Honeycomb Cave (also called Bee Hive Cave). I've been thinking about attempting ambient shots there for quite some time. However, to do it with the quality I would like would likely require about 8 hours of photographing (for one photo). I decided to head up there this morning just to see if it would be likely that I could get a worthwhile shot. This was basically an "exploratory" trip, to see if I could learn from it and return at another date for the "real thing."
This shot took nearly 4 hours of shooting. It results from 24 exposures, combined in a manner to reduce noise (grain) and enhance tonal range. I thought that this trip would either let me know that spending more time would not be worthwhile, or that it would give me the bug and let me know that I could get a sensational shot given more time. I've got to admit that I'm still in a quandary: I think this turned out somewhat interesting, but am not sure whether or not to go for a more quality (and time-consuming) shot. What do you think? Is there enough here for more effort, or should I forget it?
For more conventional (flash type) shots and access to a map showing this location, see http://www.optimimagery.com/CNMI-ON-LAND/SAIPAN/JANUARY-10-2010-HONEYCOMB/12436438_iwtHx
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