The Broken Column

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The Broken Column is one of the iconic sights at Jenolan Caves.

It is found inside the highly-decorated Lucas Cave, which we was the first cave we visited during a three-day stay in May of 2014.

This feature is incredibly difficult to photograph, as the chamber is very dark and the lights highlighting the column are exceedingly bright relative to the dark surrounds, thus causing parts of the feature to blow out where the light reflects most strongly against the calcite crystal.

In a perfect world, one would use a tripod and shoot seven to nine exposures to blend using HDR techniques, but alas, as tripods are not permitted inside the caves, all of my cave photography was achieved hand-held with fast lenses and higher-than-comfortable (for me) ISO settings.

Published on Saturday, 7th June, 2014.

Exposure

Date: Thursday, 22nd May, 2014
Time: 12:19pm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Focal length: 35mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/15th of a second
ISO: 500
Exposure mode: Manual

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