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Shot with SIGMA – People, Power, and the Sun: Honnold Foundation x Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

Last January, my creative partner, Rob Zawistowski, and I partnered with the Honnold Foundation to document the progress of Adjuntas Pueblo Solar, a unique community-based project dedicated to building a solar microgrid system that will power the town of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.

A bird’s eye view from People, Power, and the Sun: Honnold Foundation x Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.

We spent most of our time connecting with and interviewing the business owners of Adjuntas. Seventeen of these businesses will be providing solar energy to the town through the newly installed solar panels on their roofs and extra battery storage. The aim of Pueblo Solar is to completely power these businesses so they can have reliable energy during cases of natural disaster and help serve as a place of refuge for the community.

A worker runs cable during the installation of new solar panels

We utilized a range of different SIGMA Art line focal lengths and a telephoto Sports lens to feature several of the key community members involved in the project. I especially loved working with the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art to capture incredibly sharp-looking interviews.

Interviews with the 50mm and 85mm Art lenses were sharp, and backgrounds didn’t distract.

The SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art enabled me to get wider perspective shots featuring the town of Adjuntas. Capturing those key moments, such as the subtle sun glare through the trees and the sweeping shots of the solar panels, helped add to the cinematic feel of our story.

The wide angle 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art made it easy to frame larger scenery.

Utilizing the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lens was also important for us to capture interactions between community members, while keeping a safe distance from our subjects.

Using the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lens provided versatility and necessary distance.

Overall, I am super pleased with all of the lenses we used. This video was shot entirely with SIGMA lenses, minus the aerial shots we took using the DJI MAVIC Pro.

To learn more about Adjuntas Pueblo Solar and the impactful work that the Honnold Foundation is doing across the globe, visit their website at honnoldfoundation.org.

For more information about filmmakers Isabela Zawistowska and Rob Zawistowski, please visit chayofilms.com and rzcinema.ca.

Filmmakers Isabela Zawistowska (chayofilms.com) and Rob Zawistowski (rzcinema.ca)
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