Conversations with Underwater Photographers: Aaron Wong by Henley Spiers
Henley Spiers has contributed the next interview of his Conversations with Underwater Photographers series. He discusses “Master of Shadows” Aaron Wong’s photographic and creative background, along with detailing how he goes about creating his stunning imagery. Aaron has also kindly shared some of his imagery to illustrate the interview.
The Ogasawara Islands by Don Silcock
Don Silcock has shared his thoughts about visiting and diving around Japan’s Ogasawara Islands. Located about 1000 km south of Tokyo, the islands are often referred to as the Oriental Galapagos due to their remoteness and lack of any kind of land connection. Don found dolphins, whales, and sharks and discovered a different and immersive new side to Japan.
Lightroom Texture Adjustment for underwater photographers
Wetpixel offers an early guide to the new Texture slider that was launched in the most recent release of Adobe’s Lightroom Classic app. Offering a subtle way of enhancing details in an image, it seems to add contrast to mid-frequency areas of an image. This is ideally suited for correcting the inherent softness caused by shooting through water and the optics we use to do so. As a negative local adjustment, the new tool is an effective way of dealing with backscatter too.
Helen Pananggung of Lembeh Foundation: Blue Green Personality of the Year
The Blue Green Awards are presented at the annual ADEX Show in Singapore. Sarah Ann Wormald profiles the very worthy recipient of the “Personality of the Year” award. Lembeh Foundation’s Helen Pananggung is a human dynamo, motivating, persuading, cajoling and sometimes dragging (!) her community to embrace new ways of both reducing waste and upcycling the existing trash discarded in the area. Congratulations Helen!
DJI announces Osmo Action camera
Aerial imaging giant, DJI, has announced its entry into the Action cam market with the Osmo Action camera. Natively waterproof to 11 meters (36 feet), it has a 1/2.3-inch sensor the records 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbp. It also features electronic image stabilization and HDR at 4K/30fps.
Paper emphasizes social media and citizen science in marine research
Backscatter reviews the Panasonic LX100 II
Wetpixel sponsor Backscatter Underwater Photo and Video have posted an excellent review of the underwater performance of the Panasonic LX100 mark II compact camera. The camera features a Micro 4/3 sensor, significantly larger than the 25 mm sensors on most high-performance compact cameras. The review notes that using wet lenses allows for a sufficient range of focal lengths and that the wide angle performance of the camera was found by the reviewers to be very good.
Issue 35 of Anima Mundi magazine available
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