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All Systems Go
Photograph by Cary Wolinsky


Wearing a mask that helps measure oxygen use, Lev Olovyannikov participates in a weightlessness study at the Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow. To simulate weightlessness, the Russians use a “dry immersion” procedure that cradles a subject in waterproof cloth while immersing him in water. Technicians Irina Sayenko, left, and Olga Vinogradova attend Olovyannikov following a procedure and treadmill test. Russian space doctors believe that six hours of dry immersion has the same physiological effect as several days of bed rest.



Camera: Nikon N90
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: 20-35mm Nikon zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: N/A
Time of Day: N/A
Lighting Techniques: Comet strobes against umbrellas with fill flash on camera



SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR COMMENTS:
The room was small. The test was chaotic. After further cluttering the lab with lighting gear (cables and wires were everywhere), I plunked myself down in the middle of the scene and worked in close for the shot.



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