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Our World Underwater hosts photojournalism workshop Photo

Our World Underwater hosts photojournalism workshop

The Our World Underwater show, held from 18 to 20 February, is fast approaching. Held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, it is the Midwest’s largest consumer dive show with nearly 300 exhibit booths and 10,000 or more attendees.

On Saturday 19 February at 1.45pm, photojournalist Jett Britnell will be presenting a seminar on British Colombian Diving entitled “Where the Wild Things are – Queen Charlotte Strait’s Ocean Frontier” and on the following Sunday morning at 8am, will conduct a 4 hour workshop on “Diving Photojournalism - How To Get Published in Scuba Magazines.”

In additions, there is a full schedule of seminars and workshops during the show, as well as a film festival and the announcement of the winners of the Our World Underwater Photo Competition.

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Washington shark fin ban: Urgent help needed Photo

Washington shark fin ban: Urgent help needed

Sharksavers reports that earlier this week, the Washington state legislature introduced a bill to ban the shark fin trade. This bill prohibits the possession of trade in shark fins, similar to the groundbreaking Hawaii law. A pdf of the text of SB 5688 can be seen here.The legislation is moving with lightning speed. A public hearing is scheduled for this coming Monday, Feb 14, 1:30pm PST in the Natural Committee Resources Hearing Room

If you live in Washington and can appear in person to provide testimony, please do. No matter where you live, your emailed testimony can make a great difference in encouraging the senators to act in favor of this bill. If you click through there is a template email and a list of addresses to send it to.

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Late Availability: Wetpixel Alaska June 2011 Photo

Late Availability: Wetpixel Alaska June 2011

The Wetpixel Alaska Expedition, running from 11-23 June this year has a few spaces left for late bookings. The charter is on-board the Nautilus Swell, as she journeys from Juneau to Sitka, and photographic subject will include: Amazing Alaskan topside scenery, underwater kelp forests, white plume anemone forests, Steller’s sea lions, rockfish, anemones, crabs, shrimp, amphipods, ratfish, and much more. Reef walls are nearly 100% covered in bright orange, red and yellow invertebrates!

If you are interested, please consult the Wetpixel Expeditions page and contact the trip leader, Jason Bradley. Only two spots remain!

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Fantastic trivia: Adobe Photoshop was nearly Nikon Photoshop Photo

Fantastic trivia: Adobe Photoshop was nearly Nikon Photoshop

PetaPixel reports that in 1988 at the MacWorld tradeshow Thomas and John Knoll approached Nikon and offered them the rights to an image editing program they had developed. This program was called Photoshop. Apparently, despite support in Nikon US and Europe, the Japanese leadership took a pass, allowing Adobe to get the program in September.

Apparently, Nikon weren’t alone in not recognizing its potential. Kodak and several other industry giants were also approached and decide against it.

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Equinox announces housing for Canon 5D Mk II Photo

Equinox announces housing for Canon 5D Mk II

Equinox has announced the release of a housing for the Canon 5D Mk II camera. Somewhat of a departure from the company’s line of video specific housings, this reflects the popularity of the camera for video rather than stills use. The housing is designed around the use of a 16-35mm lens, although other lenses can be accommodated by special request and it provides access to shutter release, menu button, menu select/scroll and play controls. It also features Equinox’s ballast release handles, which allow the user to make the housing positively buoyant if some contingency demands it.

The housing is available now at a price of $1599.

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PhotoZone at London Dive Show Photo

PhotoZone at London Dive Show

A new feature of the London International Dive Show (LIDS) this year will be the PhotoZone. This will incorporate the stands of camera and accessory suppliers, alongside the organizations like the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP). In addition, there will be a series of free 45-minute sessions in the new Photo Zone presentation area in the main hall. Speakers include Saeed Rashid, talking about Photoshop, Alex Tattersall on macro photography and Paul “Duxy” Duxfield on video editing; among others. Lastly, there will be a collection of underwater prints taken by BSoUP members on display.

LIDS is to be held on 26 and 27 March at the ExCel, London.

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Underwater images from PhaseOne 645DF medium format camera Photo

Underwater images from PhaseOne 645DF medium format camera

Chris Parsons has posted some pictures and video in the forum of a fashion shoot utilizing the PhaseOne 645DF camera and a P series back, all in a Nauticam NA-645DF housing. The shoot was held in a private cenote outside of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The conditions in the water were a challenge for the 645DF, as it is advised not to utilize high ISO settings, which were necessary for the shoot. Chris reports that the resolution and level of detail in the images was amazing.

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