The REEL Story: Seafood traceability program in Washington D.C.
Inspired by a sketch from the TV series Portlandia, Black Restaurant Group and Congressional Seafood Co. in Washington D.C. have launched a QR coded seafood traceability program in all of their restaurants and plan to expand to more locations in the near future.
Happy Earth Day
Wishing the Wetpixel community a happy Earth Day! Whatever you are doing today, we hope that some part of it is for the good of the earth.
Sea & Sea announce MDX-6D housing
Sea & Sea has announced the imminent release of their housing for the Canon EOS 6D SLR. The MDX-6D is made from black anodized aluminum alloy and gives access to almost all of the camera’s essential underwater functions (except Depth-of-Field Preview button). Sea & Sea’s YS Converter/C can now be built into the MDX-6D housing by dealers.
Photos: 2013 ScubaCam/Wetpixel ADEX Party
As it has been for the last 3 years, the ScubaCam/Wetpixel party was held on the first night of the Asian Dive Expo 2013 at Verve Pizza Bar. This year, the turn out was especially strong, with over 40 people joining the party, and it turned into a standing room only affair. From manufacturers like Subal and Nauticam to dive centers and even conservationists like Manta Trust, it was a fun night… and yes, we closed the bar down! I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Preview: Lightroom 5 beta’s “Visualize Spots” feature
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a preview of the new “Visualize Spots” feature in the Adobe Lightroom 5 beta. The mode, designed for identifying lens and sensor dust spots, opens the image with a black and white mask. The amount of detail that is shown can be controlled with a threshold slider. Adam has found that the mode is an amazing way of finding backscatter in images.
Vincent Laforet tutorials on time lapse photography
Vincent Laforet has had a tutorial series entitled “The Basics of Time Lapse Photography” published on the Canon Digital Learning Center. Spread over 4 episodes, the tutorials focus on helping Canon users to select and use their cameras to produce time lapse films, although he also offers considerable advice on frame calculation, interval settings, lensing, movement, production and sharing.
Coral repair bots seeks funding on Kickstarter
A team from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University are hoping to attract crowd-funding via [Kickstarter}(http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/376482095/coral-bots-teams-of-robots-that-repair-coral-reefs) for a project that will produce “coral-bots.” These are autonomous underwater robots that navigate across reefs, assessing damaged sections and transplanting healthy coral into those areas.
Nauticam releases LCD magnifier and sunscreen
Nauticam USA has announced the release of a combined sunscreen and magnifier for compact camera housings. This will both magnify and shade the LCD screens on many Nauticam compact and mirrorless camera housings. The unit has a dioptic adjustment that allows the user to add to correct the optic for their eyes.
- Anti-Anxiety Drugs Change Fish Behavior (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Rare giant armadillo birth recorded (via BBC)
- Introducing Pure Apnea - a new freediving kid on the block (via African Diver)
- Rescued oil birds set to be released (via BBC)
- VIDEO: Dolphins surprise tourist boat (via BBC)
- Our World Underwater 2013 Coverage (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Seals judge size using whiskers (via BBC)
- Video of the Week: Indonesia's Raja Ampat (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Reward after buzzards shot dead (via BBC)
- Sea Slug’s Disposable Penis Surprises Scientists (via DivePhotoGuide)