Amazing GoPro Video of Dolphins

August 16, 2012  |  Photo, Video

As Steve Suggested in his post at Adventure Journal, do yourself a favor and start watching at 2:00 minutes and stop watching at 3:30. The quality of the new GoPro’s have improved tremendously – with lights and proper housing, you have a phenomenal underwater video setup. Check out the Sola Advantage and consider using them with our Action Camera Kit designed for use with GoPro’s.

To see the “Torpedo” housing setup that allowed such a sharp, steady video of the dolphins, move the video to 0:30 seconds.

Posted Via: The Adventure Journal

Diving with Sola 1200′s and a Bluefin Housing

March 9, 2012  |  Blog, Video

Stumbled across a cool video by Art Vanchaam during a dive trip in Thailand.

The footage was shot in high definition with Sony HDR 550 in a Light and Motion Bluefin housing with two Sola 1200 video lights (for macro shots) and a Fathom 90 wide angle lens (the macro shots are tele macro’ed through the wide angle). The post production was done in Final Cut Pro X. 720p encoding for YouTube was done using Compressor 5.

Check out some stills of the trip and more of his work:…

Lessons from the lions, bobcats and sea turtles in our backyards

Lessons from the lions, bobcats and sea turtles in our backyards

September 27, 2011  |  Ambassadors, Blog, Environment, Video
I’ve spent most of my professional career studying and working to restore sea turtle populations. Usually, my work takes me far from home: Baja California, El Salvador, Indonesia, Brazil. And I’m often doing research in someone else’s backyard, as an invited guest. This always requires our team to work closely with fishermen and coastal residents, especially when their activities are in conflict with and threaten sea turtles.
In Mexico, for example, sea turtles are commonly hunted for turtle soup and they regularly get caught in fishing nets. In El Salvador and Indonesia turtle eggs are a delicacy and a wide range of gear types entangle and hook sea turtles. Everywhere I go our plastic pollution harms sea turtles.
Needless to say, to be successful in this field requires a high level of sensitivity, communication and collaboration. Especially as a guest in someone else’s backyard.
But now the tables are turned. The backyard is mine and I’m playing the role of the welcoming coastal resident. Instead of sea turtles and fishing issues the focus here is on mountain lions. And GPS tracking efforts suggest they find the land around our home very appealing. We live in a puma hotspot, you might say.
Two nights ago a pair of lions took down a deer in the canyon where we live, just a few steps from our back door. I knew the local Puma Research Team would be interested, so we reported the interaction, emailed photos and some details. Researcher Yasaman Shakeri showed up with a trap, transmitters and infrared trail camera. We grabbed our headlamps, gloves, iPhone4 and boots.
The kids and I joined her as she set the trap in the redwoods, carefully placed the doe that the lions had killed in the back of the trap and set the transmitter to signal when an animal had entered. We set up a camera trap, pointed at the cage, to catch all the action. Then we returned to the house to wait.
Puma Project Video (Part 1)
In the field, studying sea turtles, I have been the recipient of a massive amount of hospitality and generosity. We have always invited families to join us when putting transmitters on sea turtles. It was a pleasure to return the hospitality to a fellow researcher and a gift to have the opportunity for our kids to see her work up close. But this time, as on so many evenings in Baja in fishermen’s homes, it was my turn to provide the coffee and muffins.
Hourly checks through the night, using the antenna from the guest bedroom, allowed monitoring of the trap from a distance. This time no animals were caught. However, the camera was full of some stunning images. A beautiful lion inspecting the setup and a bobcat slipping in for a snack. A reminder of the beauty, grace and wildness around us.
Puma Project Video (Part 2)
Like many of the fishermen I work with, we strive to live side by side with nature. The opportunity to safely engage with and to learn some of the secrets of wild animals is truly wonderful. To share these moments with children is among the most important things we can do.
-Wallace J. Nichols

Light, Motion, Mind and Ocean

August 17, 2011  |  Ambassadors, Blog, Environment, Photo, Video

What is it about the way the ocean moves, reflects, glimmers and glows that mesmerizes and transfixes us and is so difficult to capture, put in a box, and share?

Earlier this summer I gathered a group of leading neuroscientists, ocean explorers, advocates, communicators and creative people together in a room at the California Academy of Sciences to begin to answer this question, and many others.  We called the amalgamation of thinkers BLUEMIND and set out to explore the science of the relationship between the human brain and the ocean.

Among the topics explored were all of the senses relative to the sea, why the ocean is sexy, why we prefer “ocean views” to the tune of trillions of dollars and how addiction can both be a force for ocean destruction and restoration.  Providing a glimmer of hope and delivering the closing keynote was Dr. Michael Merzenich, a pioneer in the field of neural plasticity, who described the brain’s fantastic capacity for change.

A couple of months have passed since the the summit, ample time to reflect and respond.  In that time I’ve been to Indonesia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala.  And my daughter and I took a slow walk along twelve miles of our most local ocean, from Pescadero to Año Nuevo, California.

After all that intellectual stimulation and travel I keep coming back to the special quality of the light that passes through and/or reflects off of the ocean before it passes through my eyes.  There’s something unique about what it does in there–the impulses and images it sends to my visual cortex are some of my favorites.  I really miss them when I don’t have them–there’s no substitute on land or screen.  And I’m already making the next plan to return, even before the expedition at hand is over.

Like many others, I have pointed my cameras at that light over and over again.  All over the planet.  On top of the ocean, under the ocean and along the ocean.  Better photographers and videographers than I have produced visual masterpieces telling important stories about our blue planet when their lenses have been artfully employed to capture the magical light and motion of the sea.

And still the four by six foot whale portraits, the million dollar feature ocean films, the latest surf flick and the short videos made on my iPhone of my daughter along the SLOWCOAST are poor substitutes for the real thing.  They just don’t take us there like the light of the roiling sea does.

Yet, we will always try to capture the light and the motion–try to put the ocean in a box–so we can share those inspiring moments with other minds.  As futile as it may be, even with gigapixelsseven story high screens and latest underwater housings

I know I’ll keep returning to the ocean with my lightscamera and wetsuit to make more memories.  And I’ll always keep trying, and failing, to bring home that special light in a box.

-Wallace J. Nichols

Light & Motion Sola 600 :: Why Red LEDs Rock

May 19, 2011  |  Video
This is a really cool video shot by Ryan Canon of Reef Photo. It’s a great demonstration of why the Sola 600′s red light feature is useful…and why you’ve gotta be careful when shooting light-sensitive animals! See Ryan’s comments below:

This is a demonstration of the affects white light have on marine life, and how a red led can help you stalk sensitive critters.

I was shooting video on this dive, but used a sola 600 photo to position the tripod and focus before recording video clips. Excuse the early stability issues, I didn’t expect I’d ever be using that part of the clip.

Once I power on the white Sola Video 1200 LED lights, the octopus is clearly disturbed. And as I power them up and switch off the red light she retreats into her den. In a still photo shooting situation, the red led would allow you to set up and focus on the animal without causing any disturbance. You’ll also notice the pupil slit narrow when the white light is turned on.

The video was shot with a Sony NEX-5 in Nauticam Housing, 18-55 lens, 1x Light & Motion Sola Photo 600, 2x Light & Motion Sola Video 1200.- Ryan Canon


Light and Motion Industries announces support for the Canon HF S30

May 12, 2011  |  Video

Monterey, CA May 12, 2011 – Light and Motion, the industry leader in underwater video systems, is proud to announce support for the Canon HF S30 in their 2011 video housing lineup. The 2011 Bluefin Standard

makes it easy to shoot fantastic video underwater, and incorporates all of Light and Motion’s innovative control features. Constantly pushing lighting and housings technology forward, Light and Motion has proudly manufactured their products in Monterey, California for over 20 years. The 2011 Bluefin Standard for the S30 is the latest in a long line of advanced products aimed at the serious underwater videographer.

I’m really excited to have support for the Canon S30 this year,” says Blaise Douros, International Sales and independent documentary filmmaker. “As a former TV production guy, the camera’s ability to shoot 24p and 30p in addition to 60i really appeals to me. Canon’s sensors provide great color balance underwater, and the Bluefin’s One-Touch white balance makes it easy to get great, colorful images. I’ll be shooting the S30 this year for sure!

The Canon HF S30 features a large 1/3” CMOS sensor, providing excellent low-light performance, crucial to underwater imaging. Canon’s high-quality lenses, coupled with Light and Motion’s custom-designed optics, ensure tack-sharp images from corner to corner. The S30 is also compatible with Light and Motion’s One-Touch white balance system, making it easy to shoot images with bright, accurate colors.

Advantages in Technology and Features in the Bluefin Standard:

  • Only housing to offer a true One-Touch white balance control.
  • Electronic controls allow for easy access to camera functions.
  • Interchangeable lens bayonet compatible with Light and Motion’s high-quality accessory lenses.
  • Flip color-correction filter helps ensure the best color balance underwater.
  • Rugged aluminum-extruded housing depth-rated to 300 feet.

Light and Motion Industries is a company of outdoor adventurers who have been treading lightly for 20 years designing and building state-of-the-art lighting solutions for divers, cyclists and adventure racers worldwide. We design and build our products in Monterey, California, because we can do it better than anyone else can. Our pioneering business practices have been recognized with the 2008 California Small Business of the Year award, and the W.R.A.P. award for waste reduction for the past four years. We work hard to keep it local and green.
Light & Motion

Sanctum. That’s Quite A Fishtank

April 5, 2011  |  Video

“When Australian producer and renowned caver Andrew Wight (Ghosts of the Abyss, Aliens of the Deep) led a cave diving expedition beneath Australia’s Nullarbor Plain in 1988, he had a near-death experience that truly changed his life. Not only did it inspire the new 3-D adventure film Sanctum, it sparked a successful filmmaking career which led to a highly productive friendship with fellow 3-D pioneer James Cameron, the executive producer of the new film. Here Wight describes the lure of this dangerous sport, how extreme situations effect human dynamics, diving the Titanic, and how was able to turn his hobby into a life of adventure.


This epic real-life adventure turned film got some mixed reviews. “Think of it as the seriously dumbed-down, under-water version of 127 Hours.” - NDTV Movies

But, regardless of how good the movie turned out, the making of the 3D film is actually quite interesting (much of it was filmed in a 131 foot fish tank) and National Geographic posted a few interviews and background pieces that are worth checking out.

Check out the rest of the story at:National Geographic Adventure

In the Wake of Giants

March 16, 2011  |  Blog, Video

We are proud to announce the trailer for a video put together by our very own Blaise Douros and his father Lou. “In the Wake of Giants,” the 2010 film by recently won an award at a San Francisco film festival.

The film features a group of volunteers in Hawaii who work to disentangle humpback whales from sea-borne debris. It showed in January at Nevada City’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival and on Sunday won the Conservation Award from the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival.

In April, “Wake” is scheduled to be featured in season 5 of Emmy Award Winning ‘Natural Heroes’ nationwide on PBS. The series features programs with inspiring, extraordinary stories of people making a positive difference for the world.


Diving Trip in Iceland?

February 22, 2011  |  Video

Underwater Video taken using the Bluefin Pro Housing and the Sunray LED 1000.

“Iceland – on land and underwater, a movie from my round trip on Iceland. Footage of stunning icelandic landscapes mixed with wide angle underwater footage of the continental crack Silfra, the thermal chimneys of Strytan, several thermal lakes, the world war II wreck El Grillo and the lovely traffic lights of Akureyri.”

REALLLLLYYY makes me want take a trip to Iceland. Great work!!! They have a bunch of other amazing underwater films posted at their site Global Dive Media

Careful With those Mandibles

November 30, 2010  |  Blog, Video

It appeared that the Manta Ray wanted a shot at filming and took the initiative or maybe one of his buddies dared him to snatch the camera. Either way, he was nice enough to give it back after taking a couple minutes of footage for the diver.