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DEMA 2006: Fisheye/Seatool Photo

DEMA 2006: Fisheye/Seatool

Fisheye showed several new products, including the Seatool HVX200 Pro underwater housing for the Panasonic AG-HVX200 HD camcorder, Seatool underwater housing for the Sony HDR-SR1 and UX1 camcorders, and a prototype Seatool housing for Canon HV10 HD camcorder.  They also showed the Seatool housing for Sony’s super-compact HDR-HC3 HD camcorder and its “technical” twin, a more rugged housing with a deeper depth rating ...

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DEMA 2006: Ocean Arts Gallery and Emporium Photo

DEMA 2006: Ocean Arts Gallery and Emporium

Ocean Arts Gallery & Emporium is the brainchild of Gunild Symes and is administered by X-Ray Magazine

Ocean Arts works with independent artists to host original artwork and fine art giclée prints with themes of the ocean and underwater realm.  Ocean Arts is artist-friendly, featuring a low commission structure when compared to traditional agents and fine art galleries.  A percent of all sales goes to ocean conservation.

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DEMA 2006: X-Ray Magazine Photo

DEMA 2006: X-Ray Magazine

Peter Symes is the man behind X-Ray Magazine, a Wetpixel media partner and complimentary international dive magazine published in PDF format. X-Ray’s goals are to educate and raise public understanding and appreciation of the underwater realm and its significance to the world.

X-Ray is free and available for download every other month.

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DEMA 2006: DivePhotoGuide Photo

DEMA 2006: DivePhotoGuide

I spent a lot of time with good friends Jason and Wendy Heller of DivePhotoGuide.com, whose booth I am using as both home base and a meeting point.  DivePhotoGuide is a database of over 4,000 dive destinations which can be searched by various underwater photographer-specific criteria (e.g. has camera tables, has rinse tanks, etc.).  In addition, DPG has a calendar of international photo competition deadlines and also hosts an ever-growing list of nearly 70 underwater fine-art galleries by well-known names.

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Wetpixel’s Todd Mintz wins SEA2006 competition Photo

Wetpixel’s Todd Mintz wins SEA2006 competition

Congratulations to Todd Mintz on winning Best In Show in the Open Category and Best Wide Angle (Open) in the SEA2006 photography competition organised by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society. Todd’s winning image of “Another Sunny Day In Paradise” was taken in Indonesia at the beginning of 2006 with his Canon 20D in an Aquatica A20 housing (painted in Canadian Maple leaf red).

Other notable Wetpixel members amongst the award winners include Rand McMeins who placed third in the Wide Angle Open Category and got an Honorable Mention in the Open Macro Category.

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DEMA 2006: Wetpixel arrives Photo

DEMA 2006: Wetpixel arrives

After approximately 90 hours of travel from Papua New Guinea (including an 18-hour layover at “home” in California), I have finally arrived in Orlando for this year’s DEMA Show.  Wetpixel video moderator Drew Wong arrived and immediately began to harassing manufacturers on the floor, and Divester representative Willy Volk has already started posting coverage of the show.  Over the next three days we’ll be posting exhaustive coverage of all of the underwater imaging products being shown at DEMA this year.  Stay tuned!

Willy, Jason Heller (DivePhotoGuide) and I spent some time last night trying to find food and finally ended up at Denny’s. What’s up with having conventions in areas with no food?  My stomach is already pissed off.

Also, Divester/Wetpixel t-shirts will be available for $15 at the DivePhotoGuide booth (2449).

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Neil Hammerschlag’s shark conservation page Photo

Neil Hammerschlag’s shark conservation page

Marine biologist and conservationist Neil Hammerschlag has an informative page on his website about current threats to shark populations and what you can to help. 

Neil writes, “Shark populations are particularly vulnerable to this exploitation due to inherent life history characteristics which feature a pattern of slow growth, late maturity, long gestation, low fecundity (reproductive output) and long life, resulting in a slow intrinsic rate of population increase… In the Atlantic alone, shark populations have decreased between 60 and 90 percent depending on species, in just the last 15 years!

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Acceptable sharpness with wide-angle lenses Photo

Acceptable sharpness with wide-angle lenses

There is an excellent discussion in the forums on wide-angle image sharpness.

Paul Kay writes, “As you might have seen from other discussions, I contend that no wide-angle lens with a field of view exceeding 90 degrees will give really sharp frame corners unless substantially stopped down, and even then they may not be up to the frame centre. The key to optimising any wide-angle lens, is correct dome/lens placement, appropriate aperture, minimising important corner information being too close. But for ultra-wides this becomes difficult. Having looked through a lot of books with published underwater images I have realised that many exhibit softish corners unless a fisheye lens was used.

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