Alex Kirkbride and ‘American Waters’ featured at Plus One Gallery Photo

Alex Kirkbride and ‘American Waters’ featured at Plus One Gallery

Work from award-winning photographer Alex Kirkbride‘s book “American Waters” will be featured in the first photographic exhibition at Plus One Gallery, located in London. Containing images from all fifty American states, the book was created over a three-year period, during which Kirkbride traveled 108,000 miles and entered the water 945 times to “capture images expressive of American water from coast to coast.

With a private viewing on December 4, 2007, the exhibit opens to the public on December 5, 2007, and runs through January 5, 2008. Continue reading for the full press release, or continue to Kirkbride’s website for more imagery from this impressive compilation…

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International Shark Photo Exposition Photo

International Shark Photo Exposition

To showcase the natural beauty of shark species, and in response to the worldwide shark-finning problem, the Protect the Sharks Foundation has created the International Shark Photo Exposition (ISPE).

An organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of sharks, the foundation collected unique shark images from underwater photographers including, but not limited to, Michele & Howard Hall,  Jeremy Stafford Deitsch, Monique & Chris Fallows, Dan Blum, Rob Stewart, David Fleetham, Jeff Rotman, Paul Hilton, and Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng, for printing and display in 24"x20” frames.

The next exhibition of the ISPE will be from November 30 - December 2, 2007 at the North Sea Film Festival in the Hague, Netherlands. Download the ISPE brochure (2mb PDF) to read more about the exposition, or visit the Protect the Sharks Foundation to learn about other shark conservation projects…

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New DiveFilm and DiveFilmHD Podcast Videos - Episodes 48 and 10 Photo

New DiveFilm and DiveFilmHD Podcast Videos - Episodes 48 and 10

DiveFilm Podcast Video is proud to feature a short film that received the prestigious F.F.C.V. (French Federation of Cinema and Video) Prize at the World Festival of Underwater Images in Antibes, France, “One For All” by Leandro Blanco (Episode 48). “This new work is a masterpiece of underwater film, and an inspiration to all of us who love the ocean,” said Mary Lynn Price, DiveFilm’s producer.  Stan Waterman lends his voice to the narration of the most recent release, while Blanco himself narrates the original.

“Green Water, White Mirth,” by California filmmaker Mike Boom, has also been released as Epsiode 10 of DiveFilmHD Podcast Video. An audience favorite at the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition, Boom’s video captures the curiosity and antics of juvenile harbor seals as they interact with divers, and was shot over only a single dive in Monterey.

DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com and are “Featured High Definition Podcasts” and “Featured TV & Film Podcasts” at iTunes.

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Sigma Announces Two New Digital Fisheye Lenses Photo

Sigma Announces Two New Digital Fisheye Lenses

Today lens manufacturer Sigma announced two new fisheye lenses made specifically for cropped sensor digital cameras (such as the 1.5x cropped Nikons and 1.6x cropped Canons).  The first lens is a 10mm fisheye, yielding an approximate field of 180 degrees across the diagonal (only ~170 degrees on the Canon).  This lens focuses down to a staggering 1.8cm from the lens glass - so underwater photographers will need to be careful not get get lint or bugs in their dome ports - lest the lens refuses to focus past the dirt :-) 

The second is a 4.5mm circular fisheye lens which yields a complete 180 degree circular field of view.  These lenses will be available in Nikon, Canon, and Sigma mounts, however, pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet.

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Underwater Journal issue 5 now available for download Photo

Underwater Journal issue 5 now available for download

Issue #5 of the Underwater Journal, a free online magazine about the underwater world, is now available for download.  Readers can immerse themselves in photo-rich features such as the centerpiece focusing on the lovely mermaids of historical Weeki Wachee Springs in central Florida. Another article, “Freedom Divers”, is about how distinguished American war veterans use the underwater world to cope with their disabilities.

To subscribe or download issues of the Underwater Journal free of charge, go to underwaterjournal.com.

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Blue Ocean Institute launches fishphone.org Photo

Blue Ocean Institute launches fishphone.org

My friends frequently call me up to ask me whether a particular fish species is ok to eat.  If I’m near my computer, I usually go to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch site to look up the fish in question, but I’m often caught away from a computer.

Luckily, the Blue Ocean Institute has launched fishphone.org, a web site formatted for web-enabled mobile phones and PDAs.  All you have to do before you order fish at a restaurant is hit the website on your mobile phone and choose a fish species in the drop-down menu.  If you don’t have a web-enabled phone, you can SMS 30644 with the text, “FISH fishtype”.  The SMS database isn’t as complete as is the website, but it’s a start.

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Seacam Seaflash 150 strobe Photo

Seacam Seaflash 150 strobe

Stephen Frink has sent us studio photos of the new Seacam Seaflash 150 strobe, including comparison shots with the popular Ikelite DS-125.  The new strobe weighs 2.65 lb (1.2 Kg)—approximately the same weight as the Ikelite DS125 .

Stephen also tells us that the new strobe will have a removable diffuser than can be attached to the back of the strobe when not in use.

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