Video: Under the Arctic Ice, Part 1
For someone with more than forty years of diving experience, the underwater world should hold few surprises—but what I discovered under the ice is another realm entirely. I am not talking about lake ice, but “big ice”—like what you find in the Arctic or Antarctic; and while it is fairly common to see Antarctic imagery and recreational dive trips to the Southern Ocean are common, an Arctic experience is a whole new can of worms.
To begin with, getting to the Arctic is fairly difficult unless you are able to secure space on a military vessel designed to break ice (in the U.S., there are only three Coast Guard Ice Breakers—and one of those is currently out of commission); you’ll need to prove that you are working on some form of science or exploratory venture to get on board. ..
Bahamian Sharks threatened by shark finning
SUNCO Wholesale Seafood Ltd. has announced that it plans to explore the export of shark fin caught in the Bahamas. Sharks have never been commercially fished there before, which helps to explain the healthy shark populations that exist. SUNCO’s CEO James Mackey stated that he was looking into the possibility although he did not yet have permissions from the Department of Marine Resources. The company, which is based at North Mastic Point, Andros has set up with close trading links to the Chinese Shenzhen Fengyuhua Trade Co. Ltd via a shell company in New Jersey and is currently “harvesting” a daily average of 5,000 “furry” sea cucumbers (Astichopus multifidus).
The impact of large-scale shark finning on the Bahamian shark population would be immense. There is currently no protection in Bahamian law for sharks, as there has not yet been a need. In order to try and change this, a petition has been launched urging the government to ban the import and export of shark products.
Zeiss releases compact prime cine lenses in F Mount
Zeiss has announced the imminent release of its CP.2 interchangeable compact prime cine lenses in an F Mount, to suit Micro 4/3 and Sony Alpha cameras. This is in addition to their release of them in a mount for Nikon DSLRs.
The company plans to have the new lenses available by the fourth quarter 2010.
Nikon unveils the P7000 compact camera
Nikon has unveiled a new compact camera, widely touted as a serious competitor for the popular Canon G11.The P7000 has a 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor and the camera will shoot in RAW mode, with built-in processing available if required. It can shoot HD video of 720p, at 24fps, and has an ISO range of up to 2400. Its lens has a minimum focal length of 28mm, giving an equivalent of 35mm on FX, with a vibration reduction (VR) function and a neutral density filter option.
The camera is expected to be available later in September.
Moray Eel hunting at night in 3D
Light & Motion releases Wetmate 65 lens
Light & Motion has announced the shipping release of their Wetmate 65 degree lens. Designed to fit over the flat port on any of Light & Motions 2010 range of Sony housings, the wet lens adds versatility and function to a housing, allowing the user to go from macro to wide-angle on the same dive. Light & Motion has used low distortion glass on the lens for minimal distortion and has also released a 90 degree version.
Keldan Luna 8 LA-V LED video light review
The Keldan Luna 8 LA-V LED is a battery-integrated video light that features a 40-watt LED and diffused polycarbonate dome port. It’s quite bright, outputting 2100 (measured) lumens with a color rendering index (CRI) of 95 (Ra). I took a pair of the lights with me to the Maldives to see what they could do. The review includes sample video footage of a moray eel hunting, taken during a night dive in North Ari, Maldives. Continue reading, if you’re into underwater lighting!
Last-minute cancellation on Bahamas Sep 11-19 trip
We’ve just had a last-minute cancellation for our Bahamas sharks, dolphins and goliath groupers expedition, which departs this Saturday, September 11, 2010 and returns on September 19. The trip is designed for photographic productivity and targets tiger sharks, lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, Atlantic spotted dolphins, and goliath groupers.
- Lightroom is updated to version 2015.12 (via )
- Adobe updates Camera RAW to 9.12 (via )
- The world’s favorite color looks a lot like the ocean (via )
- Nikon D5 “C” firmware updated to 1.20 (via )
- Nikon updates D500 “C” firmware to 1.13 (via )
- One woman’s story on how she became a NG photographer (via )
- The weird world of lobster sex (via )
- Sea spiders breathe through their legs (via )
- A comparison of major stock photo services (via )
- Winners of Nikon 2016-2017 photo contest announced (via )