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Best of 2014

(January 1st — December 31st, 2014)

Reinhard Schmolze

Landscape with Red Backpack

David Schaubert

Beauty Cave (Lava Tube)

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, USA

June 13, 2014, 2222 UTC (1622 Local)

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Beauty Cave is one of a series of Lava Tubes that can be explored while hiking the Craters of the Moon National Monument. The Beauty Cave Lava Tube is 300 feet long and extends up to 30 feet below the surface.

This pano was shot not far inside the entrance at the first bend. The pano was shot HDR with +2/0/-2 bracketing that resulted in exposure times from 3 to 30 seconds. Diffused light painting using flashlights was performed because the cave is completely dark away from the entrance.

In person the cave displays nondescript black rock walls and ceilings and a wet/muddy solidified lava floor. However, when using long exposures and light painting the walls and ceiling display colors raging from green to purple. I'm guessing it is caused by the light painting interacting with the crystals in the lava rock.

This is the my first underground pano using light painting techniques. Sometimes experiments really turn out well and thus is my 'Best of' 2014.

USA-Canada / USA-Idaho

Lat: 43° 26' 48.48" N
Long: 114° 32' 28.22" W

Elevation: 1759

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Canon XTi (400D) DSLR, Sigma 8mm f3.5 fisheye lens, Velbon D-580 Tripod, Nodal Ninja 3 (NN3) Pano Head, Apple MacPro 2008, PTGui Pro 10.10, Photoshop CS5 Extended, Pano2VR 4.10

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