Underwater Photographer issue 55 released
The July/August 2010 edition of Peter Rowland’s online Underwater Photography magazine is now available for download. In UwP issue 55, Wade Hughes FRGS writes about the Sperm whales of the mid-Atlantic, Jeff Britnell on British Columbia, and Eric Hanauer on the Philippines. In addition there are pages of news, reviews and product announcements.
UwP is a free download in PDF form.
New DiveFilm HD podcast: Tony Wu’s PNG Eastern Fields
Tony Wu’s short video of the Easter Fields of Papua New Guinea is now available as an HD or iPod podcast via DiveFilm on iTunes. The film, shot on DSLR’s, includes footage from this remote and rarely visited area. Tony also interviews Craig DeWit of MV Golden Dawn, who also will be the skipper on the upcoming Wetpixel Eastern Fields Expedition.
DiveFilm HD showcases some of the best high-definition underwater short films being produced today from all over the world. Featuring beautiful images of the underwater world, marine life large and small, interviews with interesting people, and updates on underwater imaging. Produced in association with Wetpixel and available via iTunes.
The Digital Shootout updates website with winners’ galleries
The Digital Shootout has updated their website to include galleries of the winning images from this year’s event. There is now full coverage of all seven days of the event, including extensive galleries and videos taken by the staff and participants.
Dr. Eugenie Clark to be honored in Bonaire
Tourism Corporation Bonaire has announced that Dr. Eugenie Clark will become the second North American recipient to receive Bonaire’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. A panel of distinguished media chose Dr. Clark, legendary ichthyologist and authority on sharks, after long deliberations on several candidates. Dr. Clark will travel to Bonaire during the island’s Celebrate Our Planet Week, from August 22 through 28, 2010, a highlight week of the Bonaire Dive Into Summer program.
During her time on Bonaire, she will make several dives with visitors and residents of Bonaire, as well as give two presentations: one for adults, and one for Bonaire’s schoolchildren. She’ll also be kept busy with a book signing of the newest edition of her book, “Lady With the Sharks” and will be the guest of honor at the home of Lt. Governor Glenn Thode when she is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more after the jump.
Zen release dome port for Olympus Pen E-PL1
Zen Underwater has announced the release of a dome port, specifically for the Olympus Pen E-PL1 micro four thirds camera when housed in a Olympus PT-EP01. The optically coated glass dome port offers a distortion free 100° wide angle field of view when used with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-f/5.6 lens. This is a significant increase in coverage over the standard Olympus supplied flat port. The dome can also be used with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14–42mm f/3.5–f/5.6L lens, and will keep the full in-air field of view of both the 9-18mm and this lens whilst in use underwater.
1 spot on July 2010 Bahamas sharks / dolphins trip
We’ve just had a single cancellation for our July 18-26, 2010 Bahamas sharks and dolphins trip. We’ll be with Jim Abernethy aboard the M/V Shear Water, and will be spending the week in the Bahamas photographing dolphins, tiger sharks, lemon sharks, and Caribbean reef sharks. Trip is led by renowned photographer, Alex Mustard.
Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 get 3D panorama update
Sony has released a firmware update that allows the NEX EVIL cameras to produce 3D panoramas.
Rather than a conventional stereoscopic dual lens approach, Sony Sweep Panorama technology works by shooting a burst of frames while the camera is panned across a scene.This development is exciting as Sony are obviously using some fancy processing techniques to figure out the perspective of the panning action. The panoramas they produce will also be viewable on Sony 3D televisions.
Extreme ISO settings with the D3s, 1D Mark IV and Lightroom 3
Eric Reagan on Photography Bay has done some very interesting comparisons of extreme ISO settings, and the new noise reduction function in Lightroom 3.
In his test, the new software comprehensively out performs Lightroom 2, Canon DPP and View NX. He conducted experiments at night, using ISO’s 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200 and 102400 using a Canon 1D Mk IV and a Nikon D3s.
His conclusion is that:
“While these images at ISO 6400 and above are extreme examples from two state of the art DSLRs, the processing power in Lightroom 3 will push any other RAW files to the next level as well.”
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