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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 as an option. Well I didn’t bring a D3s, I only brought the D3x but had the 24f1.4AFS so then like a moth (which doesn’t live in the mines) I seeked the light. In this case, the lighting for the displays was our only lighting source. So armed with ISO 400 / 800 at 1/25 I went shooting and had a ball!

Photos captured by D3x, 24f1.4AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film