The Stress Relief Button
Travel is a very stressful adventure for the underwater photographer. Many of the world’s best dive locations are remote, situated far from mankind’s influence. The lack of civilisation that makes these spots so desirable environmentally also ensures that there is not a handy camera shop on the corner waiting to fix any problems.
Our worries get a lot worse when we start to take pictures. Before shooting digital, I spent almost 20 years exposing film underwater, and whenever I was away I would have no real idea how I was doing. Certainly experience reassures us we are doing fine, but we can only remember what it looked like through the viewfinder and hope that our black box of mechanics and electronics is working properly…
Aquatica bundles Henrichs Weikamp iTTL converters
Aquatica is making available on all of its housings the Heinrichs Weikamp ittl converter. This small unobtrusive adaptor connects discretely inside the housing between the bulkhead and hot shoe adaptor allowing full ittl capability with many different strobes. Although it is currently incorporating the converter into only its Nikon-base housings, it will soon add this board to its Canon line as well. Aquatica will also retrofit this board into all of their older housings on request.
UnderwaterPhotography.com announces contest winners
UnderwaterPhotography.com has announced the winners of its 2005 photo contest. Winners include Wetpixel members Rand McMeins, Luiz Rocha, Todd Mintz, Karl Dietz, Mr. Stratoudakis, and more. Congratulations! Head over there to check them all out.
Deep Sea 3D to debut on March 3rd
Los Angeles, California, January 23, 2006—Dive in beginning March 3rd when Deep Sea 3D debuts at select IMAX, IMAX 3D and IMAX Dome theatres. Through the magic of IMAX 3D technology, audiences will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the Giant Pacific Octopus.
Deep Sea 3D brings moviegoers face to face with these underwater inhabitants to witness their peculiar and amazing behavior as they rely on one another for survival. It is directed by world-renowned underwater cinematographer, Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers and Michele Hall, executive produced by Graeme Ferguson and narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman…
Wetpixel Google Toolbar Buttons
I’ve just created Wetpixel custom search buttons for the new version of the Google Toolbar. The buttons will allow you to access and search Wetpixel and the Wetpixel forums with a single click of your mouse! Eventually, one of the buttons will also read Wetpixel’s RSS feed, which will always show you the last articles posted on the front page. The new version of Google Toolbar is Windows/IE-only, but should trickle to Firefox soon.
Install now: [wetpixel main] [wetpixel forums]
Nature’s Best Exhibit at the Smithsonian
Eric Cheng (that’s me!) has posted photos of the Nature’s Best Awards exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Many of the images shown at the exhibit are incredible, and I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the DC area and enjoy wildlife photography. [exhibit photos] [contest win announcement]
Sea & Sea 350D Impressions and Photos
Jonas Vannar gives us his impressions of the Sea & Sea underwater housing for the Canon 350D/Digital Rebel XT (complete with detailed photos of the housing).
The first thing I noted was how easy it was to handle it underwater. The shutter was extremely smooth and it was very easy to feel when you had depressed the shutter release halfway down. The *button (AELock) was easily depressed simultaneously with the shutter…
Wetpixel.com/DPG Photo Contest deadline
We’re just a few days away from the deadline for Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com’s 2006 International Photo Competition! Compete for trips to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Socorros, Galapagos, Bora Bora, Solomon Islands, Palau, and the Bahamas, dive and photo and dive gear from Aquatica, Fantasea, Ikelite, Epoque, Nocturnal Lights, MCD, Ultralight, Backscatter, and Underwater Photo-Tech, and dive-related media from ScubaCore, Wyland, Takako Uno and Stephen Wong, Scott Tuason, Fathoms Magazine, Ocean Realm Journal, Dive Chronicles, and TheUnderwaterPhotographer.com.
Winners will be announced on stage at the 2006 Our World-Underwater festival in Chicago, Illinois (February 24-26, 2006). February 3rd is a hard deadline, so get your entries submitted!
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- Blackmagic design updates camera firmware to version 1.8.2 (via )
- Adobe releases Camera Raw release candidate version 8.6 (via )
- Free Aperture to Lightroom migration tool in open beta (via )
- 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 )