Apple iPad, initial thoughts and review
Wetpixel moderator TheRealDrew (he’s a new mod — welcome him!) was unable to resist the call of the iPad and has written a long forum post about his first day with Apple’s new tablet.
It looks to me that Apple has one again delivered a game changer. Will this go the way of the Newton or other tablets? Very well could be. And I would like certain things to be a bit more open, or at least answered, regarding the handling of files. But the one thing I know is that Apple has a way of making things special lately. I am in love. Just don’t tell my wife.
Click through to read the full post if you’re thinking about getting an iPad. My pre-order was shipped to the wrong city, so I’m still waiting for it. Grrr…
Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng to speak at TEDxBerkeley on April 3
I’m really looking forward to speaking at TEDxBerkeley, which will be held this coming Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Wheeler Auditorium at U.C. Berkeley.
I’ve just gotten confirmation that my 15-minute talk has been scheduled for 1:35 PM. The live webcast will start at 10:30 AM on Saturday, so if you aren’t able to get to Berkeley for the event, you can still stream it online.
If you can’t stream it live, you’ll be able to see all of the talks online at a later time; professional video folks will be producing more polished versions of the the videos suitable for podcast.
Maldives in RED, Howard Hall Productions
Howard and Michele Hall have posted a beautiful video compilation of RED ONE footage from the Maldives.
It’s 4 minutes of pure beauty, and is definitely worth watching (continue reading for embedded video).
Thoughts on Mini Domes
Mini-domes have been generating lots of discussion on the Wetpixel forums in the last few months, following new products released by Seacam, Aquatica and Zen, which have been covered here on Wetpixel.
Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard, a long-time fan of mini-domes, shares his thoughts and some tests, some with surprising results, discussing whether this is the next must have accessory.
Review: The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge
Popular Wetpixel member, Steve Williams, reviews the new 4th Edition of Martin Edge’s popular book The Underwater Photographer, often referred to as the bible of underwater photography techniques in the Wetpixel forums.
Steve passes on his thoughts on the new book and tackles the question of whether it is worth buying if you already have the 3rd Edition.
Click below to read the review.
Beneath the Sea 2010, day 3 coverage
Day 3 coverage of Beneath the Sea, including a write-up of Equinox, Canon, SeaLife, XIT404, and Pacific Housing Repair, with photos of lots of people including resort and liveaboard operators, well-known photographers, videographers, artists and marine biologists, and more!
Updated with text, 29 March 2010
Beneath the Sea 2010, day 2 coverage
Day 2 of Beneath the Sea was a whirlwind of activity on all fronts. The Wetpixel booth (#109) was crazy busy: subscriptions for Wetpixel Quarterly, boxed sets and t-shirts were flying across the counter all day, while I spent most of the day schmoozing with various equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in an attempt to collect enough information for proper coverage of the show. Even though BTS is smaller than is DEMA, many brands of underwater photo and video gear are represented here, and it’s good to see familiar faces…
UPDATE: text added.
Beneath the Sea 2010, day 1 coverage
Beneath the Sea’s Friday night opening of the exhibit hall runs from 6-9pm—an unusual opening time for a dive expo, but a welcome one because it allows eager beavers to get in before the Saturday rush and exhibitors to warm up before the floor is overrun.
After we set up the Wetpixel booth (#109—come visit!), I decided that I should get an early start on booth coverage and started trekking down the exposition hall, aisle by aisle. It took me over half an hour to get out of our booth…
- Atomos firmware update to enable RAW recording on Shogun… (via )
- Megalodon teeth unearthed in SF east bay (via )
- Video: Divers surrounded by stellar sea lions (via )
- Hundreds of “good luck” coins killed a green sea… (via )
- “Sustainable shrimp” fishing boat arrested by Liberian coast… (via )
- The fishy case of the Godfather (via )
- CameraBits updates Photo Mechanic 5 to v.18327 (via )
- Photos of battle between eagle ray and hammerhead shark (via )
- Nikon updates C firmware for D500 to 1.12 (via )
- Nikon updates C firmware for D810 to 1.12 (via )