DEMA 2008: Art Innovation Center
The Art Innovation Center features works by Wyland and by the Ocean Artists Society. When I arrived to check out the exhibit, Wyland was there painting a shot of a breaching whale, which he told me was the very last frame in a series 50 breaches (!).
As you have already read, the Ocean Artists Society currently includes 71 members; the Art Innovation Center features a sampling of OAS’ permanent collection. I met tattoo artist and photographer Deano Cook over at the display, and we each posed in front of our own contributions to the collection.
DEMA 2008: Aquatica
Aquatica has always listened to its users, and have moved from a casting their housings to milling housings from a solid block of aluminum, which results in a lighter, prettier housing. They had on display brand-new underwater housings for the Nikon D700 and D3, and for the Canon 1D/1Ds Mk III. Older, cast housings (like the Nikon D300 housing) were on display as well.
I picked up the D700 housing, which had good ergonomics, down to angled buttons on the left-hand side of the LCD display on the back for easier access while gripping the handles.
DEMA 2008: Imaging Resource Center
For the first time ever, DEMA has an imaging resource pavilion! Underwater photography and videography equipment manufacturers have banded together around a seminar presentation area to provide attendees with a one-stop shop to find underwater imaging equipment.
The seminar area features six seminars per day, given by representatives from the companies whose booths line the imaging center.
Special thanks to Berkley White of Backscatter for working with DEMA and all of the photography and videography companies to make this happen!
DEMA 2008: DivePhotoGuide
DivePhotoGuide has been one of our partners here at Wetpixel for quite some time. Together, we run the OWU and DEEP Indonesia annual photo competitions, and have had a really great synergy between our two readerships.
Jason Heller hung out at his booth for awhile in the morning before running off for a day full of meetings and show coverage.
DEMA 2008: Ocean Artists Society
The Ocean Artists Society was started by Wyland a few years ago and includes (so far) 71 ocean artists from all over the world. Wyland hosted a breakfast at the Riviera Hotel this morning to give us a chance to get to know each other and to chat about the future of the organization. OAS plans to use its collective power to produce exhibitions, books, DVDs, and other media, and to champion environmental and social causes.
DEMA 2008: Get a free Wetpixel t-shirt!
Good news! We have t-shirts. They are made of organic cotton and are really soft. The first 3 people who bring a printed copy of this picture to our booth at DEMA (#3049) during standard exhibit hours get a free Wetpixel t-shirt. Click through for the full image.
Bonus points if you talk to the people in the booth. Ready? GO!
WARNING: Feed the intern at your own risk!
DEMA 2008: Day 0, Exhibitor set-up
Wetpixel Quarterly staff members Michaela Brockstedt, Adam Lau and I arrived in Las Vegas this afternoon and headed directly to the convention center to set up the Wetpixel booth. DEMA is always a whirlwind of activity; this year, the schmoozing started before we had even gotten our luggage. Stephen Frink and Liz Johnson of Seacam USA and Jenny Collister and Meghan of Reef & Rainforest hung out with us while we waited for our baggage to come out of the magic baggage dispenser…
Douglas Seifert writes WATER COLUMN
DIVE Magazine Contributing Editor, Wetpixel member, and yellow wetsuit-wearing photographer Douglas Seifert has been named World Editor of DIVE magazine in the United Kingdom. Starting with the December issue, DIVE will publish Water Column, Douglas’ monthly feature column of images and words devoted to ocean natural history, phenomena, destinations, adventure, and conservation issues worldwide. I have always enjoyed Douglas’ entertaining and informative writing, not to mention his fantastic underwater photography, and am looking forward to reading the new column.
DIVE is the official publication of the British Sub Aqua Club and is the largest circulation English language dive magazine in Europe, distributed worldwide from South Africa to Australia to Asia and the US.
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