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Robbie Shone@shonephoto

National Geographic Photographer / Explorer / Innsbruck Committed to creating unique images of exploration from our extreme subterranean world.

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Last week I was asked to document the work of Dr. Lindsey Nicholson from the Institute of Atmospheric and Cryopsheric Sciences at the University of Innsbruck. With aerial support we were dropped off on the ice at our first location on the Langtaufererferner (glacier), part of the Hintereisferner glacial system in upper Rofental, Otztal Alps, Austria. Lindsey had a broad range of scientific jobs to carry out and over two days we covered most of the ice monitoring the glacier change.
Recording glacier changes tells glaciologists how these giant masses of ice respond to climate change, so they can use them as records of historical change and also make improved predictions of meltwater supply and glacier change in the future. Glaciologists like Lindsey dig snowpits to record how much snow survived the summer and how much mass it adds to the glacier. They measure the length of stakes drilled into the glacier to record how much the ice surface has lowered, so they know how much mass the glacier has lost over the year. They sum these mass gains and losses like a bank balance to see how the glacier has changed over a year. The data are reported to the World Glacier Monitoring Service (http://wgms.ch/). Changes to the Hinteresiferner have been measured this way by the University of Innsbruck for over 60 years, making it one of the longest detailed records of glacier change in the world! #climatechange #glacier #Hintereisferner #ice #science #womeninscience #womeninstem #glaciology #Tirol #visittirol #visitaustria #Austria #lovetirol @uniinnsbruck @uibk.climate

Weißkugel
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I'm busy setting up a photograph of the beautiful cave paintings in Shulgan-Tash. We're combining lights from three different LED panels, three electric flashguns and headlamps from the scientists. Thanks Yuri for the pic! Its raining cats and dogs on the surface. Better off underground on a day like today. #iphone #ancientart #art #cave #ShulganTash #UralMountains #Russia @3leggedthing

Bashkortostan
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We’re here in Shulgan-Tash, Russia, at Europe's most eastern cave containing ancient cave paintings, and that is quite a claim given that the majority of the cave art that's been discovered to date lies way over to the west, in the more famous caves of Chauvet and Altamira, in France and Spain.
I'm documenting the scientific studies of Dr. Yuri Dublyansky and his work at Innsbruck University on this fascinating subject. For the next week, we'll be based here in the Ural Mountains following Yuri and Vladimir Shirokov (archaeologist) throughout Shulgan-Tash, learning more about the ancient cave paintings.
Pictured here, is a self portrait from inside the entrance of Ignatievskaya (cave) in the Serpievka region of the Urals. Looking out over the landscape, rich in gold and copper colours of Fall, I'm wondering what the world must have been like for the artists who inhabited the cave and also looked out from this same portal, approximately 19,000 years ago! #caveart #ancientart #cave #UralMountains

Bashkortostan
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In 2013 in Brno, Czech Republic, I sat in on one of the most inspirational presentations I have ever seen. It was all about a European Space Agency training programme in which astronauts undertook exercises in caves. Finally, we have combined forces and begun this year's ESA Pangaea training. This collection of photographs are from the last two weeks, where we travelled to Nördlingen to see the Ries Crater and then to Bletterbach Canyon in northern Italy to study, sample and better understand features we have here on Earth that can be used as analogues for similar features we see on Mars. I feel really privileged to be working with so many experts in their field on such a fascinating project. #space #spaceexploration #astronaut #caves #pangaea #ESAcavesandpangaea #exploration #Moon #Mars #Rover #science #scientist #Bletterbach #samanthacristoforetti @europeanspaceagency @nitecoreflashlight

Bletterbach
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Deep underground in rural China lies one of the largest natural pits in the world. At over 500m (1650ft) deep, Miao Keng in Tian Xing is larger than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and in complete darkness, proved to be an epic photographic mission. I am drawn to the challenges of photographing these amazing natural wonders of the underground world. I remember it took us over 2 hours to rappel to the floor of this giant vertical chasm and several days later, after camping inside the cave, a tiring 4 hours to climb back out.
I have recently curated a @NatGeo Your Shot assignment entitled ‘EPIC’ - Today this assignment will be published and after over 12,000 photographs submitted, you will all get to see the editors favourites images. #cave #exploration #adventure #china #underground #natgeoyourshot #expedition #epic @natgeoyourshot

Wulong
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Hard to believe it’s exactly two years ago we returned home from the top corner of Greenland, after the most amazing experience! Through August 2015, we visited the Arctic Circle to explore, survey, photograph, and sample caves of Northeast Greenland for the purpose of climate-change research. This much-needed record of past climate change is the first of its type from caves of Greenland, and is beginning to contribute significantly to our understanding of long-term climate change in Greenland and the Arctic by covering a time period that is out-of-range of the Greenland ice cores. Out of over 30 expeditions exploring caves all over the world, it ranks as the most significant and rewarding I’ve ever undertaken. For more information about this pioneering climate change project, please follow @negreenland_caves #climatechange #expedition #exploration #stem #womeninscience #GreenlandCaves #Greenland #science

Greenland
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Only one day left to submit to @natgeoyourshot assignment “EPIC" - This photograph captures a time and place that to me has left a lasting memory of being truly epic. In 1980, the year I was born, a team of British cave explorers embarked on a 3 month expedition to Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia where they discovered Sarawak Chamber, which for many decades was widely regarded as the world’s largest cave chamber. The chamber is so big, eight Boeing 747 aeroplanes can fit nose to tail across the width of this vast chamber! Hearing about this for the first time left me mesmerised. For me, photographing pitch black spaces is what I live for, I just love the challenge, and this was literally the biggest challenge of all!
This picture is a panoramic photograph of five portrait images blended together showing the lower half of Sarawak Chamber. In 2011, I remember setting up my tripod on a massive rock located on the upper slopes of the giant boulder field. It reminded me of an iceberg, just the top was sticking out above a sea of smaller boulders - who knows how deep it went! I started photographing in the morning, beginning on the left side of the image, where mist and wisps of thin cloud lingered. By the evening, when I had worked my way across to the right of the image, the air was crystal clear. It took over eight hours from when I first opened the shutter to when I closed the shutter to capture this image. It was a long time with just a bag of peanuts! I had five assistants with me, and for each photograph I would reposition them. In some cases this took 40 minutes for the assistant to travel from one position to the next. One photographic assistant thought ahead and brought in a book to read in between shots. Once the assistants were in place, the next challenge was to get the lighting to match the previous photograph so that an even blend would be made when stitching together. For this reason, this is one of the hardest photographs I’ve ever had to take. The whole thing was an epic experience, from the huge size of the chamber, to the epic efforts by the team that made this happen. #natgeoyourshot #exploration #epic #adventure #mulunationalpark

Gunung Mulu National Park
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I am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot entitled “EPIC," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to express your understanding of the word ‘ EPIC’ and how it can be portrayed in a single image.
This photograph captures a time and place that to me has left a lasting memory of being truly epic.

I remember in 2005, when I was part of a team that discovered this huge underground chamber in Whiterock in Sarawak, Malaysia (pictured). We were super excited! Our first thoughts were to shout out loud to hear the echo. It took six seconds for the echo from our initial shout to fade, hit the far wall, then bounce back to us. Even though we couldn’t see anything, we knew immediately from the echo that this was a huge room. It was epic! A few days later, we came back and split up into two teams and surveyed around the perimeter walls. From one side of the chamber, I remember looking down several giant piles of rocks and boulders and in the distance we could just see four tiny figures, our teammates mapping the other side. They were several hundred feet away. We had Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd playing from some small speakers in the top of one guys backpack. It was surreal and very epic. An extremely proud and emotional memory. Can you spot all four figures in this photograph firing off flashbulbs to illuminate the cave?
To submit your photos and stories, go to natgeoyourshot.com or there is a direct link in my bio. Good luck!
#natgeoyourshot #epic #cave #adventure #exploration #explore #mulunationalpark #sarawak #borneo #malaysia

Gunung Mulu National Park
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You know "epic" when you see it—now share it with us. What scenes have made you pause to take in the moment? I am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot entitled “EPIC," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to express your understanding of the word ‘ EPIC’ and how it can be portrayed in a single image.
This photograph captures a time and place that to me has left a lasting memory of being truly epic. For over three days we had been camping deep underground in Mulu National Park, Malaysia exploring the Whiterock cave system, searching for new uncharted galleries. We only had one large flashbulb in the bag, we had one chance to pull off this photograph. We had no idea what the cave looked like. It was pitch black! It's amazing to see the beauty of the underground world lit up for the very first time.
To submit your photos and stories, go to natgeoyourshot.com or there is a direct link in my bio. Good luck! #natgeoyourshot #epic #cave #adventure #exploration #explore #mulunationalpark #sarawak #borneo #malaysia

Mulu National Park
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I am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot entitled “EPIC," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to express your understanding of the word ‘ EPIC’ and how it can be portrayed in a single image.
This photograph captures a time and place that to me has left a lasting memory of being truly epic.

I was on a caving expedition in Papua New Guinea and at this point we had travelled deep underground following a 50ft deep, 2ft wide canyon passage for over 2 miles. We were the first people to ever undertake this arduous and technically challenging journey. Finally after several hours of hard work we burst out into this huge chamber where the noise was so loud from all the rivers and waterfalls that we had to shout to one another to be heard above the roar. Our journey didn't end here though, we swam across the beautiful green Myo lake and climbed up the waterfall to explore never-before-seen passages beyond.
Everything about this expedition was epic beyond imagination. Out of over 30 expeditions, it still remains as the most challenging I’ve ever undertaken.

To submit your photos and stories, go to natgeoyourshot.com or there is a direct link in my bio. Good luck! #natgeoyourshot #epic #cave #adventure #exploration #explore #NewBritain #PapuaNewGuinea

East New Britain Province
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We are here in Grindelwald, Switzerland at the foot of the famous Eiger (pictured), Mönch and Jungfrau mountains at the beginning of a National Geographic Student Expedition program to the Alps. These peaks have provided countless mountaineers with incredible joy, but at the same time many have perished in such brave and valiant attempts to scale the great north face of the Eiger. If this vast wall of rock could speak, what would it tell us? #iPhone #natgeostudentexpeditions #NGSEAlps2017 #Grindelwald #Switzerland #visitswitzerland #switzerland_vacations

Grindelwald, Switzerland
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We are here in China on the National Geographic Student Expeditions program. We have seen so many amazing places and experienced such a diverse culture, from hiking along an undeveloped section of the Great Wall in the Chenjiapu valley to riding camels in the Singing sand dunes in Dunhuang, along China’s famed Silk Road, where we camped out under a cloudless sky and watched the stars overhead. We have all had great opportunities honing our skills with photography and anthropology in beautiful surroundings rich in China's traditional ways. #natgeostudentexpeditions #ngsechina2017 #travel #China #TheGreatWall #GreatWall #camel #desert #sand @natgeostudentcollective

Beijing, China
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A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.
During our week-long expedition camped underground in Lechuguilla, I spent most of my time seeing the beauty of the cave through the lens of my camera. However, when not concentrating where the next photograph is coming from, in my mind I often disappear to a quiet place and resort to something I have practiced all my life - sketching. Here is a pen & ink drawing I made in my diary of the Chandelier Ballroom viewed from the end of a marked path, pretty much as close to the giant gypsum formations as possible.
#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #expedition #science #jeweloftheunderground #biology #cave #terramater #explore #exploration #art #drawing #sketch #artwork #diary

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.

The Chandelier Ballroom in Lechuguilla is an underground chamber that is as iconic and well known to cave explorers around the world as the Royal Albert Hall is to the worlds leading musicians, composers and artists. There is nowhere else in the world that explorers have discovered quite like it! With its giant 6m (20ft) long glittering gypsum chandelier formations hanging down from the ceiling, it feels like you are exploring a cave on another planet.
#Lechuguilla #lechuguillacave #CarlsbadCaverns #Carlsbad #adventure #jeweloftheunderground #expedition #science #biology #cave #terramater #explore #exploration #chandelierballroom #gypsum

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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