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After Photoshop World and a quick one day stop in Washington DC for my Photoshop for Photographers tour, I was offered a chance by my friend Charles King to go on a one on one tour of Luray Caverns in Virginia. A quick 2 hour drive, we were descending 187 below the earths surface to check out the worlds largest natural musical instrument – The Great Stalacpipe Organ. I thought to myself, “A Cavern? Under the Earth? and an Organ? My inner Batman-Meets-Hans Zimmer image is complete!”

Truth be told, my fascination came from many many years ago. When I was in school, I was very impressed and inspired by 18th and 19th century stuff. I enjoyed very much the work of Gustav Dore- specifially his illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy. As I walked down further into the cavern, I couldnt help but hear Pergelosi’s Stabat Mater ringing in my head (link: ) . I made many frames of the caverns – but I just wanted to get to the organ to try for a shot.

This was shot with the Canon 5D Mark III on a 16-35 lens. To get the light in front of me as a silhouette we used a 600EX with a ST-E3-RT on the camera.

I really like the yellows and orange in the shot, but I think this is going to be one of those that I am going to make for myself for as a black and white. A big thanks to Charles and the folks at Luray Caverns for the opportunity to get an image out of my head onto paper. I really appreciate it!

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