First Lembeh vs Gulen Critter Shootout is underway
The first Lembeh vs Gulen Shootout is now underway. Two teams are going to go head-to-head to produce stunning imagery from the two dive centers, with the public voting for their favorites. Wetpixel’s Abi Mullens is in Lembeh and is posting here live from the event while Adam Hanlon is making his way to Norway and will also be posting updates from the field shortly! Please follow the Wetpixel Instagram and Twitter and the hashtag #crittershootout feeds for breaking news too…There is more Wetpixel coverage here.
Nauticam ships housing for D500
Nauticam has announced that their housing for the Nikon D500 is now shipping. It features a bespoke Nauticam electro-optical converter which allows TTL optical flash triggering via hotshoe. The NA-D500 also has access to the camera’s user assignable buttons.
Critter Shootout voting is now live
The first competition day for the Lembeh Gulen Critter Shootout is now open for voting. The first of three competitions, today’s photo contest is nudibranchs. Photographers from two countries, Indonesia and Norway, are competing against one another in a shootout competition. The best images from one day of diving are pitted against one another and open for 24 hours of voting.
NOAA predicts La Niña for Fall
NOAA has predicted that the strong El Niño effect that has been in place in the tropical Pacific for the past year will give way to a La Niña effect by Fall 2016. El Niño’s sea temperature rises have brought numerous effects to the oceans, and has been implicated in mass coral bleaching and abnormal weather patterns.
National Geographic launches its Summer of Sharks
National Geographic Magazine has kicked off their “Summer of Sharks”. The June 2016 issue features an article about diving wth tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) at Tiger Beach. Forthcoming issue over the summer will feature great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and oceanic whitetips (Carcharhinus longimanus).
DUC Shootout results announced
Model dies during underwater shoot
Taiwanese model Olivia Ku has drowned during an underwater photographic modeling session near Hengchun Township, in Taiwan’s southern Pingtung County. News.com.au reports that she suffered an asthma attack while underwater. Our thoughts go out to her husband and daughter as well as to her family and friends. (Images: CEN/australscope)
Alex Tattersall: Thoughts on minimizing environmental impact
Underwater photographer, Dr. Alex Tattersall provides a personal perspective about the fiercely contested issue of subject manipulation in macro underwater photography. In his article, he shows examples of five photographic and compositional techniques that can be used to enhance such images as an alternative to the movement or harassment of subjects.
- Tortugas Marine Reserve Increases Fish Population (via DivePhotoGuide)
- WWF to Use Drones to Stop Poachers (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Porpoise protection ‘insufficient’ (via BBC)
- The Bite of Justice: Man Sentenced for Killing Shark (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Underwater Video with an iPhone (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Extinction: Beyond dinosaurs and dodos (via BBC)
- Elephant poaching ‘out of control’ (via BBC)
- Two hurt in giant lizard attack (via BBC)
- New and Rare Creatures Discovered off NZ (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Nikon D600 and Nauticam NA-D600 Review (via DivePhotoGuide)