Eric Cheng wins in Nature’s Best
Congratulations to Wetpixel’s Editor and Administrator Eric Cheng whose outstanding Turtle Screaming photo won the Animal Antics Category in the Nature’s Best Photography Competition, the results of which have just been published in the Fall issue of the magazine. Nature’s Best is a large and prestigious nature photography competition, attracting 12000 entries from 27 countries making a top award a tremendous achievement. Eric’s Great Hammerhead photo also won him a Highly Honoured prize in the Oceans Category, which was won by Jesus Salillas of Spain with a photo of Pygmy Killer Whales taken in Hawaii. In the Endangered Species category, Wetpixel member Kasey Canton won a Highly Honoured Prize for this photograph of a green sea turtle. The San Diego Underwater Photographic Society won the Camera Club award. You can see the winning images on the Nature’s Best website, in their magazine or on display at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum (exhibit opens on Nov 19, 2005).
Nexus EOS-1DsmkII Housing
Marine Camera Distributors (MCD) have sent us some photographs of the prototype Nexus housing for the 16 megapixel Canon EOS1DsmkII digital SLR camera. Nexus is developing an optional angled magnifying viewfinder which is shown in a few of the photos. Apparently, this finder is a wetmount bayonet type and can be added and removed underwater. According to Lee Peterson at MCD, Nexus is also designing a housing for the EOS-5D.
Nikon D2x and Nexus Housing Review
Depending upon one’s chosen perspective, the D2x is either ridiculously expensive or immensely functional, probably both at once. Weighing in with 12 mega pixels of resolution and a host of updated features, the D2x is, for the digital moment, Nikon’s top of the line camera. After a good deal of investigation, procrastination, and soul searching, the D2x is what finally got me back into a single lens reflex for my underwater photography. This report is the result of my first outing with the D2x, ensconced in a Nexus submersible housing…
Patima housing for the Canon 350D
Patima has announced a housing for the popular Canon 350D Digital Rebel XT. The EHC-350DX is an aluminum housing with a screw thread port system. Patima also has plans to introduce a housing for the Canon 580EX Speedlite. Update: Continue reading to view new photos of the Patima 350D and 580EX housing sent in by Wetpixel sponsor Marine Camera.
Possible Failure of Cameras Using Certain Sony Sensors
Today, a number of camera companies have announced product “advisories” due to discovered defects in their cameras. If these defects posed safety hazards, they would be called “recalls” but since they are more of a nuisance, they are called “advisories” so that the companies do not assume liability. I make this point not because I’m annoyed at the companies (although I am) but to explain the difference between a “recall” and a “product advisory.”
In any case, apparently, a few batches of Sony manufactured sensors are exhibiting problems which result in a distorted image, or a black image.
Visions In Sea Conference 22nd Oct
The popular Visions In The Sea Conference is taking place in London (UK) on Saturday 22nd October. This is a conference that invites top underwater photographers and gets them to provide the Visions delgates with real world skills that they can apply immidiately to their own photography. Visions is not just about the speakers showing their best shots, instead they are encouraged to talk specifically on certain subjects and show both their images that worked and those that didn’t. The focus of the event is firmly on digital this year. This years speakers include Martin Edge, Charles Hood, Jason Isley, Peter Rowlands and Wetpixel Co-Admin Alex Mustard. Tickets for the whole day cost £69 and are available from Ocean Optics.
Wetpixels Reaches 10000
Wetpixel once again confirms its number one place on the Internet for Digital Underwater Photography by reaching 10000 discussion topics in our Forum! That’s right, the 4250+ Members of Wetpixel have started over 10,000 different digital discussions on the various aspects of underwater photography. Our recently expanded moderation team helps keep these in check and makes it easier for you to find the most important discussions by pinning them at the top of the forums. Classic discussions are later transfered to the Best of Wetpixel Forum. Another tip for finding the most exciting discussion topics is to look at the number of views - anything that has been viewed more than 1000 times should not be missed. So jump in and get involved in the forum’s today.
Magic Filter Review
When Alex Mustard first announced the Magic Filter I was pretty excited as I was in the market for a red filter for my newly purchased 10.5mm wide angle lens. I was interested in a red filter because I wanted to experiment with the manual White Balance option that a digital SLR offers. As a full time underwater image maker, a lot of my work involves video and in the realm of underwater video, the red filter is king. When shooting video without lights and manually white balancing off a slightly off white slate, rich saturated colour can be captured from further away than what can be obtained using strobes on a still camera.
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