Season’s greeting from Wetpixel
Wetpixel wishes each and every one of you a festive holiday season, and a very happy 2015. We hope that you get all the underwater imaging products that you want as gifts, and that your dives in 2015 will be safe, feature amazing creatures and offer amazing photographic opportunities. Thank you to all of you for your amazing support and interest in Wetpixel in 2014!
Ikelite announces 67mm lens holder
Ikelite has announced their new 67mm lens holder. This can be attached to their Ball Arm Extension Mark II and provides a convenient place to “park” 67mm threaded wet lenses when they are not in use. They can be attached singly or “back to back” so that two lenses can be attached simultaneously.
RIP PJ Dunick
It is with great regret and sadness that we have to write that PJ Dunick, crew member on the Bahamas liveaboard Dolphin Dream, was killed in a free diving accident last Monday. Wetpixel sends our thoughts and prayers to his family, friend and loved ones. A gofundme page has been set up to assist PJ’s family with the funeral and repatriation costs.
DEEP Indonesia is calling for entries
Our World Underwater contest 2015 is open for entries
Wetpixel and our partners, DivePhotoGuide, are proud to announce that they are now accepting entries for the 2015 Our World Underwater Contest. In its tenth year the contest is, together with the DEEP Indonesia Contest, seen as the pinnacle of achievement for those that are placed in them. The deadline for entries is 8 February 2015.
Video: Orcas at play
The Smithsonian Channel has featured filmmaker Dave Rigg’s stunning footage of orcas (Orcinus orca) apparently playing around his boat. Captured using a innovative tow camera at the Bremer Canyon, a deepwater ecosystem in which offshore orcas can be reliably encountered throughout the Australian summer months.
New World publishes Roger Steene’s Colours of the Reef
New World Publications has announced the release of a limited edition 3 volume set of coffee table style books. Roger Steene’s Colours of the Reef represents 50 years of underwater imaging undertaken by the author and “has taken the art of underwater imagery to a new level” There will be only 900 sets published.
Wildlife Service closes Three Sisters Springs and releases proposed management plan
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) closed the Three Sisters Springs over the weekend of 13 and 14 December, due to the cold weather causing a high concentration of manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris)). In turn this caused “high turbidity” making the area unsuitable for swimmers. If the colder weather continues, it is likely that there will be more closures in future. Please bear in mind that there are other areas where manatees can be viewed, although it will be worth checking with the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge by email prior to your visit if you are planning to go there.
Review: GoPro Professional Guide to Filmmaking
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of the new GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking. The cameras are now ubiquitous, and are an almost standard part of the scuba diver’s equipment. Unfortunately perhaps, the widespread availability of the cameras has not always resulted in an improvement in the films being presented! The new guide will help those new to video to capture, create and shape amazing films