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BBC clarifies position on DSLR footage Photo

BBC clarifies position on DSLR footage

HD Magazine published an article on the use of Canon 5D Mk2 video footage being used on a BBC drama, and subsequently received a call from the BBC technology department seeking to emphasize that DSLRs are not on the BBC’s approved camera list and that they were being considered on a ‘case by case” basis.

Ian Potts, BBC Executive Producer said:

“Cameras like the 5D and the 7D are going through our R&D departments and our simulations but at the moment they are not cleared for use mainly because of their aliasing issues. Moire patterns are also a concern but these aren’t new and cameras like the Arri D20 and D21 also show them. But the fact that the 5D produces a 22 megapixel image then brings that down to 2 for video without the necessary processing and filtering does concern us but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

He went on to say that the BBC is in the process of a tendering project to approve new HD cameras, and that anything with less than 50mb/s data rates was being looked at “unfavorably”.

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Barbara Block at TED: Tagging tuna in the deep ocean Photo

Barbara Block at TED: Tagging tuna in the deep ocean

Marine biologist, Barbara Block (a MacArthur “genius” grant winner), part of the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) team operating out of Stanford’s Hopkins Marine station delivered a talk to TED in April this year. Her study is attempting to combine physical tracking data of bluefin tuna with physiological and genetic analysis of them and through this to develop population and ecological models to help us understand these fishes’ roles in the ocean ecosystem. The ultimate aim is to learn to better manage these important food fish.

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Raja Ampat contest: Last chance to vote Photo

Raja Ampat contest: Last chance to vote

Voting for the Wetpixel 2011 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design contest finishes tomorrow (11 October 2010). The standard of the entries has been so high and the rankings so tight, that any votes cast now could make a huge difference to the outcome of the contest: So please go over to the voting page and vote for your favorites. The winning designer will receive an all-inclusive, minimum 10-day dive trip for two people in Raja Ampat and their tag will adorn the BCDs of visiting divers from all over the world throughout 2011.

Your votes will make a difference, so please vote now.

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Underxmag issue 6 available Photo

Underxmag issue 6 available

Issue 6 of Brazilian based Portuguese language magazine Underxmag is now available for download. Amongst the articles in this issue are profiles of diving destinations including Curacao, Sipadan and Recife, which is highlighted as the “capital of shipwrecks”. Other features include an article on wide-angle ambient light photography, and this edition’s featured photographer is Daniel Botelho.

Underxmag is available as a free pdf download

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Oceans in Focus competition announces winners Photo

Oceans in Focus competition announces winners

The third annual Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Contest has announced it’s winning entries. The competition received more than 300 image submissions from more than 80 photographers around the world. The winner was Guy Marcovaldi with a shot of a free diver removing sea turtle by-catch from a discarded fishing net. The net was discovered drifting off the coast of Bahia, Brazil, days after a storm in which 17 sea turtles were entangled and killed.

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British Wildlife Photography Awards announced Photo

British Wildlife Photography Awards announced

The results of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010 (BWPA) has been announced with the winner being an entry in the “Coast and Marine” class by Steve Young. The judges felt that his entry of a herring gull surrounded by crashing surf:

“Is a unique and striking image. One that captures perfectly the power, chaos and intensity of the ocean as it surrounds the majestic gull.”

Amongst the highly commended images are pictures from Alex Mustard and Charles Hood.

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Nauticam NA-NEX5 demonstrated at Photokina Photo

Nauticam NA-NEX5 demonstrated at Photokina

The recent photographic show, Photokina organized an Underwater Imaging World, with a testing and diving pool in the central area. Various underwater photographic equipment manufacturers were invited to present their products in a water tank on the back of a truck with a number of observation windows added to both sides. Despite limited space in the tank, Marc Hillesheim was able to demonstrate some underwater model shooting techniques, working with a model, Anne Aselmann.

Nauticam offered their NA-NEX5 housing with a Nikonos 15mm wide angle lens for the demonstration and Nauticam owner, Edward Lai, got in the water himself to shoot the images.

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Imaging presentations at DEMA 2010 Photo

Imaging presentations at DEMA 2010

DEMA has released the full list of imaging seminars that will be presented during this years DEMA show, which runs from 17-20 November, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The topics covered range widely, and cover both video and still photography. The Image Resource Center will be located at Booth 3644.

Wetpixel will have full coverage of the whole DEMA show this year, with several correspondents present and reporting throughout. Please expect regular updates during the show, and a range of articles after.

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