Underwaterphotography.com 2016 winners
Underwaterphotography.com just announced the winners of its 2015 entrants. Over 6,000 images were entered in 17 different categories. The underwaterphotography.com Wold Champion this year was given to Terry Steeley, who had the most consistent and complete portfolio from the year according to the website.
Atomos ships Shogun and Ninja Flame
Atomos has announced new versions of their Shogun and Ninja monitor recorders. The Flame series resolves HDR brightness details and the monitors have a brightness of 1500 nits (as opposed to 400 nits in the current models). Both models have built in armor protection and can take twin batteries. Control is still primarily via touchscreen.
Sony a6300 not recommended for broadcast video
The Sony a6300 has elicited a lot of excitement for its advanced video specifications. These include Super 35 sensor, internal 4K recording, HD recording at 50mbps and S-Log 2 and 3 gammas. Newshooter have submitted the diminutive camera to EBU tester Alan Roberts to see if it would stack up as a broadcast option. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results were disappointing and the camera cannot be recommended for producing broadcast quality footage.
Review: Underwater Photography Masterclass by Alex Mustard
Wetpixel Associate Editor, Alex Mustard, has just published his first instructional book. It contains over 190 pages of descriptions of techniques and tips and is illustrated by many examples of the the ideas in practice. Pre-ordered books are now shipping, but Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon has been fortunate enough to have had an early copy in order to write this review
Thai Dive Sites Closed
Thai PBS reports that 32 dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea have been closed to divers “to allow officials to check the sea temperatures for fear that sea warming may lead to coral bleaching”. Temperatures of 29.2°C (84.56°F) and 31°C (86°F) have been recorded at depths of 1.3m (4ft), which is significantly higher than normal. (Image from Shutterstock.
New app: Hedge for Mac
Hedge for Mac is a new app that is designed to import data from still or video cameras. It can import multiple streams simultaneously and automatically verifies copies to ensure that they are all bit for bit perfect. It is available as a free version that limits the user to two simultaneous streams or a subscription based version that gives an unlimited number of streams.
Inon announces Color Filter Set for GoPro
Inon has announced the release of their color filter set for GoPro housings. The set includes three different filters that are designed for the GoPro HERO4, HERO 3+ and the HERO 3. The filters are designated for green water, shallow water and deep water and are inserted within the GoPro’s housing, allowing the use of correction lenses.
A plan to save corals in a warming ocean
Two scientists are looking at ways to save the worlds coral reefs, but in a very controversial way, by speeding up evolution. The two scientists, Ruth Gates and Madeleine van Oppen of the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, have decided to focus on the corals that do not eject their zooxanthellae during a bleaching event in an effort to make the reefs more resilient to rising sea temperatures.
- Deadline to enter the Nature’s Best Photo contest Mar 31 (via )
- Poached sturgeon gets resuscitated (via )
- Largest freshwater fish ever caught (and released) (via )
- Top chefs commit to serving sustainable seafood (via )
- Sony announces firmware updates for pro video cameras (via )
- New EyeFi 32GB mobi pro SD card (via )
- Seal rescued from snowbank in Maine (via )
- Dolphin is second animal to die at SeaWorld in two weeks (via )
- Time to migrate your photos from Aperture (via )
- Seattle aquarium octopus makes a break for it (via )