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I'm a Cairns, far north Queensland, Australia professional photographer specialising in travel, editorial and environmental portraiture.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fantastic FNQ photo Friday

I'm working on putting a new portfolio together which shows more of my people work across various industries when I came across this image.

It was taken in the caves of Chillagoe, a beautiful area a few hours north-west of Cairns. Home to a historic iron smelter and beautiful countryside, the area also boasts some beautiful caves that you can get a guided tour through.

To get really interesting images in there you'll need to take a tripod. It's dark. Not for the naked eye maybe, but definitely for a camera, and you don't want to be using your flash because it kills the atmosphere. So a long shutter speed and crossing the fingers. This pictures is entirely lit by the members of the tour group shining their torch lights on the wall. I didn't co-ordinate it or tell them where to shine or anything - it was all about opening the shutter for a long enough time and hoping it looked good. Sometimes the photo gods smile upon us. :)


bjsarai said...

wow great photo...I loved going to Chillagoe and I love the caves..I want to go back now after seeing that and take some more :)

Paul Dymond said...

Thanks for that BJ. Definitely head back - you can never get enough of long exposures and torhces!