Diving Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Fields atoll
I’ve just returned from back-to-back Wetpixel expeditions to the remote Eastern Fields atoll in Papua New Guinea, where I found the reefs to be some of the healthiest on the planet.
Excerpt: “A dense collection of sea fans, soft corals, and other reef animals line the entire reef slope from 35 meters to 5 meters in depth, providing underwater photographers with an unlimited number of wide-angle and macro subjects. Anthias and small fish cluster above the coral just below a tangle of parrotfish, wrasses, lionfish, trumpetfish, snappers and angelfish, while jacks, barracuda, and dogtooth tuna hunt from the blue”
Click through for the full trip report and photo album.
Can-Do Short Film Competition with Canon ViDSLR
Can-Do Film Festival and Competition is an online film festival for Canon EOS ViDSLR filmmakers from all over the world. The inaugural event starts January 01 and submissions will be accepted till March 20th 2010. Winners will be announced by mid-April. This film competition MUST BE entirely shot on Canon’s EOS ViDSLR/HDDSLR cameras only and there is a 4 minute limit on entries. There are various categories including Documentary- Nature which is a natural fit for underwater short films. Good luck and happy shooting!
Wetpixel member Fergus Kennedy in Canon 7D advert
Award winning photographer and Wetpixel member Fergus Kennedy (Ferg42) is featured in a beautiful new TV commercial for the Canon 7D, which follows him on a shoot with wild horses in the Camargue region in the south of France.
There is also a short film about the whole shoot, which is all topside although Fergus does get his in the water, on the Canon website.
A Conversation With Espen Rekdal
Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard continues his new series of interview based articles on the techniques of underwater photography with A Conversation with Espen Rekdal the reigning CMAS World Champion of underwater photography, from Norway.
In the interview we discuss some of the techniques, equipment and philosophies of strobe lighting, not just in terms of controlling the quantity of light, but also the quality. We also talk a bit about fisheye photography and supermacro, including one of Espen’s recent specialities, open water supermacro.
Nauticam D90 Field Review
The new Nauticam housing line has been the focus of much interest in the Wetpixel forums since its official unveiling at DEMA in Orlando. David Henshaw recently had the chance to complete this field review on a pre-production version of the Nikon D90 housing.
I believe that this is the first review published on any housing from Nauticam, so even if you are not a Nikon D90 user it is worth reading to the review for an opinion on this new line of housings.
LAUPS 2009: 47th International Contest winners announced
The winners have been announced for the 47th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition presented by the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS). Congratulations to all the winners, many of whom are Wetpixel members and especially to Uwe Schmolke who photo of mating mandarinfish was named Best Of Show.
The competition, which is only open to amateur photographers, attracted entries from 24 countries and 15 states, and was judged by Georgienne Bradley, Tom Campbell and Jay Ireland.
Rowlands’ photo presented to Princess Anne
A photo of the wreck of the HMS Royal Oak, taken by Underwater Photography Magazine editor and Wetpixel member Peter Rowlands was presented to HRH Princess Anne to mark the 70th Anniversary of its sinking. The Royal Oak was torpedoed, while at anchor in Scapa Flow, by a German submarine U-47 in 1939, with the loss of 833 lives.
The wreck is protected as a war grave and unauthorised dives are not permitted. Continue reading for Peter’s, typically self deprecating, take on the picture presentation ceremony…
Tropical Marine Gardens by Andre Seale published
Tropical Marine Gardens, a new book on coral reefs by Wetpixel member Andre Seale has been published. The book compiles 15 years of Andre’s work and field experience as a marine biologist and underwater photographer. It includes many images taken in rarely dived atolls, such as Ailuk, Rongelap and Namu in the Pacific.
The book is 242 pages, contains 210 photographs and costs $50 USD. English and portuguese editions are available.
- Exploring the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (via )
- Where ocean trash comes from (via )
- Human impact in an X-ray of the ocean (via )
- Datacolor updates Spyder 5 Pro and Elite software (via )
- Atomos firmware update to enable RAW recording on Shogun… (via )
- Megalodon teeth unearthed in SF east bay (via )
- Video: Divers surrounded by stellar sea lions (via )
- Hundreds of “good luck” coins killed a green sea… (via )
- “Sustainable shrimp” fishing boat arrested by Liberian coast… (via )
- The fishy case of the Godfather (via )