Digital Shootout Bonaire 2008 Live Coverage
Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng reports as the participants of this year’s Digital Shootout Bonaire undergo an intense week of underwater photography & videography, classroom workshops, image critiques, and much more! This year’s staff includes Berkley White (Backscatter), David Fleetham, Eric Cheng (Wetpixel), Dan Baldocchi (Under Exposures), Daniel Brown, Mary Lynn Price (DiveFilm), Len Bucko, Jim Decker (Backscatter), and Russ Sanoian (Backscatter).
This year, we will be updating via up-to-date video feeds from the Divi Flamingo Resort in Bonaire. Continue reading for updates…
*UPDATE* Digital Shootout 2008 contest winners have been announced!
DiveFilm releases new podcasts
With the International Whaling Commission meeting just around the corner, DiveFilm HD Video Podcast has released as its latest episode, Shawn Heinrichs’s “Whale Wisdom - A Mother Humpback’s View.” This short film evokes the world of a mother and calf as whaling resumes in much of the world’s ocean.
Other great episodes of DiveFilm Podcasts recently released include Irish filmmaker Vincent Hyland’s homage to the ocean life off the South West coast of Ireland, and more of the award-winning video entries from the 2008 Our-World Underwater / Wetpixel / DivePhotoGuide Competition, including Simon Spear’s “Porbeagles in Peril” and Shawn Heinrichs’ “The Sardine Run.” The most recent episode released of the original standard definition DiveFilm Podcast Video is Wags & Kelly’s “A Call to Action” which garnered honors in the OWU Conservation Video Competition.
Both DiveFilm Podcasts, the original and the HD version, are Featured Podcasts at iTunes, and are produced in association with Wetpixel.
Wetpixel Quarterly ships issue 3
Wetpixel LLC is proud to announce the immediate availability of issue #3 of Wetpixel Quarterly magazine. In its trademark landscape-oriented, high-resolution format, issue #3 celebrates the American underwater landscape by showcasing the work of Alex Kirkbride, who spent three years photographing the waters of America’s 50 states.
Also featured are the winners of 2008’s Our-World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia photo competitions, run annually by Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide. This collection of diverse imagery is truly an international celebration of the underwater world, featuring the photography of artists from 18 different countries.
Amphibico announces Phenom Z7LE housing for Sony HVR-Z7U
Amphibico is proud to announce the new Phenom Z7LE underwater video housing for the Sony HVR-Z7U HDV camcorder. The stand-alone housing with no port will be introduced at a price of $4795CAN. Three port options are available, including a standard dome, flat port, and 94° wide-angle port.
The Phenom Z7LE for the Sony HVR-Z7U is an electronic and mechanical combined housing which gives a complete control of your camcorder while filming your underwater scenes. Amphibico has also added a 2-year Amphibico warranty to the housing. The housing should be available in July 2008. Continue reading for full press release.
Queensland, Australia considers creating a dedicated shark fishery
We are shocked that the Queensland, Australia Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) is creating a dedicated shark fishery at a time when shark populations worldwide face unprecedented fishing pressure and many have been drastically reduced.
Although the DPI&F’s measures intend to bring sustainability to shark fishing, they appear to be driven by short-term financial gain. Instead, the establishment of shark fisheries will deplete shark populations and produce negative impacts to the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. Short term economic interest of a small number of fishermen should not be placed above one of Australia’s – and the world’s - most precious resources: sharks and the Great Barrier Reef.
Oceanic white-tip shark expedition trip report
I’m told often by folks who have been on the ocean for decades that that oceanic white-tip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus) were once one of the most common sharks in the ocean… We pulled up close to Cat Island in the late afternoon on the 30th, and a few minutes later, the back deck erupted into frantic activity. Everyone threw on their gear and launched themselves off the back of the boat. At the stern were three oceanic white-tip sharks (all female). One of the sharks had four pilotfish around her… (continue reading for full trip report)
Scubapix job opening in Cairns, Australia
Peter Mooney at Scubapix Underwater Imaging is looking for an experienced person to look after the day-to-day affairs of their tourism-based imaging department in Cairns, Australia.
The ideal candidate will be a self motivated fully certified UW photo & video nut. Getting wet and shooting images everyday is a core part of this role. Your hands on enthusiasm will be rewarded - get the things done and spoils will come!
If you or someone you know might be interested in the position, continue reading for the full job description!
David Doubilet’s nudibranch shots in National Geographic
National Geographic has posted an online gallery of nudibranch images taken by underwater photography legend, David Doubilet. Some of the nudibranches were placed on an underwater light table of sorts and photographed on completely-white backgrounds (they’re beautiful).
As with every event that involves man intersecting with wilderness, Doubilet’s photos have sparked controversy in the Wetpixel forums; head over there and tell us what you think!
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