DEMA show 2010: Coverage Photo

DEMA show 2010: Coverage

The annual DEMA show is the biggest trade only dive event in the world. Just about every company involved in the industry has some form of presence here, including all the major underwater imaging equipment companies. The Image Resource Center is an enclave within the show which caters specifically these companies and has a program of regular seminars.

For DEMA 2010, Sterling Zumbrunn and Adam Hanlon attended the show for Wetpixel, and have provided detailed coverage of many of the booths featuring imaging products. Click though for the final show report.

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Nikon D7000 video licenses Photo

Nikon D7000 video licenses

Nikon Rumors has reported that AVC codec used by the newly released Nikon D7000 camera is only available for personal and non-commercial use. This is as stated in the D7000’s user manual (page xvii) and is currently being debated on the forums.

There is an interesting article about “Know Your Rights: H.264, patent licensing, and you” on engadget.

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Raja Ampat creates shark sanctuary Photo

Raja Ampat creates shark sanctuary

Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, Regent of Raja Ampat, has announced the creation of a 15,000 square mile shark sanctuary in the waters surrounding Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It will provide full protection for sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs, and turtles. Also prohibited will be the highly destructive practices including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade. The Shark Sanctuary declaration is in direct response to a campaign mounted by Shark Savers in partnership with Misool Eco Resort. The campaign won the support of over 8,500 divers and conservationists and hundreds of tourism and diving companies and NGOs from around the world.

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NCUPS SEA 2010 Winners Announced Photo

NCUPS SEA 2010 Winners Announced

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society has announced the winners of the 46th Annual SEA International Underwater Photographic Competition. The 2010 winner of the Bob Commer Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography and SEA International Best of Show is Keri Wilk.

The digital still competition this year brought an increase in Novice entries, up by almost double from last year, and an increase in Video entries. All winning images and competition comments are displayed on the NCUPS website.

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Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari 2010 trip journal Photo

Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari 2010 trip journal

Eric Cheng is now in Ambon, Indonesia with the 2010 Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari. He has started a thread in the forum, where he (and others) will be reporting back and posting pictures and video from the field. Eric and some others in the group are shooting stills and video with the Inon Micro Semi-Fisheye Relay Lens UFL-MR130, so expect some unique perspectives.

The idea behind the trip is to eschew daytime diving in favor of a nocturnal existence, diving up to three times each night to sample the weird and wonderful night life in the area.

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X-Ray Magazine 39 available Photo

X-Ray Magazine 39 available

X-Ray magazine issue number 39 is now out and available for download. Articles featured in this issue include Palau’s Treasures by Todd Essick, a profile of Francis Toribiong by Arnold Weisz, Freshwater Diving Austria by Wolfgang Pölzer, a guide to the unique site of Pavillion Lake by Barb Roy, a portfolio by Kendahl Jan Jubb’s work and aspects of preparation for underwater photography by Lawson Wood.

X-Ray Magazine is available as a free pdf download.

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Updates from Ambon: Coleman’s shrimp pair Photo

Updates from Ambon: Coleman’s shrimp pair

Another update from the Wetpixel Ambon Night Safari: Coleman’s shrimp (Periclimenes colmani), a beautiful commensal shrimp that lives in pairs on fire urchins (Asthenosoma varium), are fairly common in Ambon. Fire urchins are typically found here at depths of 60-90 feet, and about one out of 20 will have at least one of three kinds of commensal crustacea living on them.

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Save our Seas: Save our Sharks Photo

Save our Seas: Save our Sharks

The Save our Seas Foundation has produced a video about shark finning that won a Panda Award at the recent Wildscreen Film Festival 2010. It is designed to highlight the alarming rate at which sharks are being killed to supply the demands for shark fin soup in the East and that this situation needs to change quickly if we want to have any chance of saving our sharks before they’re gone forever.

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Alert Diver fall issue available online Photo

Alert Diver fall issue available online

The fall 2010 issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine is now available online. Articles in this issue include a tribute to Wes Skiles, shark diving in the Bahamas, a personal chronicle of a coral spawning event, diving wild in Browning Pass, British Columbia and guidance for choosing and using a compact camera underwater.

The printed version of the magazine will arrive through DAN US member’s mail boxes next week.

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Nauticam announces housing for Nikon D7000 Photo

Nauticam announces housing for Nikon D7000

Nauticam has announced the imminent release of the NA-D7000 housing for the Nikon D7000 camera. The D7000 is Nikon’s new mid range camera that was released at Photokina in September. The housing is in a small form factor and features new locking latches, a new lens release lever, a new flash activation button, a new patented two stage shutter release, and an improved rear command dial control. In addition, Nauticam has used the piano key design from their NA-7D housing for the video activation lever.

The housing should be shipping by 31 November this year.

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