Novel stand for heavy underwater video housings Photo

Novel stand for heavy underwater video housings

I went over to see award-winning filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall tonight and managed to shoot a quick video clip of Howard showing off a rotating stand for his RED ONE camera housed in a Gates underwater housing. Anyone who has tried to maintain a heavy underwater video housing on a workbench will appreciate the ingenuity of Howard’s solution. Continue reading for video…

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Dec 2009 ReefNet Expedition: Ambon/Raja Ampat with Keri Wilk Photo

Dec 2009 ReefNet Expedition: Ambon/Raja Ampat with Keri Wilk

ReefNet and New World Publications (Humann/DeLoach) are collaborating on the production of digital field guides for marine life in various regions of the world. Having already well documented the flora and fauna of the Caribbean, ReefNet has now shifted its focus to the Indo-Pacific.

To gather new content, ReefNet is launching a series of documentation expeditions open to the public (all previous expeditions have been limited to ReefNet staff). Not only will participants get to enjoy the beauty of Ambon and Raja Ampat, they will also have the opportunity to contribute photos/videos to upcoming field guides.

If you want a surefire way to get your images published, Wetpixelers, here’s your chance…

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Alex Mustard reviews MarineLife Keywords in UwP 50 Photo

Alex Mustard reviews MarineLife Keywords in UwP 50

Underwater Photography Magazine (UwP), a free PDF magazine, has published a review of MarineLife Keywords written by marine biologist and award-winning photographer Alexander Mustard. The review can be found in their 50th issue, which is available as a free download from their website. Alex says:

The list includes the genus and species of 12,000 species, including over 4,000 fish, 4,000 invertebrates, and all known marine turtles, rays, skates, marine reptiles, and marine mammals… The first thing I did was to try to find any absentees. It is not easy. The coverage is fantastic…

... keywording is an essential part of workflow for anyone who supplies their images to photo stock libraries. MLKL was built for these tasks and having tasted it I could never give it up.

It is often said that time is money. I can’t think of many other products, designed for underwater photographers, which will save you as much time for so little money. A highly recommended purchase.

Alex likes it! :)

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Episode 33 of DiveFilm HD Photo

Episode 33 of DiveFilm HD

New DiveFilm HD podcast episode 33 just released features more great Canon 5D footage—this time in a wonderful new short film by Christian Fries called “Aquarium” filmed in West Sweden.  This is no ordinary trip to the aquarium! 
Rick Morris’s “What’s Down There,” a short film on the marine census, is HD podcast episode 32.  This film is an official selection at this year’s upcoming San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. and includes some really small critters.
DiveFilm HD Podcasts are produced in association with Wetpixel.
Please check out the new episodes at iTunes and help keep these HD podcasts featured!

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Underwater Australasia photo competition 2008-2009 winners Photo

Underwater Australasia photo competition 2008-2009 winners

Underwater Australasia has announced the winners of the 5th anual Underwater Photo Competition. The first prize, a two week trip to Yap and Palau, was awarded to David Henshaw for his amazing shot of a blue ribbon eel. In the novice category the first place went to Andrew McLeod with a photo of a jellyfish and crab.

Judges this year included author and Wetpixel member Mathieu Meur, Richard Vevers from the Underwater Australia Gallery as well as members from the Underwater.com.au team. They were unanimous in their decision of the winning image underlining the uniqueness of David’s shot. View all this years winners at Underwater Australasia.

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Canon announces EOS 7D Photo

Canon announces EOS 7D

Canon’s latest ViDSLR, the 7D, is pushes the envelope the 5D Mark II set in 2008. With 1080p24/25/29.97 and 720p50/60 and dedicated REC button, the 18mp camera is APS-C mount, using EF-S lenses. ISO expansion to 12800, a new sensor and AF system design, the 7D promises to deliver high quality stills and video, driving the convergence technology of ViDSLR, at a lower price point no less.

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2010 Raja Ampat Entrace Tag Design Contest finalists, open for voting Photo

2010 Raja Ampat Entrace Tag Design Contest finalists, open for voting

Finalists have been announced for the 2010 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest, hosted at Wetpixel.com. Vote for your favorite image or design—the winning image will appear on Raja Ampat’s 2009 park tag!

Last year’s winning image, a manta ray silhouetted against the ocean surface, was shot by Marcio Lisa, who won a dive trip to Raja Ampat in addition to having his photograph attached to every diver who visited the park in 2009. The winner of the 2010 tag contest will be able to choose from a selection of premiere diving resorts and liveaboards for a minimum 7-day all-inclusive stay in Raja Ampat.

Public voting ends at 11:59PM, September 25, 2009 (Pacific time), and the winner will be announced on October 1, 2009!

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Exciting baitball action by Earth Touch Photo

Exciting baitball action by Earth Touch

Earth Touch’s Barry Skinstad is back again to narrate on the heartpounding action in the baitball of the year. Complete with multiple Bryde’s whales using bubble netting and documenting Cape Gannets swimming past 20m deep, this video captures nature’s most exciting predation. It even has a shot where a shark spits out a gannet to concentrate on the sardines. This is probably the best action I’ve seen in my many years in South Africa. This is a must-see video clip!

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Photographers, be careful of Mac OS Snow Leopard upgrade Photo

Photographers, be careful of Mac OS Snow Leopard upgrade

Photographers looking to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” should check to see if any of the applications they use have compatibility issues with the new OS. A good site that lists applications and compatibility is Snow Leopard Compatibility. In particular, photographers should note that Nikon doesn’t recommend updating yet, and CaptureOne currently requires a workaround.  Also, there were rumors that Adobe Creative Suite 3 (including Photoshop) wouldn’t work on Snow Leopard, but those rumors have been debunked.

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Maui Photo Festival, September 16-20, 2009 Photo

Maui Photo Festival, September 16-20, 2009

Wetpixel is proud to sponsor the Maui Photo Festival & Workshop, which is offering unique opportunities for underwater photography enthusiasts. International underwater photographer David Fleetham, together with C3 Submerged and Lahaina Divers, will conduct two underwater photo tours as part of the five-day festival, set to take place September 16-20, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Maui.

These two underwater tours are available at special pricing to registered Maui Photo Festival attendees. Complete festival information and registration can be found at www.mauiphotofestival.com or contact Paul Grigsby at Maui Digital Imaging at +1-808-661-9570.

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