Amphibico announces Phenom Basic, HD monitor, new lens
Amphibico has announced new and upcoming Phenom housing accessories, including a new Phenom Basic housing (with a domed, flat-port lens), a 4.5” High Definition 16x9 monitor, a manual white balance bracket, and a new lens system that solves the wide-angle vignetting problem that plagued the original Phenom port. Amphibico will “upgrade” your old lens for $200 + shipping, resulting in a lens that gives you a full 94° of coverage without vignetting, but requiring the sacrifice of the housing’s 2nd flip filter.
The Cephalopod Page featured in the journal Science
Congratulations to James Wood, Wetpixel’s scientific photography expert. James’ website, The Cephalopod Page, is featured in the Netwatch section of the most recent issue of the journal Science. The website is dedicated to octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus, and features many digital and film images of these amazing animals. It’s definitely worth a visit!
Wetpixel downtime, May 21, 2006
Wetpixel was offline for much of today due to an issue at our server’s hosting service. Our most sincere apologies if we disrupted your daily browsing habits!
Gold mine threatens Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi
A gold mine is being opened in Rinondoran Bay by a British-based company just north of Lembeh Strait. The mine plans to dump it’s cyanide waste - estimated to amount to 6-8 MILLION tons over 5 years - out to sea. The company says the waste will be dumped at 150 meters below the surface & settle in 800-1200 meters. I’d like to think that there’s some good oceanographic selection behind the selection of the disposal site & that dumping operations will be carried out with the utmost care but I’m doubtful about the future of the region. Another example of multinational money overriding local concerns & viability… Continue reading for the full article and a contact to write to in protest.
Adobe releases Camera Raw 3.4 and CS2 Update
Adobe has released a new version of its Camera Raw plug-in and an update to Adobe Photoshop CS2. Camera Raw 3.4 now supports the Canon EOS 30D, Leaf Aptus 65, Leaf Aptus 75, Olympus EVOLT 330, Olympus SP-320, Pentax *ist DL2, and Samsung GX-1S. The Adobe Photoshop CS2 (9.0.1) update fixes a few problems discovered after CS2 was released.
Coral reefs wiped out at Sipadan
Hundreds of meters of coral and turtles have been wiped out at Sipadan in a tragic accident involving a large barge and the local irresponsibility of whoever is managing the island. It is incredible ironic that dive resorts were pushed off of the island in an attempt to preserve Sipadan’s amazing marine life, only to result in the destruction of the very resource they were trying to protect. The beached barge was carrying steel and concrete mixing supplies, and so far, no one has reported why so many building supplies were on their way to Sipadan. FiNS Magazine has posted a stirring report written by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari:
Excerpt: An enormous steel barge carrying thousands of tonnes of coarse gravel, sand, steel tubes, iron mesh, prime movers, a large bulldozer and a gigantic crane — which had incredibly been allowed to anchor right in front of Sipadan’s legendary dropoff before unloading its cargo on the supposedly protected island — was pushed against the reef by wind, ending up beached on the island like some monstrous whale. In the process of being beached, the barge scraped clean thousands of years of nature’s delicate work between the old pier and Barracuda Point. The barge’s flat steel hull wiped corals away like a giant knife slicing through butter, leaving in its wake hundreds of square metres of unnaturally flat limestone, and a veritable wall of coral and debris piled up against the beach.
The damage is incalculable — one of Sipadan’s most precious and beloved spots, well-known the world over, is no more, transformed by a single inexplicable act of human carelessness into a grisly mass of broken and pulverised corals, shredded turtles and mounds of grey gravel suffocating what little is left of the legendary dropoff.
*UPDATE* The Sipadan dive operators have issued a statement on what has happened at Sipadan.
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EPIC 2006 Photo Contest Winners
EPIC has posted the winners of its 2006 photo contest! We’re seeing many familiar names in the winners lists of recent photo contests. Congratulations to Wetpixel regular Karl Dietz for a first place win in this year’s Sharks category, and also to all of the other winners! There is no easy way to view all of the winners on one page, but if you go to the main 2006 winners page, you can click through each category’s winners, one at a time.
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