3rd Place Shipwreck Ocean Art Safe Under The Sea

3rd Place Shipwreck Ocean Art Safe Under The Sea

Chris Gug




The Story:  While booking with the dive boat operator, they were confused by me requesting to do the same site twice in a row for two days, and nothing else.  Apparently, others choose a single day of a wreck then a reef.  But that's not how a photographer works, and after all, the Vandenberg is 523 feet long and 100 feet high, so 4 dives, to me, seems like just enough time to barely skim the surface!  When I stumbled upon this spot, and the vision for the shot emerged, I had to find my girlfriend (now wife) Suzanne, so I could give her the "will you model for me?" mumble and hand-signal, but finding each other is not always an easy task for two highly-independant divers, and even then, I often have to convince her to let go of her underwater video rig.  Since she was my underwater model long before we even began dating, we have 15+ years of working together, and she has an uncanny way of understanding my vision, seeing herself in the composition before I even click the shutter.  Indeed, she is the most important piece of equipment in my camera bag!

Location: The Vandenberg shipwreck, Off Key West, Florida, USA

Equipment Used:  Nikon D810 Camera, Sigma 15mm Lens, Nauticam NA-D810 Housing, Dual Ikelite DS-161 Strobes

Camera Settings: 1/125 sec, F10, ISO 250

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