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UPY 2017 Wrecks - Highly Commended
'Propeller of the the "Michelle"' - Gianni Pecchiar
The wreck of the Michelle lies in navigation trim at a depth of 10 meters pointing SW and the bow is almost always dark, since it is never lit by sunlight. My idea was to backlight the darkness of the propeller and the rudder and also a part of the stern. To do this I had to use 4 flashes connected together, positioned on homemade stands, hidden behind each propeller blade and remotely triggered with a 15 meter cable to the camera. Very exhausting but I did it.
Judge's comment: Peter Rowlands: As Gianni's caption reveals, a lot of work was put into achieving this shot but it was certainly worth it. Converting the image to black and white creates mood and the backlighting is very effective. Also the position of the diver is perfect. All in all, this is a very well executed shot.
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