Scientists track sperm whales based on dialects
When the subjects of scientist Hal Whitehead’s research expeditions, sperm whales, returned to the Galapagos Islands after a 10-year absence he quickly assembled a new team to study the old whales. However, once the team began listening to the whale vocalizations, they discovered these were not the old whales they’d previously studied. They discovered this through the whales’ dialects.
Field Review: Nikon D500
Wetpixel presents a detailed and in-depth review of the Nikon D500 SLR camera. The camera was used extensively in the field during the Wetpixel Raja Ampat Expedition and Wetpixel/Alex Mustard macro workshop in the Lembeh Straits, producing just under 8,000 images. The conclusions are detailed in the review, but if you are currently considering a new camera for use underwater, you really need to read this review.
Subal Releases Housing for Nikon DF
Subal are now shipping their housing for the Nikon DF SLR camera. It features a new locking system that reduces weight and bulk and is supplied with 2 Nikonos connectors as standard. There are two additional bulkheads for optional accessories. Subal’s TTL electro-optical converter is available as an option too.
Seacam Ships Silver Housing for EOS 5D Mark IV
Seacam are shipping their new Silver housing for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The company has also announced that they can upgrade existing Silver EOS5DMKIII housings to work with the new camera at the factory. As some parts need to be replaced, the conversion process will not be backward compatible i.e. converted housings will no longer work with the 5D Mark III.
Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 open for entries
The Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016 competition is now accepting entries. There is a dedicated category for underwater images titled Under Exposed, which was won by Craig Parry of Australia in 2015 for his split image of humpback whales. The winner of the competition will also be sent to the Arctic for a photo assignment.
Freeze Frame: The Power of a Bigger Tank
In his Freeze Frame column, award winning filmmaker Evan Sherman points out that one simple way to increase your productivity when capturing imagery underwater is ti use a bigger tank. He also notes that it gives a greater safety margin and gives him greater buffer for contingencies.
Results: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016
The results of the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOTY) contest have been announced. Tony Wu took first place in the Under Water category and the other finalists in the category include Geo Cloete, Joris van Alphen, Audun Rikardsen, Ralph Pace and Greg Lecoeur. Congratulations to them and all the finalists. Please click through to see all their images and capture notes.
Inon announces their single light holders for tripods
Inon has announced the release of two new single light holders for tripods, the Single Light Holder LE for Tripod and the Single Light Holder LF for Tripod. Both are for attaching INON LE/LF series LED torches to tripods with 1/4-20 screws. Press release follows.
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