A Conversation With Espen Rekdal
Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard continues his new series of interview based articles on the techniques of underwater photography with A Conversation with Espen Rekdal the reigning CMAS World Champion of underwater photography, from Norway.
In the interview we discuss some of the techniques, equipment and philosophies of strobe lighting, not just in terms of controlling the quantity of light, but also the quality. We also talk a bit about fisheye photography and supermacro, including one of Espen’s recent specialities, open water supermacro.
Nauticam D90 Field Review
The new Nauticam housing line has been the focus of much interest in the Wetpixel forums since its official unveiling at DEMA in Orlando. David Henshaw recently had the chance to complete this field review on a pre-production version of the Nikon D90 housing.
I believe that this is the first review published on any housing from Nauticam, so even if you are not a Nikon D90 user it is worth reading to the review for an opinion on this new line of housings.
LAUPS 2009: 47th International Contest winners announced
The winners have been announced for the 47th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition presented by the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS). Congratulations to all the winners, many of whom are Wetpixel members and especially to Uwe Schmolke who photo of mating mandarinfish was named Best Of Show.
The competition, which is only open to amateur photographers, attracted entries from 24 countries and 15 states, and was judged by Georgienne Bradley, Tom Campbell and Jay Ireland.
Rowlands’ photo presented to Princess Anne
A photo of the wreck of the HMS Royal Oak, taken by Underwater Photography Magazine editor and Wetpixel member Peter Rowlands was presented to HRH Princess Anne to mark the 70th Anniversary of its sinking. The Royal Oak was torpedoed, while at anchor in Scapa Flow, by a German submarine U-47 in 1939, with the loss of 833 lives.
The wreck is protected as a war grave and unauthorised dives are not permitted. Continue reading for Peter’s, typically self deprecating, take on the picture presentation ceremony…
Tropical Marine Gardens by Andre Seale published
Tropical Marine Gardens, a new book on coral reefs by Wetpixel member Andre Seale has been published. The book compiles 15 years of Andre’s work and field experience as a marine biologist and underwater photographer. It includes many images taken in rarely dived atolls, such as Ailuk, Rongelap and Namu in the Pacific.
The book is 242 pages, contains 210 photographs and costs $50 USD. English and portuguese editions are available.
Announcing Jim Abernethy’s book Sharks Up Close
Longstanding friend of Wetpixel, Jim Abernethy has announced his new book Sharks Up Close, which through stunning imagery and educational text, will give readers a new appreciation for sharks and their plight for survival.
Jim has spent a lifetime getting Up Close with many of the largest species of shark and his knowledge and love for these often misunderstood creatures promises to make this a special book. We can’t wait to see it. A signed copy of the 81 page book, costs from just $18 on pre-order with expected delivery in January 2010.
Shark Rescue: buy postcards, win liveaboard trip
Asian based shark conservation organisation, Shark Rescue is giving away a free liveaboard trip to a lucky person who buys a pack their shark conservation postcards (which cost $10).
The prize, with a value of up to $5000 USD, is a trip of a lifetime for you and a buddy aboard the S.M.Y. Ondina, with the winner free to select which of MY Ondina’s itineraries they wish to join, including Komodo and Raja Ampat routes.
Bite-Back Calendar 2010
Twelve of the world’s most remarkable underwater photographers have joined forces to produce Oceans 12 calendar in support of Bite-Back, the UK based shark and marine conservation organisation. The photographers include Wetpixel’s own Eric Cheng and Alex Mustard, as well as celebrated names including Jeff Rotman, Doug Perrine, David Doubilet, Brian Skerry, Amos Nachoum and Michael Aw.
The 2010 fundraising calendar costs just £7.99 GBP (+p&p), celebrates the oceans, draws attention to urgent marine conservation issues and makes an ideal gift!
- What the Ocean’s Laws are trying to protect (via )
- Its better to stick together if you’re a salp (via )
- Divers discover skull in Florida Keys (via )
- First sighting of a rare whale in Sri Lankan waters (via )
- The photography of Zena Holloway (via )
- Lionfish threaten deepwater species we may not even know about (via )
- Nikon releases firmware updates for KeyMission 80, D600, D610… (via )
- Lightroom is updated to version 2015.12 (via )
- Adobe updates Camera RAW to 9.12 (via )
- The world’s favorite color looks a lot like the ocean (via )