Frans Gunterus  

Reed Flute Cave - China by Frans Gunterus

May 2020 - Reed Flute Cave - China

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Reed Flute Cave - China

Canon 6D 1/30 sec at f/4.0, ISO 8000, EF 24-105 f/4 at 40 mm.

The Reed Flute Cave, also known as "the Palace of Natural Arts," is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin's most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old. I was not sure if tripod was allowed inside the cave so I did not bring my tripod with me. As a result, I have to look for body or hand support to shoot hand held. I shoot between 1/60 and 1/30 with my largest lens aperture f/4. ISO 6400 or above. There is a slight noticeable noise at ISO 8000. All adjustment was done in Lightroom and no color manipulation.

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11 comments posted

San Yuan   San Yuan
Hi, Frans:

Guilin is a photo-rich environment. I really enjoyed my visit there several years ago. The windless condition in the cave created this mirror-like reflection of these stalactites. I wonder whether it would be permissible to throw a stone into the pond to create ripples that would add some interest in this rather static image. I have cropped and converted the image into B/W. By removing the color, the unique and interesting shapes of these formation would standout more.   Posted: 05/03/2020 01:09:18
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi San,

Your comment and ideas are well accepted. I have some color images that I feel were good for submission to a photo contest. But it failed. I redo it as monochrome and get Accepted in other salon. This is one of the example. This image failed in recent two Photo circuits. I agree with your suggestion this look more stunning in monochrome. Thank you.   Posted: 05/22/2020 07:18:12

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Frans,
Very nice capture, especially handheld. A full-frame sensor really help to decrease the noise at high ISO.
Perfect mirror image as the water is perfectly still. In the beginning, it is difficult to understand why one sees a mirror image as the water is invisible. The same disorientation occurred to me in a salt mine in Austria (Altaussee). This is another spot to put on my bucket list!

I also like the monochrome conversion suggested by San.   Posted: 05/04/2020 13:11:48
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Pierre, thanks for your comments and suggestions.   Posted: 05/22/2020 07:19:38

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
The case is a treasure of geologic delights! And the prsence of a perfect "mirror" makes the image all the more riveting. The image is well captured and sharpness is good , even at the 1/30 sec exposure. Noise at iso 8000 in the shadows is not apparent at this resolution. The colored lights in the cave are a bit garish. I think San is on the right path with monochrome treatment here - the mono version seems to have more information and is the more intereting of the two.   Posted: 05/06/2020 09:11:24
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Thanks Lamar.   Posted: 05/22/2020 07:20:03

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
This is a remarkable capture under the challenging conditions of f4 1/30 handheld while in a touring group of people. The subject is a cave with all its otherworldly shapes and lines illuminated by garish colorful lights shot over a pool of flat mirror reflective water.

Upon first viewing the image the intense color alone drew my eye. It seems to overpower all the details contained in the image. San's B&W rendition removes the distraction of color and helps me focus on what else is in the frame.
  Posted: 05/14/2020 10:37:40
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
I appreciate your inputs Judy. Thanks.   Posted: 05/22/2020 07:23:10

Kathryn Engle
That's colorful but very cool. I do agree that the B/W rendition gives us a more 'geologic' feel to the environment. The colors are nice too, but give a totally different mood and effect. Love the reflection is the still water.   Posted: 05/16/2020 16:13:11
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Kathryn. Indeed the monochrome looks more interesting although the color has given a different mood and effect. Thanks Kathryne.   Posted: 05/22/2020 07:22:39

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Frans,

Such a psychedelic scene in the color version! Good job holding still for this shot. I also like the B&W as others have suggested.
Best wishes,
Todd   Posted: 05/25/2020 16:46:53