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Bryant Austin’s life-size whale photographs featured in gallery Photo

Bryant Austin’s life-size whale photographs featured in gallery

Photographs by Marine Mammal Conservation through the Arts founder, Bryant Austin, are currently featured at the Mill Gallery in Santa Cruz, California through June 30, 2007. Through the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts, Austin is supporting his international campaign, “Whales in Public Spaces,” with the display of life-size images of humpback whales as large as twelve feet high by ninety feet long.

A special reception is scheduled for June 1, 2007 - continue reading for the full press release and information on Austin’s future plans, which include a housed Hasselblad H3D 39 megapixel digital camera…

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New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episode 43 Photo

New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episode 43

DiveFilm Podcast Video has released the first of a two part video, Episode 43 “The Sharks of Clipperton Island”, now available for free at iTunes. The video by Mary Lynn Price includes archive footage and images from Conrad Limbaugh’s expeditions to Clipperton in the 1950s when he encountered numerous and aggressive sharks. At Clipperton today, sharks are few and old fishing longline crisscrosses most of the island’s abundant coral reefs.

Part two of the video will examine the issues facing the sharks of Clipperton Island and current ideas for their protection. DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com and are “Featured TV & Film Podcasts” at iTunes.

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Olympus expands underwater housing range Photo

Olympus expands underwater housing range

Olympus has announced new accessories and housings for underwater photography. New to the range is the PT-E03 (waterproof up to a depth of 40m) for the E-400 and the E-410 with Live View, which will be available from June. Live View technology lets underwater photographers use the LCD for framing.

The already waterproof (to 10m) compact 770 SW also gains a housing (waterproof to 40m). More information in the Olympus underwater website.

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Stephen Frink tests the Canon 16-35mm II Photo

Stephen Frink tests the Canon 16-35mm II

With Canon’s recent release of a redesigned 16-35mm lens that promised sharper corners, a lot of discussion has focused on comparisons between the new and old versions of the lens, and the combinations of ports and extensions for the best results. Professional underwater photographer and Wetpixel member Stephen Frink obtained a copy of the 16-35mm II to test underwater using a Seacam housing and ports.

Based on his results, compared to Canon’s 16-35mm I, 17-40mm, and 15mm fisheye, the 16-35mm II has much better color and contrast…[and] is very sharp in the center. To view images from each lens, continue to Frink’s Canon 16-35mm II results, or add your own impressions in the ongoing thread...

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2007 Asian Dive Exposition (ADEX) in Bangkok Photo

2007 Asian Dive Exposition (ADEX) in Bangkok

This year’s ADEX was held at a new venue called BITEC which is 22km away from Bangkok city center. Braving the infamously terrible traffic in Bangkok, Wetpixel moderator ‘Khun’ Drew Wong was there to report for Wetpixel what was formerly Asia’s largest dive expositions.

By far the biggest exhibitor was PADI…ADEX is also the place where many new dive resorts and liveaboards market their products. The most surprising one that I found was the booth for Christmas Island, an Australian destination known for the great red crab migration…

Continue reading for the full report, and photos from both ADEX and the official Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide gathering at the AD Maker bar…

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Howard Schatz to host presentation at NYUPS Photo

Howard Schatz to host presentation at NYUPS

The New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will feature a presentation from acclaimed professional photographer Howard Schatz at the upcoming meeting on May 17, 2007 at the Rock Theater.

The presentation will be followed by a showcase of new underwater photography and videography equipment by H2O Photo Pros. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP for the event.

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California Beach Dive Photo Competition 2007 Photo

California Beach Dive Photo Competition 2007

Celebrating its 26th year, the annual California Beach Dive Photo Competition (CBDPC) is held every spring in Monterey, California by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS). This is a one-day competition where all photos must be taken from beach dives along the Monterey coastline.

Entries are accepted in both film and digital formats, and underwater photographers have the chance to win up to $35,000 in prizes, including trips to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, gear from Backscatter and Stormcase, and more. This year’s competition is being held from May 26-27, 2007.

Continue reading for the full press release and more information on participating…

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Deadline extended for Under the Blue 2007 competition Photo

Deadline extended for Under the Blue 2007 competition

The deadline for the 2007 Under the Blue International Photo and Video Competition is 11:59pm (Pacific Time), May 16, 2007. Compete for over $20,000 in prizes, including trips to Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, South Africa, and Australia, and dive and photo gear from Amphibico, Ultralight, and Ikelite. 15% of proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Winners will be announced online and exhibited at the 2007 SCUBA Show in Long Beach, California (June 2-3, 2007). May 16 is a hard deadline, so get your entries submitted!

*UPDATE*: Due to technical issues, the deadline for competition entries has been extended to 11:59pm (Pacific Time), May 16, 2007.

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