Interview with Eric Cheng on Divefilm.com
“What I wanted to do was get some of his thoughts on making the transition from underwater still photography to video, what skills were transferable, what helped, what new skills he needed to acquire in the process. My thinking was that because it was so close in time to his first dives doing video, I could get more of a sense of his early impressions. And, of course, I was hoping he’d let me use some of his cool images and video to illustrate the interview, and this he very graciously agreed to do.”
Rick Sammon: Travel and Nature Photography
Rick Sammon’s new book, Rick Sammon’s Travel and Nature Photography, is one of the best books on travel and nature photography I’ve ever read. Sammon begins with a series of “jumpstarts” that outline the basics of digital photography, travel, and philosophy, and the rest of the book is comprised of individual lessons on topics including photographing people, landscapes, wildlife, captive animals, seascapes, cities, indoor scenes, close-ups, and more. What I like most is that Sammon uses effective photographs to illustrate each of his points. He doesn’t just write, “use a reflector” or “use a polarizer” or “move closer”. Instead, he uses images to illustrate plainly the effect it will have on the final image. Also, the images are stunning; I often found myself staring at them instead of reading the text on the page.
BP Kongsberg Underwater Image Competition
The winners of the BP Kongsberg Underwater Image Competition were announced last week. This was rather an unusual underwater photography competition because one of the main rules was that images had to be taken deeper than 200m (660ft). So most are taken by ROVs - and are nothing like any you have seen before. There is also an interesting category for microscopic and laboratory shots of weird creatures from the depths - and you thought Lembeh had cornered the market for oddballs. Wetpixel’s Dr Alex Mustard was the chairman of the judging pannel for this unique competition. The photo, right, is a deepwater octopus taken by Dr David Shale.
Nikon to announce new 10.2mp dSLR
Nikon has started a teaser campaign promoting a new compact 10.2 megapixel digital SLR which will be announced in 20 days. The campaign doesn’t give much details or specifications, but we are guessing that this would be a D80 or D90 (the replacement to the D70/D70s). Tell us what you think about it at the forums area.
Join Eric Cheng in Papua New Guinea, Oct 2006
Join Wetpixel editor Eric Cheng in Papua New Guinea this October, 2006! This is not a formal trip nor a workshop, but Eric will be in PNG in October and would love the company of fellow Wetpixel shooters. Eric has managed to secure rates somewhat lower than the normal fare, so it’s is a perfect opportunity to get to PNG while saving a bit of money. Below is the planned schedule. Continue reading for more details…
TUE, 17 OCT - 22 OCT 2006: 6 NTS LOLOATA ISLAND RESORT
MON, 23 OCT - 1 NOV 2006: 9 NTS MV FEBRINA (Rabaul/Walindi)
WED, 1 NOV - 5 NOV 2006: 4 NTS WALINDI PLANTATION RESORT
2006 LAUPS International Competition
The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS) has announced a call for entries for their 2006 Photo Competition. New for this year, the LAUPS is *not* accepting slide entries—another sign of the mass migration from film to digital. The deadline for submitting an entry is September 22, 2006. In an unusual move for a dive/photo organization (modern web practices? what?), LAUPS is also offering an RSS feed for updates, so you can be informed as soon as they post news or results on their home page.
Adobe Lightroom Beta3 available for Windows
Adobe Labs has finally released a public beta of Lightroom for Windows (it has been beta for Mac for a long time now). From Adobe’s website: Project: Lightroom™ is Adobe’s effort to engage the professional photography community in a new way, giving you the opportunity to kick the tires and shape the feature set of a new tool being created just for you.
I’m going to download it now and give it a try. I’ve been hearing good things about it…
FiNS Magazine: Win a trip to PNG
Dive in Style, by Tim Simon
Tim Simond’s new coffee table book, Dive in Style, includes coverage of 26 different dive destinations spanning the globe. For each destination, Tim features a single luxury or “stylish” resort and dive center, plus underwater photographs and descriptions of local diving. With only 2-4 pages dedicated to each destination’s local diving, the book isn’t meant to be a thorough guide to destination diving. Rather, it is a nice overview of luxury resorts and diving at specific destinations around the world.