passage. An excellent trip along the passage to the waterfall at the end.
Many thanks to everyone who supports this ever popular thread. Why not join in if you have taken a shot you are pleased with? I'll pop some of my favourites up in notices from time to time - to cancel the notice, clck the X top right.
The diving line was pulling the helmet with the camera and torch mounted along the tube facing me. The idea works well in confined spaces.I've been quite interested in the operations you've been performing – but could you tell us, please – what's the function of the diving line?
Certainly correct but like my many photos I approach cave photography in a " journalistic " sort of way. I like to see things as they happen and I have said so many times that much of what we see is formulaic. The same approach with posed models and backwards lighting. All technically perfect but for me something is missing. Maybe that something is immediacy. A certain sense of adventure. I try to capture a bit of that in my own lazy way hoping to show that cave photography is just not for the artistic photographers with good kit and long set ups. The awful current trend in photography is in the arduous editing resulting in something garish and unnatural. All made worse by the so many apps that can transform an image. Even adding a sunset that did not exist. Of course taste and perception moves on and in a way I am locked in the past. If I am rattling about on a ladder with a drysuit thats how it is. Its more reality than if the whole thing was contrived in some way. You all know about my splodging. Its been going on a long time. In trying to let folk see how easy it can all be. Somehow its really been a failure. There is still not enough images here. Far less than I see in my collectors forum. Yet caving is so visual. Colours and shapes, adventure, disappointment and reward. Personally challenging and fulfilling. You even have a blank canvas as a start. ( Its rather dark ). Are we seduced by technology ? Do we feel we need the best in phones and cameras when something cheaper and simpler can fulfill a need ? Are we losing our creative skills when technology provides the app or edit that can make our image anything we want it to be ? Perhaps we feel obliged to use that technology. AI gives us that route. Future cameras will exist only as phones . They will become more intuitive. Ultimately giving something it believes that we want to see. Is there any element of soul or self that way ? Is the photographer creative or the camera/phone clever ? Yup OK I am very new to cave video. Much of the technology around it confounds me. I cant even make Youtube upload things. I am learning techniques rather than accessing more technology. I hope to carry on this thread using and improving the small basics I have already learned. Roger is correct about the movement. I can improve on that. The drysuit video lastly seen was so awkward to do. I had to have the gear head mounted. I was not happy on the ladder nor in the water. I have residual concerns about floating about in a drysuit after getting lost that way at sea for 16 hours. I guess the video was more about helping the project than a visual treat here.The headlamp lighting gave a good impression of "what the caver'sees." But slow, smooth movement is the key to success, I think.