UPY 2016 Wrecks - Commended

Rui Guerra

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UPY 2016 Wrecks - Commended
'The steering wheel' - Rui Guerra

Diving in a huge war frigate, it is an unforgettable experience, even if the sinking have been deliberate, as is the case of "Hermenegildo Capelo", which is part of Ocean Park Revival, in Algarve, Portugal. For several dives, I tried to create images that "brought back to life" the four ships, using remote flashes at various points. One of the emblematic sites is the bridge, especially its steering wheel, where in the past the captain have given orders for war, patrol or rescue missions, during the time that this ship was at the service of Portuguese Navy . To prolong the bottom time and minimize decompression, I've used a rebreather Poseidon MKVI Discovery, since it's a small unit, while working alone, to avoid stir up sediment. The dives lasted about 90 minutes, at depths up to 30 meters, often in confined environments such as the engine rooms and the holds.

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