Gates announces AX700/Z90 housing for Sony 4K Camcorders
Gates Underwater Products has announced their new AX700/Z90 housing. It supports three Sony 4K camcorders: The FDR-AX700, HXR-NX80, and PXW-Z90 and is designed to be versatile and travel friendly. Features include full lens zoom through, internal color correction flip filter, access to all key controls and compatibility with all battery types.
Adobe updates video editing apps
In addition to updates for its image editing apps, Adobe has announced new versions of Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Both offer new workflows for immersive 360/VR content along with performance enhancements.
Adobe releases updated image editing apps
Adobe has announced a range of updates and new apps at its MAX Convention. Lightroom has been split into two apps, with the “Classic” version being an updated version of the existing app, and the “CC” being cloud native app that currently has less editing ability, but syncs across devices. Photoshop CC now has deeper integration into a Lightroom based workflow.
After 100-years, scientists realize Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles are their own species
Irritating and stinging sea nettles are an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay, but have found themselves the subject of a centuries-old case of mistaken identity. The sea nettles inhabiting the Chesapeake were long thought to be the same species as the Chrysaora quinquecirrha living in the Atlantic, however, some scientists decided to take a closer look. Low and behold, the newly described Bay Nettles are half the size, have half as many tentacles, and have arms that are almost twice as long as the long recognized Sea Nettle. The new species has been named Chrysaora chesapeakei, or Bay Nettle Jelly.
Interview: Dan Beecham on underwater filmmaking and Blue Planet 2
Wildlife camera operator Dan Beecham was the recipient of the BBC’s NHU bursary scheme and, over the past couple of years, has spent over 500 days in the field, working on the forthcoming Blue Planet 2 series. Wetpixel was able to catch up with him and ask him a few questions about the new series and underwater filmmaking in general.
Adelie penguins in the Antarctic suffer “catastrophic” breeding season
In the second “catastrophic” breeding season for Adelie penguins in five years, conservationists are calling for drastic measures to save the species. All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in the 2017 breeding season. The last high mortality breeding season occurred in 2015 when every single chick died. Scientists say the record amount of sea ice meant adults needed to travel farther for food as well as increased competition for a primary food source of krill from commercial fishing vessels.
Canon has announced the G1 X Mark III compact camera
Canon has announced the G1 X Mark III compact camera which features a 24.3MP APS-C sized sensor. It also has Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF and an ISO range of 100-25,600. Video is available at 1080/60P with 5 axis movie image stabilization. Canon will offer a waterproof housing (WP-DC56) for the camera too.
Guide: Diving Milne Bay by Don Silcock
This is the third in a series of articles by Don Silcock on diving and image making in the fascinating and often misunderstood Papua New Guinea. This article provides an overview to Milne Bay. If follows on from his first article Understanding PNG and second, Where to Dive in PNG and if you are interested in diving in PNG or looking for a new diving destination in SE Asia, you really should read this series of articles.