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.
Video: CBS swims with Nile crocodiles
On 24 March, CBS aired an episode of their 60 minutes program devoted to swimming with Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Host Anderson Cooper spent some time in the water with the apex predators, with the shoot being organized by crocodile researcher Adam Britton and filmmakers Brad Bestelink and Andy Crawford. The latter pair has been filming the animals underwater for the past 5 years.
Video: Shark Dream by Andy Casagrande
Andy Casagrande has posted an underwater video shot on a RED EPIC at 5K resolution. Entitled “Shark Dream”, it features a series of slow motion shots, all featuring sharks. The aim is to portray this as a “shark dream … not a nightmare” and it was “created to inspire people to care about sharks”. The filmmaker suggests that people should go to Shark Angels to find out more about the plight of these animals.
- Nikon releases firmware version A1.01 for D800/D800E SLRs (via )
- UK government dilutes marine protection due to cash shortage (via BBC)
- Amazing gyro-stabilized 4K aerial footage from Teton Gravity (via )
- DIVE Magazine releases its free April digital issue (via )
- Underwater photography ban in Sipadan not confirmed yet (via )
- Indonesian government plans shark and manta fishing ban (via )
- Study shows stingrays learn from their peers (via )
- Firmware updates: Panasonic has released firmware version v.1.1… (via )
- Phil Bloom reviews the Backmagic Cinema MFT camera (via )
- Call for entries: San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition 2013 (via )