Call for submissions: SDUFEX
The 2013 San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition is calling for submissions. The event will be held on 11 and 12 October in the Qualcomm Hall, San Diego. Films that have been selected will be projected in a High Definition format in a state of the art venue onto a 30 ft. screen. There are no prizes and an independent panel of distinguished judges will select the approximately 30 films to be shown during the two night event.
Wetpixel @ ADEX 2013
The ADEX show kicks off on 19 April in the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. If you are around for the first day, please join Scubacam and Wetpixel for the Full Frame Drinks and Eats Party at Verve Pizza Bar at 8.30. These parties have a great mingling of both professional camera people to avid amateur enthusiasts and they usually carry on till late. We also plan to run full reports from ADEX throughout the show.
Wetpixel Southern Channel Islands trip
Join Eric Cheng and Jason Bradley for the Wetpixel Southern Channel Islands trip and spend a weekend of superb underwater photography in California’s Southern Channel Islands. The trip will target Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands to dive and photograph sea lions, California’s majestic kelp forests, giant black sea bass, and more. It will depart Santa Barbara on the evening of Friday 1 November and return on 5 November.
Paper investigates white sharks scavenging whale carcasses
A new research paper published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE journal has studied multiple white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeding events on dead baleen whales in False Bay, South Africa, and compared this to feeding events on Cape Fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) that occurred in the area at the same time.
Guy Harvey tags shortfin mako sharks
Environmental artist Guy Harvey has led an expedition to Isla Mujeres, Mexico with the aim of adding SPOT satellite positioning tags to shortfin mako sharks (Isurus oxyrinchus). The trip, which visited the area in March and was plagued by bad weather, tagged three sharks, which are the first to be tracked in the Atlantic Ocean.
Canon updates firmware for EOS 6D
Canon has released firmware version v.1.1.3 for the EOS 6D SLR camera. The update fixes “a phenomenon in which the Date/Time/Zone settings screen appears on the LCD display, after the user has already configured these settings.” The updates is regarded as mandatory for EOS 6D owners, even if they have not yet experienced the problem yet.
New research supports marine reserves as local economic enhancers
A paper published in the journal PLoS ONE written by scientists from around the world illustrates a General Business Model for Marine Reserves and how marine reserves not only benefit flora and fauna, but become an economic aid to the local community within a short period of time. (Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic).
Blackmagic Design unveils its Pocket Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Design has unveiled its Pocket Cinema Camera at NAB today. This features a Super 16mm sized sensor with a 1080 HD output, 13 stop exposure latitude, recording direct to an SD card in ProRes 422 or lossless 12 Bit Log RAW CinemaDNG formats and takes standard Micro 4/3s lenses. Its size and weight are similar to that of a compact camera and the camera’s specifications include remote control via LANC, so there may well be an easy way to incorporate controls into an underwater housing.
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