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Sinnett-Thorn Mountain Cave System, WV

 
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Sep 29, 2014 07:53 |  #1

This is a wonderful three mile cave system where Thorn Mountain Cave and Sinnett Cave were connected in the seventies. Among it's highlights are a very big and long (800+ft) room, hundred of bats, and a cool canyon. On the Thorn side you have crystal formations (did not get that far into Thorn). The connection between the two halves is literally less than 9in tall and 18in wide. It goes for about 50ft with many right angle turns and I had to go through places upside down, sideways, and with my helmet off.

This was my first cave photo trip since March and it was AWESOME!

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Maria Af-Rolen at the top of the 40ft deep Sinnett Canyon. Lit by three strobes wirelessly synced. ISO 400, f6.3. 3image panorama with a 10-22mm lens.

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From far to near: Maria Rolen, Holly Sauvageot, Lori K., and Katie M. in the Big Room. This is about 400ft of the 900ft of room. ISO 400, f6.3, Canon 10-22mm lens. Each person had a No. 5 clear flashbulb with no reflectors. Coordinated with radios. I have a video of this shot I will post later. Took three tries, on the first one, one bulb fizzled instead of flashes, one the second one, one did not go off at all, and on the third one everyone went off though one did explode.

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Andrew Mengele lit from behind with a No. 5 bulb with a reflector. Yes, those are bats around him. ISO 400, f6.3 Canon 10-22mm lens.

Enjoy the photos, videos later today!!

C&C welcome

Ryan Maurer

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Sep 29, 2014 07:59 |  #2

Love the last one, Cracker.




  
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Sep 29, 2014 09:36 |  #3

Another great set.


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Sep 29, 2014 10:24 |  #4

Yes, another awesome set! I'm surprised you're using flashbulbs... are the small strobes not powerful enough?


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Sep 29, 2014 15:00 |  #5

No, the strobes are not enough. They have a guide number of 104 @ iso 100, about 200 @ iso 400. That's just over thirty feet at f6.3

These bulbs have guide numbers close to 600 at iso 400.

I am buying ones for a trip in november close to guide number 800.

Thanx, everyone!!


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Sep 30, 2014 00:34 |  #6

Great shots. It's always nice to see something different.




  
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Sep 30, 2014 07:09 |  #7

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=87vuMNC820U (external link)

That is the video of us shooting photo #2.


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