San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition 2008
The 9th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition, scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, August 22 and 23, 2008 at the Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, has begun selling tickets to attend the event. Each evening will feature fifteen digital films of no more than five minutes length, from locations all over the world, to be judged by John Moore, Hans Bertsch, and Natasha Stenbock. Among the entrants are Wetpixel’s own Shawn Heinrichs and Paul and Kelly Wags!
Nikon D700, underwater in a Nexus D200 housing
Wetpixel member Sam Chae has taken his Nikon D700 underwater by putting it into his Nexus D200 housing. Sam posted sample shots (both wide-angle and macro) taken during his trip to Anilao in the Philippines.
Sam took his wide-angle shots with a 16mm lens, and the samples he posted look impressively sharp in the corners.
Wetpixel Quarterly, perfect for babies and toddlers
A few weeks ago, I went over to see a friend and his baby girl, Ella. Ella has decided that the first issue of Wetpixel Quarterly is her favorite book, and every day, she goes through the issue page by page and studies the full-page photos. I was amazed to find that at 20-months of age, she can name *every* animal in WPQ1!
Check out this video of Ella identifying critters (including a photo of me).
Wetpixel Joins LiquidAssets.tv in Turks & Caicos, Sep 20-27, 2008
Join Wetpixel’s Shawn Heinrichs and the Liquid Assets team on a chartered adventure to Turks & Caicos this coming September. The Liquid Assets crew will be filming their new dive television pilots and are offering guests the opportunity to witness how their favorite dive programs are filmed and even be part of the next generation of dive television. Every diver that joins will receive free copy of the pilot. This week also offers a non-standard itinerary with visits to rarely explored walls and pinnacles. Wetpixel will be sponsoring a photo competition for guests aboard the Explorer II with winners receiving a cash prize and promotion through Wetpixel and LiquidAssets.
Jeremy Payne on underwater color correction
Wetpixel member Jeremy Payne posts a link to his technique for color correcting underwater images exposed with too little strobe light.
Here’s a method that can often return significant natural-looking color to your underwater images that have that blue/green cast. This technique works best with images without a lot of water column and lots of colorful stuff. I’m using Photoshop CS3 for this tutorial, but most of the effects are easy to replicate in other editors.
Layang Layang Underwater Photo Shootout 2008 winners
The results are in from the 2008 Layang Layang Underwater Photo Shootout in Sabah, Malaysia. The winners, whose photographs were judged by well-known underwater photographers Settimio Ciprianni, Stephen Wong, and Rod Klein, received prizes including trips to Palau, Truk, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, dive computers and watches, and Nikon and Sony dSLR’s and video cameras.
Continue for the full press release with the list of winners (including some familiar Wetpixel names!), or visit FiNS Blog for the winning photographs…
Wetpixel Sharks & Dolphins 2008 expedition a success
Alex Mustard has posted a placeholder in the forums for reports on the Wetpixel Sharks & Dolphins 2008 expedition, from which he has just returned.
OK, so the title turned out to be something of a misnomer - as Jim corrects me – it also included Palm Beach muck diving (Lembeh is now know as poor-man’s Blue Heron Bridge), Gulf Stream night pelagic drift, super macro plankton photography, nocturnal critter hunt on Sugar Wreck, “fishing” for birds as well as more sharks and dolphins than you could shake a stick at. Or in other words, just another amazing Wetpixel/JASA trip.
We can’t wait to see the photos!
Team Wetpixel gets low-bandwidth skin
Along with Wetpixel’s software upgrade, we have added a special feature to the Team Wetpixel subscription package. Although the upgrade made the forums area much faster (have you noticed?), Team Wetpixel members now get access to a new, low-bandwidth skin that makes browsing and participating in the forums *really* fast.
Team Wetpixel was started as a means for you to support Wetpixel, but we thought that you should get something useful in exchange for your hard-earned dollars. Continue reading to see a video of Team Wetpixel in action.
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