Secret Caverns - 100ft Underground Waterfall

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Secret Caverns - 100ft Underground Waterfall

Postby Matt » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:26 am

We all know Howe Caverns, but the smaller neighbor, Secret Caverns features a 100ft waterfall underground.

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100 Foot Underground Waterfall by Nick Benson Photography, on Flickr

Secret Caverns' lodge is located 35 miles west of Albany, NY, between U.S. route 20 and route 7.
http://www.secretcaverns.com/
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Re: Secret Caverns - 100ft Underground Waterfall

Postby hobkyl » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:20 pm

Great photo Matt! All my photos looked like little orbs (the mist from the falls) floating about. Secret Caverns while small is definitely worth the visit if you already in the area.
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Re: Secret Caverns - 100ft Underground Waterfall

Postby Matt » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:27 pm

not my photos... just pulled them off of flickr.
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Re: Secret Caverns - 100ft Underground Waterfall

Postby L_G_D » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:37 am

I've been there several times, but without a camera. If you get in a small enough group, they would probably let you set up a tripod. Last time I was there was during a torrential rain, and they let us go down, with the caveat that our feet would probably get wet, and they did. The floor of the cavern was a running stream the entire tour and the waterfall was gushing, we got soaked from it. The little room the waterfall is in was under about 4 inches of water. Pretty fun though.
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Re: Secret Caverns - 100ft Underground Waterfall

Postby hobkyl » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:58 am

L_G_D wrote:I've been there several times, but without a camera. If you get in a small enough group, they would probably let you set up a tripod. Last time I was there was during a torrential rain, and they let us go down, with the caveat that our feet would probably get wet, and they did. The floor of the cavern was a running stream the entire tour and the waterfall was gushing, we got soaked from it. The little room the waterfall is in was under about 4 inches of water. Pretty fun though.


Ditto.


Oops didn't even notice those weren't yours...lol.
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Re: Secret Caverns - 100ft Underground Waterfall

Postby NickBenson » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:44 am

Wow, i'm surprised to have found my photo up on here. Thanks for giving credit Matt, there are far too many people who do not.

As to the photo, I used a monopod, and I can tell you, even using a tripod... you're not going to get the shot you want. It is way too dark to not hold the shutter open for a long period of time, unless you raise the ISO - like I had to. If you hold the shutter open for more than a second, you're going to get water all over your lens. I don't know if you noticed but If you would like to learn more...click the photo. I talk about the method i used to capture it on Flickr.

If anyone has any questions on conditions and shooting down there i'd be glad to help out by answering them.
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Re: Secret Caverns - 100ft Underground Waterfall

Postby Matt » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:00 pm

No problem. Excellent photos you took. Do you photograph waterfalls and nature regularly?
Do you think the operators would be okay with dragging a tripod down there?

About how long of an exposure is needed?
I am ok with 3-5 second exposure if I'm downsizing for the web.
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