Pushing digital camera technology to the max, photographing in the semi-gloom of underground caves.
This image shows a still pool in Mallorca's Cuevas del Drach, a wonderful sub-terrainean fairyland of grottos, spires and possibly the largest underground lake in the world.
All that is very impressive, but trying to photograph these splendours is fraught with difficulty.
Wtih no flash and no tripods allowed, my little Nikon was pushed to its limits at an ISO of 3200, shooting with as a wide open an aperture as the kit lens would allow.
On viewing the photos I was very pleasantly suprised at how clean the RAW files were at that ISO, and also how well the image stabilisation had worked at slowish shutter speeds.
Colours were a bit washed out and shadows were a bit blocked up, but all things considered I'm pleased to have such reasonable photos of a wonderful, but rather dark, experience.
Filename - mallorca cuevas del drach 01.jpg
Camera - Nikon D3100
Lens - 18-55mm zoom @ 42mm
Exposure - 1/13 sec @ f5.3, ISO3200
Location - Cuevas del Drach, Mallorca, Spain
This image - 800x533px JPEG
Conversion - Lightroom
Comments - Lens stabilistation used to reduce camera movement with hand held exposure.
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