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Photograph by David McLain

Views of a Black Sea wreck glow on screens in the control room of the Knorr,  giving Ballard, center, and his team front row seats to maritime history. The high-definition images transmitted by Hercules make a huge difference, says archaeologist Cheryl Ward. "The ability to see in real time provides a tremendous amount of information that keeps the archaeology safe, in a way," she says. "You don't have to guess at what you're doing."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS1n
Film Type: Fujichrome Astia 100
Lens: Canon 24mm 1.4
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/2.0
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: 2 a.m.               
Lighting Techniques: Ballard and Barton are lit with a Kino Mini Flo with an orange gel on it. You can see it wedged between two computer monitors. This light was balanced with the ambient light in the room as well as the plasma screens and computer monitors.  It was really a lighting nightmare from hell.
Special Equipment or Comments: Kino Mini Flo are tiny, daylight balanced fluorescent lights that can be dimmed and generate very little heat. They are used widely in the  motion picture industry. My friend, the filmmaker Tom Adair, suggested they would be ideal for the control room.  He was right.

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