A Photoshoot at a Shipwreck: Part Two of Von Wong’s Epic Underwater Project

About a month back, we featured an immersive and exhilarating underwater project done by photographer Von Wong. For those that never looked into it, Von Wong was the man behind a photoshoot done completely underwater – and it wasn’t anything I’d ever seen before. Before his work caught my eye, no photographic work done near at a shipwreck was quite as captivating at all. And if you haven’t seen it by now, you’re about to.

Back when we first posted about it, we featured a video that Von Wong uploaded to accompany his work, detailing the introductory basics of what it took to execute a project like that. It’s a privilege for me to introduce his next part in the making of this project: the second part to his video series, giving you an in-depth look behind the scenes at exactly how this photoshoot was executed.

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Von Wong’s latest video is an 8-minute overview of topics such as the concept of the project itself, or how the lighting and color was achieved at the end of it all. One of my favorite facts from the clip was when he talked about the coloring; the deeper you go underwater, the less saturated the color becomes in the final photo. To fix this, the team had to go readjust the colors in post-production after the actual shoot was over.

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Back when looking at the first video, what resonated with me was when Wong talked about how it was the team’s passion that made them succeed at a project like this. It wasn’t until now that I realized how much truth that statement had. Working with anything underwater can and will be one of the most dangerous things a professional team can possibly put themselves through; with the pressure (both figuratively and literally) that faces each member for a shoot at an actual shipwreck underwater, it’s easy as hell to say yes to another project. The models that you see in this photoset could easily be making bank off of many other gigs out there, but they chose to go through with this. At the end of it, that team wasn’t there for a paycheck; they’re there because each person involved wanted to make this happen. And man, did they make it happen.

[Benjamin von Wong]

  • http://www.weathermon.com Vin Weathermon

    This is not for the faint of heart; diving is risky, concentrating on “not diving” is risky when diving. These guys are pros. I’m a diver and photography UW is a whole different ballgame…