Field Review: MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L
Wetpixel reviews the MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L camera backpack. It “is designed for the traveling photographer ferrying large camera bodies and telephoto lenses in and out of airports and deep into the world’s most remote places.” It does double duty as a carry-on compatible travel bag with a fully fledged backpack on the trail. It has a “proper” carrying system which can help manage the weight of equipment that underwater image makers drag around on there travels.
Nauticam ships housing for Panasonic GH5
Nauticam has officially announced their housing for the Panasonic GH5 mirrorless camera. It features a dual lever that accesses both ISO and White Balance controls under the right grip, an optional ball mount tripod kit (and monitor mounting ball on top of the housing) and full size HDMI out with an optional dedicated cable.
After second year of mass shark deaths in SF Bay scientists zero in on cause
Beginning in March, and for the second year in a row, hundreds of sharks have washed up dead or dying along the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Primarily the species that have been most affected are Leopard Sharks and Bat Rays. Mass elasmobranch die-offs have periodically been recorded in the San Francisco Bay since 1967, but scientists now think they are narrowing the possibility to one species of fungus that fatally infects the brains of these species.
Call for entries: 2017 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Contest
The 2017 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Contest is calling for entries. The wide angle category is free for up to 5 entries, which must have been taken in the Raja Ampat region between August 2016 and August 2017. The contest has also added a new macro category that is only open to individuals who have booked onto several mandatory trips with the contest’s sponsor. The deadline for entries is 31 August 2017.
Issue 79 of X-Ray Magazine is available to download
Issue 79 of X-Ray Magazine is out! This edition features articles about diving the Great Lakes, Lake Malawi and Tioman Island. Rosemary E. Lunn covers the travel restrictions for those planing a visit to Egypt’s Red Sea and Steve Lewis describes his experiences of falling foul of the US visa The featured photographer is Becky Kagan Schott and Mike Johnson covers video use in black water diving.
Image: Orca Sunset by Jacques de Vos
Issue 96 of UwP Magazine is available
Issue 96 of Underwater Photography (UwP) magazine is now available to download. Featured in the May/June edition are reviews of the WeeFine Ring Flash, the results of Our World Underwater 2017 and an article about coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Locations covered include Papua New Guinea, Dumaguete, Mexico, Canada and the Farne Islands, UK. As always, there is lots of additional information about products, images and ideas.
Scientists discover what gives Antarctica’s Blood Falls their signature color
A team of scientists have uncovered the mysterious reason why Antarctica’s Blood Falls gets its signature color. A new paper published in the Journal of Glaciology shows that signature color is due to high levels of iron and a salty source lake underneath the glacier. Original theories pointed to red algae, but that was debunked by these recent findings.
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