The Sharks of Protea Banks by Don Silcock
Don Silcock describes the incredible shark encounters that occur at Protea Banks, off the East coast of South Africa. The bank is washed by the fertile Agulhas current, bringing nutrients and food that allows a significant population of apex predators. Don describes diving with blacktip, ragged tooth, Zambezi, tiger and hammerhead sharks and shares the beautiful images of his experiences.
Final Call for entries: UPY 2019
It is the last couple of days to enter the 2019 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition. The contest features 10 international and 4 British geographical categories and this year’s deadline for entries is 4 January.
Issue 106 of Underwater Photography magazine is available
Issue 106 of Underwater Photography (UwP) magazine is now available to download. Along with lots of news about new products, it has reviews of the OrcaTorch D900V, Canon EOS R in the Ikelite 200DL housing and Nauticam WACP tech notes & observations. In terms of techniques, Mike Bartick describes how to capture the “Blackwater bounty.”
Issue 12 of HEINZ Magazine available
Happy New Year 2019
As the Gregorian calendar ushers in a new year around the globe, we wish the Wetpixel community the very best of years in 2019. We hope that it will be a year filled with creativity and unique experiences, along with much joy. May your celebrations be enjoyable and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible underwater in the coming year!
The Big 4 by Mike Bartick
Award-winning photographer Mike Bartick has written an extensive article about octopuses for Wetpixel, illustrated with his stunning images. He refers to the wunderpuss (Wunderpus photogenicus), the mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus), coconut octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) and of course, the blue ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.) as being the “Big 4” of octopus species and describes both their natural history and techniques for capturing images of them.
Inon ships ND filters for S-2000 strobes
Japan to resume commercial whaling
The BBC reports that Japan has announced that it plans to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) from July 2019 and to resume commercial whaling thereafter. Japan has argued that the IWC was not committed to one of its stated goals; that of supporting sustainable commercial whaling. Japan argues that the eating of whale meat is a cultural tradition, despite the fact that the bulk of the nation only started eating it after World War Two and currently only 0.1% of the population consumes it. (Image credit: wdeon / Shutterstock.com)
- Adobe updates Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC and Camera Raw (via )
- Sony updates A9 firmware to 3.01 (via )
- Skylum updates Luminar to version 1.3.0 (via )
- Canon updates firmware for EOS 6D Mark II to version 1.04 (via )
- Nikon updates firmware for Df, D810, D610 and Coolpix cameras (via )
- Nikon updates firmware for D850, D750, D500, D7500, D7200,… (via )
- Canon releases service advisory for EOS 70D (via )
- Panasonic updates firmware for GH5, GH5s and G9 cameras (via )
- Nikon releases firmware version 1.30 for D5 camera (via )
- Plastic bag found at the bottom of the Mariana trench (via )