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Book Review: ‘American Waters’ by Alex Kirkbride Photo

Book Review: ‘American Waters’ by Alex Kirkbride

If you are anything like me, your bookshelves are sagging under the weight of too many underwater coffee table books.  So why should we bother with another one?  Well, Alex Kirkbride’s American Waters is different.  His novel concept: travel throughout the 50 United States and photograph at least one water feature in each state.  He’s from Britain, so he would be looking at our waters through the eyes of a foreign visitor.  It’s a great idea; I wish I’d thought of it.  But brainstorming ideas is easy; executing them is hard.  And Kirkbride’s execution is, for the most part, brilliant…

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Alex Mustard to present at National Oceanography Centre, Southampton Photo

Alex Mustard to present at National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Wetpixel associate editor and professional photographer Alex Mustard will be giving a talk at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK at 7:30PM on Thursday, December 6, entitled “Adventures of an underwater photographer – creating images that engage people with the oceans.”

A former NOCS post-doctoral researcher, Alex will display a collection of his underwater work, including recent images from South Australia, as well as provide “insights into the photographic techniques used to create images and the natural history stories behind the photos.” The talk is one in a series of Marine Life Talks at the Centre - all are open to the public and admission is free.

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Inon now shipping straight viewfinder for digital SLR housings Photo

Inon now shipping straight viewfinder for digital SLR housings

Following the success of their 45° angled viewfinder, Inon has begun shipping a straight viewfinder unit designed for the X-2 housing for the 30D and also adaptable to Nexus, Seatool, Sea & Sea, and other housing brands.

Like the 45° unit, the straight viewfinder displays 100% of the camera’s finder image without vignetting and the lens elements use anti-reflection coatings to maximize brightness. Unfortunately, the new viewfinder is not compatible with full-frame cameras.

Check out the Inon press release with samples of all viewfinder choices or discuss the new product in the forums!

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LAUPS 2007 contest winners announced Photo

LAUPS 2007 contest winners announced

The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS) has posted the winners of its 45th International Underwater Photographic Competition, and a number of Wetpixel members placed or earned honorable mentions.

The Best of Show was awarded to Mirko Zanni for a photograph taken from beneath an alpine lake. Winning images are currently available, and information about the judges and the judges’ comments will soon be posted on the LAUPS website.

Continue reading for a list of the winners - congratulations to all involved!

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Wetpixel 2008 South Africa ocean safari (sardine run) expedition Photo

Wetpixel 2008 South Africa ocean safari (sardine run) expedition

After skipping a year, Wetpixel is now considering running another trip to South Africa for the annual ocean safari (AKA “sardine run”).  Tentative dates are June 23-July 7, 2008 (15 days, 14 days in the water).  The boat will have a maximum of 5 persons plus 1 skipper and 1 guide/DM.  All accommodations and meals are included, as well as tanks and weights.

You can read about the previous 2 year’s trips here:
[wetpixel 2006 trip] [wetpixel 2007 unofficial trip]

Cost will be approximately ZAR 39,000, or about USD $5700. We will need the full boat to go. 
Contact Eric Cheng, if you are interested!

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‘Sydney Underworld’ work by Richard Vevers and Jayne Jenkins Photo

‘Sydney Underworld’ work by Richard Vevers and Jayne Jenkins

Richard Vevers and Jayne Jenkins have dedicated the last few years to capturing the unique species that are encountered in the waters around Sydney, Australia, and their work is currently being featured from November 21 to December 2, 2007 in a free exhibition titled ‘Sydney Underworld.’ Including over twenty resin-coated portrait images, the exhibition was opened by Ron and Valerie Taylor and coincides with the launch of the Bondi Marine Discovery Experience.

View a preview of the exhibit at Underwater Australia, or continue reading for the full press-release. Remember that the exhibition closes December 2 - go see it now!

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Join us at the Digital Shootout Bonaire 2008 Photo

Join us at the Digital Shootout Bonaire 2008

Join Eric Cheng (Wetpixel), Berkley White (Backscatter), Dan Baldocchi (Light & Motion), and Mary Lynn Price (DiveFilm) for the Bonaire Digital Shootout 2008!  From June 7-14 2008, we’ll work with you to improve your underwater photo and video skills.  Learn the latest digital imaging techniques from some of the industries top professionals while diving the rich waters of Bonaire.

Equipment sponsors Sea & Sea, Light & Motion, Ikelite, Ultralight, and Aquatica will have demo gear available for you to use, and at the end of the week, we’ll give out prizes for the best images and videos of the week!

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Alex Kirkbride and ‘American Waters’ featured at Plus One Gallery Photo

Alex Kirkbride and ‘American Waters’ featured at Plus One Gallery

Work from award-winning photographer Alex Kirkbride‘s book “American Waters” will be featured in the first photographic exhibition at Plus One Gallery, located in London. Containing images from all fifty American states, the book was created over a three-year period, during which Kirkbride traveled 108,000 miles and entered the water 945 times to “capture images expressive of American water from coast to coast.

With a private viewing on December 4, 2007, the exhibit opens to the public on December 5, 2007, and runs through January 5, 2008. Continue reading for the full press release, or continue to Kirkbride’s website for more imagery from this impressive compilation…

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