Jack O’Neill, pioneer of the wetsuit, has passed away
Jack O’Neill, founder of the O’Neill company and developer of the neoprene wetsuit, has died of natural causes in his home in Santa Cruz, California. O’Neill was 94 years old. In the 1970’s O’Neill lost his eye in a surfing accident, which resulted in his signature eye patch. He was an eternal ocean lover and late in life became an ocean and environmental advocate.
Seacam announces housing for KeyMission 360
Paralenz ships diving action cam
Paralenz has announced that their diving action cam is now available. It can capture 4K at 30fps and has built in depth filters that utilise an on-board depth sensor to automatically color correct its footage. The same sensor can also add screen overlays. The Paralenz camera is waterproof to 200 meters (656 feet).
A black and white series of humpback whales by Jem Cresswell
Photographer Jem Cresswell has released a series of stunning black and white portraits of humpback whales titled Giants. The series was shot over three years in the waters surrounding Tonga where the whales visit during their annual migration. The series is a selection of images weeded down from over 10,000 photos shot during his time there.
Final Call: DUC Shootout 2017
The DUC Shootout is making a final call for entries. Entries must have been taken between 1 December 2016 to 31 May 2017 in Mozambique, South Africa or Namibia. The organisers are keen to get visiting divers to enter images: “If you visited South Africa between 1st of Dec 2016 and 31st of May 2017 to take underwater images be sure to check out South Africa national underwater shootout the DUC Shootout and enter your images.”
Full details of EOS C200 Cinema camera are leaked
The official specifications and press release for the Canon EOS C200 compact Cinema camera have been released. It is capable of recording the new Cinema RAW Light format at 4K DCI 50P and 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps to SD cards in MP4. It has a 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 8.85M and a newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors giving a native ISO range of 100 to 102,400.
Google ceases support of Nik Plugins
In a banner on the Nik Collection site, owner Google has announced that it will be no longer be updating or adding new features to the Nik plugins. It is currently compatible with OS X 10.10, Windows Vista, 7 and 8, and Photoshop through to CC 2015, but as operating systems update, it is likely that the plugins will cease to work in the future.
Opinion: How to achieve great imagery
As underwater photographers and filmmakers, we all attempt to create stunning, memorable imagery. Often we seek to emulate well known image makers and the results that they achieve. The profusion of imagery available to viewers means that if our imagery is to be considered exceptional, it needs to be unique and technically perfect. Wetpixel Editor, Adam Hanlon, provides some thoughts on how to achieve this.
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- Sony updates a7R II firmware to v.3.30 (via )
- GoPro updates HERO 4 Black and Silver firmware to v.04.00.00 (via )
- Meet the animal that lives for 11,000 years (via )
- From fins to hands, a deep evolutionary link is discovered (via )
- Inspiring underwater adventures of a boy with autism (via )
- Adobe updates Photoshop CC TO 2015.5.1 (via )
- Whale shark in Qatar (via )
- Best job at the Olympics? Earring retrieving scuba diver (via )