Defending a master’s thesis underwater
Graduate student Mike Irvine of the University of Victoria did something even more difficult than defending one’s masters thesis, he did it underwater. The theme of his master of education thesis centers on putting underwater cameras into the hands of students to connect them to the ocean and motivate them to engage in marine science.
Article: Brian Skerry’s dolphin images from National Geographic
Underwater photographer Brian Skerry’s work has been featured in the cover story of the May issue of National Geographic magazine. Entitled “Dolphin Intelligence: It’s time for a conversation”, he and National Geographic have kindly allowed Wetpixel to post some of the article’s stunning images.
Wetpixel asks the Pros: Backup strategies
Wetpixel asks the Pros is a new monthly feature on Wetpixel that aims to tackle questions about underwater imaging by asking industry leading professionals how to do it! Our first article deals with the often ignored but absolutely crucial issue of backing up images and footage. 18 of the world’s leading underwater photographers and filmmakers give us their insights.
Brian Skerry named as Nikon Ambassador
Underwater Photographer Brian Skerry has been announced by Nikon USA as a Nikon Ambassador. This accolade comes after he was named as a National Geographic Photography Fellow just under a year ago. Skerry is also an outspoken advocate for marine conservation. (Image by Brian Skerry/National Geographic)
West coast sardine population collapses prompting fishing ban
Due to rapidly declining sardine population numbers, federal regulators agreed yesterday to halt commercial sardine fishing off the west coast from Mexico to Canada immediately and close next year’s season as well. Regulators hope to prevent the level of fishery collapse that famously affected Monterey Bay’s Cannery Row. (Image from Shutterstock)
Paper describes octopus locomotion
Review: Spyder5 monitor calibration system
As underwater image makers, we often ignore the devices that we use to store and edit our imagery on. Color management is a key ingredient in ensuring that images look their best, both on screen and in print and key ingredient in this is the calibration of monitors to ensure that they accurately reflect colors. Datacolor has just released their Spyder5 monitor calibration system, and Wetpixel has been able to test it.
Video: The Bulls of BAD by Howard Hall
Howard Hall has posted a stunning short film featuring the bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) of the Beqa Lagoon, Fiji onto Vimeo Featuring footage shot in 5K, Howard describes that the site sometimes gets around 100 bull sharks at one time, and that the sharks are so numerous that they chase the tiger sharks ((Galeocerdo cuvier) off!
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