Government proposes ban on swimming with wild Hawaiian spinner dolphins
The federal government is looking into a proposed ban of swimming with wild spinner dolphins in Hawaiian waters out to two miles from shore. The National Marine Fisheries Service believes that the health of the predictable spinner dolphins, who are nocturnal, is being jeopardized by so many tourists seeking them out by boat during the day. Image from Shutterstock.
New Series: Maximizing Lightroom Performance
The Lightroom Queen is posting a series of articles about making Lightroom perform as quickly as possible. The first article, entitled Lightroom Performance – The Complete Series on Optimizing Lightroom’s Speed points out the ways in which Lightroom and Photoshop differ in the way they handle edits, while the second Lightroom Performance – Debunking Myths provides up to date guidance on how to set up the app for maximum performance.
Underwater portrait series in 4°C water
Peta Pixel has published Daan Verhoeven’s underwater portrait series of people plunging into 4°C water. The tank of water was at the free diving world championships in Turku, Finland. He was able to set up in the tank and captured the moment of shock on the competitors faces as they submerged into the icy cold water.
Cal for entries: 2016 SoCal Shootout
Underwater imaging retailer Bluewater Photo has announced their 2016 SoCal Shootout. It is being held from 9 to 11 September and is open for any image shot during the period from anywhere south of Pt. Conception to north of the Mexican border. The entry fee is $40 for up to 8 still images or 3 video entries. Prizes are valued at $22,000 and registration is available now online.
Call for entrants: 2016 Monterey Shootout
The Monterey Shootout is being held at Monterey, California from 26 to 28 August. The event will include the Backscatter Party and seminars from eminent underwater photographers. It is organized by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society and the $25 entry fee gives access to the contest, Backscatter party and the seminars.
Ikelite announces housing for D500 and port system
Ikelite has announced their new housing for the Nikon D500 camera along with a whole new port mounting system. Available is three versions, the housing is made of Ikelite’s white ABS-PC and has a redesigned zoom/focus knob and AF ON lever. The new port mount is a press-fit O ring sealed system that eliminates water from entering the housing during port changes and accommodates large diameter lenses.
From underwater model to underwater photographer
FStoppers just published an article about underwater model and underwater photographer Kristina Sherk. Sherk is well known for her collaborations with Chris Crumley as mermaid model. However, lesser known is that she is an accomplished photo editor and recently dove into the world of underwater photography herself.
Nikon announces entry level D3400 SLR camera
Nikon has announced the D3400 SLR camera. It features a 24.2 megapixel DX CMOS sensor with a native ISO range of 100-25600. It is equipped with SnapBridge Bluetooth technology and has an improved battery life over that of its predecessor. Nikon’s entry level cameras offer limited lens compatibility and since there is no fisheye lens option, the D3400 is of limited use for underwater imaging.
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