CITES shark and manta protection comes into force
As agreed at the Bangkok Conference in March 2013, international trade in products from 5 species of shark and all species of manta ray will need to be accompanied by documents showing that they were sustainably and legally harvested from 14 September. CITES and the Food and Agriculture Organization on the UK (FAO) have been provided with funding by the EU and other bodies to implement and enforce the new regulations.
Seth Casteel releases underwater puppies book
Wetpixel Nikon D810 review
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of the underwater performance of the Nikon D810 SLR camera. The camera was released on 17 July, and Adam was fortunate enough to get hold of one to use on the Wetpixel Whale Sharks expedition later that month. The review is neither conclusive nor concluded, so please check back regularly for updates as he carries out further testing.
UnderWater Camera Stuff ships new 5” Precision dome
Underwater Camera Stuff has announced the release of their fourth acrylic half-sphere 5” Precision dome. It is designed to match the lens nodal points of Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG and Nikkor 16mm f2.8 AF lenses when used with Ikelite housings and hence do not vignette. The other advantage of providing a specific port/lens/housing combination is that the manufacturers claim that the images are “in focus edge to edge”.
Congratulations Alex Mustard and Eleonora Manca
Great news! Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard and Eleonora Manca got married yesterday in Sardinia. I’m sure the whole community will join us in sending them the very best of wishes as well as a long lifetime of much happiness together. Congratulations to you both!
WD releases wifi drive with card reader
Western Digital has released a wireless drive that integrates storage capacity with a wifi network and an SD card reader. Powered by a six hour battery 20 hours standby), the My Passport Wireless is available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB versions and users can offload memory cards and then send the images via wifi. It is also equipped with USB3.
Video: Tonga whales above and below by Simon Buxton
Simon Buxton of UWUHD and NAD Lembeh has posted a short film combining underwater 4K footage shot with a RED Epic, some clips from Panasonic GH4 with aerials shot with a DJI Phantom 2 with GoPro Hero 3+. The footage was all shot in Tonga and features the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) which migrate each year from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to the warm, sheltered waters of Vava’u to mate and calf.
BBC adopts Final Cut Pro X
After the initial desertion from Apples Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), it seems that pro editors are gradually making their way back to the NLE. Fcp.co has announced that the BBC has chosen FCPX for all its news editing and the article suggests that other departments within the organization will follow suit soon.
- Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.4 release candidate (via )
- Mom and baby humpback from the air (via )
- X-Ray magazine issue 59 is now available (via )
- Australian man fined for killing Great White Shark (via )
- Mexico bans capture of great whites (via )
- High speed liquid photography (via )
- Hawaii criticizes WA shark cull (via )
- 1956 message in a bottle from oceanographer just found (via )
- MV Kalabia - the floating classroom in Raja Ampat (via )
- New jellyfish species washes ashore in Tasmania (via )