Get Wrecked Photography - Red Sea

  • Water temp 18 - 28 C
  • Air Temp 19 - 35 C
  • Visibility 15 - 25m
  • Good for... Wrecks, Photography
  • Suitable for beginners Yes
  • Highlights Do you sometimes struggle to convey in your pictures, the drama and scale of your favourite wrecks? Come on this Wreck photo special where you will learn not only the technical expertise to shoot successfully in a variety of sometimes challenging lighting situations, but also how to inject some compositional and artistic skills into your wreck pictures. Placing them into context, telling a story and showing scale will be just some of the topics we will cover in this trip. So dust off your wide angles, and hop onboard for a wreck photo extravaganza

About Get Wrecked Photography

Wreck photography demands you really get to grips with wide angle photography, especially the lens and strobe options. On this itinerary, our resident photo pro Duxy will demystify wide angle photography so you can start to take shots that do the incredible wrecks of the Northern Red Sea justice. Create a real wow factor as you reveal a ship lost to the depths. Abu Nuhas, the Thistlegorm, The Dunraven... these are just some of the world class wrecks that are easily accessible to underwater photographers. And no matter if you have a compact camera or SLR, Duxy will be to hand throughout the trip to answer any questions you might have.

Goals of the trip

Your task for the week is simple - take pictures of wrecks. But how you will do this is not so straight forward. The aim of this trip is to tackle some of the challenges involved in wreck photography. From lens selection to strobe positioning, our photo pro Duxy will show you how to get into the right position for the best view points. Get the most from your kit on some of the most inspirational wreck subjects you could pick. Get close up and there are a wealth of historical artefacts to enjoy and photograph spanning nearly 200 years of shipping. and whilst most photographers will want to work on their wide angle skills, there are plenty of chances for detailed macro images too. You will also look at practical solutions to deal with the nemesis of all underwater photographers - backscatter. Inside wrecks such as the Thistlegorm you will discover how you can eliminate (both in camera and with post production) those pesky blobs that ruin so many a shot.

Our relaxed way of teaching will benefit budding photographers as well as seasoned seadogs. This is not about who has the biggest camera - taking awesome wreck pictures is about getting the most from your kit, not spending more money! Film or digital, there is plenty to keep everyone engaged without becoming too technical (unless you want it too). Duxy will be on hand morning, noon and night, dishing out any help and advice you might need. Once you've taken the shots you will probably want to tweak and edit them so most evenings there will be assistance with using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photo shop to make the most of your digital creations.

Diving highlights

The itinerary is flexible to allow the group to respond to local conditions - if somewhere is yielding great shots, why move off? But there are some wrecks that are a must see! Abu Nuhas boasts no fewer than 4 wrecks, spanning the 19th and 20th century so there is plenty to photograph. You will spend even more time here than usual with multiple dives on the 3 main wrecks - the Giannis D, Carnatic and Chrisoula K. After Abu Nuhas the Ulysses awaits at Gubal, where there is also the formidable Rosalie Moller and alluring barge. Camera in hand, explore these beauties over the next 2 days. Set sail once more and you will dive the Kingston followed by Thistlegorm. There is nothing quite like the Thistlegorm - inside or out there are endless shots to work on. The Dunraven is next and makes for atmospheric pictures before you wrap up the trip at the Yolanda wreck on Shark reef (recreational depths!).


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Flexible itineraries
One of the big advantages of joining a dedicated photo itinerary is the flexibility! Our on board pro Duxy will usually opt to focus on an area for multiple dives. Depending on how the shots are going and how much divers are enjoying a site, you will have the chance to repeat dive sites - shoot the same subject in different light or go back in and try again those shots that were not quite picture perfect. You might not cover as many dive sites in a week but the chance to repeat sites means you can really hone shots you are proud of.

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Trip Duration
The Get Wrecked photography trip will run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 4 dives a day (3 day dives + 1 night dive) apart from on your first and last day. There are around 21 dives on an average week but this can vary depending on local weather conditions.

All liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and changes in local Government approval. Whilst our boat operators make every effort, we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. In adverse weather conditions, the guides and captain of the boat will have the final decision about which dive sites to visit to ensure that the safety of guests, staff and boats is not compromised in any way.

Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.

After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.

A normal itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.

Abu Nuhas
This is one of the best concentrations of wreck diving in the Red Sea with the newest and oldest wrecks you will visit on this itinerary. The Giannis D is always a popular dive with a brilliant (and easy!) engine room penetration. You can swim easily through the corridors and into the rooms as they have been cleared without entanglement risk. Head to the Carnatic for the oldest wreck - the iron ribs are iconic and the wreck is smothered in marine life. You may also dive the Chrisoula K, otherwise known as the tile wreck. This is another easy penetration dive through the hold with a super structure that is worth exploring right to the shallows.

Gubal & the Rosalie Moller
Gubal island lies to the north of Abu Nuhas and has some excellent sites to explore. The barge is a wonderful afternoon and night dive with it's resident humongous resident moray, scorpion fish and stone fish. On a flat day you can dive the Ulysses, a smaller but similar aged vessel to the Carnatic.

On the west of Gubal is the Rosalie Moller. Due to the exposed location of this wreck the weather has to be flat for you to dive Rosie but if you do dive it, cut through the swathes of glass fish to find a fantastic 2nd World War wreck. The deeper depth makes several, shorter/deco dives well worth making. The hold is clearly blown open and the top of the engine room is a great focal point. As this is a deep wreck hold penetrations are not usually permitted for diver safety and can only be conducted according to strict safety guidelines with the guides' express permission.

Around the Thistlegorm
Around Shaab Ali you find 2 great wreck dive sites. The Thistlegorm needs little introduction to UK divers - sunk during the 2nd World War, she was laden with munitions and with several dives (including a night dive) to explore the holds, decks and environs, you will discover just why this ranks as one of Egypt's top dives. Do not miss the night dive here! At Shag Rock you can enjoy both an incredible hard coral reef dive (often with turtles) and the small but adorable wreck of the Kingston.

The Yolanda and Dunraven
The Yolanda wreck is perhaps one of the deepest in the Red Sea with the wreckage strewn down the side of the drop off. The famous toilets and bath fittings are scattered around the ledge of Yolanda Reef and you can see the carcass of the wreck disappearing into the depths. The toilets have to be one of the most photographed in all of Sharm! The Dunraven at Shaab Mahmoud is another classic Red Sea wreck dive. She upturned as fire took the ship down and now lies on the bottom inverted. It is a straightforward penetration with normally a cloud of glass fish inside and some rather territorial bat fish near the exit. The wreck of former liveaboard Fraser also lies nearby.

You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day and be transferred to a hotel for the day. Your final transfer will take you to the airport for your return flight home. Please do speak to the travel consultant at the time of booking to confirm the exact last day arrangements.