Bimini Biological Field Station “PIT” lemon shark census 2009
Wetpixel member Matt Potenski is in Bimini, Bahamas, is on location covering this year’s Bimini Biological Field Station juvenile lemon shark census. I’ve been out to Bimini to spend time with the enthusiastic volunteers, whose job it is to catch, measure, weigh, and tag every juvenile lemon shark in the mangrove forests around Bimini. Each night, volunteers walk up and down gill nets every 15 minutes, braving “PIT rot” (use your imagination) and swarms of mosquitoes and sand flies. It sounds terrible, but it is a lot of fun!
Check out Matt’s coverage at the BBFS blog.
Sensational Seas Two DVD contest deadline extended
Attention all underwater videographers: we’re extending the Sensational Seas Two DVD video contest by two weeks. Get your entries in for a chance to be featured next to some of the best underwater cinematographers and filmmakers in the world! Entry into the contest is absolutely free.
Scheduled for release in March 2010, the DVD is an exciting collaboration between filmmakers, photographers and multi-media artists who have donated their work for the benefit of ocean-related non-profit organizations. Enter the contest before June 29, 2009!
Home-brew underwater ring flash
Wetpixel user Marjo has created a home-made ringflash using see-through plastic kitchenware, a reflective car window solar protector, and one large roll of duct tape.
I think the contraption did end up looking more like a gas mask than a ringflash, so I am sure it will come to some strange adn wonderful use even if it might fail in it original purpose.
Perhaps the refective intertior could serve as a barracuda attractant. Well see, but if I use it for actually photographing fish, I will surely post the images here.
We look forward to the underwater images! In the meantime, click through to see photos of the project.
The 2009 Digital Shootout Winners
In addition to the standard categories of Macro and Wide-Angle, a Compact Camera category was also added. Many talented shooters submitted stunning images for consideration for the top prize. To see the top place finishers for Compact, Macro Unrestricted, Macro Traditional, Wide-Angle Unrestricted & Wide-Angle Traditional as well as full coverage of the final day of the 2009 Digital Shootout, go to: www.thedigitalshootout.com
Reminder: Sensational Seas Two DVD contest 3 days away
In March of 2009, we announced New World Publications’ call for entries for its upcoming DVD, Sensational Seas Two. Scheduled for release in March 2010, the DVD is another exciting collaboration between filmmakers, photographers and multi-media artists who have donated their work for the benefit of ocean-related non-profit organizations.
Wetpixel has a video slot reserved for the DVD, which means that our readers have two ways of competing for entry into Sensational Seas Two! Enter our free contest to be the Wetpixel feature in the DVD. The deadline for entry is June 15, 2009. Good luck! Continue reading for full contest details…
MarineLife Keyword List for Lightroom and Aperture
Renowned underwater photographer and educator Marty Snyderman, Dive Training’s Contributing Editor Barry Guimbellot and Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng have teamed up to create an importable keyword list designed for underwater photographers using Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture. The MarineLife Keyword List features keywords for over 12,000 species of marine wildlife, including common names, scientific names, and full taxonomy.
I’ve been using the list for some time, and it’s cut my keywording time down at least 90%. It is not meant to replace critter ID books; rather it is meant to work alongside identification guides. Once I’ve found the common name and scientific name of a critter I’m trying to keyword, I just search for it in the keyword list, and it pops up, complete with complete taxonomy. Then, I simply drag it over to my image, and keywording is done. Check out MarineLife Keyword List—you’ll know if it’s for you.
Nature’s Most Amazing Events DVD/Blu-Ray now available
In early April, Drew Wong wrote about a new BBC series called Nature’s Great Events. Some Wetpixel members saw the film team out in South Africa covering the annual sardine migration.
The BBC series, Nature’s Great Events, was shot over 2-3 years and covers the annual sardine migration in South Africa, the herring run and the Narwhals migration on the North American continent. These are just the ocean related episodes. In the entire series, there were some awesome underwater shots of Grizzly Bears, baitballs with predators and scenic icescapes. The aerial shots were from the Cineflex camera system which gives awesome perspective of natural behavior.
The series has finally been released for the American audience on DVD and Blu-Ray. For $21.99 for the DVD version and $23.99 for Blu-Ray, this is an easy purchase! To support Wetpixel, buy at Amazon using the following links: [Nature’s Most Amazing Events] [Nature’s Most Amazing Events [Blu-ray]]
Espen Rekdal World Champion 2009
Congratulations to Wetpixel member Espen Rekdal of Norway for winning the 12th Underwater Photography World Championship, organised by CMAS, which this year took place in Jeju Island, Korea between 31st May and 5th June. Second place went to former Champion Carlos Minguell of Spain and third place to Eok Soo Kim of South Korea. The winning images should be online soon.
The CMAS World Championship is held biannually in different locations around the world. Each country can send two photographers plus dedicated models and a team manager. This is the second time the competition has been entirely digital. Join the discussion of the World Championship on Wetpixel.
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