Stalactites at Smoke Hole

December 06, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Raining StalactitesRaining StalactitesStalactites in Smoke Hole Caverns, Grant County, West Virginia, USA Surprisingly, we were allowed camera and flashes while in Smoke Hole Caverns located in Grant County, West Virginia. So brother-in-law and I strapped our respective cameras around our necks and entered excited about the possibilities to do some underground photography. Quickly I realized that it was going to be more difficult than I had hoped as a tripod and flash diffuser would have also been nice to have in the cave as well. Actually, it would have been nice to have a couple or three soft boxes and the caves free of tourists. But as it is so often, it was what it was. Some decent photographs were obtained — I particularly liked this photo of some “soda straw” stalactites, especially when viewed large. You can really see just how fragile these stalactites actually are. Other photos were taken — and many uploaded to flickr — but in so many cases, the lighting was too harsh, not enough, and the impact of many subjects in the photos is lost due to a lack of scale reference.


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