Scuba Diving Photos
The Ghost Fleet of Operation Desecrate One
Operation Desecrate One
The well-defined, coral-caked bow of the massive Iro is covered with life.
When to Go: Palau’s wrecks are accessible the entire year, even in inclement weather.
Diving Conditions: Water temp runs between 82 and 84 degrees year-round. Visibility is 30 to 90 feet, but varies with weather, tides and dive sites.
Operator: Sam’s Tours Palau, Fish N Fins or Palau Dive Adventures can take you to every known wreck. Before you go, let your operator know you want to concentrate on wrecks. 10 wrecks to consider: Iro, Chuyo Maru, Buoy 6 Wreck, Teshio Maru, Gozan, Jake seaplane, Ryuku Maru, Helmet Wreck, Bichu Maru and Amatsu Maru.
Price Tag: Seven nights' accommodations wuth five days of two-tank diving start at $900, depending on where you'd like to stay.
5 Tips for Shooting Wrecks
1. Be Picky. Go for a single part of the ship — for instance, the engine room — and concen- trate your efforts there. Make sure your guide knows what you want.
2. Use Ambient Light. Available light is usually the only way to show the whole wreck.
3. Use Divers. A model in the frame provides scale: that 20-foot propeller won’t seem so large without a reference point.
4. Careful of Sediment/ Backscatter Layers of silt can degrade visibility instantly — watch what you touch. Every exhalation also can bring down overhead sediment.
5. Be land based. Live-aboards only occasionally do wrecks.
Want the Complete package? To execute this story, photographer Ethan Daniels used a Canon 5D MkII; Aquatica housing; TLC arms; and two Sea & Sea YS-250 strobes.