UwP Magazine #27 available for download
Our friends over at UwP Magazine have released issue #27 (Nov/Dec), which includes full reviews of Nikon D2x housings by Charles Hood and Ken Knezick, workflow techniques by Paul Kay, James Wiseman, Alex Mustard, David Nardini and Mark Webster, a macro article by Cor Bosman, a review of the magic filter by Mike Veitch, and more!
Nikon Announces the D200
Nikon formally announced the D200 today - November 1st. The camera sports a number of features that will make it wonderful for underwater use, including: 11 autofocus sensors, a 10-pin control port, 10 megapixel DX sensor, 2.5” LCD, ISO 100, compact form factor, etc. Underwater photographers will be happy to read that this camera is only slightly larger than the D70 so it should readily fit into a compact underwater housing. Many websites have posted preview reports about the camera today, but to find out specifically what underwater photographers think about the new camera, check out the active thread in our DSLR Forum. Minimum advertised price for the camera is $1,699
What’s wrong with harassment?
Underwater photographers have a nasty reputation in many dive destinations for being irresponsible when it comes to the handling of marine life. Although, whether we collectively cause more damage than the hordes of new divers crash-landing on coral reefs is debatable. Will Heaton has started a very interesting thread about interacting with marine life, and it should be a good show (join in!).
Wetpixel.com/DivePhotoGuide.com International Photo Competition
Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com have teamed up to celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment by developing the first instance of a new, annual, international underwater photography competition. For this inaugural event, only digital entries will be accepted.
Photographers will compete in six categories to win more than $25,000 in prizes, including premium dive travel, underwater photography equipment, and more! Dive packages in the prize list include trips to some of the top photo destinations in the world: the Solomon Islands, Lembeh Strait, Raja Ampat, Komodo, the Galapagos Islands, Papua New Guinea, Palau, and the Bahamas! Other prizes include HID lighting systems, camera housings, and other valuable items (see complete prize list below). 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.
Winners will be announced on stage at the 2006 Our World-Underwater festival in Chicago, Illinois (February 24-26, 2006). Continue reading for details and submission guidelines.
Wetpixel receives Scuba Diving Magazine’s Editor’s Choice
In the November issue, Scuba Diving Magazine presents their first ever Editor’s Choice Awards, honoring the best in the dive industry. We are proud to announce that Wetpixel.com received the “Best Dive-Related Website” Editor’s Choice Award! Scuba Diving Magazine presented Wetpixel with an award on stage at this year’s DEMA Show, which was accepted by Christa Loustalot on behalf of Wetpixel.
I’d like to thank our community for making our site such a success!
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Pixmantec Rawshooter Premium 2006
Pixmantec has just announced the availability of Rawshooter Premium 2006 (Windows-only). The preview version of Rawshooter (2005) showed a lot of promise, with blazing RAW-conversion times and a focus on workflow and usability. Rawshooter 2006 is on sale for $59.00 until October 31, 2005, after which the price will increase by $40.00. Download the trial and compare it with your current RAW conversion software.
Medical Save-A-Dive Kit
As more divers travel to more remote destinations to experience the beauty of our underwater world, there are greater concerns regarding medical care. Eric has asked me to put together what I would consider a Medical Save-a-Dive Kit. I’ll preface this by saying I’m a cardiologist, not an infectious disease (ID) specialist. This list was put together based on my travel experiences and after discussions with one of my ID colleagues.
- World’s largest aquatic insect discovered in China (via )
- 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 )