Dubbed “the queen of gems,” precious opals diffract light to reveal various colors, from clear to black. They can occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock. Here in the east of Slovakia, miles of tunnels were excavated for opal mining ( you’ll have to hike through tunnels and down stairs to access entry points). The walls shine in all colors of the rainbow — purple, pink, blue, green, orange, red. No hue is missing. Capturing a diver surrounded by these colorful walls was my goal. I used dual strobes to light up the colorful walls, while the off-strobe was used to define the background and the sloping corridor.
WHEN TO GO Year-round drysuit diving; water temp is 37˚F DIVE NOW opalmine.eu/diving.html SLOVAKIA
LOCATION Slovak Opal Mine, Dubnik
PHOTOGRAPHER Martin Strmiska