Renowned wildlife photographer Buck McNeely’s company, Outdoorsman International, has claimed to be the first to film an African safari in 3D. To light the adventure, McNeely chose to use fixtures from Litepanels. “We had a kit of two MicroPro LED lights and brought the new Sola ENG Fresnel on-camera light as well,” McNeely explained. “We mounted the Sola ENG on my Panasonic HDX-900 camera and ran it off the Anton/Bauer DIONIC HCX batteries. The MicroPro light, which offers self-contained power via six AA batteries, simply mounted on top of our other cameras and we could also handhold it to fill and illuminate subjects.” Most of the production occurred during daylight hours but McNeely used the fixtures as fill lights on faces that were in shadows and for the interiors of lodges and sheds. “On several occasions we used them to light the aftermath of a late afternoon hunt to illuminate close ups of an animal’s features,” he added. “We chose to use the Sola ENG in certain situations where we needed a powerful yet portable light that puts out a stronger beam. Since it also has a dimmer knob, I could fine-tune the level of illumination. I don’t know what I did before Litepanels lights,” he admitted. “They are versatile and can go anywhere due to their low power consumption, battery or AC operation, compact form and light weight. The lights have become an important part of our production team as we travel the planet seeking high adventure and filming events for our television series.” Buck McNeely is producer/host of the adventure series, The Outdoorsman with Buck McNeely. The 3D Safari episode is slated to air early 2012. www.litepanels.com
Renowned wildlife photographer Buck McNeely’s company, Outdoorsman International, has claimed to be the first to film an African safari in 3D. To light the adventure, McNeely chose to use fixtures from Litepanels.