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Cave of Light by joerossbach Cave of Light by joerossbach
This is without a doubt one of the most difficult images I have ever shot and processed. In order to get this perspective, I had to down climb below this waterfall into the back end of this cave. The terrain was beyond slippery and treacherous.

As far as the processing is concerned, this is a blend of 5 images. Only two of them were separate exposures (one for the sky/exterior woods and one for the rocks in the bottom of the cave). There was so much spray and water on my lens on each shot, that it took me this many blends to put it together without water drops and lens flare. All in all, I think it was worth the effort.

White Oak Sink, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
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Fantasy-Fly Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Great photo! :D
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brioche1er Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Very very nice picture !
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StormLights Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Featured here : [link]
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional
Yes. Just... yes.
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Boggie84 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
A lot of work you put in here!! Really great photo! :+fav:
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K-Boyd-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Gorgeous! Great result! :highfive:
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PierreRodriguez Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very beautiful, i like it

Pierre
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THINK--ABOUT--IT Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Absolutely worth! Great picture!
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momo-anzu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have been featured! :dummy: I have linked this on my Twitter, Momo_Anzu! This is part of my #Daily #Deviantart , a new initiative to show my appreciation for the creative artists and their pieces on #Deviantart , above and beyond just faving and running! :D
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BenHurMarcel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Bravo !
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Supreme!
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stinkkfoot Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
It was worth the effort ! Great shot.
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Ametysta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
great job!
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Areina Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Magical!!!
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silent0words Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i agree!
the work you have had with this pic was worthy... it is very beautiful
great photo!
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
You should look in to tabis for these kinds of walks. Stick to pretty much anything. Use them out here to hike up rivers :) Well played sir

aF
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wachmistrz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Great :clap:
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EyesLikeAbsinthe Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful, fantastic job :wow:
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Thursdae Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
DD Incoming.
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Lillyka Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG!! I love it!! :heart: :3
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Hazzard65 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it was worth the effort.
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sdave026 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Damn right it was worth the effort. Awesome shot!
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Forgotten-Ecstasy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
This is amazing.
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altaoaks Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
that's amazing
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JA2U Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
nice picture
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Littledana-ohara Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
wonderful!!
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sepulchremoss Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Writer
Wow! DEFINITELY deserves to be a favourite. I wish I knew as much of photography as you do! Lovely is an understatement.
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mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting photo. Cool story on how you captured it, too.
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PatKaz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
So beautiful
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Painelover Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful, absolutely Beautiful. The lighting and the way the picture flows perfectly together, it's amazing. Very good job.
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tree-fox Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
this is just amazing!
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squish-chan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I appreciate your effort for getting this shot. It's the perspectives we rarely get to see in nature that make it even more beautiful <3
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YikYik Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Beautiful! :)
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EclecticEcho Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Your effort paid off magnificently, awesome picture! The droplets give the forest a cool, misty look.
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
Superb perspective, and handling of the dynamic range of light Joe. :clap:
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Gxiffon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
worth the effort :D
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mrsdaisuke Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
stuuuuuuunning :heart:
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skyareia Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
this is so beautiful. :love:
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
SOOOOOOOO Pretty 0__0
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simonohm Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
awesome
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Inzhuna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Art demands sacrifices, they say ;) This is brilliant! It was definitely worth, such a beautiful picture.
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Meema Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Every cool. I like.
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mylovelyhead Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Photographer
amazing work man.. a real blood sweat and tears shot
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PetydeNecro Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant shot - well worth the effort!:thumbsup::wow:
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Tuishimi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Nice work!
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Bigdreamer21 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Forks can suck it! ( no pun intended)
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Bigdreamer21 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Forks can suck it! (no pu intended)
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King-Hauken Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so beautiful. I love how each rain drop captures the intensity of the sun's light. The rocks as well. The green on the trees and moss on the rocks really compliment the color of the light very well. The light also produces some very distinct shadows.
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geekmybride Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for taking the risk for the end result is inspiring & gorgeous!
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