Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Contest Winners Announced
Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com have teamed up to celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment by developing the first instance of a new, annual, international underwater photography competition. For our inaugural event, only digital entries were accepted (images taken from digital cameras or scanned from film). Photographers competed in six categories to win more than $25,000 in prizes, including premium dive travel, underwater photography equipment, and more, and 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.
Winners were announced on stage at the 2006 Our World-Underwater festival in Chicago, Illinois last night - click through to read about the contest winners and prizes. Congratulations to all who entered (Wetpixel members were well represented) and to the well-deserved winners and HMs. Special thanks to the sponsors and to OWU, who made this contest possible. A unique feature of this contest was the special Compact Camera category, where submissions had to be taken using small “point and shoot” type cameras (no DSLRs allowed). The winners of this first Compact Camera category really put the pint-sized cameras to great use, as you’ll see by the fabulous winning results.
Nikon Capture NX released
Nikon announced the launch of Capture NX: “a radically enhanced and redesigned version of Nikon’s digital image editing software. Capture NX marks a significant shift for image editing, irrespective of camera brand, whilst delivering powerful and dedicated tools for photographers shooting with the increasingly popular NEF (Raw) file format.”
Review: IMAX Deep Sea 3D
Deep Sea 3D is an amazing 40 minute total immersion into the underwater world. With charismatic underwater creatures as stars and narration provided by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, the film is first class family entertainment. This is a fantastic film that all underwater photographers must see, and more importantly they should take the whole family. There can’t be a better way to get to know the ocean without getting wet. Deep Sea 3D opens at IMAX cinemas in the USA, Canada and the UK from the 3rd March.
Canon 30D Announced
Canon announced their latest 30D DLSR today. The camera is a mild update of the popular 20D camera, with one of the most notable features being a new large 2.5” LCD screen. This large screen is likely to appeal to underwater shooters enabling them to make a better evaluation of their shots while diving. That said the button positions on the back are different from the 20D meaning it will not fit into existing housings. And with few other specification advances over the 20D, I would not expect many housing manufacturers to be building new housings for this camera, especially because the 5D is proving such a popular camera with its FF sensor.
Nikon announces new 105mm macro lens
Today Nikon has announced the world’s first macro lens (offering reproduction ratios of up to 1:1) equipped with Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM - Internal Focusing) and Vibration Reduction (VR) systems. The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens also has a Nano Crystal Coat and Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass. For use with both Nikon DX format digital and new generation 35mm film SLR cameras (it is a G type lens, lacking an aperture ring).
Aquatica Canon 5D Housing Photos
This is old news, but Wetpixel user Brian Cripe has posted images of the Aquatica underwater housing for the Canon EOS 5D digital SLR in our user forums. Brian should be receiving his housing in a few days, and we eagerly await his first impressions.
From the Forums: Supermacro
Wetpixel member Rand McMeins has just returned from the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia and has started a very interesting discussion about shooting supermacro. Rand uses a combination of 105mm lens, 2x teleconverter and Woody’s dioptre on his APS-C sensor D2X to achieve very high magnification combined with good depth of field. Rand is becoming well known as a master of this technique having recently won the top award in the Turks and Caicos postage stamp competition with one of his supermacro images. Visit the forums to join in the discussion and pick up his tips first hand.
Alex Mustard Seminar - Feb. 15th
Wetpixel Admin and award-winning photographer Alex Mustard will be giving a talk at the February BSOUP meeting in London entitled: TECHNICAL TALK - ALEX MUSTARD: SHOOTING FISH. According to Alex, “Taking pictures of the cool fish we see while diving is what prompted many of us to pick up cameras in the first place” says Alex. “However, great fish photos remain elusive and are always a challenge”. Alex will share his tips for finding and getting close to the subject. He will also discuss various options for framing, lighting and composing fish images. As ever, Alex’s talk will be full of tips and ideas to try so don’t forget your pen and paper.” Not only will this talk be of interest to digital photography enthusiasts, but it will also appeal to all photographers with an interest in natural history subjects.
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- Seahorses growl when stressed study shows (via )
- Artist Nathaniel Stern and his team make underwater scans (via )
- Japan’s prime minister confirms whale hunt to resume in… (via )
- Nikon NX-D software to be released for free in a week (via )
- Stunning school of mobula rays NG photo of the day (via )
- New TSA rules require batteries to be charged before flights (via )