Close Focus: The Manta Ray World by Night by Douglas Seifert
The second of our columns discussing the stories behind great images features Douglas Seifert’s stunning image of reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) feeding on plankton at night. The goal of the column, which is being published in conjunction with PADI, is to show how amazing imagery does not normally occur by chance, but is due to dedication, technique, research and experience.
Adobe Acknowledges Performance Issues with Lightroom
Adobe’s Tom Hogarty has taken to the Lightroom Journal to address concerns about Lightroom’s performance. He notes that there are “current pain points around GPU, import performance, certain editing tasks and review workflows,” and states that improving the program’s performance is the developer’s top priority.
A great white shark nursery sits just off Ventura and Oxnard, California
Through years of protecting great white sharks off the coast of California in addition to tagging and tracking programs, scientists have zeroed in on several great white shark nurseries off California. For years and years the sharks were a rare sight off the coast, then, in 2015 regular ocean visitors started seeing them frequently. The majority of these sharks were juveniles (5-8 feet) and showed no aggressive behavior. Image from Shutterstock
Review: Nikon 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5 Fisheye lens
Wetpixel presents a comprehensive review of the performance of the Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens. Wetpixel editor Adam Hanlon has shot extensive test sessions with both FX and DX cameras in the pool, as well as in fresh water in the UK. Associate Editor, Alex Mustard had the lens for a week or so in the Red Sea, and adds his thoughts and imagery from the trip to the review
Sealux announces housing for Sony FS5 camcorder
Sealux has announced a housing for the Sony FS5 4K Camcorder. It offers lens support for a wide variety of lens combinations, including the Metabones Speedbooster adaptor. It can be fitted with an external recorder/monitor, an internal monitor or the camera’s own can be used. The housing fits into standard carry on size luggage.
Chasing Coral premieres this week on Netflix
Chasing Coral, the newest documentary by the team that filmed Chasing Ice, premieres on Netflix this friday July 14th. Director Jeff Orlowski, who also directed Chasing Ice, directed this film. Encouraged to make a film chronicling the plight of corals by Richard Vevers, Orlowski used time lapse photography and special cameras to document coral bleaching events.
Video: Gombessa IV Genesis
Laurent Ballesta and Blancpain has posted the full film documenting the Gombessa IV expedition to Fakarava, French Polynesia. It features the team’s efforts to explain the mating aggregation of camouflage grouper (Epinephelus polyphekadion) that occurs annually in the Pass, along with the predatory behavior of the large numbers of grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos.)
Inon publishes compatibility information with Olympus TG-5
Inon has released details of their product’s compatibility with the Olympus TG-5 in the Olympus PT-058 housing. Included are details of their wide angle conversion lenses and fiber optically triggered strobes. Inon’s close up lenses are not compatible as the camera has a “Microscope Mode.”
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