3D photography of caves


Caves as underground treasures


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All around the world there are thousands of caves, but only a very little part of them are open to the public. Even in a show cave the most beautiful parts often remain hidden because they are difficult or dangerous to reach. In some cases the most unique caves with rare speleothems are so vulnerable and strictly protected that they never will be open for visitors. With 3D pictures can be shown the hidden faces of caves. What’s more, in a very spectacular way! The 3D technology is a new, fresh and unconventional presentation form that meets today’s visual demands. The enclosed spaces and exceptional formations of caves offer stunning experience of space through 3D visualization. Viewers may find themselves in such a unique world, where they have little chance to get to.



Potential uses of 3D display in presentation of caves


Several show caves has notable undeveloped remote passages, involving several curiosities, which worth to be presented to the public. Usually show caves lies on extensive karst areas, where lots of other interesting caves can be found, but they are not feasible to open for visitors. These remote places can be shown with an impressive 3D presentation displayed in visitor centers or study centers of National Parks, Geoparks, or show caves or other permanent or temporary exhibitions of museums. The 3D show can be a part of environmental or museum education lectures, special events or road shows, and also can be suitable for promotion of a show cave.




From 3D monitors to 3D cinema theater



Taking photos in underground circumstances requires not just physical skills, but lots of patience, and many special equipment. Although the photos are taken with two simple cameras, but for proper 3D display it is followed by long digital post processing. The captured images can be displayed in various ways depending on the location, demand and target audience.

For 3D display, the easiest, quickest and most cost-effective solution is to install 3D monitors to permanent or temporal exhibitions. An extra large 3D monitor and some seats offers great experience, and can be suitable for a continuous playback of a short, 5-8 minutes film, for small number of audience at a time. (These kind of 3D monitors can be found for example in Tapolca Cave Visitor Center, in Hungary.) Obviously the most impressive sight can be achieved projected onto large screen. It does not necessarily have to be a professional 3D cinema theater, even in a relatively small, but well-equipped room can be suitable for a 15-20 minutes, stunning popular science film.



Our mission

A 3D presentation about caves can be not just a stunning show, but also can be a tool of popular science dissemination or environmental education for younger generations. With our pictures we would like to draw attention to the importance of cave protection, and raising awareness of vulnerability of karst areas. As abiotic natural values, caves are protected in many countries, on account of their geological and geomorphological values, rare speleothems or unique cave minerals. They are habitats of numerous special creatures, which live underground either permanently or temporarily, such as bats. Caves also can be the home of significant archeological or paleontological findings, and other historical or cultural values. Hidden underground secrets might be the last classic geographical discoveries on Earth, of which presentation can be very exciting to the public. We believe, that raising awareness of the underground world can contribute to the long term and effective conservation of our geological heritage.  000


For further information don’t hesitate to contact : Csaba Egri and Sarolta Borzsak