Jason deCaires Taylor unveils new underwater sculpture in Bahamas
Jason deCaires Taylor, well known for his underwater sculptures, has unveiled a new sculpture titled Atlas off New Providence in Nassau, Bahamas. The 18 foot tall and 60 ton sculpture is the larges underwater sculpture ever to be deployed underwater. The sculpture was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation and the hope is that it will eventually be colonized as an artificial reef.
Video: Bahamas Underwater Photo Week by Cristian Dimitrius
The Bahamas Underwater Photo Week was held in May this year, with Alert Diver with the Bahamas Diving Association inviting 4 pro shooters to document a week underwater in the islands. Wetpixel reported “live” from the event, with Abi Mullens and Adam Hanlon embedded into the photography teams. At the same time, Emmy Award winning filmmaker Cristian Dimitrius undertook a” DCI inducing” tour of all the photo teams at work at their respective islands.
In the wild: Digital cinema housings
During a recent visit to Singapore, Scubacam proprietor David Cheung (CheungyDiver) showed me two of the new “big guns” he had recently acquired. These include a Gates housing for the Phantom Flex 4K and a modified housing for the Arri Alexa. David runs a housing rental program for professional filmmakers in Asia.
Paper studies inter octopus asphyxiation
A new paper by Christine Huffard and Mike Bartick has been published in the journal Molluscan Research. Entitled “Wild Wunderpus photogenicus and Octopus cyanea employ asphyxiating ‘constricting’ in interactions with other octopuses, it catalogs several instances in which “aggressive constriction” has been seen in an instance of apparent sexual cannibalism and in an attempt to eliminate a competitor for a food source.
Photography bundle deal available
There is a pretty amazing deal available for the next twenty or so hours on 5daydeal.com. Although not underwater specific, each bundle consists of over 70 hours of photography tutorials, 300 PS actions, 15 eBooks and 500 creative textures, all from leading photographers, valued at over $2,000 dollars. The cost of the package is $89.
Call for entries: Beneath the SEA 2015
The Beneath the SEA International (BTS) Imaging Competition 2015 is calling for entries. It offers many categories, including the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography, the David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography and the Jim Church Award for Excellence in Underwater Creative Photography.
Adobe announces Aperture to Lightroom plug-in
Adobe has announced the release of a Lightroom plug-in that imports Aperture Photo libraries into Lightroom. In addition, they are offering new Creative Cloud memberships a bonus of 3 months of membership to the KelbyOne training site, which has tutorials on switching from Aperture to Lightroom.
Red Giant releases Offload
Red Giant has released Offload, a backup utility for media files. This allows the user to transfer video or image files from a card or drive, and to simultaneously make a copy to another location or drive. The software uses checksum to ensure that all information has been completely and correctly transferred.
- The Neptune Undersea Observatory Project (via )
- 11 More pilot whales found dead in Florida Keys (via )
- Local Hawaiians killing Monk Seals (via )
- Review of the Nikon AW1 (via )
- December edition of DIVEMAG now available to download (via )
- Japanese super sub discovered off Hawaii (via )
- December issue of DIVE magazine available to download (via )
- Seahorse shape aids stealth hunting techniques (via BBC)
- Protecting underwater real estate for fish (via )
- NOAA and state shark fin bans (via )