Update on laptop ban for travelers to US
Time Magazine reports that following a meeting between US and EU officials in Brussels, the ban on the carriage of laptops in the cabins of aircraft on flights from Europe to the U.S.A. will not be implemented at this time. Instead, officials have agreed to improve cooperation and communication about possible security threats. It should be noted that the original ban on electrical items is still in effect for travelers from several mainly middle eastern destinations.
Call for Beta Testers: Videux app
Wetpixel’s friend Chris Parsons has reached out to the Wetpixel community to ask video shooters to test the beta version of his new app, Videux. It is a video organizer, player and workflow assistant and is currently being tested for Mac only. If you have a large video library and would like to give the Videux team feedback on the beta of their app, please reach out to them.
Late Availability: Wetpixel Whale Sharks July/August 2017
We have a few last minute spots available to snorkel and photograph the amazing whale shark aggregation off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Unlike many other trips to the area, this is not a “tourist” experience, in that we leave early and stay out late in order to maximize the photographic opportunities with these wonderful animals. We also use boats run by professional game fishermen; people who are out at sea looking for fish year round.
A story of patience and perseverence behind this underwater shot of a beaver
It took photographer Louis-Marie Preau four-years to get this shot of an Eurasian Beaver underwater. This shot represents the dedication of both photographer and conservationists alike. For Preau, his dedication included nightly swims in a river in the Loire region of western France that would last two to three hours. But, he finally got his shot.
UK-Germany announces wireless flash triggering system
UK-Germany has announced their UK-WFT wireless flash triggering system. Deigned for pool shoots, transmitter and receiver units are connected by Nikonos cables to the camera housing/camera and to any number of flash units. The wireless units float on the surface and communicate wirelessly.
Sony announces wide angle E-mount lenses
Sony has announced two new E-mount full frame wide angle lenses. The FE 16-35mm f2.8 is a G Master lens, with 5 aspherical elements, of which 2 are XA (extreme aspherical), reducing aberration and enhancing resolution. The FE 12-24mm f4 is light and compact with 4 elements with Nano AR coatings.
Olympus announces the TG-5 Tough compact camera
Olympus has announced the latest version of their Tough series compact camera. The TG-5 is waterproof to 50 feet (15m) and features a new backlit 12MP sensor and TruePic VIII image processor. The TG-4’s amazing microscope macro mode is retained, and there is the addition of manual focus and peaking, along with “Pro” mode that enables pre-capture of images. Video has been enhanced to Ultra HD.
Planet Earth II wins BAFTA Awards
The wildlife documentary, Planet Earth II won the Best TV Moment of the Year and Best Specialist Factual program at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA) ceremony yesterday. The scene shot of newly hatched iguanas trying to avoid being predated upon by racing snakes, shot on Isla Fernandina, Galapagos was voted the Best TV Moment of Year. Hearty congratulation to the BBC’s Natural History Unit and to all the contributors to this amazing series.
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