Ciaran Rochling // Team 3rd // Jewel Cave

Ciaran Rochling // Team 3rd // Jewel Cave

This image was taken in the depths of Jewel Cave just southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota on Nov 18, 2023. This image depicts drapery calcite flow stone as well as nailhead spar formed over millions of years by Calcium Carbonate deposition flowing through limestone.

This image was taken on my Canon EOS R6 M2 at a focal length of 99mm, shutter speed of 1/60s, an aperture of f/7.1, and an ISO of 8000. The focus distance for this image was 4.64m.

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  • Jonathon Gruener
    Dec 13, 2023 14:07

    This is an intriguing image. The colors are cool and I think this is a fun idea of capturing fluid flow over millions of years.

  • Riley Menke
    Dec 7, 2023 20:35

    I really like teh concept of capturing flow this way, as it feels like im seeing ancient flow over time when most of the time the fluid dynamics we discuss is instant.

  • Sam Lippincott
    Dec 7, 2023 14:54

    That’s fascinating! It almost looks like coral which adds to the otherworldly look that I think lends so well to photographing flow physics

  • Abhishek Raut
    Dec 1, 2023 07:25

    Hi Ciaran
    The calcite formation look sharp and has a great color range, as well as good highlights and shadows.
    Nice work!

  • Sierra Greeley
    Nov 28, 2023 20:59

    Hello Ciaran,
    This image is really intriguing. The image shows so much detail that it adds texture. I also really like how the calcite flow stone has contrasting colors that are pastel. Overall, really cool image.


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