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Offline The Old Ruminator

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Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« on: October 12, 2018, 01:19:00 pm »
Most weeks we have been working away at Vurley. Now with CO2 at depth we are restructuring the entrance series. So if you were at HE you would know we are around 150m deep. Not bad in three years.
If you saw the Mendip Photo exhibition you would have seen my giant collages for Shatter Cave and Withyhill. Now I have compiled another big collage for Reservoir Hole. A difficult task reducing the images from over 1,000 to the 99 required for the collage. All had to be horizontal format so many vertical images have had to be edited. The short list was around 150 which I can, if acceptable to all, run as a pure photo thread here. So no text from me just images via Photobucket. Yes Photobucket and I have renewed our acquaintanceship and I now pay for the largest packet of which with some 20,000 images hosted only fills %3 of my limit. I think that is about £100 pa but hey ho nothing comes cheap. Many images go on other forums for other hobbies. So cost wise getting where I want to be to use the collages at talks and events is not cheap either. £80 for the collage then the dry mounting and framing securely at over £150. Maybe I can recoup a bit through talk fees. The company I use are in Berlin and supply superb reproductions of images.
https://photo-collage.net/
This is a poor screen shot of the collage.



I will run the images a batch at a time and the odd " like " might encourage me to continue. No moaning about looking at them on mobile phones please.
 

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 01:23:46 pm »
Will make a start.

The Withyhill and Shatter collages rephotographed so not original.




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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 01:37:42 pm »
OK. Reservoir Hole in no particular order.

Remember all are Olympus TG shots mostly on the go.























The collage prints are obviously much small so any deficiencies will not be noticed.

Awaiting incoming --

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 02:04:28 pm »
Methinks I need a bigger monitor for the collages...
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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 03:01:37 pm »
Be warned - you usually have absolutely no warning that Nick is taking your photo. Getting on with the work and turn around to find that his camera is right in front of your face - so warts & all.  :o

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 04:52:37 pm »
I notice you guys are busy practicing for next year's Hidden Earth ladder rolling competition   ;D
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 05:27:17 pm »
Dreadful photo and believe it or not, I taught the person who won it this year!  :'(

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 06:01:24 pm »
Muddy nose and all. Hang on there Ali. We were half way up the first climb of Ascension . Barely room to hang on. Just reading some old WCC journals and Phil Hendry describes me as " a digger who always seems to be taking photos of others working ".

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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2018, 06:26:30 pm »
Three likes so a few more.


































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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2018, 03:44:34 pm »
The likes are keeping me going --- :thumbsup:





























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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2018, 04:40:10 pm »
Some excellent shots in there for a "guess the caption" competition, OR!
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2018, 08:01:35 pm »
The macro shots are gobsmackingly beautiful.

(obviously the same applies to the diggers, ahem)

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Offline Laurie

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2018, 11:45:08 am »
Is that the biggest pie ever taken underground?
Looks wonderfuful!
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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2018, 12:41:39 pm »
Never mind the pie I was thinking that's got to be the smallest ladder I've seen underground, but when you look at the average age of the digger's they probably need all the help they can  :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2018, 07:22:00 pm »
I cant remember what the ladder was for. Maybe it was an offcut from another job. Anyway that image was of Magic Smoke base camp.







































Sadly I did wonder if anyone anywhere has well over 1,000 photos of any one cave ?

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« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2018, 07:43:04 pm »
Darn. I forgot this one for the collage.  A secret place in the " old " cave. Probably only three or four people have seen them.


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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2018, 08:01:10 pm »
Darn. I forgot this one for the collage.  A secret place in the " old " cave. Probably only three or four people have seen them.

I've seen them, and so has Andrew Atkinson. So probably more like five or six.

PS Yes, I have over 1,000 photos of at least one cave, if not two.

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2018, 12:29:43 pm »
I have to agree with JasonC's comments on the macro shots.  :)
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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2018, 12:42:11 pm »
That's lucky I just noticed a Photobox %50 offer code ending today so I have ordered an A3 book of the images.

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« Reply #23 on: October 15, 2018, 01:11:04 pm »
Finished. Photobox got a bit " sticky " at times so I just refreshed the page. Perhaps it is worth remembering that -

All photos were taken on a TG2 or TG5 Olympus pocket camera.
None of the images took more than a minute or two to take.
Normally lighting was on board flash with Scurion lamp highlights or for background detail to add balance. A few were done in Olympus Live Composite Mode on a tripod.
A few had slave fired single flash and on board flash.
Some where vertical images cropped to horizontal so resolution might suffer there.
The TG's can be used underwater though obviously framing and focusing is awkward. You get what you get.
Some photos were on the original discovery before taping so can never be repeated.
Macro shots tend to be as good or even better with this sort of camera rather than a 35mm.
Some images were IAuto with flash turned off . Camera ramps up the ISO and fully opens the shutter.
I have a lot of good vertical shots that could not be cropped to horizontal without ruining the balance. Most of my High Country " Naughty Knobs " are vertical.


Cave photography need not be difficult or require expensive kit and lots of time. Remember to share.

Nick C.

No cavers were embarrassed during the sessions or photographs seen here. :halo:

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Re: Reservoir Hole. An Appreciation
« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2018, 01:36:34 pm »
Are gentlemen still required to maintain the on-ness of their top hats?