Melanie Hurwitz  

Luray Cavern by Melanie Hurwitz

April 2021 - Luray Cavern

April 2021 - Melanie Hurwitz


About the Image(s)

I recognize that Infra Red and dark caverns are not exactly a marriage made in heaven! On this day my regular camera was suddenly having problems, so as I had the infra red camera with me, I boldly started taking images. Using 1600 ISO was the only way I could get enough light which made for some noise. I have to admit that I was very surprised and pleased with the few photographs I took. The lit up areas showed well and the wonderful shapes were interesting.
I used topaz AI sharpening and de noise and hope that the remaining noise is palatable to you all.
Converted in in Silver Efex. Took it to Color Efex for detail and darken/lighten center. Looking for to hearing what you think of this strange infra red image.
Canon 20 D F8 ISO 1600 28 mm

7 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Melanie
As soon as I opened the image, it reminded of the the caves that we visited along the Garden Route of South Africa some years ago.
Here, your post-processing is top notch and so is the composition. Image crisp sharp which I like immensely. Can't add anything more. Full marks!   Posted: 04/02/2021 00:38:03

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Well done, Melanie, well done. You've taken pains in post-processing to put forward a well executed image and it shows. I have no critique of this except to say BRAVO!   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:07:52

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Black and white tends to help focus attention on graphic elements like lines, shapes and patterns, and I think that's what helps this one work, Melanie. One could play around with a tint as in the original, for a more otherworldly feel, given this setting. But it's very enjoyable as presented here.   Posted: 04/04/2021 10:48:48

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Nice work with the shapes and textures and the path leading in. You had a challenge with the highlights. The dynamic range of the scene was well beyond the camera's capabilities. You did well recovering the highlights. I don't know if you tried to let some highlights stay bright, rather than burning them to a light gray. I don't find any noise that hurts the picture.
  Posted: 04/04/2021 15:46:31

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

You would have left the IR camera in your bag if your DSLR was operating properly and we would not have a had the pleasure of viewing the the nice patterns of the stalactites in infrared. Thanks for being bold.


Emil   Posted: 04/06/2021 11:17:33

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thank you all for your very complimentary comments. Makes it all worthwhile   Posted: 04/10/2021 10:02:32

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Melanie, interesting story. I just returned from some hiking at Shenandoah National Park and saw several advertisements for Luray Cavern. Indeed, a cavern is a challenging place for IR. Who knows what the composition of light is inside and whether a high ISO will produce more noise than usual. I like the shapes and patterns of stalagmites and stalactites you captured. You handled the tricky lighting well. Good thing your number 1 camera took a holiday?   Posted: 04/19/2021 14:36:43


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