Raja Ampat competition finishes soon
The Wetpixel Raja Ampat entry tag design competition 2010 is in its last stages, with only a few more days to vote for your favorite entries. The winning design will adorn all visitors BCD’s when they visit the popular diving destination in 2011, and the winner will receive a all-inclusive, minimum 10-day dive trip for two people to Raja Ampat.
Voting for the entries ends on 11 October, so please head on over and vote if you haven’t done so already.
Space now available on Wetpixel Raja Ampat expedition
Space has just freed up on the Wetpixel Raja Ampat expedition to the Misool Eco Resort from November 20 to December 2 due to a cancellation. There is one room available for either one or two people. Guests must arrive in Sorong, Indonesia on or before November 20th to meet the boat transfer to the resort.
Mary Lynn Price blogs from Antarctica
DiveFilm HD host and Wetpixel moderator, Mary Lynn Price, is on her way to Antarctica to video document some of the Weddell seal science work being done there during the 2010 Weddell seal pupping season. She plans to post a video blog of her trip and the science work with the seals from her remote field camp on the sea ice near Big Razorback Island. This small volcanic island is the south-eastern most of the Dellbridge Islands, lying in Erebus Bay off the west side of Ross Island, and to quote Wikipedia, the name is “descriptive”.
X-Ray magazine issue 38 available
X-Ray International magazine issue 38 is now available for download. This issue has articles by Scott Bennett about Utila Island, “Sulawesi muck diving & diversity” is by Eric Hanuaer and Don Silcock writes about North Sulawesi. In addition, it has a review of dive watches, Lawson Wood talks about photographic field work, Michel Braunstein about the Amazonian dolphins and the featured photographer is Caelum Mero.
X-Ray International is available as a free download in pdf format.
Ron and Valerie Taylor on CNN
Shark advocates and filmmakers, Ron and Valerie Taylor, have been interviewed as a part of CNN’s Talk Asia Coverage. In the interview, the Taylors espouse the view that the ongoing shark fin trade is endangering many shark species and the hope that their footage may help the anti-finning cause. Ron and Valerie have been filming underwater for nearly fifty years.
“World wide sharks are in serious danger, mainly for shark finning,” Ron Taylor told CNN, “The Asian market just can’t get enough of sharks fin; the price has gone way up. Even Australian fishermen are taking shark fins now in the Great Barrier Reef.”
Nauticam releases housing for PhaseOne 645DF
Nauticam USA has announced the release of a housing for PhaseOne & Mamiya 645DF cameras with PhaseOne P+ digital backs: The NA-645DF. The P 65+ is the first full frame digital back, giving 60.5 megapixels, a 12.5 f stop tonal range and the PhaseOne 645DF is a medium format SLR body. The Nauticam NA-645DF housing incorporates access to all the camera controls, a locking port release lever and extensions, triple locking latches, rubberized handles and an optical viewfinder can be added as an option.
Nauticam expects to be shipping the new housing by 22 October 2010.
IkeIite releases housings for Canon G11 and G12 compact cameras
Ikelite has announced the release of a housing for the new Canon Powershot G12 compact camera. The new housing is made of clear polycarbonate, has a depth rating of 200ft/60m and gives access to all camera controls. It also has built in electronic circuitry to allow TTL exposure with current Ikelite DS strobes and comes supplied with a tray and handle.
As speculated in the forums, the new housing will also accommodate the G12’s predecessor, the Powershot G11, although the front dial control will not function. For those upgrading from G11 to G12 cameras, Ikelite are offering a simple factory conversion for the original G11 housing to the new specification. Please see Ikelite’s website for more details of this process.
The making of a Rip Curl advert
A video posted on YouTube shows the making of a recent advertisement for Rip Curl that involved using 52 Canon DSLRs. Timeslice Films employed a “bullet-time” style technique in Malaysia’s Sunway Lagoon wave pool. The “bullet time” effect owes much to the techniques used in the fight scenes of the famous Matrix movies and this is its first use in a promotional surfing video. The Rip Curl surfers were repeatedly towed into the machine-controlled waves by Jetski and their movements captures sequentially by a gantry of 52 Canon 5DMkII cameras.
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