Gates FX7/V1 housing for the Sony HDR-FX7 and HVR-V1U review
During last year’s DEMA, I’d spoken with John Ellerbrock at Gates about the Sony HVR-V1 housing and the possibility of testing the housing when it was available. It just so happened that I had two trips, a 17-day Banda Sea voyage and another 11-day Wakatobi reef monitoring trip planned for October, so John graciously sent his latest offering to me for testing, the Gates FX7/V1 underwater video housing.
Continue reading for Drew Wong’s full review of the Gates FX7/V1 housing…
Interacting with marine life to get the shot
There is a thought-provoking discussion in the forums about “manipulation” of marine life, and how much of it (if any) is acceptable. Although I suspect it is a debate that will never be won by either side (opinions can be quite extreme and judgmental), the discussion is fascinating and provides insight into the trade-offs and decisions we have to make each time we frame a shot of a difficult subject.
It’s a must-read for anyone who has ever thought about poking a fish to move it into position for a better shot.
Happy holidays, and good shooting
Happy holidays, from the Wetpixel staff! Over the past calendar year, we saw hundreds of amazing images flow through the forums, the Picture of the Week contest, and the annual Wetpixel / DivePhotoGuide photo / video contests (OWU and DEEP). At the DEMA show, we hosted the largest happy hour yet, packing nearly 100 people into a roped-off section of the host hotel’s lobby.
In the forums, we’re hosting a thread called “Your Favourite Shot of 2007,” where our members are showing off their best work of the year. Numerous members were also featured in all sorts of media, including well-known magazines, books, and television shows.
And finally, in September, Wetpixel launched Wetpixel Quarterly, a new print magazine featuring the best in underwater photography. We’ve just finished the 2nd issue of the magazine, which should ship out any day now. To celebrate the new year, we’re giving away a free magazine subscription to the best comment we get in this post! We want to know how you found Wetpixel.com, how you use our resources, and what you get out of it. Also, please introduce yourself! Leave a single comment here for your chance to win a free subscription.
Sea Hunt 50th anniversary podcast at Underwater Videographer
To “re-live the memories of yesteryear” and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sea Hunt, a popular American television series that ran from 1958 to 1961, Underwater Videographer Podcast decided to interview those close to the show and actor Lloyd Bridges.
Show #9: Sea Hunt’s 50th Anniversary is a forty-minute podcast featuring conversations with Eric Hanauer, a Wetpixel member and professional writer and underwater photographer who was the last to interview Lloyd Bridges before his passing, actress Susan Silo, a guest star on the show, and even Jeff Bridges, who shares anecdotal memories of his father and the show. Sea Hunt was said to inspire a generation to begin diving, and interviewer Marshall Karp shares more of the backstory behind the podcast in the forums…
Japan postpones hunting of humpback whales
After considerable pressure and the threat of a formal protest by the Australian government (with support from the US, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand), Japanese officials have announced that plans to hunt humpback whales have been postponed. Japan sets a hunting quota of more than 1,000 whales yearly despite international agreements protecting the various species, and while humpbacks are safe for now, the Japanese whaling fleet remains in the Antarctic.
Iceland and Norway have also continued to lead the push to hunt whales for “scientific purposes.” Drew Wong asks in the forums if this latest move by Japan is a “token gesture or another stepping stone [towards expanded whale conservation]?”
DiveFilm HD Podcast makes “Best of 2007 Podcasts” list
iTunes announced its “Best of 2007 Podcasts,” and DiveFilm High Definition Podcast Video has been named in the Best of 2007 Podcasts, “Classic Video” list. The only diving-related podcast to make the iTunes “Best of 2007” list, DiveFilm Podcasts have been featured at iTunes since their launch in December of 2005, shortly after the first video-capable iPods were introduced. The podcasts are now available in two versions, the original DiveFilm Podcast Video and DiveFilm High Definition Podcast Video for computers and HDTV…
Book Review: Sea of Cortez Marine Invertebrates, 2nd Edition
Marine life guides are the Rodney Dangerfields of underwater books. Nobody reads them cover to cover. Nobody proudly displays them on their coffee table. Instead of dramatic head-on or ¾ front views, the photographs inside are prosaic side views for identification purposes. Yet in the bookshelves of live-aboard boats, their dilapidated, dog-eared appearance attests to heavy use by the divers on board. For serious divers, they are an essential reference and an indispensable facet of our diving experience.
Marine biologist Hans Bertsch recently updated Alex Kerstitch’s classic Sea of Cortez Marine Invertebrates.
Yeang Chng in American Photo 2007 Images of the Year
A photograph taken by Wetpixel member Yeang Chng (Ychng) was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Nature Category of the American Photo 2007 Images of the Year Competition. The gallery event to unveil the winners was held in New York, and out of over 30 images printed and exhibited, Chng’s was the only underwater image on display.
There were many well-known photographers represented in the awards, including Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Demarchelier, Michael Grecco, Vincent LaForet, and Lauren Greenfield. The winning images are featured online and in the January/February 2008 issue of American Photo. Continue reading to see Chng’s photograph on display at the gallery event…
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