Articles & News Tagged “Article”


Test: Optical performance of Nikonos 15mm, flat and dome ports Photo

Test: Optical performance of Nikonos 15mm, flat and dome ports

Inventor, manufacturer and filmmaker Pawel Achtel shares his tests of the performance of cinema lenses behind flat and dome ports as well as the use of the Nikonos 15mm wide-angle lens. They were tested using a RED Epic camera in 5K mode, shooting Spatial Frequency Response charts underwater with the camera held in a rigid frame to ensure repeatable results.

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Howard Hall: Tagging - a celebration of science? Photo

Howard Hall: Tagging - a celebration of science?

Filmmaker Howard Hall explores the issues around the tagging of marine creatures for scientific research. Whilst the technology and data that tagging programs can provide is amazing, are the studies in the animals or the researchers best interests? Is the proliferation on tagging programs really giving us the scientific data we need to protect the creatures, or are we damaging the very animals we seek to protect with them?

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Close to home: Allison Vitsky Sallmon and Andy Sallmon Photo

Close to home: Allison Vitsky Sallmon and Andy Sallmon

Allison Vitsky Sallmon writes about her encounters with, and some of the issues around, diving with large whales whilst diving her “home turf” of Southern California. The article is accompanied by her, and her partner, Andy Sallmon’s images. She relates, for the first time, the actual events that occurred when an inflatable boat on a whale photography tour was overturned by the whales which perhaps emphasizes how vulnerable large cetaceans are to interference by human actions.

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What makes for a great black and white image? Photo

What makes for a great black and white image?

In response to the ongoing black and white challenge currently running on Facebook, Wetpixel posed the question : “What makes a great black and white image?” to a group of eminent underwater photographers. Software now makes for simple mono conversions, but the art of choosing the right image and converting it correctly is much harder to understand. What follows is the definitive guide to creating beautiful black and white underwater images.

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Update: Nju Nikonos Conversion System Photo

Update: Nju Nikonos Conversion System

Owner Andrej Belic provides an update for his Nju conversion process that allows Nikonos RS lenses to be used with Nikon digital SLR cameras and conventional housings. He currently offers support for Nikonos 13mm, 28mm, 20-35mm, and 50mm lenses in a wide variety of housings.

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Andrej Belic: Photokina 2014 Photo

Andrej Belic: Photokina 2014

Wetpixel member and equipment designer Andrej Belic presents images and a synopsis of the new products that were presented at Photokina 2014. Traditionally the show, held in Colognes, Germany, is the place where many of the major camera and accessory manufacturers present their new products to the public. Andrej is also in the process of designing a new housing which will utilize Wifi to control the cameras within them. In his review, he shows the first images valuable of them too.

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Norbert Wu reviews fins Photo

Norbert Wu reviews fins

Underwater photographer and filmmaker Norbert Wu, in conjunction with Wetpixel, has written a personal comparative review of many of the fins available for use by underwater image makers. Although not exhaustive, and by his own admission somewhat subjective, this is the first time that a serious attempt has been made to compare different fins and their suitability for use when diving for images.

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Diving into a new camera system Photo

Diving into a new camera system

Dan Beecham, along with Charles Maxwell talk about their choice of the Sony F55 camera for underwater use. They highlight the advantages of shooting both 4K and in a RAW format as well as how faithful the camera’s colorimetry is underwater. The article first appeared in the latest issue of Sony CineAlta magazine and was supplied to Wetpixel by Gates Underwater Product’s John Ellerbrock.

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No Take Two by Pawel Achtel Photo

No Take Two by Pawel Achtel

Wildlife film maker and innovator Pawel Achtel has shared his thoughts about his recent experiences filming for this forthcoming 3D IMAX film, Sea of Love. He illustrates the dedication patience and background knowledge necessary to wait in the right place, at the right time to capture coral spawning. He then contrasts this to the hurly burly of capturing footage of the breeding fish aggregations in the wild currents of Palau.

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