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  Mini#43 Best/Favourite Photo of 2019
Entry 13 of 35
The Hellfire Caves       ©2020 Maike13
Sony DSC-RX100M7       13th place, 88 points
1/13s, f2.8, ISO 6400, 24mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Noise reduction; adjusted color balance, brightness and contrast; downsized; sharpened       Extra Info: The Hellfire Caves near West Wycombe, England, are a network of man-made chalk caverns which extend 1/4 miles underground. They were excavated between 1748 and 1752 for Sir Francis Dashwood, co-founder of the Hellfire Club, whose meetings were held in the caves. The caves have been operating as a tourist attraction since 1863. Over the years brick re-enforcement has been added for safety.
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Jan 8, 2020
    This was my #2!!!!

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Jan 6, 2020
    Wow, an interesting piece of history. Great work on the detail and lighting.

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Jan 6, 2020
    Interesting picture. Well composed.

Jan 5, 2020
    An interesting view through the layers of arches. Nice exposure.

Jan 4, 2020
    Thanks aoc46. Always appreciate suggestions for improvement and I can certainly see where yours might be considered as such. I tried many versions, some like your suggestions before settling on this one for my entry. The caves were actually pretty dark and I was trying to retain some feel of that by leaving the shadows really dark, leaving the large area of shadow at the bottom, and the large white area on the right (to give the illusion, by contrast, that the rest of the shot is darker).

Jan 4, 2020
    Interesting place. Might be inclined to crop some from bottom and right and to increase shadow detail a bit. A person in the farther spotlighted area or silhouetted at the end would add appeal.

Jan 4, 2020
    Thanks Robert. I can't claim much credit for the lighting, but glad you like it :-).
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Jan 4, 2020
    This is a well composed, perfectly lighted image. I love the vanishing point as it draws one into the image. Well done.

Jan 4, 2020
    Thanks for the comments. ysal: I think the wall texture is probably over aggressive noise reduction applied in camera (should probably have shot raw). It was actually pretty dark in the caves and I was pleasantly surprised how well the camera (a recent purchase) performed given the high ISO and low shutter speed (hand held).

Jan 4, 2020
    Beautifully composed. Great colors and light. A very professional looking image. Wall surfaces have a strange texture (at least to me), not sure if it's really like that or an artifact of high ISO. Not a bad look.

Jan 3, 2020
    Very nice, in my top 10.

Jan 3, 2020
    Good composition, interesting subject. The eye is drawn in to the picture nicely.

Please take a look at the three opinion polls in the Forums under 'Site Talk'. They are only open for another three days. Even a vote for 'No Opinion' or 'None of the above' would be helpful. Thanks.

My apologies if you already received this invitation in the Main challenge. I'm simply trying to get everyone's opinion registered before the polls close in three days.

Jan 3, 2020
    very difficult to comment on a challenge where there is no defined subject just people's personal choice.......
well done and thank you for the entry

Jan 2, 2020
    Great shadowing and love the vanishing point.
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