Wetpixel Interview with photographer Michael Muller
Michael Muller has just published a book with Taschen titled Sharks. Face-to-Face with the Ocean’s Endangered Predator. Muller is a well known celebrity photographer who has worked for decades photographing musicians, artists, athletes and actors, but what is lesser well known is his passion for sharks and the ocean. This book features his shark portfolio using his “patented seven-bulb, 1200-watt plexi-encased strobe lighting rig”. Wetpixel had the chance to interview Muller and find out more about his life behind the lens above and below water. (©Michael Muller / Taschen / CPi Syndication)
Ikelite announces housing for LUMIX GX85, GX80 and GX7 Mark II cameras
Ikelite has announced their housing for the Panasonic Lumix GX85, GX80 and GX7 Mark II mirrorless cameras. Constructed from white ABS-PC, it features the company’s new smooth shutter release lever, wired TTL strobe control (with Ikelite strobes), a rubber front grip and port compatibility with “most popular zoom, macro and wide angle lenses.”
Kay Burn Lim: Preview of Nauticam LT housing for RED Weapon
NASA Astronauts head underwater for their NEEMO 21 training
Yesterday was splashdown for the NASA astronauts in their yearly underwater training off Florida. This year’s mission is the 21st NEEMO mission and will take place in the Aquarius Undersea Reef Base where the crew will live 62 feet underwater for 16 days in simulated space craft conditions.
Underwater review of EOS 1D-X Mark II on DPReview
Wetpixel sponsor Backscatter Underwater Photo and Video has recently had their review of the Canon EOS 1D-X Mk.II posted on DPReview. Their review finds that the camera’s ISO performance and manual white balance performer make it a strong contender for video shooters although its autofocus and large file sizes/storage issues are more limiting. The review highlights the ability to overcrank footage from 60fps to 30fps in order to get more stable images.
Call for entries: World ShootOut 2016
The World Shootout is calling for entries to the 2016 competition. Prizes include $1,500 in cash in the macro and amateur, $2,000 in the video, prizes totaling $16,000 in the team and $20,000 in the Destination categories. Entries must have been taken between 1 January and 1 November 2016. The winners will be announced at BOOT, Dusseldorf in January 2017.
Freediver William Trubridge breaks 102m world record
New Zealand freediver William Trubridge has broken the 102 meter world record that he held from 2010 in the Bahamas. The dive took 4 minutes and 14 seconds of sinking to 102 meters and then swimming back up with no fins. The world record dive took place in Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas.
Great white shark population threatened
A new survey has found that the population numbers of great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) off South Africa is about half what had been expected. A paper in Marine Ecology Progress Series shows the results of a six year study into the numbers of the apex predators and shows that there are only between 353 and 522 of the sharks. Of these, around 333 are of breeding age. (Image from Shutterstock).