Ocean Optics open underwater photography stage
British underwater photography retailer, Ocean Optics, has opened a unique underwater photography stage at their retail shop in Essex, east of London, UK. The stage has been specifically designed for teaching, training and testing kit and is designed to replicate realistic coral reef, with subjects including corals, sponges, jellyfish, a wreck and even a hammerhead shark built by a props company from the movie industry.
A two hour session on the set, including tank and weights costs £45 GBP per person.
Tony Wu catalogs humpback whale calves in Tonga
Photographer Tony Wu spends more than a month each year photographing humpback whales in the calving grounds near Vava’u, Tonga. For the past two years, he and his network of local friends have been cataloging humpback calves in August and September. This year, they have photographic IDs of 26 calves (compared with 14 in 2008), as well as 25 additional sightings where they were unable to identify the calf in question.
A Conversation With… a new series of articles
Welcome to a new series of conversation based articles focused on the techniques underwater photography by Wetpixel’s associate editor Alex Mustard. Alex said, “I realised how fortunate I am to meet so many photographers on my travels, and how the conversations we share continue to help my photography improve. My aim in this series of articles is to spread this knowledge around. I hope to do one every month or two and publish them on Wetpixel and Underwater Photography Magazine. I hope you enjoy them.
The series kicks off with A Conversation with Todd Mintz and Rand McMeins, photographers with an enviable track record in photography competitions chatting about the secrets of their success.
Nicholas Samaras wins 2010 Raja Ampat Tag Design Contest
Wetpixel is proud to announce Nicholas Samaras as the winner of the 2010 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest. Nicholas’ breathtaking tag design features a stylized illustration of a manta ray.
Nicholas explains, “The concept of this tag emanated from Indonesian Culture designs. Inspiration came from the geometric and circular designs in body and face traditional Indonesian tattoos. The font is also based in the traditional Indonesian hand, writing-adjusted in ‘Latin’ characters.” He selected the manta ray as a subject because it is “so full of grace and beauty that it could be a ‘pattern of behaviour’ for visitors in Raja Ampat protected area.”
Liveaboard auction to aid Oxfam disaster relief for Asia/Pacific area
Millions have been affected by floods, quakes and tsunamis around Asia and the Pacific region recently. Drew Wong has offered a spot on his private trip on the 7 seas going around the Banda Sea from Oct 15-31, for auction to the highest bidder. The starting bid is US$5575 and bidding ends Oct 6th US/Pacific time.
If you’ve been planning to go on an Indonesian liveaboard, take this opportunity to help millions while enjoying your own holiday. Please read the thread for more details
Underwater video workshop in Palau, Apr 5-11, 2010
Nick Martorano, the resident video pro at Sam’s Tours in Palau, is an award-winning cameraman, filmmaker and digital media producer whose credits include National Geographic, “Survivor”, GEO, and others. This workshop features an action packed week full of diving and instruction for five lucky divers. Nick is keeping the ratio small to provide top notch, hands on instruction and interaction. This course is being offered for beginner and intermediate students with a lot of time being spent in the water.
Palau, one of the best diving destinations in the world, offers a huge array of underwater subjects, including sharks, mantas, barracudas, jacks, turtles, napoleon wrasses, and even the elusive mandarin fish. Join Nick and Sam’s Tours for this awesome experience. Sign up now to be one of the lucky five!
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2009
The British Wildlife Photography Awards is a competition aimed at showcasing wildlife from the British Isles. Underwater photography has never been a fore running favourite in these competitions but in recent years we have seen quite a few Wetpixel members break through these ranks. Most recently Alex Mustard, who admits has only recently started trying out his underwater photography in his local waters of the UK, was named winner of the “Coast and Marine” category. Feel free to see the discussion in our forums about his images [click here] or go on over to the BWPA website and see the rest of the winners.
Novel stand for heavy underwater video housings
I went over to see award-winning filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall tonight and managed to shoot a quick video clip of Howard showing off a rotating stand for his RED ONE camera housed in a Gates underwater housing. Anyone who has tried to maintain a heavy underwater video housing on a workbench will appreciate the ingenuity of Howard’s solution. Continue reading for video…
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