Whale sharks of Djibouti, BBC Fast:Track episode
John McIntyre visits Djibouti to film feeding whale sharks. Images from Djibouti started winning photo competitions a couple of years ago; it seems like it’s quickly becoming the new whale shark capital of the world.
BBC offers the short program as streaming media. Be sure to watch all of it: marine biologist and Wetpixel member Fergus Kennedy is interviewed at the end of the program!
Moisture and leak alarm list for underwater housings
Wetpixel member Alessio has posted a list of leak and moisture alarms in his search to find one that can be retrofitted into his Sea & Sea DX-D70 underwater housing. If you have a third-party leak alarm installed in your housing, head on over to the thread and add to the list!
Leak alarms provide inexpensive, easy insurance against minor floods. If you have an expensive camera inside an underwater housing, you should definitely have some sort of leak alarm installed. It’s definitely saved me, in the past.
Bahamas sharks and dolphin expedition, July 19-27, 2008
Wetpixel still has
2 spots available for our shark and dolphin expedition to the Bahamas this coming July 19-27, 2008. Join photographer Alex Mustard aboard the Shear Water, which provides the best possible opportunities for tiger shark and dolphin photography.
For more information and sample photos taken on expeditions to the Bahamas, see our trip information page.
RSMAS Underwater Photography Contest 2008 winners announced
The grand prize was awarded to Jerry Kane for his photograph of a humpback mother and offspring. Congratulations also to the familiar names of Wetpixel members who placed in the competition! Discuss the winning images in the competition thread...
Meet Wetpixel members at 2008 Asian Dive Exposition (ADEX)
The 2008 Asian Dive Exposition (ADEX) started today, April 18, 2008 and runs through April 20 in Singapore. The expo is open to industry and public visitors, and will feature the judging and display of winning images from the ADEX Photographer of the Year Competition.
Wetpixel member Bonnie Pelnar to present ‘composition’ at LAUPS
The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS) will be hosting Wetpixel member Bonnie Pelnar (underwatercolours) on April 16, 2008 at 7PM for a presentation on photographic composition for both underwater and topside applications. The talk will include new techniques to attempt and examples of winning photos from competitions with a look at why they were successful.
LAUPS generally meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Visit the society’s website for more information about upcoming meetings and events…
Subal ND30 underwater housing for Nikon D300 dSLR review
In March, underwater photographer Martin Edge took possession of and reviewed one of the first Subal ND30 housings on the market for his Nikon D300 dSLR. As a pre-production version of the housing there were a few bumps to get through, but Edge felt the product was excellent:
Whilst I’ll endeavour to be impartial as I can, the influence that Nikon and Subal have had on my own photographic career cannot be ignored…for use underwater I recommend the Nikon D300 very highly and after using and reviewing the ND30, I am unable to identify any particular aspect of this housing which I believe could be improved upon.
Continue reading for the full review, with photos from the field and of the housing controls…
Ikelite Modular Port System reviewed in the forums
After testing a pre-production version of the unit last year, Wetpixel member Chris Zeller (UWphotoNewbie) recently received a copy of the new Ikelite modular flat port for the 8” dome port system, and has posted his impressions of the final product in the forums:
It’s fantastic and the build quality is excellent…the components are expensive, more expensive in fact than the 5 ports you need for the traditional system, and its been a long road coming, however it’s much more flexible and convenient.
View photos of the port and extension rings, or join the discussion if you’re deciding between Ikelite’s traditional and new port setups…
- Grunion run on California beaches (via )
- Japan to exceed bluefin tuna quota two months early (via )
- SwellPro waterproof drone that also floats and films underwater (via )
- Attenborough’s public opposition halts bridge in Borneo (via )
- New video about the BVI artificial reef (via )
- Scientists find live giant shipworm, the unicorn of mollusks (via )
- Fairy shrimp may be underfoot (via )
- Dead sharks washing up on San Francisco bay area shorelines (via )
- New sieve turns seawater into drinking water (via )
- Apple updates Motion to 5.3.2 and Compressor to 4.3.2 (via )