This was definitely one of the most difficult shots I’ve ever captured for a number of reasons, mostly attributed to the extreme environment. First off, it was 90 degrees outside and 30 degrees inside the cave so I had to wait a few hours for the instant condensation that formed inside my lens to dissipate. The next challenge was hiking through the cave with rocks and ice chunks falling all around. Definitely don’t try it without a helmet!! Also, the entire cave system was filled with a thick mist from the falls funneling out the entrance. After every shot the lens would be dripping with water. But it was also one of the most beautiful and surreal landscapes I’ve ever seen, so overcoming the environmental challenges was completely worth it! – Garret Suhrie
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Equipment and settings: Nikon D800, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF wide angle zoom lens, Gitzo 2880 tripod, Vello FreeWave Micro wireless remote shutter release – 15mm, 14 second exposure @ f/7.1 – ISO 200 (Ice Cave) – 14mm, 0.8 second exposure @ f/8 – ISO 250 (Waterfall in the Ice Cave) – 14mm, 3.2 second exposure @ f/7.1 – ISO 200 (Last One in the Ice Cave) – 16 second exposure @ f/6.3 – ISO 250 (My Favorite Place in the World – Ice Cave – using AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED zoom lens)