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Underground River Entrance, Yucatan
31-OCT-2009

Underground River Entrance, Yucatan

Temperature; +26C Wind; 0.1 m/sec Rain; Lotsa Water

THINGS THAT WENT WRONG;

a. Slipped on the vertical 15 m ladder and ended up with my butt on the plastic bag with a camera underwater case and diving mask...yak...
b. Needed to explain Vera why underwater shooting was no longer possible...
c. Had to keep my head over the water level due to the leaking mask ( after accident ), and counted most stalacties in the cave with it ( head )...
d. Managed to find the only existing nail in the wooden stairs, and stepped over it in the dark...
e. Guide and Vera tripped over a power cord on the way back to the surface, ( I was way behind and alone ) and this put cave in complete darkness... including myself...
f. Spent at least 15 min in chilling waters while trying to identify an exit... In the meantime, Vera and the guide were exchanging funny stories and jokes on the surface...

Nikon D300
1/6s f/6.3 at 24.0mm iso1600 full exif

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Susan Rovira27-Jun-2010 19:27
photography is a dangerous sport!
Eldar Kadymov24-Jun-2010 21:31
Camera survived as my butt hit diving mask first :-)
Zane Paxton24-Jun-2010 09:40
Great story! Hope the camera was OK!
Graeme13-Mar-2010 22:52
Stunning shot, Eldar,V!
Ann Cleeves18-Jan-2010 16:56
Did you originally omit this comical tale, due to injured pride? I think so, as you couldn't have forgotten it all if it still seems like only yesterday. Indeed, the whole episode smacks of a bumbling Inspector Clouseau at his best!! Have to say again that this beautiful image was well worth it. Much salutations!
Eldar Kadymov17-Jan-2010 22:45
Sorry, Annd, here are the grief curcumstances, all feels like yesterday...
Ann Cleeves17-Jan-2010 17:37
Just gorgeous!
What....no TTWRs?
monica memoli27-Nov-2009 08:50
Wow! Wonderful!
Tim Reisdorf Photography19-Nov-2009 02:52
incredible work.. well done.. it looks "otherworldly"..
Eldar Kadymov13-Nov-2009 02:25
No. amigo, I won't do it.... Ask me why ? Hmmmm. it's not as spectacular in Web-posting as it's in the real life printout ot JPEG, but this f....ng D300 makes miracles ( well... I am part of it too, LOL ). I do believe that no other camera, except for yours, LOL, can do so well with handheld shot and such high ISO. Sorry for nudnikivism, LOL, but Amma lazy dog, ah. Don't forget superior to anything else Nikon optics, regardless of how much I hate this brand, LOL
Michael Weinberg13-Nov-2009 01:24
Hello O Evil One. Looks like the entrance to the River Styx. At any moment I expect to see Hades himself, escorting a load of souls, destined to the lowest levels of Dante's Inferno. The light, within the darkness is magical indeed. And yet those areas, deep in the cavern, where the far off distance seems to disappear to infinite darkness may indeed be a source of mysterious light from the Inferno itself. May I, nudnick extraordinaire, suggest a little selective Photoshop shadow/highlight tool to reveal and expose additional wondrous light within this already fantastic photo of the underworld. Ciao, Michael.