I have been using the Light & Motion Sola series underwater lights for over two years now. They are the most reliable lights I have ever used underwater. The Sola photo series 800 and 1200 offer a red light feature. This feature enables the user to photograph the marine life without disturbing them. Most marine animals do not see or react to the red light.
I decided to put the Sola red light to the test on some marine subjects. I first setup a small studio saltwater aquarium to place the specimens in.
Aquarium setup – Meet Your Neighbours Project
I wanted to photograph some marine gastropods with their shell and body showing. I first tried using white light, but they immediately retreated back into their shell. As soon as I turned on the red light the marine snails crawled around as if it was nighttime. This red light feature allowed me to get the documentation photograph that I planned.
Cowrie shells are one of many beautiful marine animals found in Okinawa. Photographing the animals on white isolate the subject without any distractions.
Chinese cowrie ( Ovatipsa chinensis )
The animals are handled with care and then released back into the the environment without harm. The Images are used for conversation awareness and educational purposes.
Teres cowrie shell ( Blasicrura teres pellucens )
I usually use the Sola Red light underwater. This is my underwater rig with the Light & Motion Sola 600 mounted on top of my Ikelite underwater housing.
Underwater setup with sola 600
Learn more about the Light & Motion Sola series. http://www.lightandmotion.com/choose-your-light/sola
Learn more about the Meet Your Neighbours Project. http://meetyourneighbours.net/okinawa-neighbours/
Have a great day-