After 10 years of diving and filming in Palau we have accumulated a huge library of HD and UHD stock footage.
Previously uploading at 3kb/s was about all we could hope for on a wobbly internet and this made sending any large files almost impossible. Palau now enjoys high speed internet from an undersea fibre optic cable and with this we have been uploading stock footage to our agents with unprecedented speed.
In this World of increasing airfares, and increased demand for on location media for environmental subjects, having a reliable and professional camera operator somewhere like Palau certainly makes sense.
When we catalog media for reference here at Lightning Strikes, it’s often with keywords like: Environment, Sanctuary, UNESCO, illegal fishing, underwater, coral reef, shark, Manta Ray, tourism, indigenous, endemic, aerial, subsistence, coral bleaching, global warming, large school of fish, tuna…..
With a huge variety of healthy almost pristine ecosystems, Palau provides a huge wealth of opportunities for stories. Visually it’s stunning too with it’s tropical islands, rich and diverse coral reefs and plentiful iconic species.
There are numerous conservation stories available, everything from Marine Protected Areas set aside in Mangroves and satellite reefs to the National Marine Sanctuary 80% the size of Texas.
We have WW2 wrecks and their de-mining and recovery of remains, extensive underwater caverns and of course the many marine lakes with their millions of Jellyfish.
The other side of the coin is also available with stories on illegal fishing and the black market trade in protected species, the need to balance tourism and development with conservation. Tuna economics, Climate Change, Ocean acidification, renewable energy, coral bleaching….
There are stories waiting to be told and new technologies waiting to tell them with.
Lightning Strike Productions has worked with numerous broadcast entities in Palau over the years including the BBC, CNN, Arte, Thalassa 3, ABC, Channel 9 Australia, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. It’s also a regular contributor to online news media through it’s stringer services.
Our cameras, both underwater and drone mounted output Raw footage ensuring the very highest in 16 bit quality.
And starting this year at Lightning Strike we are starting to do all of this with 360 VR and 3D too……
For a run down of subjects and readily available portfolios and galleries please see here.
If there is any subject you can’t find or you would like to talk to us about licensing options or something specific please contact us.
Back in March I accompanied the very experienced Dari Divers on a filming dive down to Peleliu to document the spawning aggregation of Sailfin Snapper. The schools at this time of year number in the tens of thousands. We did three divers and were able to witness some incredible numbers. When you get the timing right expect to see lots of sharks and one of the most incredible natural displays in the animal kingdom.
During the day the huge school hangs out in a secluded part of the reef about 1km away from the corner where they spawn. During the night before they swim there and wait until dawn and the turn of the tide and on an unseen signal, commence their extraordinary ritual.