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In the flooded cave Vaca Ha - upstream



Cave diving in Yucatan, Mexico, December 2018

Cave diving in Yucatan, Mexico, December 2018
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dkvart1
 
dkvart1 January 20, 2020
Congrats, a well deserved win.
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petrpolach January 21, 2020
Thank you for your congratulations! Petr
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LookSee January 21, 2020
Congratulations - an ecxellent photo! (imagine this typed in envy-green font :)
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petrpolach January 21, 2020
Thank you very much for your words and congratulations! Best regards, Petr
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GCurran January 21, 2020
Congrats!! Beautiful shot!
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petrpolach January 21, 2020
Thank you very much for your photo rating and congratulations! Best regards, Petr
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ivakdiver January 21, 2020
Super Photo!
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petrpolach January 21, 2020
My pleasure, thank you! Petr
veromory1 Platinum
 
veromory1 January 21, 2020
congrats. It is a gorgeous photo. Well deserved
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petrpolach January 21, 2020
Many thanks for your words! Petr
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mattmorring January 21, 2020
It just draws your eye right into the photo. It is an amazing looking photo.
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petrpolach January 22, 2020
I'm very pleased with your words, thank you! Petr
MariaReverberiPhotography Platinum
 
MariaReverberiPhotography January 21, 2020
Absolutely love this piece! I am preparing to learn to scuba dive next year. Your shot inspires me even more :-)
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petrpolach January 22, 2020
I wish you much success in your future diving! Best regards, Petr
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MRueffer January 21, 2020
Fantastic! Congratulations!
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petrpolach January 22, 2020
Thank you very much! Best regards, Petr
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TAWHID January 22, 2020
Such a masterpiece!
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petrpolach January 22, 2020
Thank you very much! Best regards, Petr
NicoleKMcMillin Ultimate
 
NicoleKMcMillin January 22, 2020
Gorgeous. Its beauty is only second to being there! Congrats!
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petrpolach January 22, 2020
Thank you for your words! Best regards, Petr
ponchismerle
 
ponchismerle January 22, 2020
Wahouhh ! Awesome !!! Congratulation , you deserved it because scuba photo in cenote are so difficult to shot !!!!
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petrpolach January 22, 2020
Thank you very much for congratulation and for your words: You are right, but people usually don't know conditions in the caves. Best regards, Petr
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MRueffer March 12, 2020
Well done

Behind The Lens

Location
This picture was taken during cave diving in Yucatan, Mexico.
Time
In the caves, there is no light. Completely dark, so you don't need to wait for the "right light". You can only use flashes and lamps. This photo was taken during the day using five flashes.
Lighting
Very important when shooting in caves is the usage of external flashes and very important is where they are located.
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
The eternal beauty of the flooded caves in Yucatan.
Editing
Yes, many edits have been made to this photo. Underwater pictures where objects which are both close and far are photographed are characterised by the fact, that the water gradually filters light by wavelength. Distance of about 5 m means that red color disappears, then orange and so the individual rainbow colors disappear until the only colors which remain are green and blue. Therefore post-processing is necessary.
In my camera bag
I have two bags, each about 12 kg with the equipment listed above in the article "What equipment did you use?".
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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