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Bimini Hammerheads

17 November 2018 - 02:45 PM

In a few weeks I am going to be in Bimini for a quick dive to shoot Hammerhead sharks.  I will be shooting with a Sony RX100V in a Nauticam housing and the Nauticam WWL-1.  I would like to get some input on how to light the action, I have a few options available but since I'm only doing one dive I have to make a choice and live with it.


Option 1:  Standard two strobe setup using two Inon Z-240s.  Traditional setup, simple and familiar but I have to pause for the pop-up flash to recycle between frames.  Also as the action heats up (hopefully) the particulate in the water will make backscatter a real problem.


Option 2:  Use natural light with a magic filter.  This dive is not deep, around 15' of typically clear water.  One advantage of this approach is I can make use of the the camera 24 frames/sec for some great action sequences.


Option 3:  Use a pair of Sola 3800 movie lights.  I've never shot still using movie lights and I'm not sure if they will have the same coverage and quality of light like using my Inon strobes.


I leaning toward going with Option 2 and using natural light with a magic filter but I would appreciate feedback from some others on this forum.