Expect the unexpected: Alligator encounter at sixty feet
“Of all the amazing and rare encounters it was perhaps a humpback whale inshore of Breaker’s reef in 40 feet of water that held the title for the unexpected. But Breaker’s reef was to up the ante once again.”
SEA 2010 open for entries
The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society has announced that its 46th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography are now accepting entries. The competitions are open to amateur photographers and videographers worldwide.
The SEA 2010 underwater photographic competition has categories of macro, wide-angle, underwater California, marine conservation and digital creative. There are two video categories; classic and video snapshots. The SEA International Competition best of show will be awarded the prestigious Bob Commer Award of Photographic Excellence.
The competition is accepting entries until October 8, 2010.
The Great Camera Shootout 2010, by Zacuto
The folks over at Zacuto have put together the ultimate DSLR vs film shootout. Three 35-min webisodes compare the Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, Rebel T2i, and 1D Mark IV with the Nikon D3s and Fuji/Kodak film. They show examples of exposure latitude differences, sensitivity, color tests, resolution, and green screen tests. It’s definitely worth a look, if you’re using DSLRs for video (via Howard Hall).
Howard Hall’s Ocean Requiem
Filmmaker Howard Hall has posted a short video called Ocean Requiem, which he says he created several years ago as a “subtle indictment of over-fishing and gill nets.” The footage is incredible, and is the sort of thing that will either inspire budding cameramen or make them want to quit!
The video footage was captured exclusively on HDCAM with a Sony 900 camera.
Inon X-2 housing system for LUMIX GF1 available
Inon has announced the release of an aluminum housing system for the popular Panasonic LUMIX GF1 micro four thirds camera. The system consists of the X-2 housing, dome and flat ports that support the following lenses: 8mm/F3.5 Fisheye, 20mm/F1.7 Pancake, 45mm/F2.8 Macro, 14-45mm/F3.5–F5.6 Zoom and 7–14mm/F4 Zoom and the M1 grip base tray. The housing will support S-TTL and all the ports use optical coated lenses.
Adobe Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2 release candidates available
Adobe has announced release candidates for Lightroom (version 3.2) and Camera RAW (version 6.2) on Adobe Labs. The release candidate status means that they are almost ready for release, but will benefit from additional beta testing. Adobe has never released a “.1” version of Lightroom, although there is a Camera RAW 6.1 release.
The new versions will extend RAW support to other camera models, add additional lens profiles, and fix some bugs in the earlier releases. Lightroom 3.2 now allows publishing directly to Facebook from the library module.
Video tribute to Wes Skiles
Axel Sproul has posted a powerful tribute to the late Wes Skiles on Vimeo. It includes film shot of Wes during cave diving projects, as well as interviews with him. Wes Skiles died on July 21, 2010 while diving off Boynton Beach, FL. His career included many credits in broadcast television and film for PBS and National Geographic.
Call for entries: Wild and Scenic Film Festival
The ninth annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival will be held in Nevada City over 14-16 January 2011. The festival showcases environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing it, and the work communities are doing to help protect it. Entries for the festival are now open and close September 30.
Layang Layang Digital Photo Shootout 2011
Layang Layang Island Resort has announced that they will hold their “Digital Photo Shootout” from 20 to 26 July 2011. Last held in 2008, there will be over $30,000 worth of prizes available for the 2011 event, and the judges will include Settimio Ciprianni, Rocky Chang, Kurt Svrcula and Mike Veitch. There are only two entry categories: wide-angle and macro.