Dates for Hugycup 2011 announced
The 2011 Hugycup International Underwater Photo and Video Contest will be held from 5 September to 22 October 2011 in the resort of Dahab, Egypt. The format is for people to go out diving during the dates of the event and enter their images/video footage upon returning. Hence, each picture or video entered must be registered in the competitions database or use a supplied unique time code.
The organizers are planning additional events to be held during the competition and these will be announced in late February. Full details are now available for accommodation and diving packages for the competition, as well as the rules for photo and video entrants.
Google honors Jules Verne with interactive logo doodle
Google is honoring Jules Verne today (it would have been Verne’s 183rd birthday) with an interactive submarine doodle at google.com. You can drive the sub around to see flying fish, narwhals, a basking shark, giant squid, and more! Click through for a video of me taking the virtual sub for a drive (in case you missed it).
Bluewater Photo hosts opening event
Bluewater Photo is hosting an opening party with food and drinks on 12 February. During this, over $3300 worth of gear and local boat trips will be raffled to attendees and folks who have registered for the company’s newsletter. Bluewater Photo is a new underwater photography and video store located at 2501 Wiltshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, California.
Canon announces two new SLRs and two new speedlights
Canon has announced the release of the Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) and Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D)SLR cameras and the 320EX and 270EX II Speedlights. The T3i features: Canon’s EOS HD video capture, 18-megapixel resolution, a three-inch vari-angle clear view LCD screen, scene intelligent auto mode, video snapshot technology and feature guide instructions. The T3 is cheaper, and features HD movie capture, 12-megapixel resolution and the feature guide.
In addition, Canon has announced the release of two new Speedlights: The 320EX and 270EX II.
The T3i SLR will be available from the beginning of March at $799.99, the T3 from the end of March at $599.99 and both Speedlights will be available in April.
Sony NEX-5 underwater panorama
One of the features of the Sony NEX-5 EVIL camera is its ability to capture pictures in what Sony call “sweep panorama” mode. To quote from Sony this allows the user to:
“create breathtaking panoramic images with a huge angle of view. It’s beautifully simple to use: just press the shutter button and sweep the NEX-5/NEX-3 camera from side to side, or up and down.”
Underwater panoramas have long been a goal of many underwater photographers, particularly of reef scenes. It is perhaps inevitable therefore, that this new mode has been recognized as being able to provide new creative possibilities. Paul Duxfield of Cameras Underwater shot this panorama of Shark and Yolana Reefs, Ras Mohamedd, Egypt with an NEX-5 in December last year.
Video: Under the Arctic Ice, Part 2
In part one of Rick Morris’s “Under the Arctic Ice” series viewers caught a glimpse of what is involved in an Arctic research expedition and what conditions are like in the polar bear’s playground. Part 2 gives an inside view of how the logistics for such an involved project are handled and how the divers and their gear get to the Polar Sea. More than a year of pre-planning and hundreds of hours of correspondence all boil down to one day of frenetic activity.
Subal announces reorganization
German housing manufacturer, Subal has issued a press release about its financial reorganization and regrouping. Rumours had surfaced recently that they had faced some liquidity problems, and this is confirmed. However, the company now has new management, and they plan to press forward with new designs, including a housing for the Nikon D7000 (which we hope to review shortly) and a new finder system.
Alert Diver winter 2011 issue shipping
The first-quarter 2011 issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine is now shipping and should arrive in DAN US member’s mailboxes in the next week or so. The magazines cover features a stunning over/under shot of lemon sharks at Tiger Beach, Bahamas taken by David Doubilet, whose portfolio is also featured within the magazine. In addition, there are articles on the deep wrecks of Chuuk and diving in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Alert Diver publisher Stephen Frink has also written an article on his blog about the actual printing process for the magazine. It is refreshing in these days of on-screen browsing to read about printing presses and paper!
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