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This is my last shot from Skyline Caverns. This is another shot of a pool of water and reflections with the stalactites and stalagmites. As a general note none of my pictures that I posted used the flash. Using the flash in this environment is a good way to wash out the lighting they provided. I seemed to be the only person on the tour not using a flash. Of course that's the difference between having a sensor that goes to ISO 1600 rather than 400. If you're wondering how I get good hand-held shots I can give you a few tips. First off, I'm not shaky, so that naturally helps. I do the normal things like keeping my feet flat on the floor and holding my breath. Always hold the camera to your face because it's way more stable than holding it out in front of you. I've got a DSLR which means I have to do that anyway. The last thing I do is put my camera in burst mode and fire off 3 in a row. At least one is bound to be sharper than the rest. I've done all of these hand-held shots with a regular lens, no image stabilization here.

I have shots from my old camera at Luray Caverns, but I am not going to post anything until I go back with the new camera. There is no comparison in these low-lighting environments between my old camera and my Nikon D70.


Hand-held shot: 1/5 second
1250 ISO

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