Paul Nicklen’s leopard seal story, Antarctica
Check out this short video interview of Paul Nicklen, who describes a four-day encounter with a large leopard seal in Antarctica. A leopard seal befriends Paul and presents penguins to him, presumably trying to feed what it thinks is a truly incompetent predator. The story is an incredible one—truly the once-in-a-lifetime encounter that every serious wildlife photographer hopes to have one day.
A Conversation With Fotosub Photographers
Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard continues his new series of interview based articles on the techniques of underwater photography with A Conversation with Spanish Fotosub Photographers David Barrio, Carlos Villoch, Carlos Suarez and Arturo Boyra, who he caught up with at Fotosub Gran Canaria - Costa Mogan.
In the interview the photographers discuss the secrets of success in these unique Fotosub events and talk in detail about working with models and wide angle lighting techniques.
Oops, we forgot the Seacam D300s housing
At DEMA last week, we were so distracted by the realization that the Canon 1D Mark IV fits into existing 1D Mk III housings that we forgot to mention that Seacam had on display a brand new housing for the Nikon D300s digital SLR. We’ve added products shots of the Seacam D300s housing into the Seacam entry in our DEMA show coverage (Day 2, page 4). Click through and scroll down to see the new photos.
Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice Awards 2009
Many congratulations to Wetpixel member Yeang Ch’ng for winning the Oceans Category in the prestigious Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice Awards 2009. The category winners and selected highly honoured images are now featured in a large format print exhibition in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. starts today and runs until 2nd January.
Yeang’s winning picture is of a saltwater crocodile taken in Papua New Guinea. A full list of runner up and commended images will be published soon in a special edition of Nature’s Best Magazine, we’ve heard there are plenty more Wetpixel members among the names.
PowerGenix NiZn (Nickel-Zinc) 1.6v rechargeable batteries
PowerGenix has released a rechargeable batteries using NiZn (Nickel-Zinc) cells. The cells are rated to be 1.6V (vs the 1.2-1.3V of NiMh batteries) and are said to do very well in high current draw situations. Although they might not last as long as some of the best NiMh batteries out there (Eneloops), strobe charging times should go down due to the higher power output.
Someone will have to test this to see if it provides a practical gain vs Eneloop NiMh AAs for underwater photographers. A charger and 4 AAs retails at $49.99 but is available on Amazon for around $24.
Canon 1D Mk IV confirmed to work in 1D Mk III underwater housings
Great news for Canon 1D / 1Ds Mark III shooters! At the DEMA Show 2009, we confirmed that the upcoming Canon 1D Mark IV works perfectly in underwater housings designed for the Canon 1D / 1Ds Mark III.
The only possible issue is that by default, the 1D4 uses the FEL button to start and stop video. Some housings, like the Seacam housing we used for the test, do not provide for access to the FEL button. It looks like it will be easy to modify the ISO lever so that it hits the FEL button instead, but then photographers will have to find another way to change ISO. Hopefully, the 1D4 will feature a way to change the video start/stop button so hardware modifications are unnecessary.
DEMA Show 2009: Days 3-4 - Final coverage, party photos
We didn’t have time to post any DEMA Show coverage yesterday because we threw a party at the Rosen Centre that drew probably 300 guests. We’re making up for it today with our final coverage, which includes photos and commentary from 20 more booths. It is (unfortunately) impossible for us to cover every single manufacturer and retailer that sells a photo- or video-related product; these days, every dive light doubles as a “video light” and there are probably a hundred booths offering products that might be of interest to the casual shooter. We have tried our best to do a thorough report on what was being shown.
DEMA Show 2009: Day 2 - Booth coverage insanity!
As we have done in previous years, a team from Wetpixel is roaming around the DEMA 2009 show floor covering the products we think might be interesting to our website’s readers. We spent most of the day on the floor talking to friends and acquaintances in various underwater imaging booths. It has become incredibly difficult to cover DEMA because we are constantly running into people we know. Next year, I think I might wear a mask while en transit between booths…
The coverage team this year includes Eric Cheng (me), Matt Segal, and Richard Remski, and the Wetpixel Quarterly booth (#1068) team includes Michaela Brockstedt, Adam Lau, and Richard (doing double duty).
- Sony updates a7 Mark III firmware to 1.01 (via )
- There is a brewery that ages beer underwater in the Adriatic Sea (via )
- Canon has released firmware 126.96.36.199.00 for the Cinema EOS C200… (via )
- Canon updates EOS 1-D X Mark II firmware to 1.1.6 (via )
- A wildlife photographer’s gear stash (via )
- Nikon updates D5 firmware to version 1.21 (via )
- Insect photographer sues pest control company for $2.7m (via )
- Nikon updates D800 firmware to version 1.11 (via )
- A $3 million camera (via )
- The ocean’s most efficient jet engine is the chambered… (via )