Your Best Shot Of 2005

2005 has been a fantastic year for underwater photography, with many new and exciting cameras, housings and strobes being released. It has also been an awesome year beneath the waves, as the active Wetpixel discussion “Your Best Shot Of 2005” attests. The rules of this forum thread are simple - post your favourite underwater picture that you’ve taken this year. But be warned, choosing just ONE favourite isn’t easy! There are already some fantastic images posted there, and hopefully it will soon be overflowing as more and more members add their photos. So no excuses, add your favourite today! (photo credit: Tiger Shark by Karl Dietz)

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Ars Technica reviews Aperture Photo

Ars Technica reviews Aperture

Ars Technica has reviewed Apple’s Aperture.  Read it.  Weep.  Pray (for a proper version 2).

“It is also disappointing to see form beat out function here, but hopefully this will be Apple’s software equivalent of the G4 Cube. They have only themselves to blame: they set themselves up for a big fall by attempting to dig themselves a chunk of the pro market by purporting to have the lossless holy grail of imaging. The trouble with that is they obviously didn’t have the engineering or expertise in RAW processing to pull it off or, if they did, they chose not to include it because of speed constraints due to Core Image…”

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British Underwater Image Festival

The first British Underwater Image Festival will take place next spring, but the closing date for entries (31st December 2005) is fast approaching. This competition is a new initiative by the UK’s DIVE magazine, who have joined forces with the UK’s Sport Diver Magazine, the National Geographic Channel, Canon and the British Society of Underwater Photographers to present the Festival. In a positive step the still images compete in a single category, with no differentiation between digital or film, of A4 sized (11.5x8.25 inches) prints. Each competitor can enter up to 6 images, which is hoped will encourage more creative entries. There are also portfolio and video competitions, and a special category for photographers less than 30 years old, which will be of interest to many Wetpixel members. The Festival is free to enter, although there is a charge for the return of prints.

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Pentax Digital Fisheye Zoom Lens Photo

Pentax Digital Fisheye Zoom Lens

Pentax has today announced a 10-17mm digital fisheye zoom lens for their line of *ist cameras.  This lens is designed specifically for the sensor in the *ist camera, which has a 1.5x crop vs 35mm film.  Pentax has stated that this lens is for use exclusively with the *ist cameras, however Wetpixel users have noted that the lens is made by third party manufacturer Tokina.  So, there is hope that Tokina may release the lens for Nikon and Canon mount cameras in the future.

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Discounted tickets for Florida Dive Show

It’s not too late! For discounted tickets to the South Florida Dive Show, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) @ the South Florida Underwater Photographic Society [www].

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Mauricio Handler @ Florida Dive Show Photo

Mauricio Handler @ Florida Dive Show

Wetpixel Industry Member Mauricio Handler will be conducting two talks at the Florida Dive Show this weekend, which will take place between December 2-4 at the West Palm Beach County Convention Center:

Saturday, 4:15pm, Room A: “10 images and the stories behind them”
Mauricio will be highlighting some of the images made during and after his the years associated with National Geographic.

Sunday, 12:30pm, Room B: “Digital in Motion” 
Using high-end digital to create motion in large animals in particular great whites has been an ongoing project for Mauricio, who seldom works with shutter speeds above 1/15th of a second.

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Travelling may soon suck less

Be on the lookout for an announcement from the TSA this Friday, which may loosen the rules on objects allowed on airplanes in the States.  Underwater photography is both gear and travel-intensive, and allowing scissors and other small tools on board would definitely be a good thing (I’ve lost quite a few allen keys to the TSA…).

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Bahamas Shark Expedition, Dec 12-21, 2005

Due to last-minute cancellations, our good friends over at Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures are offering four, half-price spots for a Bahamas shark expedition this December 12-21, 2005.  I’ve been on three of these trips so far (2003, 2004, 2005), and they’re really fantastic.  A warning, though: you should be comfortable around sharks and expect rough conditions in winter Bahamian waters. Contact JASA and let them you know you’re a Wetpixel member, if you’re interested!

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Nikon D2x Hotshoe syndrome and fix Photo

Nikon D2x Hotshoe syndrome and fix

There have been some reports of a mysterious D2X syndrome whereby photos would inexplicably go missing.  Apparently it only happened underwater, and the situation was that an image would shoot, appear on the LCD, but never write to the CF card.  Wetpixel readers will have seen posts relating to the issue.

For Seacam users, there is an easy fix.  First, look at the hotshoe connector…

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PADI’s Digital Photography Course

PADI, the world’s largest training organization for divers, is set to launch its new PADI digital underwater photographer specialty in January 2006. The course is structured in two parts, with the first part concentrating on encouraging photographers by helping them achieve successful results quickly, and the second teaching techniques in more detail. Interestingly, new techniques made possible with digital cameras, such as filter photography, are taught from the outset. Encouragingly, this new speciality has been designed from new, and is not just a standard underwater photography course with digital bolted on afterwards.

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