I will be taking photos in Howe Caverns this coming weekend. Any advice on shooting in commercial caverns will be appreciated, as, for example, best type of lens, white balance setting, etc.
The caverns now offer a once a month photography tour, where one is able to bring his or her photography gear and tripod.
I have been advised to bring a wide angle lens (I have a Tokina 11-16), and a flash (I have a Nikon SB600).
I will post a few of my shots when I return.
Thanks for any info.
#1. "RE: Howe Caverns" | In response to Reply # 0elec164 Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009Mon 12-May-14 12:33 PM
Perhaps you might get a bit more respones if you posted this over in the Landscape forum???
It's been quite a few years since I visited the Howe Caverns,, so even if I found the prints and negatives,,,I wouldn't remember the settings I used!!
But if things are the same, the caverns are dimly lit with incandescent lighting I believe. It is also not a very spacious cavern,,, so wide angle to normal would be the best idea. As to flash,,,most of the cavern is lit with colored creative lighting which provide much of the interest. Using flash would eliminate that,,,and if I remember correctly the formations are not that colorful on their own and would be bland,,,granted still interesting looking.
Hopefully someone more experience will come in to help you out.
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#2. "RE: Howe Caverns" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Mon 12-May-14 04:15 PM
Never been there myself, but from other caverns, 24mm (FX, == 16mm DX) feels like a telephoto lens! I found that I was shooting at ISO 6400 a lot, since f/2.8 doesn't get useful DOF in many cases. I had a flash too, but it's not really powerful enough by itself, and moreover an on-camera flash isn't too useful as it creates horrible shadows. If I were going to shoot a cavern again, I would definitely bring at least three flashes, a tripod, a radio remote (for the shutter) and the widest lenses I could arrange, including a fisheye. The ultra-wide lenses are another big reason why a single on-camera flash doesn't work so well: they don't cover the ultra-wides, and even when they do, the power is reduced because it's spreading the same amount of light over a (much) wider area.
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#3. "RE: Howe Caverns" | In response to Reply # 2elec164 Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009Mon 12-May-14 06:05 PM | edited Mon 12-May-14 06:06 PM by elec164
>Never been there myself, but from other caverns, 24mm (FX, ==
>16mm DX) feels like a telephoto lens!
Brian, I don't know what caverns you have been to, but I have visited three. Along with Howe (been there 3 times) I've seen Luray Caverns in Virginia and Lost World Caverns in West Virginia. Compared to Luray and Lost World which have vast open areas,,,Howe is more of a narrow cave. I don't know about the once a month photo excursions, but from what I remember,,I can't see accommodating a large number of photographers and gear.
And the boat part of the tour was very dependent upon ground water levels. One out of my three visits, they couldn't do the boat part of the tour.
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