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Scooter racing on DiveFilm HD Photo

Scooter racing on DiveFilm HD

DiveFilm HD Video podcast has just released the third in a series of video action highlights from this year’s Formula 3 freediving Grand Prix in Grand Cayman. These feature freedive scooter racing at its best in some fast-paced, well produced short videos directed and edited by Goh Iromoto, and filmed by Goh, Matt Charlton, & Ren Chapman. Much of the footage was shot on Canon 5D Mk2 and Canon 7D SLRs, with GoPro HDs used for POV shots.

Divefilm HD podcasts are produced in association with Wetpixel and are available as free downloads on iTunes.

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5K resolution frame grabs from RED Epic Photo

5K resolution frame grabs from RED Epic

Vincent Laforet is currently testing RED Epic number 308 and reporting his findings with the camera on his blog. His most recent article features still frame grabs of the footage he has shot at 5K resolution. He has also posted video footage, but notes that with the compression inherent in web hosted media, it is hard to see the difference between it and that of HD SLRs. He says:

“Shooting video at 5K is nothing short of an eye opener. The images you get are simply stunning. In fact it’s difficult to see the video stream on what is one of the cleanest players on the web (Vimeo’s.) No matter how good the compression – there’s no technology out there today that can do the footage justice.”

In comparison, the still frame grabs of the footage do show the level of details that is possible.

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Wolcott Henry receives lifetime achievement award Photo

Wolcott Henry receives lifetime achievement award

Underwater photographer, Wolcott Henry was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) at its annual leadership awards dinner held on 7 June in Washington, DC. He was presented with the award in recognition for his many contributions to ocean awareness and conservation, his efforts to start the marine funders workgroup and his founding of the Marine Photobank. The latter provides high quality visual images for use by non-profit organizations in over 100 counties to show the impact people are having on the oceans.

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Sony releases NEX-C3 camera and E mount 30mm f3.5 macro lens Photo

Sony releases NEX-C3 camera and E mount 30mm f3.5 macro lens

Sony has announced the new NEX-C3 EVIL camera, a new 30mm f2.8 lens and a firmware update for the NEX-3 and NEX-5. The new camera features an Exmor 16.2 megapixel APS sensor, image previews on-screen, multi-frame 3D Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR functions, Handheld Twilight and Anti-Motion Blur modes and 720p HD video. The new SEL30M35 30mm f3.5 macro lens is suitable for use with all Sony EVIL cameras. It has a 1:1 magnification ratio and minimum working distance of 2.4 cm. This will make it a significant choice for underwater use. Lastly, both NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras will have a new firmware release on 20 June.

The NEX-C3 will be available from August with a 16-55 zoom for $650 or a 16mm lens for $600. The SEL30M35 30mm f3.5 macro lens will be available from October for around $250.

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Shark fishing banned in Mexican waters Photo

Shark fishing banned in Mexican waters

Fish Information and Services (FIS) has reported that the Mexican National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries has decided to ban the fishing of all shark species in federal waters on both coasts in order to contribute to the conservation of the resource. The ban will be in place during the period of greatest reproductive intensity of the main species (between May and August) and in each region.

A spokesperson for the shark fishermen, Juan Campos Cárdenas, has stated that fishermen are willing to enforce the ban. The official figure of 30,000 tonnes of sharks caught annually in Mexican waters is considered a low estimate, with several organizations warning that overfishing has already reduced the numbers significantly.

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Trailer for Muck Madness film on YouTube Photo

Trailer for Muck Madness film on YouTube

Steve Fish and the team at Critters@Lembeh/Lembeh Resort have released a trail for their upcoming “Muck Madness” film on YouTube. The trailer spoofs the theme of “are you a good diver?” It is a part of Critters@Lembeh and Lembeh Resort’s proactive approach to educating divers about protecting the environment and the upcoming video is geared toward making muck diving easier whilst minimizing diver impact.

The full film will be released soon, and will appear here on Wetpixel first.

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Report: Long Beach Scuba Show 2011 Photo

Report: Long Beach Scuba Show 2011

The 2011 Long Beach Scuba Show was held on 4 and 5 June, at the Long Beach Convention Center, California. The event is billed as the USA’s largest consumer dive expo. Amidst the stands were many suppliers with products and services that are of interest to underwater image makers. Wetpixel’s Abi Smigel Mullens was on-hand to capture the products and people at the show.

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David Doubilet and Hal Silverman complete an image of U352 Photo

David Doubilet and Hal Silverman complete an image of U352

Photographers David Doubilet and Hal Silverman have had a composite of thirty-three images showing the full hull of the German World War II U-boat, U352, published in the UK Daily Mail. The submarine was sunk off North Carolina on 9 May 1942, and was the first U-boat to be sunk by US forces. The images were all shot with Nikon D3 cameras in Seacam housings. The wreck sits at 110 feet (34 meters) and the pictures show the extent to which it has been colonized to provide a home for marine life over the past 67 years. (Image courtesy of David Doubilet and Hal Silverman/National Geographic)

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