Photographer: © 2014-2016 Dave Waselle · All Rights Reserved.
Shinkoku-Maru | Truk Lagoon, Micronesia
An available light photograph taken in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia. Diver explores the main mast of the Shinkoku Maru, a Japanese supply ship sunk during “Operation Hail Stone” in WWII.
The Shinkoku Maru is actually two wrecks. She was split in half during the attack. The forward hold in the bow section was full of mines that would have been used in harbors to sink the ships of the enemies of Japan. This attack was considered the U.S. retaliation for Pearl Harbor. Six aircraft carriers bombed and strafed the islands and ships over a three day period. Estimates have over 60 ships sunk and the entire airforce on the islands destroyed.
Just as I discussed the effects I was looking to achieve in “War At Peace“, I wanted a similar look to this shot. The sun piercing the surface behind the diver highlights her approaching the mast. The yellow fins, a color that holds it’s hue underwater, add just a hint of added color to the picture.