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Cuevas del Drach, Mallorca #1

Pool in the Cuevas del Drach near Porto Christo, Mallorca

The story behind this image

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.

Image data

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.