National Geographic Global Fisheries article
National Geographic has published a 38-page article on the global fish crisis in the April 2007 issue of its magazine. The article is written by Fen Montaigne, with topside photographs by Randy Olson and underwater photography by friend and Wetpixel member, Brian Skerry.
The Mediterranean may lose its wild bluefin tuna. High-tech harvesting and wasteful management have brought world fish stocks to dangerous lows. This story explores the fish crisis—as well as the hope for a new relationship between man and the sea…
Preview the article online at National Geographic’s website.
Photo of the Week contest now allows public voting
Effective immediately, Wetpixel’s Photo of the Week contest supports public voting, so send all your friends to vote for their favorite underwater image of the week!
Public votes aren’t worth as much as votes from registered members, so be sure to log in before voting to make your voice heard the loudest.
Marty Snyderman to lead underwater photography seminar at DUPS
The seminar is priced at USD$150, or USD$100 for DUPS member, and is designed by Snyderman “to make sure that you know more about underwater photography at the end of the day than you did at the beginning…once you really “get it” you can take the concepts you learn with you anywhere you dive and create compelling images.”
Review of UK-Germany housing for Canon 5D
Wetpixel member Mark Hoover (hoovermd) has written a review of his experiences of the UK-Germany housing for the Canon 5D. Relying only on the manufacturer’s reputation to make his purchase, and after using the housing for over a year, Mark says:
If I had to do it all over again I would go with a UK-Germany housing. The workmanship is very good and Uwe [Kiehl] has gone out of his way to provide customer service to me since he has no US distributor.
Continue reading for an in-depth look (with many photographs) at the UK-Germany 5D housing…
Boston Sea Rovers 53rd Clinic 2007
In late 2003, Steve Drogin suggested that I apply to give a seminar at the annual Boston Sea Rovers Clinic. Being completely new to the industry, I had no idea who the Sea Rovers were nor what their clinic was all about. A few months later, I arrived at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in Boston to find the most amazing dive show I had ever seen.
Although the annual clinic has limited space for booths, its speaker line-up and Saturday evening film festival are typically the main draw for visitors…
Underwater Images Photo/Video 2007 winners announced
Congratulations to the winners of the 2007 Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition, which have recently been announced online. Among the winners were quite a few Wetpixel members, including Jose Alvarez (Best of show), Ralph “Larry” Oberlander, Keri Wilk, Matt Segal, Csaba Tokolyi, and more! The Underwater Images contest is associated with Scubafest in Ohio, USA.
It looks like the same photographers have been winning all of the recent underwater photography contests. If you have photos you think are better than the ones that have been winning, be sure to enter, next year. :)
Shark fin soup may be off the menu during Olympics
BEIJING (AFP) - Shark fin soup should be removed from the menu at Chinese official banquets to prevent damage to the country’s image during the Olympic Games next year, according to a lawmaker.
“Serving shark’s fin to foreign guests during the Olympic Games could greatly hurt China’s national image, and officials should start to remove the dish from the dining table right now”, Xu Zhihong, a member of China’s national parliament told Xinhua news agency.
From the forums: Fuji S5 sunburst tests
The Fujifilm S5 DSLR has been eagerly anticipated by underwater photographers. The S5 is physically identical to the very popular Nikon D200 and therefore fits in the same housings. It was also hoped that the increased dynamic range of Fuji’s Super CCD sensor would improve the quality of sunbursts in underwater pictures.
Wetpixel member Claude Ruff recently put this theory to the test and performed some very useful back to back tests shooting the S5 and the D200 simultaneously underwater. His tests show that the S5 is an excellent underwater camera, but perhaps surprisingly, does not offer any noticeable improvement over the D200 for sunbursts.
Have a look at Claude’s photos and see if you agree. Join the debate in the Wetpixel forums…
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