In the series of articles on imaging we will explain how we work on some projects both commercially and when the camera follows our passions. This time lets dive into the crystal clear waterfilled caves of Mexico.
Photographing in Caves
They say it is easier to teach a photographer to dive, than to teach a diver to photograph. When entering into waterfilled caves I don’t know if this is true anymore. Cave diving is the basejumping of diving. The ultimate frontier. Often deep, narrow, high altitude, multilevel, cold, complete darkness, currents, and usually further from the surface than any other diving activity. This means special training, long courses and high grade of self-discipline to venture into the darkest places on earth. Bringing a large aluminum housing, multiple remote underwater flashes just add to the stress level. – but god what a place to take pictures.I started cavediving expeditions in 1990, long before this became a popular sport and before it was any available courses to take. Through the years always returned to caves and are still seeking this adventure when travelling. This year it was a long time dream come true to bring my 16 year old daughter to “The Pit”, in Tulium, Mexico. To get a best possible impression of what this is like – I put together a short film and let her tell part of the story her self. We often do small travel documentary films like this one, both for clients and for pure pleasure. They get lots of attention in the different communities.
SEE THE CAVE VIDEO
It is filmed with a Canon 5DS in a Nauticam aluminum underwater housing. Besides the Ikelite 160 uv flashes for photography, I use several Solar 3000 lum uv lights. The 14 mm lens creates a dramatic look and give you a sense of how this experience really is.