Save The Dolphins Campaign
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 is Japan Dolphin Day, an “international day of protest…to urge the Japanese authorities to ban the slaughter of dolphins.”
Every year, Japanese fisherman round up dolphins by the thousands and brutally slaughter them - with permission from Tokyo. The Save Taiji Dolphins Campaign is calling for peaceful protests in front of Japanese embassies around the world in an effort to stop the killing.
To learn more about what you can do to help, or to find out where the nearest embassy is located, visit SaveTaijiDolphins.org...
Dozens of new species discovered off Papua New Guinea
A team from Conservation International has discovered dozens of new species of marine life in an area called Bird’s Head Seascape off the coast of Papua, including 24 new species of fish, 20 species of coral and eight species of shrimp. There is a little video clip from Gerry Allen of a new epaulette shark that walks on its fins.
1st Annual DEEP Indonesia Photo Contest
On the heels of announcing the 2nd-annual, U.S.A.-based international photo and video competition, Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide have organized a second international competition in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia’s first-ever diving, adventure-travel and water-sports expo. Never before have 2 international competitions associated with dive expos on opposite sides of the world cooperated to establish a complementary series of categories and prizing opportunities.
Photographers will compete in 7 themed categories to win photo equipment, dive gear, premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world, and more…
Amphibico’s EVO PRO HDV Underwater Housing Review
While the Phenom is a solid housing and has been designed to last for many years, for the average diver or a diver who travels frequently, the huge Phenom may prove to be a little cumbersome. However, Amphibico have overcome any concern with size when designing the EVO housing for the smaller Sony A1/HC1 HDV cameras, allowing everyone to shoot high-definition underwater video…
Be sure to also read Wags’ review of the Amphibico Phenom housing for the Sony FX1/Z1.
Pre-Photokina 2006 Announcements
Digital Photography Review is doing a great job posting pre-Photokina 2006 announcements. In pre-show craziness so far, there have been 74 new products announced, including a Leica M8 digital rangefinder (which I am really excited about even though it will have little-to-no impact for underwater photography). Most of the announcements so far have been incremental updates to existing models, with 10-megapixel compact cameras being the new standard.
In other trends, new SLRs are all featuring anti-dust sensor vibration, and compact cameras are starting to produce acceptable high(er)-ISO images. In particular, Fujifilm compacts have been producing images with relatively low noise levels when compared to offerings by other brands.
Our good friends at Digideep have announced a line of clothing designed for the underwater photographer. Sweaters, polo shirts, and different styles of t-shirts are all being offered with the words digital snapper or strobe power featured on the back, at a price range of 15 to 39 Euros ($20-$50 USD) before shipping.
For sample photos and ordering information, check out the apparel...
Divester/Wetpixel T-shirt Design Contest
Wetpixel and the fabulous photo-folks at Divester are pleased to announce our first joint t-shirt design contest, and we need your help! Deadline for entries is September 30. After the deadline, Divester and Wetpixel will narrow the submissions to a slate of finalists. Then, we will reveal the finalists and allow you to vote for your favorite shirt. Thereafter, we’ll accept orders for the shirts for about 2 weeks. Depending on the design, expect each t-shirt to cost roughly $15-18. Any profits will be donated to a non-profit involved in ocean conservation.
Gates Sony HVR-Z1U HD Housing Review
Wetpixel member Mark Thorpe (CamDiver) has written an excellent comprehensive review of the Gates Underwater Housing for the Sony HVR-Z1U 3CCD High Definition Video Camcorder. Based in Palau, Mark had the opportunity to put the housing and its accessories through a number of dives to fully understand and evaluate the capabilities of the system. Mark writes:
For professional everyday use it is a compliment to any serious shooter. It’s relatively straightforward to use and is a means to an end. It allows the user full access to the required controls for all applications of underwater shooting ... This system certainly allows you to shoot exactly to your style.
The 14-page PDF review is full of photos of the housing in various stages of assembly, of the system in use, and from videos of the dives. A must-read for anyone in the market for a new video housing.
- Bioluminescent NG photo of the day by Pooyan Shadpoor (via )
- Photos of a surfer riding a wave while on fire (via )
- GoPro to launch new video editing app (via )
- Alert level raised for Grenada’s underwater volcano (via )
- Google+ photos merging to Google photos August 1 (via )
- Adobe updates Lightroom for Android to version 1.2 (via )
- Canon updates DPP to version 4.3.0 (via )
- Spinner dolphins by Erika Hart NG photo of the day (via )
- Video: Follow a National Geographic photographer (via )
- Apple releases version 6.05 of Raw compatibility software (via )