New DiveFilm Podcast Video - “Critter Comforts” by Mark Thorpe Photo

New DiveFilm Podcast Video - “Critter Comforts” by Mark Thorpe

The latest DiveFilm Podcast Video, Episode 30 - “Critter Comforts” by Wetpixel member Mark Thorpe (CamDiver) is now live! Featuring the species of Yap and Palau, Mark dedicates the film to all “macronuts.”

“Every once in a while an underwater short video creation just stuns me,” says Mary Lynn Price, DiveFilm producer. “It’s that fine combination of images, editing and soundtrack all working together to evoke something profoundly beautiful…and that’s what Mark Thorpe’s ‘Critter Comforts’ achieves in its simple grandeur.”

You can get to the podcast on iTunes directly by clicking here (if you have iTunes version 4.9 of higher on your computer), or by browsing to the Video Podcasts. DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com.

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Todd Mintz places in prestigious Nature’s Best Contest Photo

Todd Mintz places in prestigious Nature’s Best Contest

Wetpixel moderator Todd Mintz is among this year’s “Highly Honoured” Winners of Nature’s Best photography contest. His winning image, a beautiful shot of an anemonefish and anemone with trees visible overhead, is featured in 3/4 of a page of this month’s magazine. The image will also be in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution later this year. Congratulations Todd!

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Fuji announces FinePix S5 Pro DSLR Photo

Fuji announces FinePix S5 Pro DSLR

Fuji has announced a new 12.34 megapixel (6.17 + 6.17 mp) dSLR, the FinePix S5 Pro. It is based on the Nikon D200 body, and that’s good news for underwater photographers because it will fit on D200 housings. Here are some of the new features in this camera:

  • Three new “Film Simulation Modes” for improved reproduction of natural skin tones
  • New “dual cycle” noise-reduction algorithms for pictures at 3200 ISO (ISO range from 100 – 3200)
  • More dynamic range settings from 100% to 400%
  • RAW + Jpeg simultaneous shooting
  • High-precision i-TTL flash control

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The Truth About CDNN Cyber Diver News Network

Finally, there is a website that collects information about the crooked dealings of the Cyber Diver News Network (CDNN).  Check out divepoll.com to see the truth about CDNN.  Excerpt from DivePoll:

Cyber Diver News Network is a known hate website that claims to deliver “world scuba news worth knowing”. In truth is they are copyright infringers, which means they literally steal other’s material without the author’s permission. Many authors and artists have been violated. CDNN steals images from photographer websites, removes the copyright notices, and uses them for headlines in their news articles.

Note that DivePoll lists Cuan Law and Lammer Law as sponsors of CDNN. This is incorrect.  Cuan Law and Lammer Law’s management have informed me that they have not given money to CDNN for at least five years:

We did subscribe when they first started up not knowing then what a problem they would become. We have repeatedly asked them to remove our “sponsorship” but get no reply and no action.  We have not been able to find any way of reaching them other than by email, which is not answered.

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James Wiseman to Speak at Aquarium Conference Photo

James Wiseman to Speak at Aquarium Conference

This weekend James Wiseman will be giving two presentations at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America.  His first talk with be the keynote address at the Saturday banquet - about the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.  This talk will be co-presented with reef ecologist Eric Borneman and will be both educational (a Powerpoint presentation about the sanctuary) and inspirational (underwater photos and video).  James will also be presenting an educational workshop about aquarium and underwater photography on Sunday morning.  If you’re in the Houston area please stop in and say “hello.”

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Veg out while watching new collaborative, dynamic slideshow Photo

Veg out while watching new collaborative, dynamic slideshow

I’ve just added a page here on Wetpixel where you can see a slideshow of the most recent images uploaded to our Flickr photo group.  Having set up this new page, I feel the need to issue a serious warning: it’s yet another resource on Wetpixel that will cause you to lose productivity at work…

To get to the new slideshow page, mouse over the Media item in nagivation area and select Collaborative Slideshow.  To participate in the slideshow,  head on over to Wetpixel’s Flickr group, join it, and proceed to flood the group with your amazing underwater imagery!

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Warm or Cold Strobes - What’s your preference? Photo

Warm or Cold Strobes - What’s your preference?

Wetpixel member Andrzej Czyzyk (aczyzyk) has started a topic asking about the merits of using strobes with different color temperatures:

What I understood reading other threads is that it is a matter of personal taste. The problem is I’m not sure what I prefer. I use warm strobes and like the results, but maybe cold strobes would be ok too?

The thread has expanded into a discussion on how strobe temperature, white balance and exposure medium all contribute to the balance and choice of color in your underwater photography. Be sure to join in with your thoughts!

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10th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade Photo

10th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade

The 10th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia has announced a call for entries!

The competition is open to both amateur and professional filmmakers, with a minimum of 30% of the submitted footage taken underwater, and unlimited film length. The film must have been made in either 2005 or 2006, and admission is free!

The postmark and registration deadline is November 15th, so continue reading for all the details…

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Leatherback Turtles Revisted Photo

Leatherback Turtles Revisted

During the months of July and August, I and a select group of adventurers from Mexico, Australia, Germany, England, France, Spain, Singapore and the United States visited the nesting beaches of the Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelys Coriacea), in very remote Papua Barat, Indonesia.

My initial visits and exposure to these “Gentle Giants of the Pacific” was a year previously in a far different manner than these just concluded trips…

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Fuji to Announce S5 DSLR on Sept. 25th

According to Nikon camera pundit Thom Hogan, Fujifilm will announce their new S5 DSLR camera on September 25th.  The camera is said to be based on the Nikon D200 platform, with a new Fuji SR sensor (high dynamic range).  Fuji’s cameras have been lauded for their excellent image quality, however have lost popularity with underwater photographers because of the S3’s “clunky” design and slow performance.  Only time will tell if the S5 will reverse the trend.

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