Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 4: Camera, Housing, Water
Dunking an empty housing wasn’t much of a gamble, but adding a camera to the housing instantly created a variant of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” which I call “Camera, Housing, Water”. Camera is okay with housing, housing is okay with water, but camera is not okay with water. Or maybe it’s more like that puzzle where the farmer needs to get grain, a chicken, and a fox across a bridge, and can only carry two at a time. (Can’t leave the fox and chicken alone, nor the chicken and grain.)
The goal, regardless of the combination, is to keep water away from the camera. Rock beats scissors, paper beats rock, scissors beats paper, water beats camera…
Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide relaunch UnderwaterCompetition.com
Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide are proud to announce the relaunch of our joint venture, UnderwaterCompetition.com, home of our series of international photo competitions, hosted collaboratively between our two popular underwater photo & video websites. In just 4 years, these competitions have become some of the most prestigious and widely supported international underwater photography & video competitions in the world. As our readers already know, the primary competitions are unique in the fact that they are held in association with two dive expos on opposite sides of the world simultaneously. Our World Underwater in Chicago, USA, and DEEP Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Not only did we give UnderwaterCompetition.com a facelift, including highlighting and ranking winning photographers, but we also automated the entire competition. As a participant, you can now sign up for your own UnderwaterCompetition account, upload your submissions, and pay for your entries through this website.
We hope you enjoy the new website, which soft launched this week and will be open for registration and submission within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for the official call for entries!
Final coverage from Photokina 2008: Seacam update
In an addendum to our general Photokina 2008 coverage, we received word of the Seacam booth at the exhibit - a 35-sq-meter location displaying their new Seaflash 150 eTTL2-compatible strobes alongside the collection of Seacam housings, domes, and accessories.
Wetpixel friend Stephen Frink has posted additional photos from the exhibition - we’re personally looking forward to rumors of new products at DEMA…
Ikelite announces Nikon D90 underwater housing
The polycarbonate housing, rated to 200ft (60m) features iTTL conversion circuitry for Ikelite’s DS strobes, providing “four 1/3-f/stop increment flash compensation” and “seven manual power settings in half-stop increments,” and offers access to all camera modes, including D-Movie and Live View.
The housing is currently available, and we expect to see it exhibited at DEMA. Visit Ikelite’s D90 housing product page for all the details…
Stephen Frink speaks out about Snapper Ledge petition
Stephen Frink has posted a video about Snapper Ledge, which includes footage of the magnificent dive site in the Florida Keys. He talks about Snapper Ledge’s history, and pleads with you to sign the petition we’ve set up to support Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA) status for Snapper Ledge.
Since we created and posted the petition on September 10, we’ve collected 1600 signatures. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please head on over and sign it. It only takes 2 minutes, and your signature could mean the difference between preserving a special underwater ecosystem and letting it be destroyed.
Marcio Lisa wins 2009 Raja Ampat Tourism Entry Tag Contest
Conservation International, in cooperation with the Coral Reef Alliance and Wetpixel.com, are pleased to announce the winning photo for the 2009 Raja Ampat entrance tag design contest.
After three weeks of public voting, Marcio Lisa won first place in the 2009 Raja Ampat Tourism Entry Tag Contest with his dramatic silhouette of a manta ray. In second place was Marli Wakeling’s portrait of a squid, and in third, a split image of a small island with a school of fish beneath the surface of the water.
Photokina: World of Imaging live coverage report
Sharon Rainis, of Fantasea Line, is live on the floor covering the Photokina: World of Imaging exhibition in Cologne, Germany and looking for new underwater products:
Every two years some 160,000 visitors from 140 countries attend Photokina to fact-find the entire range of products and services in modern image communication.
This year’s show is a special one for all underwater photographers and underwater photography manufacturers. Visitors to the 2008 Photokina Show will be treated to the first-ever “Underwater Imaging World at Photokina”...
Continue reading for news from the show - updated with final coverage and concluding remarks!
Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 3: The Housing Crisis
When thinking about any large purchase, I’ve a tendency to “buy the good one first” rather than buying a lesser version only to upgrade later. Regardless of the expense of the initial item, it’s increased by having bought a “gap version” in the interim.
In this case, rather than buy a lesser camera in a modest housing which would need to be upgraded later, I decided to spend what was necessary to match my needs. Ideally, my skills could grow into the abilities of the rig and the rig would not limit (within reason) what I could do. I didn’t want to “under-buy”, but over-buying didn’t make sense either. (By the way, never do a “cost-per-dive” analysis unless you dive A LOT.) I was gonna “go big” right from the start…
- Batteries that never fade (via )
- MIchael Muller’s Sharks (via )
- Diver jailed for plundering sunken ship’s artifacts (via )
- Facebook working on camera app (via )
- Nikon updates D7200 firmware to v. 1.01 (via )
- Northern lights shot through an airplane window (via )
- NG photo of the day by Dan Lublinski (via )
- Underwater drone to lure pet fish (via )
- Great White pupping grounds discovered (via )
- Improve your seascape photography step by step (via )