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my quest to the underworld | del Sol Photography underwater images by Matt Adcock
10.28.2009 in Adventures, Main | by Matt Adcock

As many of you may or may not know, I have an unbridled passion for the water. I'm constantly seeking out new places on this earth as a traveler and a lover of nature, I feel its my duty to share some of my experiences with you.

The underworld of the Yucatan has many surprising and interesting tales to tell. For many, Cenotes are a source of life. The ancient Mayans actually depended on these underwater rivers and sinkholes as their primary source of life. Even the lush jungle above ground appreciates all that exists below the surface.

Portals to other worlds? Stargates? The Mayans believed so...I'm bewitched by them, thats for sure. I will be sharing more and more of my images from these magical places so you can enjoy the journey with me.

All photos by Matt Adcock. *All photography done while free diving (except last frame).* All photos shot in Manual mode using Canon 5d and 5d II.

Here is a quick look into my underworld...

One must respect the characters you meet along the way to discover these mystical locations.

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Gear check...self portrait.

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Let me remind you to look up. The features here are more alien than you can imagine.

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Usually, the jungle is very thick as you explore these passages.


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Your friends may be on the surface, but often they are the size of ants moving around.

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But suprisingly, you'll be amazed how quick you make friends down there.

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You actually become so comfortable when visiting this underworld that you soon realize that once the thought of the surface passes through your mind for a visit there, you can start to understand why the Mayans believe these cenotes are a portal to other worlds.

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Every now and then, I need to look at my own two feet as I pinch myself, is this really happening to me!

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Occasionally, there are creatures that come from this underworld. They ususally wear these silly cables and wires attached to a space suit...it appears to be advanced technology...Look quickly though, they soon disappear back into the depths.

Much more coming soon! I have millions of these kind of shots here!

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Mexico Time Change Difference
10.27.2009 in Weddings, Main | by Matt Adcock

HOLA folks. Just a reminder for those of you coming from the USA or any other city / country that has extended its daylight savings. We are encountering clients who havent been advised by their hotel or just simply overlooked the time change difference in Mexico.

Facts are:
Daylight Saving Time in Mexico begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in April. On the last Sunday in October areas on Daylight Saving Time fall back to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. The names in each time zone change along with Daylight Saving Time. Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), and so forth. The state of Sonora does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

If you are getting married in the spring, this really applies to you! Point is, most hotels recommend a ceremony start time based on their best interest. This usually involves a total lack or concern as to the appropriate time needed (if photos are impt for you) after the ceremony.

We usually recommend to start your wedding 45 minutes to 60 minutes prior to the scheduled sunset, depending on wedding party size and post ceremony photo expectations. While every client has different needs, the time frame of 45-60 min prior to sunset will always serve your best interests (in our opinion) for the best light available---vs no light.

I took this photo at 5:34 pm last night. NO PHOTOSHOP, directly out of the camera :) Shot with my Canon Powershot P&S. You will get about the same light at this time in March, 2010. This means, you should start your ceremony (if you like sunset) around 4pm and no later! FYI.



Pretty please, with sugar on top, check out our Seasonal Guide Page, where we recommend exactly how to plan your ceremony start time!

Saludos,
mateo

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