National Geographic : 1994 Nov
On Television Image Not Available A Light in the Abyss Reveals Life I n the glare of ultrabright lights, two fish sweep past red-tipped tube worms. Their location: a vent 8,600 feet down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico. The use of sophisticated HMI lights in the deep sea is the innovation of National Geographic staff photogra- pher Emory Kristof, who used them to record still images of vent life. Combined with a high-resolution video camera, the lights also enabled photographer Al Giddings to capture scenes on videotape that were sharp enough to run as photo- graphs in the GEOGRAPHIC. Viewers meet Kristof, a guiding light in underwater photography for more than three decades, in a seg- ment of Short Takes , a new feature of EXPLORER. On the eve of his retirement, Kristof conducts a per- sonal voyage to the seafloor. "All that innovation over the years was directed toward one goal," he says: "bringing home the image." Short Takes airs on EXPLORER, Sundays at 9 p.m . ET on TBS Super- station. Tune in November 27. NATIONAL GEOG RA PHIC EXPLORER AIRS ON TBS SUPERSTATION, SUNDAYS AT 9 P.M. ET. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIALS AIR ON PBS ; CHECK LOCAL LIST INGS. FOR IN FORMATION ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VIDEOS, CALL 1-800-343-6610, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 8 A .M. TO 5 P.M . ET, IN THE U . S . AND CANADA ONLY.