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Decked Out
Photograph by David McLain

Testing of the new ROV Hercules went swimmingly—at first. Pilots practiced steering the sub (above) in Sinop harbor during initial delays in Turkey. When finally deployed in search of Black Sea wrecks, Hercules  performed flawlessly, proving for the first time that underwater archaeology via remote control was possible. But later tweaks to the sub's computer software caused its hydraulic system to break down twice, bringing the mission to an early end.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS1n
Film Type: Fujichrome Astia 100
Lens: Canon 24mm f/1.4
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/1.4
Weather Conditions: A beautiful summer evening
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: This image was shot during the small window of time when the ambient light was equal in exposure to the artificial light shining onto the stern of the Knorr.


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