UnderwaterPhotography.com announces contest winners
UnderwaterPhotography.com has announced the winners of its 2005 photo contest. Winners include Wetpixel members Rand McMeins, Luiz Rocha, Todd Mintz, Karl Dietz, Mr. Stratoudakis, and more. Congratulations! Head over there to check them all out.
Deep Sea 3D to debut on March 3rd
Los Angeles, California, January 23, 2006—Dive in beginning March 3rd when Deep Sea 3D debuts at select IMAX, IMAX 3D and IMAX Dome theatres. Through the magic of IMAX 3D technology, audiences will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the Giant Pacific Octopus.
Deep Sea 3D brings moviegoers face to face with these underwater inhabitants to witness their peculiar and amazing behavior as they rely on one another for survival. It is directed by world-renowned underwater cinematographer, Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers and Michele Hall, executive produced by Graeme Ferguson and narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman…
Wetpixel Google Toolbar Buttons
I’ve just created Wetpixel custom search buttons for the new version of the Google Toolbar. The buttons will allow you to access and search Wetpixel and the Wetpixel forums with a single click of your mouse! Eventually, one of the buttons will also read Wetpixel’s RSS feed, which will always show you the last articles posted on the front page. The new version of Google Toolbar is Windows/IE-only, but should trickle to Firefox soon.
Install now: [wetpixel main] [wetpixel forums]
Nature’s Best Exhibit at the Smithsonian
Eric Cheng (that’s me!) has posted photos of the Nature’s Best Awards exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Many of the images shown at the exhibit are incredible, and I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the DC area and enjoy wildlife photography. [exhibit photos] [contest win announcement]
Sea & Sea 350D Impressions and Photos
Jonas Vannar gives us his impressions of the Sea & Sea underwater housing for the Canon 350D/Digital Rebel XT (complete with detailed photos of the housing).
The first thing I noted was how easy it was to handle it underwater. The shutter was extremely smooth and it was very easy to feel when you had depressed the shutter release halfway down. The *button (AELock) was easily depressed simultaneously with the shutter…
Wetpixel.com/DPG Photo Contest deadline
We’re just a few days away from the deadline for Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com’s 2006 International Photo Competition! Compete for trips to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Socorros, Galapagos, Bora Bora, Solomon Islands, Palau, and the Bahamas, dive and photo and dive gear from Aquatica, Fantasea, Ikelite, Epoque, Nocturnal Lights, MCD, Ultralight, Backscatter, and Underwater Photo-Tech, and dive-related media from ScubaCore, Wyland, Takako Uno and Stephen Wong, Scott Tuason, Fathoms Magazine, Ocean Realm Journal, Dive Chronicles, and TheUnderwaterPhotographer.com.
Winners will be announced on stage at the 2006 Our World-Underwater festival in Chicago, Illinois (February 24-26, 2006). February 3rd is a hard deadline, so get your entries submitted!
Boot 2006 Show Report
Here is a brief summary and a few pictures from the Boot Show 2006 in Düsseldorf Germany. It’s worth noting that all the metal housing builders will support two new exciting cameras: the Canon EOS 5D and the Nikon D200. Seacam, Sealux, Subal and UK-GERMANY have 5D housings on display. Subal was the only one to have at least a preview version of its future Nikon D200 housing. Two new strobe housings for the Canon 580EX have been introduced by Patima and Sealux. Mike-Dive (Michael Finger) presented a creative Olympus C7070 / Patima housing setup, including external monitor. UK-GERMANY introduced a new medium format housing for the digital Hasselblad D1H with 22 Megapixels. Subtronic’s recently announced interchangeable battery system was displayed as well. This is just a brief overview with pictures. There is a lot more to see on the Boot 2006 show floor.
The Social Side of Technology
Just a few short years ago, being the only underwater photographer on a dive boat could get you the sort of dirty looks you might expect if you were about to take your pet crown-of-thorns starfish diving with you. Just about every diver had a story of an evil photographer they dived with who crunched coral and stressed fish. Many divers were quick to label all photographers reef destroyers.
How attitudes have changed. The popularity of compact digital cameras these days means an increasing number of divers are taking up underwater photography, and long-time photo enthusiasts are no longer the shunned minority…
- A tour of the Atlantis underwater suite Dubai (via )
- New archaeological discovery off Britain to change history (via )
- Sea levels rose 4 inches along the northeast in 2 years (via )
- Olympus releases firmware v3.0 for OM-D E-M1 (via )
- Graveyard of giant lemurs discovered in Madagascar (via )
- Video: Octopus captures a crab, out of the water (via )
- Google’s Eric Schmidt gives $10M to Monterey Bay Aquarium (via )
- NG photo of the day Manatees by Ryan Nelson (via )
- Limpet teeth are nature’s strongest material (via )
- Amazon UK lists Lightroom 6 (via )