Nikon D7000 video licenses
Nikon Rumors has reported that AVC codec used by the newly released Nikon D7000 camera is only available for personal and non-commercial use. This is as stated in the D7000’s user manual (page xvii) and is currently being debated on the forums.
There is an interesting article about “Know Your Rights: H.264, patent licensing, and you” on engadget.
Raja Ampat creates shark sanctuary
Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, Regent of Raja Ampat, has announced the creation of a 15,000 square mile shark sanctuary in the waters surrounding Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It will provide full protection for sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs, and turtles. Also prohibited will be the highly destructive practices including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade. The Shark Sanctuary declaration is in direct response to a campaign mounted by Shark Savers in partnership with Misool Eco Resort. The campaign won the support of over 8,500 divers and conservationists and hundreds of tourism and diving companies and NGOs from around the world.
NCUPS SEA 2010 Winners Announced
The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society has announced the winners of the 46th Annual SEA International Underwater Photographic Competition. The 2010 winner of the Bob Commer Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography and SEA International Best of Show is Keri Wilk.
The digital still competition this year brought an increase in Novice entries, up by almost double from last year, and an increase in Video entries. All winning images and competition comments are displayed on the NCUPS website.
Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari 2010 trip journal
Eric Cheng is now in Ambon, Indonesia with the 2010 Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari. He has started a thread in the forum, where he (and others) will be reporting back and posting pictures and video from the field. Eric and some others in the group are shooting stills and video with the Inon Micro Semi-Fisheye Relay Lens UFL-MR130, so expect some unique perspectives.
The idea behind the trip is to eschew daytime diving in favor of a nocturnal existence, diving up to three times each night to sample the weird and wonderful night life in the area.
X-Ray Magazine 39 available
X-Ray magazine issue number 39 is now out and available for download. Articles featured in this issue include Palau’s Treasures by Todd Essick, a profile of Francis Toribiong by Arnold Weisz, Freshwater Diving Austria by Wolfgang Pölzer, a guide to the unique site of Pavillion Lake by Barb Roy, a portfolio by Kendahl Jan Jubb’s work and aspects of preparation for underwater photography by Lawson Wood.
X-Ray Magazine is available as a free pdf download.
Updates from Ambon: Coleman’s shrimp pair
Another update from the Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari: Coleman’s shrimp (Periclimenes colmani), a beautiful commensal shrimp that lives in pairs on fire urchins (Asthenosoma varium), are fairly common in Ambon. Fire urchins are typically found here at depths of 60-90 feet, and about one out of 20 will have at least one of three kinds of commensal crustacea living on them.
Save our Seas: Save our Sharks
The Save our Seas Foundation has produced a video about shark finning that won a Panda Award at the recent Wildscreen Film Festival 2010. It is designed to highlight the alarming rate at which sharks are being killed to supply the demands for shark fin soup in the East and that this situation needs to change quickly if we want to have any chance of saving our sharks before they’re gone forever.
Alert Diver fall issue available online
The fall 2010 issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine is now available online. Articles in this issue include a tribute to Wes Skiles, shark diving in the Bahamas, a personal chronicle of a coral spawning event, diving wild in Browning Pass, British Columbia and guidance for choosing and using a compact camera underwater.
The printed version of the magazine will arrive through DAN US member’s mail boxes next week.
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- The unassuming crayfish and its path of devastation (via )
- Lightroom Classic CC 7.0.1 is now available to download (via )
- Lightroom 6.13 is available to download with D850 support (via )
- The NYTimes wants to hire a journalist to travel the world (via )