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First I would like to thank Richard Cridland (rcrick) and his wife, without whose help I wouldn’t have this (and several other shots) now. My wife and I were in the Brisbane area for a very short stay, and we met up with Rick. I mentioned that I would like to see the Natural Bridge and a couple of other spots in the area. Not only did Rick and his wife insist on driving us here, and the several other spots, but he loaned me his tripod (which is a necessity for this one).

The Natural Bridge can be found in Natural Bridge National Park near Springbrook, south of Brisbane. It is a rock archway, formed with the flow of a creek, down through the roof of the Basalt Cave before you here. It’s a short (20 minute) walk from the car parking area through a great rain forest, so there is a lot to see on the way. We were there through the day, but the literature on the park suggests that there are glow worms that can be seen in the cave after dark. That might be kind of interesting.

You can take pictures from within the cave as well, just ensure you have a good tripod, it is dark.

Some of this from: http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/things-to-see-and-do/natural-bridge-springbrook-national-park/index.cfm

Workflow:
I follow a generic workflow now as outlined in my Bio.
Details and differences to this are as follows:
This is an HDR shot
6 Shots taken at 32mm, ISO 100, f/11, 15 - 1/2 sec
During HDR conversion, dropped the 15 and ˝ sec shots and went with 4 from 8 – 1 sec.
Exposure range was from +2 to -1.
Following conversion from 32 to 16 bit I followed my normal process
Levels used to lighten – masked areas where I wanted to keep less light
Overlay layer with 5-15% opacity white brush used for dodging
Saturation increased incrementally +10 on master, (to match web colour – proof colours with shot)
Curves layer deleted
Duplicated background and converted to a screen blend to further lighten interior of cave – masked everything else.
Saved at 81% quality for 190K ( There are shots now that I can not post as the memory allowance on TE is not high enough for decent quality. With this kind of detail a 200K limit is just not enough for this size of posting – a 300-400K limit would be a nice improvement )

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