By Annie Crawley: On a Citizen Science Expedition to the Revillagigedo Archipelago aboard the Quino El Guardian, I knew I needed lighting for both underwater and topside shoots.
We were going to be diving and filming mantas, sharks, and all the magnificent creatures around this archipelago, plus doing topside interviews with humpback whale scientist Dr. Jorge Urban and others.
With the airline airline weight restrictions and battery limitations, I am always looking for solutions that allow me to take less equipment, yet still get beautiful shots above and below the surface.
I found a weight-saving and versatile solution with lights from Light & Motion. The compact Sola lights have a self-contained battery so they can travel in checked baggage or carry on, making travel easy. The Sola 9600s together with the new Sola 5000 Air Kits gives me lights for every kind of motion and stills work I do.
On this trip I was able to dive with my Sola 9600 lights underwater, then dry off and turn them into beautiful daylight-balanced topside lights with excellent color rendering. When on a live aboard, we are often lighting, wind, and boat challenged, but we pulled off a beautiful shoot with Dr. Urban because of the Sola Pro light and Sola Air Kit. As this was a citizen science expedition, other passengers became the film crew and it was great fun.
Because of the success on this charter, the lights are now a permanent part of my lighting collection. I can’t think of leaving home without them! I’m looking forward to posting more about my experiences with these lights topside, as well as sharing the magic they add to painting our pictures with light below the surface.
@AnnieCrawley @quinoelguardian @Microcosm