Just a smidge over the moon with my new Panasonic GH5 S camera and Nauticam housing! 😍 We put it through it’s paces today pushing its ISO limits with a trial in a large cavern on Chinese Garden line in Cenote Tajma-Ha. It soars past my old GH4 in leaps and bounds in regards to low light … really excited to see what more it can do in the many ideas that are flowing already!
Refreshing to work with another creative! Bernadette and I teamed up to practise playing around with lighting in caverns yesterday, moved into cave today and will be diving again tomorrow. So far so good, communication is getting really smooth, I think we will have our own secret language by the end of this project … More footage to come!!
Marking all my little editing projects up to date … for now. Here is some stunning halocline, shot in Xunaan Ha! Alina and Simon did very well juggling lights for the first time and were very patient models … look forward to shooting more with you guys in the future. Tomorrow onto new projects at Cenote car wash with Bernadette ☺
Final Day of dry caving … for now! Osama, Davide and I teamed up to explore and survey part of Kantun Chi whilst Peter, Angelica and Juan did another section. It was very small and crawly and 99% sump. It was Davide’s first time dry caving and hats off … we spent a long time in the cave and connected to a separate entrance.
Last day of exploring in this system. We spent from 9am to 4:30pm under ground surfacing only briefly to change entrance. All in all the cave was small and crawly which was fun! My legs and arms are black and blue but it was totally worth it. There were some chest high sumps which we got to wade through and in to survey and see if they went (and also cool down). There were lots of laughs between a steady flow of jokes and Juans ‘cave spiders’. The past few days have been an amazing and valuable experience and i’m really looking forward to more dry caving in the not too distant future!
Day two of dry caving with some cave exploration. Yesterday there was a lot of ground to cover and so we were split into smaller groups. Mauro and I took a look at a hole in the jungle floor that opened up into a cavern. We attached a ladder and climbed around 10m down. There were two large chambers separated by a collapse in the middle and one boasted a promising looking sump which Mauro scouted out on breath hold. I wriggled in and out of some smaller restrictions in the dry cave that had some airflow but were close out. It’s such an amazing feeling to enter a place no one has seen before …
Today I had the opportunity to get to go dry caving for the first time in Mexico. I shadowed a very experienced and fun group of dry cavers consisting of Peter Sprouse, Juan Laden, Joaquin Rivera, Carol Vesely and Scott Linn while they surveyed and checked out some sumps. Mauro Bordignon and David Dusekexplored some sumps already known to the group.
The cave is beautifully decorated and humbling … I enjoyed it so much I’m joining again tomorrow 😊
Back to open water to iron out some confidence and comfort issues I had when loaded to the max with stages and towing a DPV. I found it uncomfortable to manoeuvre and that I was becoming a bit task loaded and frustrated. After a few hours practising in Cenote car wash with my very patient and supportive instructor I feel more happy and confident I can handle the gear I may need to in a cave environment and going back to one stage feels like a dream! Still a while to go … but getting there
Film Mauro Bordignon, Cave World
Postproduction Katy Fraser
Super fun evening with Mauro at Under the Jungle doing a vertical caving techniques workshop with Peter Sprouse, Juan and team. Really nice to see people bringing the community together in such a nice way, thank you for your time and effort! It is something I definitely left wanting to learn more about. Mauro is already plotting all the places he can hang ropes in the jungle around the house to send me up and down in preparation for summer dry caving in Europe … or at least I think that’s what he meant by hanging ropes for me … incase there is an ‘accident’ #repelling #verticalascent