Updates from the field: Wetpixel oceanic white-tip expedition 2009
Alex Mustard is currently leading a Wetpixel expedition to photograph oceanic white-tip sharks in the Bahamas. Like last year, Alex and the guests onboard have been posting images from the days leading up to the trip departure, and will likely be posting images as soon as they get an internet connection upon returning to the West End marina at the end of the trip.
So far, they’ve photographed long-arm octopi, mating horseshoe crabs, jawfishes with eggs, and more. Click through to see Alex’s photos and for a video of Alex in action.
New book: The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little
Photographer Clark Little has announced a new book featuring his wave and surf photography called The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little. The 200-page book is being written and art directed by former Surfer Magazine staff Ben Marcus and Joni Casimiro, and will be printed and sold in limited edition only (each copy is signed).
Little’s work was featured prominently in issue 5 of Wetpixel Quarterly. We loved his amazing captures of the Hawaiian shorebreak, and look forward to seeing his book!
3.5 million ha Savu Seas Marine National Park announced at WOC
Indonesia’s Fisheries Minister Freddy Numberi announced the 3.5 million ha Savu Seas Marine National Park in the Savu Sea. This marine park will be the largest in South East Asia and is situated on a major migration route for 14 whale species including the rare blue whale. It is also an important spawning area for tuna, which stocks are critically in danger of collapsing. It will be set up by TNC and WWF and is part of Indonesia’s commitment to having over 10 million ha of marine reserve by 2010. For more details, follow the discussion in the Conservation forum.
Canon 5D Mk II shooting tips for underwater video
Berkley White of Backscatter has posted a few tips for underwater photographers taking the video plunge with the Canon 5D Mk II. Berk says that Backscatter will eventually write up a comprehensive shooting guide for the groundbreaking new camera, and that these tips should be considered to be a “starting point”.
Berk also confirmed that the Aquatica 5D Mk II underwater housing will have a solution to access both AF-ON and the star button, both of which are useful when shooting video.
Underwater video taken with the Canon 5D Mk II
Wetpixel member Fergus Kennedy (Ferg42) has put up an underwater video taken with the Canon 5D Mk II digital SLR. The 5D2 shoots video in high definition at 1080p, and many underwater photographers are extremely interested in the possibility of having one rig that shoots both high-quality stills and video. Fergus’ video is the the first we’ve seen taken with the 5D Mk II.
Fergus shot the video “in the Egyptian Red Sea with the Canon 5D Mark II in an Ikelite housing which [he] converted (it was for the original 5D). Most of the shots are with a 15mm Fisheye lens, but there are a couple with a macro lens. Most of it is with natural light and a Magic Filter.”
RED One Digital Cinema Camera underwater housing appraisal
During a shoot to document daily migration patterns of Mastigias jellies in Palau, Mark Thorpe and John Friday tested the field effectiveness of three underwater housings for the RED One Digital Cinema Camera. The housings were manufactured by AquaVideo, Gates, and an AquaVideo base housing retrofitted by Joe Ortega (SL Cine / Element Technica). Mark and John have written up a comprehensive document outlining the pros and cons of each housing. In addition, Nick Martorano has posted video clips of the big housings in action.
Download the RED One Underwater Appraisal: [pdf, 1MB]
Petition to end shark finning
The Underwater Channel is looking to get 10,000 signatures on a petition to help put an end to shark finning.
On average in recent years sharks have accounted for less than ten human deaths annually in all the world’s seas to fuel the growing demand for shark fins, man has been killing up to 100 million sharks each year. The Underwater Channel wants action and we are urging our viewers to contact the United Nations Secretary-General and request that member states be made aware of the threats to sharks and encouraged to put in place effective legislation to stop shark-finning, or more effectively police existing laws.
We are looking to get 10,000 signatures before World Ocean Day on June 8, 2009. The petition is currently online, and you can sign it electronically or by mail.
Zillion Canon 5D Mark II underwater housing
Zillion has just released its underwater housing for the Canon 5D Mk II digital SLR. The housing can be configured with two grip styles (traditional and hanging), and features both optical and wired (optional) bulkheads for strobe sync.
The housing is made of ABS plastic and has a suggested retail price of ¥280,000 for the traditional grip model (around $2,870). At the moment, the only way to get the Zillion housing outside of Japan, Korea and Thailand is by contacting Aquaforum. Continue reading for photos of the housing.
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