We went underground at Cwt-y-Bugail today to try and get to grips with the new camera. The evening before, we'd been crashing about in the garden after dark working out how to set the exposures using flashlights. There was much laughter and cursing...good job our neighbours weren't in their holiday cottage just now.
Anyway, being in a mine is nothing like being in a back garden at night. It's really blacker than black in a mine, and there are all sorts of details you want to bring out. There aren't usually Berberis bushes to fall over either, just huge lumps of stuff that's fallen from the roof...
With Petra's help, I managed to make the following shots. The new camera takes a bit of getting used to, and outside the mine, my photos so far are lamentable. But I was pleased with these, I hope they bring out some of the mystery and character of the place.
For the record, we have standardised on the excellent LED Lenser P7 tactical torch...a really bright and focussable 250 lumens unit. They are not too dear at about 40 quid, although they get through batteries at the rate of one set of 4 per mine!! The big boy in the operation is a 900 lumens Cree unit, using a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. The light is blinding, but not focussable, so it's a bit of a mighty sledge hammer where sometimes the smaller lamps have the edge.
So, here are the pics so far...hope you like 'em!