There is nothing like discovering something like this in your own backyard.

A waterfall that goes into a cave ! Wow ! I thought I’d have to travel to some exotic location in Thailand or Bali to photograph a landscape like this, yet this gem of a location was a mere 1 hour from my home in Brisbane, Australia.

You have to wind your way down a path through the forest into the valley down to the cave. When you first enter inside it’s really dark and your eyes have to adjust to the light and there is all this squawking and squealing. It turned out that there were quite a few bats living in the cave too but they didn’t come anywhere near me thankfully while I was taking my images. There was also supposed to be lots of glow worms in the cave but since it was still light outside they wouldn’t start glowing till after sunset. That might have made for a cool image on a full moon night ?

The highlight of it all though is the beam of sunlight shooting down through the circular hole in the stone roof, which was created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of the basalt cave. You can see a huge tree has been washed down in a storm and it creates some interesting lines within the composition for photographers like me.

I wanted to shoot this in HDR so that I could show that there was a beautiful lush rainforest outside the cave and to also highlight the many details within the cave that I wouldn’t have been able to with normal photography. I think the post processing technique lent itself well to depicting the deep aqua green colour created in the water pool created by the light shining down through the hole in the cave roof.

Software Used:

Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

– Topaz Adjust 5 Is used to add contrast to the image, 15% off all Topaz software use discount code LukeZemePhotography

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