Article: Guidelines for Photographers
Diver training agency PADI recently shared an image of a day octopus (Octopus cyanea) apparently “hitching a ride” on a Hawaiian green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on its Facebook page. Once they realized the issues with the image, it was swiftly removed, The organization has issued an apology and has asked Wetpixel to provide some guidelines for underwater photographers as to how they should interact with their subjects and the marine environment.
France has banned the captive breeding of dolphins and whales
France has banned the keeping of dolphins of whales as well as the captive breeding of dolphins and whales, with the exception of dolphins and whale already in captivity. Additionally, direct contact between the public and these animals is banned. Facilities have six months to comply with these new regulations and three years to increase the living space of the tanks the animals live in.
Three dead great white sharks at Gansbaai
Field Review: CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler
One of the questions that recurs frequently in the Wetpixel forums is about getting ridiculous amounts of camera gear to remote destinations. Airlines are making it more and more difficult to travel with significant amounts of photographic equipment. The CineBags CB27 Lens Smuggler is designed to help professionals get their critical gear safely to the destination, whilst attempting to avoid the eagle eyes of the airline employees. Wetpixel was able to review the bags effectiveness during several recent trips.
Field Review: MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L
Wetpixel reviews the MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L camera backpack. It “is designed for the traveling photographer ferrying large camera bodies and telephoto lenses in and out of airports and deep into the world’s most remote places.” It does double duty as a carry-on compatible travel bag with a fully fledged backpack on the trail. It has a “proper” carrying system which can help manage the weight of equipment that underwater image makers drag around on there travels.
Nauticam ships housing for Panasonic GH5
Nauticam has officially announced their housing for the Panasonic GH5 mirrorless camera. It features a dual lever that accesses both ISO and White Balance controls under the right grip, an optional ball mount tripod kit (and monitor mounting ball on top of the housing) and full size HDMI out with an optional dedicated cable.
After second year of mass shark deaths in SF Bay scientists zero in on cause
Beginning in March, and for the second year in a row, hundreds of sharks have washed up dead or dying along the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Primarily the species that have been most affected are Leopard Sharks and Bat Rays. Mass elasmobranch die-offs have periodically been recorded in the San Francisco Bay since 1967, but scientists now think they are narrowing the possibility to one species of fungus that fatally infects the brains of these species.
Call for entries: 2017 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Contest
The 2017 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Contest is calling for entries. The wide angle category is free for up to 5 entries, which must have been taken in the Raja Ampat region between August 2016 and August 2017. The contest has also added a new macro category that is only open to individuals who have booked onto several mandatory trips with the contest’s sponsor. The deadline for entries is 31 August 2017.
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