Bears’ Cave Teaser

During the summer holiday I managed to reach the Apuseni Mountains, home to some incredible scenery and carstic formations. The most beautiful cave tourists can visit in Romania is the Bears’ Cave (Pestera Ursilor). I am working on a big post (15+ photos) from the cave.

Until then I thought I’d give you the last thing I saw before entering the cave:

Bears' Cave Surroundings
Bears' Cave Surroundings

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8 thoughts on “Bears’ Cave Teaser

  1. Yep, that’s exactly the kind of pictures stock sites are looking for, I submited a few of my pics to a stock-photo site and they only approved stuff like bees, butterflies and blue skies, the rest got a “No commercial value” rating…

  2. Nice panorama there – I can’t wait to see how you managed the in-cave pictures. Tried that myself in another cave and the results were less than satisfying, to say the least – and with a good camera too.

    @halbasus – don’t question the artist, get a widescreen monitor :))

  3. 1) LOOL!
    2) I think you will be pretty impressed with what I’ve got. What was your gear set and what went wrong?

    Let me take a wild guess: no external flash?

  4. yes, yes – built-in flash and such. But the area was pretty lit up – i tried several manual settings (lower iso mostly so i dont get noise, high exposure time and so on) just like shoooting in the dark, outside – however the “in-cave” dark appears to be a bit different (even with the artificial lighting, or maybe because of it) so I managed to get small burnt areas in the middle of totally black surfaces, very unlike what I was actually seeing πŸ™‚

    It is, of course, also a question of skill πŸ˜›

  5. this was the cave – not my photo though πŸ˜›

    I tried to shoot in a much darker (and dryer) portion of the cave.

  6. This looks like a great place to visit.
    It’s unfortunate that you did not manage to get any pictures.
    I found that the external flash is indispensable for photography.

    In this kind of situation I heard about a very interesting technique by a famous photographer: he would leave the shutter open (or have somebody keep it depressed while on BULB mode) and himself and some assistant(s) would go around with lights (flashes, strobes, flashlights, etc) and selectively illuminate different parts of the cave.
    I think it’s pretty funny, but quite difficult to get it right…

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