Wishing the Wetpixel community the very happiest of holiday seasons. We hope that you are able to enjoy the season with friends and family and if you are lucky enough to be underwater somewhere, may your imaging opportunities be stunning!
Shooting split shots of icebergs with a custom housing rig
Photographer Steve Mandel used a custom rig for his Canon 5D Mark III to shoot split shots of icebergs during a recent trip to Antarctica. The housing sat at an angle on a bracket at the end of a 7-foot long pole while resting upon custom legs on the side of the zodiac. He used the CamRanger app to control the camera with an iPad mini.
Video: Argonaut aggregation near the surface
Earth Touch News has shared an incredibly rare video of an aggregation of female argonauts, also known as paper nautilus, close to the surface on their Wild Ocean channel. These creatures appear to be very similar to chambered nautilus, but in fact more closely resemble bottom dwelling octopus. Encounters with these animals are very uncommon, and to see a grouping like this is spectacular. (Image from Shutterstock)
Damai fleet ceases use of palm oil products
Issue 70 of X-Ray Mag is available
Issue 70 of X-Ray Mag is available to download. Articles in the December edition include diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo, Honduras’s Cayos Cochinos, Canada’s BC Wreck Trek and with Tonga’s humpback whales. Imaging specific articles include “Color psychology in underwater photography” and a portfolio of J Paul Fennell’s wood carvings.
Photo Mechanic and PhotoShelter offer discounts to Wetpixel community
Our friends at Camera Bits have kindly offered 10 vouchers giving Wetpixel community members a 15% discount off the purchase of their excellent Photo Mechanic. In case you are not familiar, Photo Mechanic is a standalone image browser and workflow accelerator that uses the embedded jpegs in RAW files to allow images to be ingested and culled at lightening speed. [PhotoShelter](http://www.photoshelter.com are also still offering their amazing 20% special deal for the Wetpixel community
Save Our Seas photo grant now accepting applications
The Save Our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation Photography Grant is now open for entry. The photography grant is awarded to two emerging photographers and consists of a $2,000 US cash prize as well as a three week assignment covering one of the Save Our Seas Foundation’s 160 projects.
COP21 Paris results in historic global agreement
The United Nations COP21 meeting has just ended and has resulted in the first international agreement to control CO2 emissions. The delegates agreed to enact measures to keep temperature increase below 2°C (3.6°F), to balance emissions and sinks in the second half of this century, to review progress every 5 years and to earmark $100 billion to help developing countries achieve these goals.
- MV Kalabia - the floating classroom in Raja Ampat (via )
- New jellyfish species washes ashore in Tasmania (via )
- First fish removed from endangered species list (via )
- New JPG format rivals RAW for quality (via )
- Nikon looking at 4K video on its SLR cameras (via )
- The Japan Times questions the legitimacy of the Taji dolphin… (via )
- The February 2014 issue of DIVE magazine is available to download (via )
- Great Barrier Reef sediment dump approved (via )
- Olympus releases firmware version 2.0 for OM-D E-M5 (via )
- NRDC goes to court over Navy sonar testing (via )