MantaWatch publishes manta interaction guidelines
MantaWatch has published a series of guidelines for responsible interactions with manta rays. The organization aims to use people’s images of the markings on mantas to identify specific individual animals and hence to record sightings of them over time. This information will be databased and used to extend knowledge of manta migration and habitat preferences.
Spaces available: Wetpixel Whale Sharks 2013
We have a few spaces available for the Wetpixel Whale Sharks trips this year. These represent the ultimate opportunity to get up close and personal with amazing numbers of the largest fish in the sea. Trip members from previous years have encountered over 300 whale sharks per day! The trips are all based in a comfortable hotel in Isla Mujeres, Yucatan, Mexico and are suitable for divers and non-divers.
Ocean Artists Society presents: Water Drives Nature
The Ocean Artists Society has made a new film entitled “Artists United for Water: Water Drives Nature”. It is designed to inform and raise awareness about the issues of water conservation and features a public service announcement by Wyland followed by imagery and words from the Society’s members.
Join Wetpixel in Komodo in 2014
Wetpixel will be visiting the pristine reefs of South Komodo, Indonesia in 2014. We will be running two back-to-back trips, the first from 5 to 16 February and the second from 18 February to 1 March. Both trips are on board the luxury liveaboard dive vessel, The Seven Seas. The area hosts an amazing variety of underwater life, and February and March give the clearest water conditions. The trip is designed to be photographically productive, with a flexible itinerary that will allow us to concentrate on sites where conditions are excellent.
Interview: Mike Luzansky speaks out
Businessman Mike Luzansky was the owner of the now defunct California-based supplier H20 Photo Pros. The company ceased trading in December 2010 and at that time, Mike made no attempt to speak about the events leading to the company’s demise. This lack of communication may have caused the large number and ongoing nature of complaints about H20 Photo Pros and their conduct that have been posted in a thread on the Wetpixel forum. In an exclusive interview, Mike gives his side of the events that occurred.
First images: Nauticam housing for the Panasonic GH3
As reported in the Wetpixel forum, images of Nauticam’s housing for the Panasonic DMC-GH3 camera have been added to the Nauticam China website. Details of the housing are still to be released, but it seems that the exposure compensation, ISO and white balance controls are all located close to the shutter release, with the buttons at different heights to allow for tactile feedback. A back plate will be available for use with Nauticam’s magnifying viewfinders if required. Prices and release dates are to be confirmed.
New preset manager launched
Wetpixel member Richard Bowes (wizbowes) has just released an application that allows users to convert Lightroom presets in Adobe Camera Raw. ACR Preset Manager also allows presets to be organized into logical groups and for switching between presets without leaving Bridge. The new software costs £24.99 and is currently only for Windows, with a possibility of a version for Mac later. It is available now.
Google offers Nik Collection
Google has announced its plans for the distribution of Nik Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture plugins. The company acquired Nik software in September 2012, and was widely criticized for removing the Snapseed desktop app. Perhaps in response to this, Google has announced today that it will sell the Nik Collection by Google for an international price of $149. There is also a free 15 day trial of the suite available and if a user has purchased one or more Nik plugins in the past five years, he or she will be upgraded to the full suite free of charge.
- Anti-Anxiety Drugs Change Fish Behavior (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Rare giant armadillo birth recorded (via BBC)
- Introducing Pure Apnea - a new freediving kid on the block (via African Diver)
- Rescued oil birds set to be released (via BBC)
- VIDEO: Dolphins surprise tourist boat (via BBC)
- Our World Underwater 2013 Coverage (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Seals judge size using whiskers (via BBC)
- Video of the Week: Indonesia's Raja Ampat (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Reward after buzzards shot dead (via BBC)
- Sea Slug’s Disposable Penis Surprises Scientists (via DivePhotoGuide)