Bite-Back Calendar 2009

For the second year, Bite-Back has inspired 12 of the world’s leading underwater photographers to support them in the unique Oceans 12 calendar that celebrates the oceans and draws attention to urgent marine conservation issues. The photographers who have donated images and an individual commentary on the exploitation of the marine environment are (in month order) Brian Skerry, Doug Perrine, Chris Fallows, Alexander Mustard, Thomas Peschak, David Fleetham, David Doubilet, James Honeyborne, Michael Aw, Tim Laman, Norbert Wu and Jeff Rotman.

David Doubilet, said: “We have a small window of time and a big responsibility to use our imagery to capture these kingdoms in the sea, but the pictures must also work hard to show what is at stake and how to help protect it.” The calendar costs £10 GBP.

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NCUPS SEA 2008 contest winners announced

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society has (NCUPS) has announced the winners of the SEA 2008 international underwater photo competition. The Best of Show and winner of the Bob Commer Award of Excellence was taken by Wetpixel member David Barrio.

Among the award winners are plenty of familiar Wetpixel users - be sure to view the winning photographs and videos (when they are uploaded) and discuss the results in the forums. Good luck in next year’s competition!

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BBC team captures unique whaleshark behaviour

The BBC today, seem very excited about some new underwater footage that uniquely captures whaleshark behaviour. The footage forms part of a BBC Natural World wildlife programme: Whale Shark.

Dr Meekan, who is based at the Darwin office of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, said: “It does seem rather weird, someone being so excited about seeing whale shark poo. And I’m pretty certain that this is the first time it has been filmed.” Another milestone in the world of underwater imaging.

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UWP Magazine Issue 45 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 45 is now available for download. The issue contains travel and product news relating to underwater photography as well as feature articles including Olympus Mju770SW review by Rob Spray, Making A Cheap Polecam by Alex Mustard, Patima Canon G9 review by John Cesere, Sony A350 and BS Kinetics by Karin Brussaard, Wetpixel Quarterly review by Douglas David Seifert, Cornwall’s King of Prussia by Mark Webster, Chalkidiki by Nicholas Samaras and Rabae Latridou, Bimini magic by Tim Rock & Yoko Higashide, East Kalimantan by Alex Tyrrel, Great White shark by Julian Cohen, School’s out by Mark Webster and Coding a vessel by Charles Hood.

UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 5: The Social Aspect Photo

Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 5: The Social Aspect

Kids are the first to comment upon anything out of the ordinary. A father and son were playing in the pool when I showed up to the edge, hovering protectively over my oddly-shaped black box; to which, the 3-year old instantly took note.

No doubt father and son were equally curious about the small alien spacecraft I was easing into the water, but it was the son that was unhesitant in asking “What’s that thing?” The father seemed a tad embarrassed, but he was also no doubt relieved that his own curiosity would be satisfied without having to ask me what it was…

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Poll: Wetpixel Quarterly year 1 collectors box Photo

Poll: Wetpixel Quarterly year 1 collectors box

The Wetpixel Quarterly team is thinking of producing a 1-yr collectors box, which will hold (not surprisingly) 4 issues of our print magazine, Wetpixel Quarterly. We are sold out of issue 3 at the moment, but have enough in our archives to produce about 50 year-one bundles, which we will likely sell enclosed in aluminum, laser-engraved collectors boxes.

We had a sample of the box produced, and it looks beautiful! So the question is, would you buy the standalone box for $59.95 + shipping? If we get enough interest, we’ll do a larger run! Please let us know by voting in our poll.

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RED announces Scarlet and Epic Photo

RED announces Scarlet and Epic

RED Digital Cinema finally announced the Scarlet and Epic, which are hybrid SLR / video cameras that shoot successive RAW files. Smaller and more modular than the RED ONE, the two new camera lines have options for 3K, 5K, 6K, 9K, and 28K (!) sensors (4.9 - 261 megapixels) and take RED, PL, Canon, Nikon, medium-format, Mamiya, Lunhof, and Alpa mount lenses. The various combinations will shoot variable speeds up to 120 FPS.

There are a multitude of options including lenses, handles, viewfinders, I/O modules, batteries, remotes, recording modules, and 6 different physical sensor sizes (including a super-wide sensor called the “Mysterium Monstro”). There’s even a way to build a 3D RED.  The least expensive “Brain” is currently listed at $2,500, and entry-level model that supports Canon and Nikon lenses starts at $7,000. Check out the website for preliminary details! We’ll see how long it takes for someone to rig up an underwater housing.

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Stephen Frink writes about DAN insurance Photo

Stephen Frink writes about DAN insurance

Photographer Stephen Frink writes a thoughtful article about the Divers Alert Network insurance program (DAN).

the live-aboard dive boat we were on in the Misool region made a strategic error running at night and ran smack-dab into an island. The island won. The bowsprit on the wooden boat was pushed back into the mast, dislodging it and causing the base of the mast to smash through crew quarters…

Becoming insured for dive travel is a good idea, and Wetpixel Expeditions requires DAN membership or equivalent for participation in all of our trips.

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