Google and photography: Some changes ahead
It would seem that one of the consequences of Internet giant Google’s acquisition of Nik Software is that the latter’s Color Efex Pro plug-in is no longer compatible with Nikon’s Capture NX2 image processing software. Nikon Europe announced that:
“Shortly after the acquisition of Nik Software by Google in September 2012, Nik ended sales of the Color Efex Pro plug-in for Nikon Capture software.”
Version 4 of the plug-in is now incompatible with Capture NX. Since Nik Software had been responsible for the development of the NX platform, this must raise questions about the viability of Capture NX’s platform. Elsewhere, the British Journal of Photography reports that Getty Images has granted Google a license deal that offers Google Drive users access to some 5,000 iStockphoto images for free. Photographers whose images were used were apparently paid a non-negotiable fee of $12, and all embedded image data , including copyright notices was removed from the images.
BRNO releases dri+Cap lens caps
As underwater image makers, we spend a lot of time in fairly damp, humid environments. Maintaining our equipment’s function in these can be a challenge. BRNO has launched camera and lens caps that have a built-in chamber to allow a desiccant pack to be inserted and O-rings to help create a firm seal to prevent moisture from seeping in. The company claims that the system “stores your camera equipment at the optimum relative humidity (RH) of 35% to 45%.” This minimizes condensation build-up and avoids any mold growth within lenses or cameras.
The dri+Cap is available now for Nikon or Canon cameras and lenses. A complete kit consisting of both camera and lens caps costs $44.99, with individual caps costing $23.99 each.
Dyron announces new products
Dyron has announced various new accessory products. The SWAL13 is a 13mm wide-angle removable wet lens with a 67mm thread attachment It features coated lenses in 2 groups and is described as being great for split level shots. In addition, the company has released a series of clip-on filters for the GoPro HERO3 POV cam. The filters are available as a red filter with mount, and additional colored lenses in either orange or purple.
The new products are available now, with prices still to be announced.
DIVEMAG issue 13 available
The January 2013 issue of DIVEMAG.org, the Brazilian dive magazine, is now available to download. This issue features articles about various Brazilian dive sites including: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; Shipwrecks, Recife and Maceió. Photographically, the magazine has an article about Sony RX-100, the Recsea RX-100 housing as well as a featured portfolio by Phil Simha.
Ocean Artists Society presents Saving Sharks
The Ocean Artists Society has posted a film about shark conservation. 48 members contributed their artwork to the project, and the music was scored by a member artist. Amanda Cotton describes the goal of the film:
“As ocean advocates and artists, it is our duty to create a connection between those who view our work and the ocean. We serve a pivotal role as her voice, as steadfast protectors, just as sharks play a vital role in the health of our oceans in keeping balance and order within them. The survival of our oceans, and of ourselves, are reflected within the story of sharks themselves. Without them in our oceans, we are lost. In their future, we create our own.”
Breaking news: Our World Underwater deadline extended
Due to load in the final few hours, the Our World Underwater server has started to crack under the pressure of last-minute entries. In order to be fair to everyone who is still wishing to enter, we have decided to extend the entry deadline until 11.59PM EST on Monday 21 January. For video entries, this will mean that films mailed in will need to be in the post overnight by Monday 21 to be delivered by Wednesday 23 January latest.
Full details of entry procedures and contest rules are available on the UnderwaterCompetition.com site.
Pew Environment releases shark fin identity guide
Pew Environment Group has released a guide to the fins of the oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, scalloped, smooth and great hammerhead sharks. The aim of the guide is to assist enforcement and customs personnel in the provisional identification of dorsal fins, allowing for these fins to be held pending an expert or genetic test. All five shark species are in need of protection and are proposed for CITES protection at the organization’s next meeting due to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in March this year.
Final call: Our World Underwater 2013
The deadline for entries for the 2013 Our World Underwater is fast approaching. All photographic and video entries must be submitted before 19 January (video entries must be postmarked as being despatched before 17 January). Thanks to our sponsors, we are offering over $40,000 in world-class prizes and the entry judges to be Best of Show will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
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- Drug residues ‘alter fish behaviour’ (via BBC)
- Disabled Loggerhead Turtle Gets Prosthetic Fins (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Nauticam Announces NA-G15 Housing (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Australia's Shark Fin Appetite (via DivePhotoGuide)
- BBC Slideshow: Taking the Best Wildlife Shots (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Five Reasons to Love Underwater Photography on Valentine’s Day (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Will the Frankenfish get FDA Approval? (via DivePhotoGuide)
- In Pictures: National Nest Box Week (via BBC)
- New owl species is described (via BBC)