Light & Motion Sola red light feature to document the marine life of Okinawa

October 2, 2014

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 conversational 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 lights.   https://www.lightandmotion.com/choose-your-light/sola
Learn more about the Meet Your Neighbours Project.   http://meetyourneighbours.net/okinawa-neighbours/