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Fire Cave

Fire Cave

This is a small cave found within the unusual sandstone formations in Nevada's Valley Of Fire. The photo was captured in early morning, when the reflected light and resulting coloration was at its peak. This was a near-far composition for which I tried a new technique: I captured multiple exposures, shifting the focus from near to far through the series, and then combined the resulting collection of files in Helicon Focus, a software tool that converts a focus stack into a single image with extended depth of field. Although it's difficult to tell from even the large size of the image here, the file is sharp from front to back. By the way, this is a rather small cave; the back of the cave -- with those odd formations reminiscent of cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde -- is only about four feet across.

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Michel CORBOZ21-Jun-2012 10:13
Great ! Nice composition... V
Yves Rubin04-Jan-2012 01:32
Beautiful image, with an amazing organic feel! BV
tinkerb03-Jan-2012 21:42
A wonderful image - I assume it is called the Valley of Fire because of the gorgeous orange/red sandtone
Ben Hattenbach03-Jan-2012 15:36
Thanks Wolfgang. They reminded me of cliff dwellings too. But it is a small, completely natural cave within a sandstone formation at the Valley Of Fire in Nevada. The back is probably about four feet across.
J Ponces03-Jan-2012 04:19
Outstanding, but also quite spooky photo! V
lou_rozensteins03-Jan-2012 00:52
Beautifully composed. Well done.
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