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Plumbing History's Depths
Photograph by Christoph Gerigk

Burdened with air tanks, guide lamps, and strobe lights, diver Steffen Scholz hovers over a window on Steuben's starboard promenade deck. The coiled wire at upper left connects the strobes to photographer Christoph Gerigk's camera, while the straight white line below the wire guides the divers through the dark water. Sediments coat what is perhaps a rope from an old fishing net crossing a foreground window, through which an unidentified piece of wreckage protrudes. Such sediments around the edges of shattered windows hide shards of glass, which at one point sliced open the fabric of Scholz's glove.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5 in SEACAM F5 Underwater Housing
Film Type: Fuji RHP Provia 400, pushed to 800 ASA
Lens: 18mm D-AF Nikkor f/2.8 with Seacam Superdome
Speed and F-stop: 1/30 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Depth 170 feet (50 meters), temperature 39°F (4°C)
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Two Treble-Light HID-lamps and 4 Subtronic UW-strobes
Special Equipment or Comments: Trimix dive


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