Captured this surreal photo in the underground world of Sudwala Caves in South Africa. Caves always have such fascinating formations and textures, it’s amazing what mother nature can produce right under our feet and sometimes we don’t even realize it. Being below the ground touring though the stalactites and stalagmites all around is just a whole other world in itself.

Surreal Sudwala Cave


Being that we were underground, it was very dark… very. The caves were only illuminated with small lights along the path and spotlights around the major structures and walls. Shooting in this environment was quite challenging. I pumped my ISO up to 2000 while keeping my aperture down at f2.8, this put me at around 1/8 of a second for my shutter speed. This shot was not taken with a tripod, it was hand held. Luckily between the in-body-image-stabilization (IBIS) of my Sony A7ii, and keeping a firm steady shot, I was able to produce a quality image.

Camera: Sony A7ii

Lens: Rokinon 14mm f2.8

Shutter Speed: 1/8

Aperture: F/2.8

ISO: 2000

Focal Length: 28mm custom sticked 3 photo pano