Think Tank launches new company and product
Camera bag and equipment manufacturer Think Tank photo has announced that it is to form a new company specializing in equipment for shooting in the great outdoors. MindShift Gear is aiming to cater to “photographers who are passionate about experiencing the natural world”, and has launched its inaugural product on Kickstarter, a backpack called the Rotation 180° Professional. This has a belt pack that “parks” inside a lower compartment but can be swung round onto the wearers front for access. Its upper compartment can be outfitted to carry lenses etc, or it can function as a conventional space for other gear.
Typhoon Bopha hits the Philippines
CNN is reporting that Typhoon Bopha has landed on the Southern Philippine island Mindanao, brining wind speeds of up 175 kph (110 mph). It has hit the city of Baganga early on Tuesday. It has then hit Bohol in the Visayas, central Philippines and is expected to track North West before leaving for the South China Sea through Mindoro in southern Luzon on Thursday.
Many dive centers lie in the typhoon’s path and we hope that their staff, guests and structures all survive unscathed. If you are there now, we hope that you are in a place of safety and that the storm pass by without any significant disruption.
Study reveals slow reef recovery
A new paper published in Marine Ecology Progress Series journal shows that traditional estimates of reef fish recovery on over-fished reefs may well be considerable underestimates. The Wildlife Conservation Society study looked at the Kenyan marine parks that were established in the mid 1970s and have since received steady protection from fishing and high levels of tourism. The authors examined the size, growth and reproduction characteristics of the fishes within the protected areas and found that neither growth nor reproduction patterns had stabilized. The body sizes of the fish species showed more evidence for stabilizing but were still increasing up to the full length of the study. This has significant implications for the management of fishing in reef areas. The full paper is available as a free pdf download.
RED releases 4K Cinema Player
RED has announced that its Redray 4K Cinema Player will begin shipping this month, with volumes being available from Q1 2013. The player is capable of:
“…native 4,096 × 2,160 or 3,840 x 2,160 video playback (in .RED file format) and upscaling. It connects to 4K displays via one HDMI 1.4 port or 4 HDMI 1.3 ports, with an additional HDMI jack needed to push 7.1 audio. It’s even ready for the new high framerate 3D video that we’ll see debut at theaters with The Hobbit.”
Buyers will still need to connect it to a 4K ultra-HD display, and the player alone will retail at $1,450.
NOAA to list 66 coral species as endangered
UnderwaterTimes reports that the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing to list 66 species of reef building corals under the Endangered Species Act. If the proposal is carried out, it means that:
“…endangered does not prohibit activities like fishing or diving, but prohibits the specific “take” of those species, including harming, wounding, killing, or collecting the species. It also prohibits imports, exports, and commercial activities dealing in the species.”
The 66 species includes 59 in the Pacific and 7 from the Caribbean. The scheme will now go forward to a 90 day public hearing period, during which NOAA will hold 18 public meetings. If it passes through this process, the listings will be made in late 2013.
LAUPS announces results of competition
The Los Angeles Underwater Photography Society (LAUPS) has published the results of their annual International Underwater Photographic Competition. Now in its fiftieth year, Best of Show and wide-angle was won by Eduardo Acevedo of Tenerife, Spain with his circular fisheye image “Stars & World”. Other still categories were won by Tony Cherbas in Macro, Ximena Olds in Behavior, Allison Vitsky Sallmon in Cold Water, Stephen Holinski in Compact Cold Water, Oliviero Giorgio Pulido in Compact Macro, Karoly Szabo and Compact Wide. In the video contest, Mike Boom won the Video Edited and Walter Marti the Video Raw Footage categories respectively.
Congratulations to all the winners and all those in the placings. The full results are available on the LAUPS website.
Wetpixel Senior Moderator Mike Veitch has provided some notes on diving and photographing in an environmentally responsible way. This article is a part of a re-write of a series of articles that was originally published in Mike’s “In Focus” column that was published in Scuba Diver Australasia magazine from 2006-2009. It has been re formatted and has new images bringing it up to date for Wetpixel. Mike concludes that:
“By practicing considerate and safe photography you can lessen your impact and footprint on the coral reef. If everyone does their part, by following the guidelines above, we will all benefit in the long run with a healthy and happy underwater world.”
Apple updates camera RAW support
Apple has added RAW support for the following cameras: Canon EOS M, Canon PowerShot G15, Canon PowerShot S110, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Nikon D600, Nikon 1 J2, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7, Sony Alpha NEX-F3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. These cameras are now fully supported in iPhoto and Aperture.
Camera RAW update version 4.01 is available to download from the Apple support site or via Software Update.
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- Extinction: Beyond dinosaurs and dodos (via BBC)
- Elephant poaching ‘out of control’ (via BBC)
- Two hurt in giant lizard attack (via BBC)
- New and Rare Creatures Discovered off NZ (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Nikon D600 and Nauticam NA-D600 Review (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Sony Updates Firmware for NEX Series (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Nauticam Announces Housing for Sony NEX 6 (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Indonesia: WWF's Lida Pet-Soede on Overfishing (via DivePhotoGuide)