Jerry Funk  

Carlsbad Caverns by Jerry Funk

June 2020 - Carlsbad Caverns

June 2020 - Jerry Funk


About the Image(s)

I resurrected a noisy 2006 photo and re-edited it in DxO Photolab 3, I have returned twice, but both times the elevator was under repair.

I can walk down 600’ or so but .... Coincidentally, on one trip nearby White Sands NP was also closed for missile testing. I did see one fire though as we driving. Too bad, it was a lucky surprise but a photo-less memory.

Nikon D70, ISO 1600, hand held 1/60th sec., f5.0, 75mm equivalent.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I like the framing of the stalactites and stalagmites with the dark rocks. The scene is quite busy and am trying to think of how to simplify it. You could try cropping to include the two stalagmites like the attached example.   Posted: 06/09/2020 19:46:19
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I like your composition a lot, but my original better communicates the expanse of the display to me.   Posted: 06/09/2020 21:40:10

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I like Jerry's composition, but I also like the original composition. Sometimes the busyness of a composition works. I think this works very well as a mono. I like the tonal range on the stalagmites. Perhaps toning down the surrounding rocks a bit would help the focus on the stalmites themselves.   Posted: 06/09/2020 21:36:27
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I think you are right about toning down the Distracting ground just as Jerry does with his cropping. Thanks.   Posted: 06/09/2020 21:43:28

Don York   Don York
I agree with Jerry. The original image is quite busy. I like Jerry's crop resulting in a vertical.   Posted: 06/10/2020 11:01:37

John Roach   John Roach
The monochrome is interesting and wonderful tonal qualities, but doesn't have the power of the color version, in my opinion. The crop alternative gives you two ways of seeing and is pretty neat. Stan may have come upon what I have trouble with in the black and white version...some selective toning might make it pop more. Thanks for giving us another way to see this very interesting Cavern. I haven't been to them yet.   Posted: 06/10/2020 11:42:27

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Yes, I think the colour photo is striking and interesting, but more a record shot. The mono conversion to me is a work of art, but I do like Jerry's crop the best. Once seen, the "face" on the right needs to go!   Posted: 06/11/2020 16:43:29
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Yes, my best record shot in a difficult to photograph location. That's why I need to return.

Great find! I'll do something creative with that face and add it to my collection.   Posted: 06/11/2020 18:06:01