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Meramec Cavern

Meramec Cavern
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Copyright: Silvio Ribeiro (silvionr) (9)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-17
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S100fs
Exposure: f/2.8, 2 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-05-20 6:29
Viewed: 3361
Points: 3
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Meramec Caverns is an 4.6-mile (7.4 km) cavern system in the Ozarks, near Stanton, Missouri, USA. It was formed from the erosion of large limestone deposits over millions of years. Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts have been found in the caverns. Currently the caverns are a tourist attraction, with more than fifty billboards along Interstate 44. It is considered one of the primary attractions along former U.S. Highway 66. Meramec Caverns is the most-visited cave in Missouri the some 150,000 visitors annually. Meramec Caverns is ranked #171 on CaverBob.com's USA Long Cave list.

The Caverns have existed from the past 400 million years, slowly forming through deposits of limestone. Centuries ago, Native Americans used the cavern system for shelter. The first cave west of the Mississippi River to be explored by Europeans, it was "discovered" in 1722 by a French miner. During the 1700s, the cave was used for extracting saltpeter for the manufacture of gunpowder. In the Civil War era, the Union Army used the caves as a saltpeter plant, but the plant was discovered and destroyed by Confederate guerrillas, including future famous outlaw Jesse James. Reportedly, James and his brother and partner in crime Frank used the caves as a hideout in the 1870s. One legend claims that the sheriff sat in front of the cave, waiting for Jesse and his pals to emerge; however, they had found another exit. In 1933, the extended cave system was discovered, revealing the present 4.6 miles (7.4 km), and was introduced to the public as a tourist attraction in 1935 by Lester B. Dill, who invented the bumper sticker as a means of promoting the caverns.

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To Simon_Rumford: Black Spacesilvionr 1 05-20 06:42
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interesting shot, good lighting, could use a bit more sharpness, and to crop all that black space out, I think this would be a more dramatic image if you cropped about 40% off the top and made it a landscape view...the black space takes away from what you are trying to show off in this picture.

Hi Silvio,
I couldn't aggree more with Simon. I strongly advise you delete and repost. When reposting you should use the 300KB we're allowed instead of 158 only. Otherwise too many details are lost. You might also want to crop out some of the black irrevelant space on the left.

Hello Silvio,
This must have been an exciting cave to view in person. Each cave has it's own particular attractions to it that makes it unique. I do agree with the others that there is too much dark space which takes away from the beautiful formations.
I have been to quite a few myself and know how difficult it is to try and photograph such a spectacular scene when there is no lighting. I did a workshop of this to see what I could come up with. I had to lighten it up a little, otherwise the photo kept coming out very small.

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