Lowepro Pro Roller 3 suitcase review
The quest for the ultimate underwater photography travel case is one that will probably never end. I have used Pelican cases, Storm cases, Lightware cases, Samsonite luggage with Pelican dividers, coolers, and more. I’m always in the market for photography bags.
I was over at Backscatter the other day and ended up coming home with a brand-new Lowepro Pro Roller 3 rolling suitcase. Aside from the name of the brand (which thieves probably associate with camera gear), this suitcase, from the outside, is like any other semi-rigid suitcase. But inside, it’s a serious photography case…
Ultimate Indonesia underwater photography gallery online
Wepixel moderators Cor Bosman and Julie Edwards have posted a gallery of their images from the Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia expedition earlier this year. The Ultimate Indonesia trip spanned 40 days and included Lembeh Strait, Raja Ampat, Halmehera, Ambon, the Banda Sea, and Maumere.
Check out Cor and Julie’s gallery. It features some fantastic imagery!
DivePhotoGuide launches monthly photo contests
Our friends over at DivePhotoGuide are launching a new, monthly underwater photo cotest series.
This contest is geared to promote friendly competition, to push photographers’ skills and to give photographers specific themes or subjects to shoot on their next dive. By always posting the themes/subjects for the next six months, they will provide underwater photographers with personal assignments and specific goals to shoot specifically for the contests, if they do not already have images to enter for the themes.
The monthly contest is free to enter. DPG will be giving away valuable prizes each month, and a grand prize at the end of each year.
High-resolution frame grabs from RED ONE camera
As part of the Gates RED ONE underwater housing review, Howard Hall send us high-resolution TIFF screengrabs from his RED ONE. Unfortunately, at 47.5MB each, they are far too large to host in their original form. But we have converted them to high-quality, full-resolution JPGs, which you can download for your pixel-peeping pleasure.
The link to the gallery can be found at the bottom of the review, but you can also go directly to it.
PangeaSeed Fuji Rock Festival 09, No Fin No Future
PangeaSeed, an organization in Japan dedicated to raising awareness about the global plight of sharks, has sent us a report of their summer activities, which included the Fuji Rock Festival 09 and No Fin No Future, a fundraising event featuring donated prints and photography from artists. No Fin No Future also included a screening of the award-winning documentary, SharkWater.
The report can be found on PangeaSeed’s website, and you can purchase some really cool prints at the PangeaSeed Art Mart. Seriously, if you’re into sharks, you should click through to see the prints. I want some.
Spawning striated frogfish at Blue Heron Bridge
Most all underwater photographers at some point have relied upon the DeLoach & Humann fish ID and behavior books. Their commitment to continuing to find and capture new species and their behavior are a driving force behind most divers creature knowledge. Just recently Anna and Ned ventured down to Florida’s West Palm Beach to dive Blue Heron Bridge. By their own admission it had been far to long since they visited one of their favourite spots.
The obvious highlight of the night dive was the above video of a striated frogfish spawning. It is only recently people have seen a frogfish in this area but the Deloachs were about to get lucky as their “stars are aligned” and there is not just one but two frogfish nestled in the expected spot…
Cal Mero’s swimming pool photography
Cal isn’t the first person to bring models in a pool to the screens of Wetpixel readers, but he is by far the most recent and regular. For me, the part that draws me in is the feel of movement and grace with simplicity and style. The part that I think everyone is open-jawed at is the studio feel they all have.
It all started (if memory serves) with Alex Mustard and his choice of models, which—lets face it—were complete dogs! Next pool images to stick in my mind were those of James Wiseman and his Planet Funk Dancers which brought the human element into the game and showed us that some people wanted a new way to showcase themselves
Canon 5D Mark II underwater video review
Our good friends over at Backscatter have just published an incredibly comprehensive review of the Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR’s performance as an underwater video rig. The article opens with a sample video presented in 720p, followed by comparisons of the 5D Mark II to other professional / prosumer video cameras, a discussion of pros and cons, underwater housings, use when mounted on a scooter, color correction filters, tripods, and more. If you are even remotely interested in using any SLR to shoot video underwater, you should click over there and read it now.
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