Japanese bid to lift whaling ban fails
Blackmagic Design releases RAW codec
Blackmagic Design has released a public beta of their new RAW codec. Incorporated into the URSA Mini Pro camera beta update, part of the de-mosaic process will be handled in camera. This, Blackmagic states offers: “The quality, bit depth, dynamic range and controls as RAW, but with much better performance and smaller file sizes than most popular video codecs.”
Paper calls for ban on shark fin consumption and trade
A paper authored by researchers at the the University of Hong Kong and published in the journal Marine Policy has found that only 12% of shark fisheries can be considered sustainable. This means that 25,000 tons of shark fin on the market is obtained from unsustainable sources.
Video: Scott Portelli discusses shooting Humpback heat run
Australian underwater photographer Scott Portelli discusses shooting a humpback whale heat run in Tonga earlier this year. He was in the water with 15 adult humpback whales as they came barreling toward him and still managed to get the shot. The video includes underwater and aerial footage of the heat run as well as Portelli discussing what it takes to get the shot in a humpback whale heat run.
Canon announces XF705 4K camcorder
The Ocean Cleanup System 001 has been launched in the San Francisco Bay
The Ocean Cleanup Project launched its first working system to the Pacific Ocean through the San Francisco Bay on September 8, 2018. The Ocean Cleanup Project is a nonprofit organization that is working on a solution to cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch using ocean currents. The organization was begun in 2013 by Boyan Slat. The Dutch based non-profit seeks to clean-up the GPGP in five years time.
PangeaSeed Sea Walls project underway in Bali
PangeaSeed Foundation has launched a Sea Walls project in Bali, Indonesia. The Sea Walls project features the work of local and international artists in stunning murals that serve to bring a voice to the oceans. The Bali edition is titled “Protect What You Love - Protect Your Island” and features the work of fifteen artists.
Think Tank Photo announces Lens Case Duo series
Think Tank Photo has announced the Lens Case Duo series of lens cases. Constructed with velocity nylon and high-density foam, the cases offer protection for lenses in transit and can be used as modular pouches on a belt, shoulder strap or gear bag. They have a zippered lid and side entry and are available in 6 sizes.
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