Cancun Mexico welcomes Las Vegas photographer Shaun Goodrich
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Sunday, September 04, 2016
By Shaun Goodrich photography
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So the wife (Clare) and I decided to go on vacation last week to Cancun Mexico and stayed in an amazing resort called just go trust me. Of course I brought a bunch of camera gear. I wanted to capture part of the under sea world as well as what was on top of the water at the same time. Never having done this type of photography before it was a real challenge. I bought a underwater housing for about $50, it's basically a very well insulated thick water tight plastic bag that the camera fits into and then you lock it down so water does not leak into it. It worked pretty good with no water getting in except where the lens goes, the front housing can block part of the lens so you have to keep on moving it out of the way so it does not get in your shot. Also it is best to set your camera settings before you put it in the housing, as it is hard to adjust them while it is in there.
     First I want to go check out the sea turtles in Aukumal about an hour away and Tulum the ancient Myan ruins. There is no guarantee Sea turtles will be there, lucky us 2 were there. The water is crystal clear and warm, however there are small waves and a bit of a current which makes it very difficult to shoot half underwater and on top as you are not allowed to stand anywhere as they want to preserve the beautiful coral. This is on the second largest reef in the world. It is also very hard to focus on the subject you want as well. I did my best. Now we are off to a Cenote, what is a Cenote you ask? Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of crystal clear fresh water groundwater pools from hundreds of years ago. The Myan's called them "Sacred Well" They are beautiful. Who will take you there? Arturo of Private Paradise Tours Playa Del Carmen. He's an awesome guide. I shot in the Cenotes and was able to stand, however my aperture was so low so I could get the underwater portion it would blur the top of the water. Anyway I did the best I could not usually shooting this type of photography, I guess I'll have to go back and perfect it? Let me know what you think of the images?

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