Dr. Krist, you’re needed in the O.R., stat!

© Bob Krist---The night the lights went out in Senegal!

Wow, what a trip Senegal is!  Incredible place but tough on docs and patients using the less-than-ideal infrastructure. Take the above photo for instance.

My friend Dr. Al Ruenes and his colleague, Dr. Serigne Gueye, were doing a fistula repair on a patient in a remote clinic south of Dakar when the power went out. So they’ve got the patient opened but can’t see a thing.

Well, as much as I love my Nikon Speedlights, it was continuous lighting that saved the day because I pulled out my little headlamp flashlight and my Lite Panels Micro Pro LED on camera video light, handed them to the docs, and they were able to finish the operation with a nice main light and a broader fill!

The docs liked the light quality so much, they continued to use it even when the lights came back on (probably a good thing, since we lost power a couple of times that day!)

© Bob Krist---The fill is a little close to the main light, but for surgery, this is perfect lighting!

We’re wrapping up here today and hope to be home tomorrow. It’s been an incredible experience seeing what obstacles are faced and overcome here on a daily basis. Hope to have some video up (but, it’s going to take a while).

I hardly shot a still while I was here….video took up all my concentration, and I’m still making rookie mistakes. I’ll have more on that in another post.

This entry was posted in Destinations, Ironies, Lighting, Multimedia, Photo Gear, Photo Techniques, Technology, Travel.

4 Comments

  1. Colin Walker July 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi Bob
    Great to hear from you! Got worried when you disappeared offline for soooo long. Was considering asking around to see if you were alright.
    Love the story. Those who do volunteer work can’t get too much coverage.
    Take care, Colin

  2. kran-rf.ru July 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Good article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.

  3. lindayoga August 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    To be able to capture such beauty at this magic moment, is beyond description of my words. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work.
    -Linda

  4. Nikolay Mirchev June 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    I always wanted to get one of this LED lights, but now, after reading your post, I’m definitely going to buy at least one as also they do very good source of light not only for video but also for photography.

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