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Sola Nightsea

The field of underwater fluorescence diving and photography continues to evolve with the launch of the Light and Motion ‘Sola Nightsea’.
Peter Symes
Sola Nightsea, underwater fluorescence photography, flu-dive, Rosemary E Lunn
The Sola Nightsea was developed in conjunction with Nightsea and leading fluo-scientist, Dr Charles Mazel
"The Sola Nightsea has a spot and flood beam allowing powerful macro as well as wide angle flood. The Sola Nightsea is powerful, versatile and a vital tool for flourescent imaging."

This was unveiled at DEMA 2012 and comes with a respectable pedigree, for the Solar Nightsea was developed in conjunction with Nightsea and leading fluo-scientist, Dr Charles Mazel. The word on the street is that everyone who has had the chance to play with it has said it is a fantastic light, and it will get you excited about night diving.

Traditionally when you night dive, your torch bulb produces a yellow light or, if it is an LED, a bright white with a hint of blue light. The Sola Nightsea produces a blue light allowing you to see a hidden world when you ‘fluo-dive’, because it is a ‘fluorescent exciter’. Various proteins in the bodies of coral, jellyfish, anemones, nudibranchs etc fluoresce when they are illuminated by a light of a certain wavelength. Light and Motion state that the Sola Nightsea is five times more efficient at exciting fluorescence than a UV ‘Black’ light, hence the fluorescence you see is brighter and more vibrant.

Light and Motion recommend that you dive the Sola Nightsea with a yellow filter (temporarily) fitted to your mask. This cuts out the blue light, effectively making the fluorescent colours ‘pop’. In effect the object you are looking at will be quite dark, whilst bright pretty pinks, greens, blues etc will jump out, making for a whole new type of exciting underwater photography.

It is believed that colour is the prime language of fish, used for attracting mates, avoiding predation and flooding potential prey. We therefore suspect that the scientific diving community may well be itching to get their paws on this light because fluorescence photography is a tool that can play a significant role in a wide variety of research for documentation, quantification and communication.

Link to manufacturer / further info â–º Light and Motion Sola Nightsea

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