September 21, 2023


How Art Works

Photographing difficult circumstances: Capricorn Caves

3 min read

How do you {photograph} in actually difficult circumstances? It’s query. I lately visited Capricorn Cave just outside of Rockhampton, Queensland (Australia). It was definitely difficult. Heading into the caves, we had vibrant noon daylight, and pockets of it by the caves. Within the caves, we may {photograph}, however not use flashes! So what did I do?


Whenever you’re coping with vibrant brights and darkish darks, bracketing could be your reply. It’s nonetheless difficult and you’ll’t at all times get the whole lot good. Properly, I positive didn’t. But it surely did permit me to save lots of a couple of photographs.

Excessive ISO

It was so darkish in some spots, with no flash and no tripods allowed. Properly, you may solely strive, proper? I used to be capturing as excessive as ISO12,800 — by no means shot so excessive in all my life. Had been the photographs usable? Properly, as soon as I ran it by Denoise in Lightroom or Topaz Denoise AI, they have been usable as vacation snapshots. Will I be successful any Nat Geo awards? Extremely uncertain. However then I’m not actually a panorama photographer and I don’t assume my photographs would charge in that class anyway. Certain, excessive ISO will add plenty of noise, however there are Denoising packages (Lightroom Basic and Topaz Denoise AI) that may assist counteract that lately. Lack of distinction? That may also be mounted in publish. Then when all else fails, a pleasant B&W can repair some wild shade aberrations generally.

Did I get it proper?

More often than not, in all probability not. So why am I even penning this publish? And even sharing my photographs? I believed a few of you would possibly discover it fascinating how I tried to seize this amazingly gorgeous location. I’m not a panorama photographer. I had minimal time to seize something and figured I’d simply shoot in Aperture Precedence. I used to be capturing with a wide-angle lens to let in as a lot ambient mild as I may, and let the ISO blow out as a lot because it wanted to. I simply tried to maintain my shutter velocity above 1/80 second to keep away from blurring the images.

Why trouble?

That is additionally one other good level. And lots of of it’s possible you’ll be saying the images are fairly crap (properly they in all probability are), however for me, it was a really difficult state of affairs and I really thought they weren’t too dangerous. I wish to push my artistic envelope and this was a kind of instances I may embrace the state of affairs and be taught from it … or pack the digicam away and simply get pleasure from nature (additionally not a nasty thought). I selected to do each. You don’t at all times must be good. I suppose that was my takeaway from this, embrace the imperfection. Generally, it’s good to chop unfastened and have enjoyable.

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