The photographs in this gallery were taken by:
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The reasons for placing these photographs on the Web are twofold; first, the trip to these locations involved almost four hours of steady caving, so to visit this area and to do the place justice would involve a round trip of ten hours or more. Should cavers who might not feel up to such a trip be deprived of the opportunity to see these wonderfully intricate formations? Second, these photgraphs form a record of one of the most valuable conservation areas in the whole cave. Taking some of the pictures required the utmost care in extreme proximity to these delicate masterpieces of nature. On one occasion, we had our boots off for a period of three hours - by which time our feet were totally numb! By making these pictures available for all to see, we sincerely hope that subsequent visitors will respect the conservation areas, view from an appropriate distance and use these pictures to enhance their enjoyment of the place.
For the technically minded, Ian used a Nikon EM with a 50mm Nikon E lens for all the close-up work and a Hoya 28mm wide angle lens for the "chamber" shots, with a moderately powerful electronic flash for direct aiming and a weaker flash for fill-in. This enabled any subject closer than about 3m to be taken at f16, giving a good depth of focus. The film was 400 ASA Kodak Gold Ultra.