Canto – The Cavern

(this is one you may want to click on to see bigger.. lots o busy)


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!


  1. Wow… very cool image. The silhouette at the organ with the hand raised is a great concept and adds a dynamic element to the shot.

  2. Thanks for mentioning the Stabat Mater, that I had not heard previously but listening to it added considerably to the appreciation of your great photo which had to be blown up to be experienced fully. Great Cave, great image. Thanks

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