Spaces available: Wetpixel Whale Sharks 2016
Do you want to see more whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in a few days than most people see in a lifetime? Every year hundreds of these animals gather off Isla Mujeres, Mexico to feed and it is assumed, to breed. It is the only way to see large numbers of whale sharks reliably and unlike many other whale shark hot spots, no baiting or feeding is involved. If you haven’t witnessed this amazing event, you really should.
Nauticam announces a6300 housing
Nauticam has released details of their new housing for the Sony a6300 mirrorless camera. The NA-6300 is compatible with both the WWL-1 wide angle wet lens and CMC macro conversion lens as well as a wide range of port options. It features Nauticam’s “cold water” shutter release trigger and port locking system. Strobe triggering is via fiber optic or electrical (additional bulkhead required).
Underwaterphotography.com 2016 winners
Underwaterphotography.com just announced the winners of its 2015 entrants. Over 6,000 images were entered in 17 different categories. The underwaterphotography.com Wold Champion this year was given to Terry Steeley, who had the most consistent and complete portfolio from the year according to the website.
Atomos ships Shogun and Ninja Flame
Atomos has announced new versions of their Shogun and Ninja monitor recorders. The Flame series resolves HDR brightness details and the monitors have a brightness of 1500 nits (as opposed to 400 nits in the current models). Both models have built in armor protection and can take twin batteries. Control is still primarily via touchscreen.
Sony a6300 not recommended for broadcast video
The Sony a6300 has elicited a lot of excitement for its advanced video specifications. These include Super 35 sensor, internal 4K recording, HD recording at 50mbps and S-Log 2 and 3 gammas. Newshooter have submitted the diminutive camera to EBU tester Alan Roberts to see if it would stack up as a broadcast option. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results were disappointing and the camera cannot be recommended for producing broadcast quality footage.
Review: Underwater Photography Masterclass by Alex Mustard
Wetpixel Associate Editor, Alex Mustard, has just published his first instructional book. It contains over 190 pages of descriptions of techniques and tips and is illustrated by many examples of the the ideas in practice. Pre-ordered books are now shipping, but Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon has been fortunate enough to have had an early copy in order to write this review
Thai Dive Sites Closed
Thai PBS reports that 32 dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea have been closed to divers “to allow officials to check the sea temperatures for fear that sea warming may lead to coral bleaching”. Temperatures of 29.2°C (84.56°F) and 31°C (86°F) have been recorded at depths of 1.3m (4ft), which is significantly higher than normal. (Image from Shutterstock.
New app: Hedge for Mac
Hedge for Mac is a new app that is designed to import data from still or video cameras. It can import multiple streams simultaneously and automatically verifies copies to ensure that they are all bit for bit perfect. It is available as a free version that limits the user to two simultaneous streams or a subscription based version that gives an unlimited number of streams.
- Camera RAW 8.6 final version now available (via )
- Adobe releases Lightroom 5.6 (via )
- Announcing Fit Diver magazine (via )
- World’s largest aquatic insect discovered in China (via )
- Blackmagic design updates camera firmware to version 1.8.2 (via )
- Adobe releases Camera Raw release candidate version 8.6 (via )
- Free Aperture to Lightroom migration tool in open beta (via )
- Seahorses growl when stressed study shows (via )
- Artist Nathaniel Stern and his team make underwater scans (via )
- Japan’s prime minister confirms whale hunt to resume in… (via )