Group sues Brazilian exporter over shark fin export Photo

Group sues Brazilian exporter over shark fin export

Business Week has reported that the Brazilian environmental group, Environmental Justice Institute, has sued exporter Sigel do Brasil Comercio over claims that it has illegally exported over 25 tonnes of shark fins since 2009. In Brazil, it is illegal to separate shark fins from the carcasses, and in May government agents reported finding 3.3 tons of shark fins during a single raid on the company. Cristiano Pacheco, director of the group said:

“This is an extremely serious situation and represents only a fraction of the sharks that are illegally killed off Brazil’s northeast coast.”

Pacheco’s group filed its suit for $790 million against Sigel do Brasil Comercio in a federal court in the Amazon jungle city of Belem.

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Alert Diver magazine ships this week Photo

Alert Diver magazine ships this week

The third quarter issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine should ship to US DAN members this week. For non-US divers, the online version will be available shortly. The magazine features the results of a photo contest, run in collaboration with Nature’s Best magazine and the cover image, a shot of sailfish by Howard Hall, is a frame grab from a RED video. It is believed that this is the first time that a screen grab has been used on the front cover of a dive publication. Howard has also written an article in the Photo Techniques section about the opportunities for converging still and video technologies.

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Expect the unexpected: Alligator encounter at sixty feet Photo

Expect the unexpected: Alligator encounter at sixty feet

Lazaro Ruda has posted an account of his encounter with a fresh water alligator at sixty feet on Breaker’s reef, Palm Beach, FL on his blog. Despite being ready for unusual sightings he writes:

“Of all the amazing and rare encounters it was perhaps a humpback whale inshore of Breaker’s reef in 40 feet of water that held the title for the unexpected. But Breaker’s reef was to up the ante once again.”

The alligator was alive and allowed the divers to take images and video of it before moving off. (via DivePhotoGuide.)

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SEA 2010 open for entries Photo

SEA 2010 open for entries

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society has announced that its 46th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography are now accepting entries. The competitions are open to amateur photographers and videographers worldwide.

The SEA 2010 underwater photographic competition has categories of macro, wide-angle, underwater California, marine conservation and digital creative. There are two video categories; classic and video snapshots. The SEA International Competition best of show will be awarded the prestigious Bob Commer Award of Photographic Excellence.

The competition is accepting entries until October 8, 2010.

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The Great Camera Shootout 2010, by Zacuto Photo

The Great Camera Shootout 2010, by Zacuto

The folks over at Zacuto have put together the ultimate DSLR vs film shootout. Three 35-min webisodes compare the Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, Rebel T2i, and 1D Mark IV with the Nikon D3s and Fuji/Kodak film. They show examples of exposure latitude differences, sensitivity, color tests, resolution, and green screen tests. It’s definitely worth a look, if you’re using DSLRs for video (via Howard Hall).

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Howard Hall’s Ocean Requiem Photo

Howard Hall’s Ocean Requiem

Filmmaker Howard Hall has posted a short video called Ocean Requiem, which he says he created several years ago as a “subtle indictment of over-fishing and gill nets.” The footage is incredible, and is the sort of thing that will either inspire budding cameramen or make them want to quit!

The video footage was captured exclusively on HDCAM with a Sony 900 camera.

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Inon X-2 housing system for LUMIX GF1 available Photo

Inon X-2 housing system for LUMIX GF1 available

Inon has announced the release of an aluminum housing system for the popular Panasonic LUMIX GF1 micro four thirds camera. The system consists of the X-2 housing, dome and flat ports that support the following lenses: 8mm/F3.5 Fisheye, 20mm/F1.7 Pancake, 45mm/F2.8 Macro, 14-45mm/F3.5–F5.6 Zoom and 7–14mm/F4 Zoom and the M1 grip base tray. The housing will support S-TTL and all the ports use optical coated lenses.

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Adobe Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2 release candidates available Photo

Adobe Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2 release candidates available

Adobe has announced release candidates for Lightroom (version 3.2) and Camera RAW (version 6.2) on Adobe Labs. The release candidate status means that they are almost ready for release, but will benefit from additional beta testing. Adobe has never released a “.1” version of Lightroom, although there is a Camera RAW 6.1 release.

The new versions will extend RAW support to other camera models, add additional lens profiles, and fix some bugs in the earlier releases. Lightroom 3.2 now allows publishing directly to Facebook from the library module.

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Video tribute to Wes Skiles Photo

Video tribute to Wes Skiles

Axel Sproul has posted a powerful tribute to the late Wes Skiles on Vimeo. It includes film shot of Wes during cave diving projects, as well as interviews with him. Wes Skiles died on July 21, 2010 while diving off Boynton Beach, FL. His career included many credits in broadcast television and film for PBS and National Geographic.

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