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on May 31, 2011 in Photography

The Deep, Dark Challenge

With only the lighting on the exhibits available and with no way to move them, we (Kevin & I) worked the subjects. I wanted more then just a rust shot of some piece of equipment. I needed to show place, time and scale. Place was the easy of the three, equipment on rock says mine. Time is in a sense said with the rust and rust says old. So does the nature of the subjects, a rail car instantly says to some as being old. Scale, now that was the challenge. I wondered around and around the lit exhibits looking for other places in the particular shaft I was in that might be lit so you could see down into that shaft. While I did find some, the problem is they are so small that by the time I created the thumbnail for the blog, they disappear. I could have shot down there just like I was doing, handholding, using available light, for days but didn’t have days so...

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on May 31, 2011 in Photography

Kansas Underground Salt Museum

So where do you go in Kansas for entertainment? Underground would not have been my first answer until I did it at the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. There is a seam of salt that extends from MN to TX running through KS and back in the 1850, it was discovered and has been mined ever since. Because of the rarefied air in them, those that have been mined and are “closed” are now used to storage of everything from papers to Hollywood props and costumes. It was an amazing couple of hours as we explored this natural and man made wonder. Here’s the photographic challenge. How do you bring this 650′ deep world come to life in your images? The first challenge is light…there’s no sun at 650′ below the ground in a salt mine. You might be saying, “How about a flash?” We are talking at TWO mile section in just the one we were in. Don’t think flash is an option so that really only leaves ISO...

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