British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) 2010 results
The results of the British Underwater Image Festival were announced at the recent Dive Fest held at Pentewan Sands, Cornwall, UK . There were a total of 24 awards, including DVD and video. Dive Fest itself hosted a splash in competition, with a further 9 prizes being awarded for pictures taken that day.
Congratulations to the many Wetpixel members who won awards!
Please click on for the full list of winners
New Sony HD camcorder to feature APS HD “Exmor” sensor
Today, Sony announced the development of a new HD camcorder. It will feature interchangeable lenses, a new sensor and will share key technologies with the NEX-5 and NEX-3. The sensor is the same “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor as used in the new digital cameras.
The camcorder will be fully compatible with the new “E-mount” lenses, as well as the “A-mount” lenses from the existing “α” DSLR camera lineup via a mount adapter. Please click through for a video of the new camcorder.
Sony NEX-3 APS-C compact digital camera leaked
Details about Sony’s upcoming NEX-3 APS-C rangefinder camera were leaked today by Digital Photography School. The new camera uses a Sony “E Series” lens mount and captures 14.2 megapixel images at 7 frames per second. APS-C-sized CMOS sensor. No details on video, but the specs do note that the camera will save videos in MP4.
It’s great to see the revival of large imaging areas in compact cameras; previous to the recent proliferation of APS-C-sized sensors in small cameras, it was virtually impossible to capture a high-quality image using a compact digital camera. Continue reading for full specs and photos of the NEX-3.
UPDATE: DPReview has published a preview.
Christmas Island Underwater Festival 2010
The fourth annual Underwater Festival 2010 was recently held on the Christmas Islands, the first three having been held at Byron Bay on the Australian Mainland East Coast. It was co-organized by the Christmas Island Tourism Association. Linda Cash, staff members and local volunteers all put in a fantastic effort and provided a welcoming atmosphere, great food, social events and a seamless festival for the 34 participants.
The timing of this year’s Underwater Festival coincided with the end of the wet and whaleshark seasons on the island and the expectations of the visiting divers for the event were high…
Fantasea release new, generic accessory lenses
Fantasea have announced the launch of a series of new lenses adapters and accessories designed to complement existing compact camera housings. The new line is branded Fantasea Eyes.
Primarily, there are two new lenses: the BigEye (wide angle) and SharpEye (macro). These can currently be attached to housings from Sony, Canon and Fujifilm, either via built in adapters, or by a 67mm threaded adapter, the EyeDaptor, that is also part of the line. The lenses are all “wet” meaning that they can be changed underwater, adding versatility.
In addition, Fantasea plan to have external red filters and lens holders included in the range.
Gulf of Mexico oil spill
The fire and subsequent explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform on April 20 this year has set in motion the worst oil pollution incident in the Americas since the Exxon Valdez disaster on March 24 1989. The uncapped oil well is releasing an official estimate of 5000 barrels (21000 gallons) per day, although many are saying that this may actually be closer to 60,000 barrels (252,0000 gallons). By comparison, the Valdez incident released an estimated total of 250,000 barrels.
Underwater Photography magazine issue 54 available
The May/June 2010 edition of Peter Rowland’s online Underwater Photography magazine is now available for download. In UwP issue 54, Berkley White and Jim Decker present their round up of point and shoot cameras, Dan Bolt presents a study of the John Dory and Kristian Taylor rounds up Florida muck diving, and more.
A always, UwP is a free download in PDF form.
Spots still open for Wetpixel’s Alaska 2011 trip
Join Eric Cheng and Alex Mustard in an underwater photography expedition to Alaska in June 11-23, 2011. We’ll be aboard the liveaboard dive vessel, the Nautilus Explorer, for 13 days of exploration between Sitka and Ketchikan.
Photographic subjects will likely include beautiful Alaskan topside scenery, 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! I can’t wait to go back.
- Brian Skerry’s new book Sharks (via )
- A drop of water used as a lens (via )
- Canon updates firmware for EOS 5DS and 5DS R to v.1.1.1 (via )
- Humpback whales return to NYC in large numbers (via )
- DiCaprio and Mexican government draft plan to save Vaquita (via )
- Asian nations make plastic oceans promise (via )
- Great whites spotted off Santa Cruz beach (via )
- 10,000 coral transplanted in Bonaire (via )
- Nikon releases KeyMission 360/170 utility version 1.0.3. (via )
- After Effects CC version 14.2.1 is available (via )