New species of shark glows in the dark
A new species of shark that is bioluminescent and has glow-in-the-dark glands along either side of its underbelly. The scientific name of the shark is Etmopterus lailae and its other notable feature is its large nose. The small shark was found 1,000 feet deep off the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The shark was discovered 17-years ago, but scientists did not realize it was a new species until they went to describe the shark and publish their findings for review.
Lightroom Coffee Break: Opening images as Smart Objects
Lightroom Coffee Break is a series of mini Lightroom tutorials presented by Adobe’s Benjamin Warde. Each Coffee Break episode runs for around 1 minute and looks at a single feature of the app or at a way that it can be used to improve workflow. This one looks at exporting images from Lightroom as Smart Objects.
New TSA security measures for cameras in carry on bags
There were announcements last week stating that the US Transport and Safety Administration (TSA) was now requiring travellers to unpack any cameras in carry on baggage in order to carry out additional screening. Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon recently travelled via the U.S.A. with camera gear and is able to provide some first hand insight into the new rules’ implementation.
Nauticam ships housing for Sony a9
Nauticam are shipping their NA-A9 housing for the Sony A9 mirrorless camera. It uses the same port systems as that of the NA-A7II and offers lens support for 13 Sony lenses, Canon EF lenses (via a port adaptor and lens converter) and Nauticam’s water contact lenses. The housing “inherits the core design elements from the Nauticam pro DSLR range, and bundles them in a more compact package.”
Megamouth shark filmed in Komodo
Divers Penny Bielich and Heikki Innanen were scuba diving in the right place at the right time (with a camera filming, too) when a Megamouth shark happened to swim by. The divers were visiting Komodo National Park in Indonesia aboard the Samata Luxury Liveaboard and diving at the Shotgun dive site. Bielich captured the incredible footage on his camera. They estimate that the shark was 5 meters long.
Nikon trails the D850
As a part of the celebrations marking the company’s centenary, Nikon has trailed then release of anew FX format pro camera called the D850. As yet, there are scant concrete details beyond that it will be “next frontier in full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed SLR cameras.” As more official information becomes available, Wetpixel will keep updating this post.
Interview: Jeff Orlowski on the gear used to film Chasing Coral
Jeff Orlowski, the director of the film “Chasing Coral,” recently released on Netflix, was interviewed in Moviemaker’s “What’s in Your Kit? column. he article lists the equipment used and also mentions the way the team used laser pointers and laminated reference photos to position cameras for time-lapse sequences.
Michael Phelps didn’t race a real shark on Shark Week and the Internet wasn’t happy
The much anticipated Discovery Shark Week is now in full swing. After months of hype about the race between Olympian Michael Phelps and a great white shark, the race aired last night in the United States. Spoiler alert, Phelps did not in fact race a great white shark. Researchers took the average speed of a great white shark and Michael Phelps raced a cgi version of it. Of course for many reasons the race was logistically implausible to begin with, but regardless the Internet was not happy.
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