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Gates releases POV housing system Photo

Gates releases POV housing system

Gates Underwater Products has announced the release of a Point of View (POV) housing system for the Panasonic AG-HMR10 Recorder and AG-HCK10 Camera. The housing and recorder can be separated by up to sixty feet of cable, making the system ideal for pole cam or shy critter filming. POV systems also give a unique filming perspective, as well advantages in terms of bulk, size and weight.

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Wetpixel Ocean Safari (Sardine Run) 2010 report now online Photo

Wetpixel Ocean Safari (Sardine Run) 2010 report now online

Drew Wong has posted part one of his report on the Wetpixel Ocean Safari (aka Sardine Run) 2010. The run is still posing more question than answers for the scientific community, and it’s increasing popularity is creating problems. Drew expresses his concerns about the proliferation of new operators with limited experience, and notes that there have been at least 3 injuries on divers caused by sharks during the run over the years.

Drew also lays claim to the dubious honor of being the first diver to have been mistaken as a sardine by a diving gannet!

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Book Review: Shooting in the Wild - An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom Photo

Book Review: Shooting in the Wild - An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom

Chris Palmer’s book: “Shooting in the Wild” is about the ethics of the wildlife filmmaking business and the drawing of proper boundaries, and as such has a real impact on still nature photography as well. As nature films and TV shows proliferate and become profitable, there is little external regulation of what is ethically allowable. The advent of a culture that seeks instant gratification and demands sensationalism and risk taking as a part of entertainment, has encouraged unscrupulous film editors to bend (and increasingly break) the rules that might suggest that the animals and environment’s well-being is paramount. Chris Palmer’s mission with this book is to attempt to challenge this. Palmer is a veteran film producer and educator, with twenty-five years of experience and over 300 hours of original programming in a rapidly changing industry.

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Panasonic releases LUMIX LX5 compact camera Photo

Panasonic releases LUMIX LX5 compact camera

Panasonic has announced the release of the LX5 compact camera, which will replace the popular LX3. The new camera has an upgraded sensor, featuring a 1/1.63” 10mp unit for improved dynamic range. The lens is now a 24-90mm f2.0-3.3 and the cameras control system is changed to a clickable control wheel, like that on the GF1. The new camera is also able to shoot HD video in an AVCHD lite format.

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Three Sisters Spring Manatees protected Photo

Three Sisters Spring Manatees protected

An agreement has been reached protecting 57.8 acres of critical habitat for the endangered West Indian (Florida) manatee. This took over two years, and involved many different individuals as well as private and government bodies. More than 150 manatees assemble within the warm springs of the area, known as Three Sisters Springs, for calving and feeding during the winter months and during critical cold weather periods.

The protected area will be owned by the city of Crystal River and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will manage the site as part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

David Houghton, the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s Vice President of Conservation Programs said:

“Today, the future of the West Indian manatee is more secure and the economic future of Crystal River brighter because a diverse group of individuals and organizations rallied around a common vision.”

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Panasonic releases 3D interchangeable lens for LUMIX G series Photo

Panasonic releases 3D interchangeable lens for LUMIX G series

Panasonic has announced the imminent release of a 3D interchangeable lens for the LUMIX G series micro four thirds system. Previously, 3D shooting has only been possible by either using a panorama system or a combination of two lenses and two CCDs. The new lens features two optical systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, creating stereo images from the left and right lenses, which can be processed by a 3D image processing system. This claims to allow easier handling and produces 3D images without distortion or time lag between left and right images, even for moving objects.

Panasonic plans to have the lens available for sale before the end of 2010.

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