Best underwater point & shoot cameras for 2009
The Backscatter team went on a quest to find the holy grail in underwater point & shoot cameras. Sometimes you just want to travel light. If you’re like us, you want a camera that is perfect for a pocket, beach party, and a quick after-work dive. Over a thousand waterproof camera options, they defined the target user groups and then hashed out a list of our minimum features for serious underwater photography on any budget.
The cameras included Olympus, Sea & Sea, Canon, Nikon, and Sony with several housing options and price ranges from $250 to $2800. The end result is a list of the best point & shoot cameras, for low cost, intermediate and advanced systems.
2009 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame inductions
On January 29, 2009, the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame was held for the 9th time. Once again important figures from the history of international diving were inducted at the event in Grand Cayman. Inductees include Kimiuo Aisek, Geri Murphy, Howard Rosenstein, and Larry Smith and local honorees included Stuart Freeman and Ollen Miller.
The Hall of Fame website has been updated with a full press release. There is also an updated list of members. The Member photos link through to full bio’s along with video biographies of the new members, which are also available in the Video Biography Library.
NYUPS issues last call for “I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ SLR”
On March 3, 2009 (tonight!) at 7PM EST, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will host a presentation of “I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ SLR,” dedicated to photography with point-and-shoot cameras. The society will “display member images or videos captured with any point-and-shoot camera and discuss the images and videos and share tips on how to maximize the outcome of your work.”
Seacam 5D Mark II housing first look, previewed in forums
Stephen Frink has sent us studio photos of the new Seacam 5D Mark II underwater housing, including comparison shots with the housing for the larger but equal megapixel count Canon 1Ds Mark III, and a new custom macro port for the Canon/Nikon 100/105mm lens to accommodate various teleconverter/diopter combinations with manual focus.
The new housing features new-style latches and shutter trigger, and a lens release lever - design improvements to the Seacam line first previewed at DEMA. Continue reading for all the photos, or continue to the 5D Mark II housing thread for all the opinions…
Surf photographer Clark Little interviewed on Good Morning America
In Hawaii, Clark Little’s sometimes-surreal images of waves form a portfolio of living glass, or to borrow the poetic words of Gary Snyder, “sparkling whorls of living light.” Discuss Clark’s images or post your own attempts in the Wetpixel Surf Photography forum…
Wetpixel’s James Wiseman to present “Super Macro” at HUPS
The Houston Underwater Photographic Society (HUPS) will be hosting Wetpixel’s James Wiseman on March 2, 2009 for a presentation on underwater super macro techniques. Macro, or close-up, photography is defined up to 1:1, or life-size magnification, but the realm of super-macro is reached as you magnify beyond that. James’ talk will cover equipment choices (lenses, teleconverters, and diopters), techniques (focusing, finding the subject), and image processing considerations.
HUPS meets on the first Monday of every month at the Bayland Community Center in Houston, Texas. Visit the society’s website for more information about upcoming meetings and events…
2009 Our World Underwater Winners announced
The winners of the 4th Annual Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide International Underwater Photo & Video Competition were announced during the Saturday night film festival at Our World Underwater in Chicago. Jason Heller from DivePhotoGuide presented the winning images and videos to an enthusiastic crowd, and they are on display all weekend at the show.
Congratulations to Justin Gilligan of Australia for his Best of Show split-shot photograph of a Portuguese Man O’ War. Category winners in this year’s competition represented over twenty countries!
Winning images and videos are being posted at the competition’s official website, UnderwaterCompetition.com. A special thanks to the generous sponsors, without which these competitions would not be possible. Good luck next year!
Continue reading for the film festival videos (featuring the winners) presented at OWU last weekend.
Support legislation to protect manta rays in Hawaiian waters
Hawaii is one of few locations in the world where manta rays can be observed regularly in the wild, however, there is currently no protection for these manta rays in state waters. Manta rays around the world are being killed for usage in traditional Asian medicines, while studies in Hawaii have shown that the populations have limited migration between islands and extremely low reproductive rates. Only 154 individuals have been identified in Kona since 1992, and the species is extremely susceptible to overfishing.
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- The fishy case of the Godfather (via )
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