Skylight cave

Picture by atom

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  • September 21, 2014
  • Nikon D7000
  • Shooting Style Tripod
  • Shoots Number
  • Exposures Number 30sec to 1/30 sec at f/6.7 1 EV inc. (11 exposures)
  • Editing Software Others / Photoshop
  • File Format RAW
  • Notes Two sets of brackets were made. Landscape mode- one top, one bottom. RAW files saved as TIFF (with some adjustment). 11 exposures merged using Photoshop to 32-bit TIFF. Two images stitched using Photoshop photomerge in 32-bit mode. 32-bit TIFF adjusted in Lightroom and saved as a 16-bit tiff. Final adjustments made in Photoshop.
cave lava tube ray Oregon


21 Sep 21:12

My favorite lava tube. Located in the volcanic area of the Central Cascade mountains of Oregon- near a little town called Sisters. This was my first trip to this cave. I took my 4-year-old with me as a "big adventure" with dad. My son was only interested in exploring the cave so I literally had a couple minutes to compose this shot and take all the exposures. My lens was not nearly wide enough to capture this, so I did a vertical pano. 11 shots were needed for each image. So- 22 shots in all. The light is 100% natural- coming from three openings in the top called hornitos. I'm sure to get comments that "blown" areas are visible. I would be interested in hearing solutions to this. My raw files captured plenty of data, but reducing the highlight values gives an unnatural appearance.

21 Sep 22:04


21 Sep 22:55


22 Sep 04:03

In my opinion: subject - 10, composition - 10, process - 9. Overall - 10.

22 Sep 21:14

A lot of great work gone into making a beautiful image. 10.

23 Sep 12:55


23 Sep 20:13


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