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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

Carnival Parade – Auerbach

OK, this has got to be one of the coolest parade floats I’ve ever seen: a V-8 engine straight piped into a fire breathing dragon and continually revved up by some drunk dudes dressed as medieval knights. Cool!

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Auerbach, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Auerbach, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Auerbach, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Auerbach, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

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A Walk in the Forest

Been snowing the last few days, which hasn’t made my morning drive very fun, but makes for kinda cool looking forests. The clouds have parted in the afternoon making for some nice light on the fresh snow and giving me a bit of hope to be able to do some night shooting (with snow), but as soon as it gets dark, it’s cloudy again. So it goes in Germany…

Landscape stock photo: snow covered forest, Oberpfalz - Bavaria, Germany

Landscape stock photo: snow covered forest, Oberpfalz - Bavaria, Germany

Landscape stock photo: snow covered forest, Oberpfalz - Bavaria, Germany

Landscape stock photo: snow covered forest, Oberpfalz - Bavaria, Germany

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: