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Cenote Otoch Ha, cave up stream



Cave diving, Mexico, Yucatan

Cave diving, Mexico, Yucatan
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22 Comments | Report
john567
 
john567 August 30, 2018
wow fantastic shot
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petrpolach November 17, 2020
Thank you for your evaluation!
ChristopherLH PRO
 
ChristopherLH April 29, 2019
Wow...I suddenly felt the urge to hold my breath. Shots like these are the only reason I want to cave dive. Bucket list item for sure (the last item, just in case).
LonnieWatkins Platinum
 
LonnieWatkins May 23, 2019
I saw the movie, "The Cave!" The scenes were not as tidy as this.
AdrienneWood22 Ultimate
 
AdrienneWood22 May 27, 2019
Absolutely love this
CAphotos PRO
 
CAphotos May 30, 2019
I wish everybody on Viewbug could see this photo. It's truly incredible. Thanks for sharing with us.
alexisfernandes
 
alexisfernandes November 05, 2019
this definitelly looks like Gagazet Cave (from Final Fantasy X)
alisajidzaidi_0374
 
alisajidzaidi_0374 April 28, 2020
Marvelous
Harryjamie121
 
Harryjamie121 May 10, 2020
Wow so beautiful
scotttamano
 
scotttamano November 17, 2020
Awesome
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petrpolach November 18, 2020
Thank you for your evaluation!
judiannabriaestrobo
 
judiannabriaestrobo November 28, 2020
Beautiful
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petrpolach November 30, 2020
Thank you
Matteo86
 
Matteo86 January 05, 2021
I love it. Where is it?
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petrpolach January 05, 2021
Thank you. This image was taken while diving in cave "Otoch-Ha upstream", Yucatan, Mexico. Best regards, Petr
jafarali_3017
 
jafarali_3017 January 19, 2021
Hi
susanneagles
 
susanneagles January 26, 2021
Hauntingly beautiful
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petrpolach January 27, 2021
Thank you!
tammystarck
 
tammystarck January 26, 2021
Hi.
lorablondo
 
lorablondo February 16, 2021
Stunning
dawnaschwab
 
dawnaschwab February 16, 2021
Amazing job
bearstark PRO
 
bearstark April 06, 2021
epic
Isla123
 
Isla123 April 15, 2021
Just incredible!😮
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petrpolach April 15, 2021
Thank you for your words!
ElleL
 
ElleL August 12, 2021
Wow, I have a shot in a cave just like this, it's uncanny how similar the cave structure is!
judymcraenaulls
 
judymcraenaulls September 22, 2021
Stunning!
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petrpolach September 22, 2021
Thank you, Judy!
joycewasson
 
joycewasson November 21, 2021
Amazing
jamiehnsn PRO+
 
jamiehnsn November 26, 2021
This should have won !

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken while cave diving in the Otoch Ha-upstream cave in Yucatan, Mexico.
Time
This photo was taken during the day, 1 December 2017 at 13.04.
Lighting
There is absolute darkness in the flooded caves. I used five flashes, three external and two on the case, to take this picture.
Equipment
I used the Sony alpha 7 R II camera with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens, the Sea & Sea MDX-?7 II case, the Fisheye Dome Port 240 with accessories and five flash units (2 x Sea & Sea YS-110a on the case and the external Sea & 1 x YS-D2 and 2 x YS-D1 with 3 triggers).
Inspiration
There are hundreds of kilometres of caves in Yucatan. I like to dive and photograph there because their beauty is really amazing. Imagine: in diving, you are underwater balancing, that is, in a stateless weight, and you "fly" between a beautiful cave decoration. Everything is a little mysterious. That's why I like to take pictures in caves and try to show this beauty to others.
Editing
Yes, many edits have been made to this photo. As opposed to a photo taken over water, photos taken under water generally require much more adjustments.
In my camera bag
This of course depends on what and where to shoot. In the case of diving in caves, I have two bags, each about 12 kg with the equipment listed above in the article "Equipment".
Feedback
Because there is a absolute darkness in the caves, the key issue is the use of high quality external flashes and the full-frame camera.

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