Cenderawasih dive resort forced to close
Reports are coming in that Ahe Dive Resort, Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia has been forced to close by the West Papua provincial government. Ahe was owned and operated by the local West Papuan community and was known for proving tourists with access to the interactions between local fishermen and whale sharks. (Photo from Shutterstock)
Sony updates its top-end compact cameras
Sony has announced upgrades to its top-end compact cameras. The RX100 II has an 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated APS-C Exmor sensor, which gives superior low light performance. It also now has a “multi interface hot shoe and HD filming in 24p/25p. The full frame sensor RX1 has been changed to the RX1R by having its low pass filter removed, giving superior details.
Three new Asia-Pacific airlines ban shark fin as cargo
Three new Asia-Pacific based airlines have promised to ban shark fin as cargo on their planes.The latest airlines to agree to a shark fin cargo ban are Asiana, Korean Air, and Air Pacific (Fiji Airways). These airlines join Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand in their ban of shark fin on flights. (Image from Shutterstock).
Mini review: Inon E.V. dial labels
Back in February, Inon launched a poll on their Facebook page for alternative designs for their E.V. dial labels and have just released a new decal that can be fitted to the Exposure Value (E.V.) dial that aims to simplify them. Wetpixel’s Adam Hanlon got a sneak preview of them and writes a short review.
Scientists describe new species of orca
Google+ Hangout: Backing up your Photos
Wetpixel Publisher Eric Cheng has taken part in a 2 hour-long Google+ Hangout all about back up strategies for photographers. He joined Trey Ratcliff, Scott Jarvie, Dave Veffer, John Pozadzides, Peter Adams, and Scott Kublin for an extensive discussion. It includes the use of physical and cloud based storage, network attached versus direct attached drives and workflow based issues. (Image from Shutterstock).
Crumplepop on FCP X’s success
In an article on the company’s blog, Final Cut Effects designers Crumplepop’s co-founder Gabe Cheifetz has written an interesting view on Apple’s NLE Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). Crumplepop’s sales of Effects for FCP X were strong right from the program’s release, which contradicts the apparent industry-wide spurning of it. He also notes that FCP X’s “remarkable Effects architecture” has spurred the creation of a new crop of plugin developers to add new and exciting options to the app, which simply would not have been possible with previous iterations of FCP.
R.I.P. Hans Hass
Hans Hass, underwater filmmaker and diving pioneer, died last weekend aged 94 in Vienna. He was perhaps the original creator of the niche underwater filmmaking with his 1951 film, “Adventure in the Red Sea,” being one of the first films to make the underwater world observable to all. During his long career, he published 32 books, produced 73 films and was awarded numerous accolades.
- Nikon Announces the 24 MP D7100 SLR (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Endangered sharks return ‘home’ (via BBC)
- Sony Announces NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Firmware update available for Olympus OM-D E-M5 (via )
- Eric Cheng speaks on “From Coral Reefs to the Light Field:… (via )
- Arabia’s extraordinary wildlife (via BBC)
- Seabirds Rescued from Dumped Oil Additive (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Lost Antarctic penguin found in NZ (via BBC)
- Protection of the wreck of the SAS Pietermaritzburg (via African Diver)
- The failing South African Fisheries Department (via African Diver)