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Coastal Cavern

Coastal Cavern
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-21
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Caves and cave life. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-13 7:25
Viewed: 4289
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this cavern a little way along the coast North of the Truman Track at Punakaiki.
With the nikau palms around the entrance I imagined it might be the kind of cave that Robinson Crusoe could have come across. It would certainly make a great location for filming that kind of thing.
Nikaus,incidentally are the worlds Southernmost palm trees. They are abundant here at Punakaiki,but are hardly found at all even a couple of kilometres further down the coast.
Hope you like this unusual shot.

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To SunToucher: Thanks NiekLordPotty 1 08-14 00:51
To Evelynn: Thanks EvelynnLordPotty 1 08-14 00:47
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Hello Steve,

Very nice POV, not easy to take a picture of bright lights from a dark place. You managed it very good.



Hi Steve...the caveman!!
Interesting capture, I like this set. Makes me feel like I've gone along with ya on my own personal adventure :)
Nicely done & Thank You!

Hi Steve,
That's a really dificult photo to create with such large contrast with where you are standing and the outside. The most beautiful part of this photo is where the mid tones are: the area around the pool of water and the first few trees. Behind that the light became too much. Maybe if you underexposed the photo or used a very low flash, you would have gotton more details in the cave and better lighting outside. But the center part, which is the focal point is beautiful.

It's a mystic place but also beautiful, so fresh and silent, like there were no people there before. I like it, Steve, you show us a wonderful view outside this cavern, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Steve, Looks like a place i would love to visit, excllent colors Bg, POV DOF perfect work, TFS Kyle

I agree with Niek, that the foilage and the reflection are lovely. It would be a very difficult scene to expose correctly. I suspected there was more detail in the overexposed part so I too tried a workshop. I didn't realize that Niek already did one. I approached it differently.

Thanks for sharing. I learned something new working on your image.

Evelynn : )

Beautiful photo here. I think a different POV with a different lens could make a big difference (although I realize that one can only afford so many lenses!). The way I see this picture working out best, would be to move a bit closer to the opening of the cave and then use a fisheye lens to really accentuate the feeling of openess that the cave entrance gives off. On the other hand, moving closer to the entrance might crop out the pool of water which is my favorite part of this photo. Nice shot!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-03 1:23]

Hello Steve,
I like your little cavern. The POV is original and pleasant. Good contrast and the reflection is a nice bonus.
Congratulations and TFS.

"Punakaiki" sounds good to me, Steve.
Is that a Maori name?
Exploring your portfolio is a pleasure. You have a style of your own and I like it.
That half moon of a puddle inside the dark cave with the refelections of palm trees on it is a beauty. It is the kind of perspective that makes me feel I am actually inside the cave.
Great picture, indeed.
TFS and take care.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-12 19:17]

Hi Steve
Nice shot and composition. Good colours, sharpnes, DOF and POV.
Well done Steve


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