Distinctions between mimic octopus and wonderpus
Two species of octopi have attracted much attention as more underwater photographers have visited Indonesia and the surrounding areas - the Wonderpus (Wunderpus photogenicus) and the Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus). Whether videotaped rolling along the sea floor like a coconut or photographed disc-like similar to a stingray, the octopi captivate our curiosity.
Leslie Harris, one of Wetpixel’s Critter ID and Conservation forums moderators, has provided links to published literature on the formal descriptions and characteristics of each of the species, and to the observations of an aquarist with mimic octopi in captivity, who noted that on some occasions it played dead or even swam like a jellyfish. Continue to the forum discussion to learn more…
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Mike Veitch, cover of National Geographic Traveler
A photograph by Wetpixel video moderator Mike Veitch has been featured on the cover of this month’s National Geographic Traveler, “the world’s most widely read travel magazine.” On shelves now, the cover is of a traditionally-dressed Yapese girl in the jungle, to accompany the issue’s article on Micronesian and Polynesian destinations.
Julie Edwards, a recent addition to the Wetpixel moderating team, also has an image of a young Indonesian ‘free-diver’ featured on the cover of Scuba Diver Australasia. Talk about the images in the Members in Media forum, and check out each of the magazines if you have a chance…
Canon Rebel XTi/400D and Heinrichs-Weikamp eTTL problem
A news item at our partner site Digideep states that underwater photographers who work with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D and the eTTL-Converter developed by Heinrichs-Weikamp should NOT yet update the firmware of their camera. Furthermore, the problem also affects Amphibic eTTL flash guns offered by Subtronic, a manufacturer who installs the converter as an OEM-version in their strobes. Be sure to see the Digideep article for details, if you have a Rebel XTi/400D.
See great white sharks with Ron and Valerie Taylor
Our friends at San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions are running a Guadalupe great white shark expedition with Ron & Valerie Taylor, stars of the first of the shark diving feature films, Blue Water White Death. Two years ago, I accompanied Ron and Val on an extended trip to French Polynesia, which was a lot of fun. You’d be silly to miss this opportunity!
The trip runs from October 29 - November 5, 2007 and costs $3195 USD. As of writing this, there are still 9 spots open.
First 25 RED cameras delivered
Yesterday, the first 25 RED cameras were delivered to new owners at the RED headquarters in Orange County, California. The guys at fxguide have written up an informative article detailing their unboxing and first impressions of the formidable new camera, which at the moment, only shoots in a reduced feature set.
“What is working? The camera shoots beautiful 4K images in 24/25/30 fps… There is software to convert the files - but no full workflow yet (see below). The signal to noise ratio seems amazing. The cameras are producing very low noise images from the Standard 320 ASA to 1000 ASA, in full 4K.”
Particularly illuminating is the discussion about how the new camera handles timecode and ASA. Several underwater folks I know have this camera on order, and Wetpixel-sponsor Gates Underwater Products is reported to be planning a signature underwater housing for the unit.
Light & Motion Bluefin Pole Cam Mounting Kit field test and review
Wetpixel conservation moderator Shawn Heinrichs (shawnh) recently spent a week filming tiger, hammerhead, lemon, bull, and reef sharks on Jim Abernethy’s Shear Water. During the trip, he tested a pre-production version of the Light & Motion Bluefin Pole Cam Mounting kit with his Sony HDR-FX1 camcorder:
The pole cam provided a great means to extend my shooting time and capture shots either not possible or not safe if filmed on scuba…it was simple to assemble, light weight (until you attach the housing of course), and easy to operate.
Shawn’s full review includes photos of assembly and the pole cam in use, a discussion of areas for improvement, and sample footage from Tiger Beach…
Review of Sharks: Stewards of the Reef DVD
In a response to the decimation of shark species worldwide by finning and human fishing, long-time California diver David McGuire produced the 25-minute film Sharks: Stewards of the Reef. Professional underwater photographer Eric Hanauer has reviewed the DVD version and writes:
The scenes of sharks caught on longlines, and especially of fins being cut off and the bleeding bodies thrown overboard provoked a strong gut reaction of revulsion in this viewer…this is a message film that everyone who loves the ocean will take to heart. The challenge will be to communicate that message to the rest of the world.
Twenty-five percent of film sales will be donated to the Ocean Conservancy Shark Campaign. Continue reading for all of Hanauer’s review…
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