OWU 2008 and DEEP 2008 photo/video contest deadlines approaching Photo

OWU 2008 and DEEP 2008 photo/video contest deadlines approaching

Attention photographers and videographers: the deadline for the Our World-Underwater photo and video contest is just around the corner! Get your images and videos in before January 15, 2008.  DEEP Indonesia’s deadline follows just one month later.  As a reminder, we’re giving away over $80,000 in combined prizes, including 30 dive expeditions and a bunch of underwater photography gear.

Winning images will be prominently featured in issue 3 of Wetpixel Quarterly and dozens of other print and online publications, including Sport Diver, Dive (UK), FiNS, Scuba Diver Australasia, X-Ray, UwP, and more.

Entry forms and detailed guidelines can be found at underwatercompetition.com.

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DivePhotoGuide / Wakatobi Underwater Photo & Video Festival 2008 Photo

DivePhotoGuide / Wakatobi Underwater Photo & Video Festival 2008

DivePhotoGuide is running its 2008 Underwater Photo & Video Festival at Wakatobi resort in Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Spend 7 days aboard the Pelagian

(sold out) or 11 days at Wakatobi resort with Jason Heller and Mike Luzansky of H2O Photo Pros this coming March and April, 2008. There are only a few spots left, so if you’re looking for a last-minute booking for a photo and video festival, book now.

The event is sponsored by Amphibico, Sea & Sea, Mares, H2O Photo Pros, Ultralight Control Systems, and Sport Diver Magazine, who have donated over $10,000 in prizes.  Winning images in the contest will be published in Sport Diver Magazine.

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Seacam 250 TTL strobe reviewed by Andre Crone Photo

Seacam 250 TTL strobe reviewed by Andre Crone

Underwater photographer Andre Crone has published a review of the Seacam 250TTL strobe on his website.:

“I wanted to see if the TTL from the Seacam was comparable with the SB800 strobe from Nikon. I also wanted to show the wide angle performance of the Strobe.”

His results are very interesting! Click through to see them…

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New FAA rules about lithium batteries Photo

New FAA rules about lithium batteries

The FAA has recently passed a new rule that limits what you can do with lithium batteries while traveling on airplanes in the US. This only applies to Lithium batteries, not to other types of batteries like NICad or NiMH. 

Moderator Cor Bosman has summarized the effect this new rule will have on divers and underwater photographers.  “Almost all batteries and devices that we as divers and photographers carry will not be impacted by this rule. This means you can still travel with them, but you must carry any spare batteries in carry on. “

He has also posted a formula you can use to determine the lithium content of your batteries.

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Review of Bret Gilliam’s “Diving Pioneers and Innovators” Photo

Review of Bret Gilliam’s “Diving Pioneers and Innovators”

[Diving Pioneers and Innovators] consists of 19 in-depth interviews with some of the pioneers, movers, and shakers of diving…They range in time from the 1950s Zale Parry to present day icons like John Chatterton and Wes Skiles. The careers of some of these still-active divers span nearly the entire history of scuba diving: Stan Waterman, Bev Morgan, Ron and Valerie Taylor, and Chuck Nicklin.  Michele Hall rates her own chapter, as does Howard.

The book fills 489 pages and weighs 4 ½ pounds, so it hardly qualifies as airplane reading.  Instead it’s something to take into a comfortable chair in the living room and read a chapter or two each night.  It’s almost like having a diving legend sitting in the chair next to you, and carrying on a conversation with an old friend…

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16:9 introduces Nikon G lens to Canon EF adapter Photo

16:9 introduces Nikon G lens to Canon EF adapter

16:9, known for their tests and reviews of lenses by a variety of manufacturers, has introduced an adapter that allows Nikon G-type lenses to fit Canon EF-lens compatible cameras. 16:9 states the motivation was to enable the use of Nikon’s “new 14-24mm f2.8, which provides the sweetest ultrawide solution for the 22MP 1Ds Mark III.

The adapter includes an AF-confirmation chip and maintains infinity focus, but disables VR, auto-focus, and auto-aperture functions. At £79, only the lever-free version (where the lens is stopped open or stopped down by rotating the lens in the mount) is currently available with a 35-day turnaround, but a lever-operated version is also planned.

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Gates FX7/V1 housing for the Sony HDR-FX7 and HVR-V1U review

During last year’s DEMA, I’d spoken with John Ellerbrock at Gates about the Sony HVR-V1 housing and the possibility of testing the housing when it was available. It just so happened that I had two trips, a 17-day Banda Sea voyage and another 11-day Wakatobi reef monitoring trip planned for October, so John graciously sent his latest offering to me for testing, the Gates FX7/V1 underwater video housing.

Continue reading for Drew Wong’s full review of the Gates FX7/V1 housing…

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Interacting with marine life to get the shot Photo

Interacting with marine life to get the shot

There is a thought-provoking discussion in the forums about “manipulation” of marine life, and how much of it (if any) is acceptable.  Although I suspect it is a debate that will never be won by either side (opinions can be quite extreme and judgmental), the discussion is fascinating and provides insight into the trade-offs and decisions we have to make each time we frame a shot of a difficult subject.

It’s a must-read for anyone who has ever thought about poking a fish to move it into position for a better shot.

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