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Maxwelton - One of the best cave shoots I have ever done!

 
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Feb 17, 2015 21:47 |  #1

Bear with me, I shot over 350 photos in a photo trip lasting around 9 and a half hours. The results are spectacular. Maxwelton Sink Cave is one of the prettiest places I have ever seen above or below ground! (I spent 3 and a half months in Yellowstone this year, and this tops a LOT of what I saw there!)

We will start with the entrance passage: Heaven. 600 feet of beautiful formations as show here. All photos shot with a Canon Rebel T3i using a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 and anywhere from 1 to 4 strobes wirelessly synced and strategically placed.

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/heaven6.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/heaven2.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/heaven5.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/heaven3.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/heaven1.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/heaven7.jpg

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Feb 17, 2015 21:52 |  #2

Beyond Heaven proper was a large white flowstone cascade, over 15ft tall! Canon EFS 10-22mm with 4 strobes strategically placed (everywhere, basically).

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/heaven9.jpg


From there we followed the Cove Creek passage through about another half mile of cave. Cove Creek itself is over 40ft high in places. It has a couple side areas with great formations!

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/covecreek1.jpg
Shot with a No 5 bulb for back lit and fill light.
IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/covecreek3.jpg
Shot with 3 No 5 bulbs and a strobe

IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/covecreek4.jpg
One of the many waterfalls, show with 2 No 5 bulbs.


IMAGE: http://www.underarockphoto.com/covecreek2.jpg
One of the side passages, shot with 4 strobes.


C&C WELCOME!


Ryan

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Feb 17, 2015 23:03 |  #3

What a great set of images. Such variety.




  
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Feb 18, 2015 13:26 |  #4

Yes, really unique captures of neat formations great shots guessing lighting is difficult under those circumstances.


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Feb 18, 2015 15:12 |  #5

Beautiful series. Thanks for posting these. Photo no. 5 is outstanding. Love the light star in the water drop. Killer!


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Feb 18, 2015 16:01 |  #6

Your lighting is outstanding, Ryan! I always look forward to your posts.... First class!


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Feb 18, 2015 20:04 |  #7

Thanks everyone! The star patterns on the formations were unnoticed in the cave. I didnt know I had them until afterward. Probably a result of shooting at a very high f-stop (f22 I think). The light from the strobe bounced off and twinkled. It was one of the funnest trips I have ever done!


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Feb 18, 2015 20:39 |  #8

Wonderful shots Ryan. Beyond Heaven is my favorite, and I'm glad that we can see your friends faces, and I'll bet all their friends are loving that too. I know this isn't a people type expedition, but think about how much fun this will be 60 to 70 years from now showing them to your descendants, well not just yours as the photographer, but for all of your crew. congrats,




  
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Feb 18, 2015 23:53 |  #9

Looks like a fun place to shoot.

The first couple almost had an underwater look.

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