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Eis und Dunkelheit

I went underground for an hour or so this afternoon to play around with light and the ice-stalagmites in the Windloch Sackdilling cave.

The first photo is only with a single SB-800 flash remotely fired  from behind the ice.  It’s really cool how bright the ice glows.

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

At first I set up a couple of flashes on light stands but it was a slow process moving everything around in the dark.  So I settled with keeping one flash on the ground somewhere behind the ice and using the other light stand like a boom and holding it at various angles.  I figure I’ll go back again for some more photos and try a few new things.  I like the contrast of the ice against the darkness, but maybe I’ll shoot off a few flashes in the back of the cave to help give a bit more depth to the photos.

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

Windloch Sackdilling

Was in Windloch Sackdilling cave again last night. Weather wasn’t so good, so the best thing to do is go underground. The ice-stalagmites have grown quite a bit and are pretty cool looking. I only had 1 SB-800 flash with me and no tripod as I wanted to keep things light while down in the cave, so I couldn’t do too much. But hopefully I can head back sometime this week with all my lighting gear (it’s pitch black, no natural light) and see what I can come up with. The ice is only in the first part of the cave, so no rappelling required to get there.

Windloch Sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany: photo of Ice stalagmites

Windloch Sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany: photo of Ice stalagmites

Crawling out from one of the small passages in the back of the cave.

Caving photography: caver crawling through narrow passage in limestone cave, Windloch Sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany:

Ice Cave

Was doing some cruising around the Fränkische Schweiz (franconian Switzerland) the other week and came across this. Not anything super interesting, but for someone who spent the first 24 years of his life in Southern California, it’s kinda cool. Almost stood up too quickly and impaled myself on one of the icicles.

German landscape stock photo: Icicles in limestone cave, Franconian Switzerland, Bavaria, Germany