Wetpixel Google Toolbar Buttons
I’ve just created Wetpixel custom search buttons for the new version of the Google Toolbar. The buttons will allow you to access and search Wetpixel and the Wetpixel forums with a single click of your mouse! Eventually, one of the buttons will also read Wetpixel’s RSS feed, which will always show you the last articles posted on the front page. The new version of Google Toolbar is Windows/IE-only, but should trickle to Firefox soon.
Install now: [wetpixel main] [wetpixel forums]
Nature’s Best Exhibit at the Smithsonian
Eric Cheng (that’s me!) has posted photos of the Nature’s Best Awards exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Many of the images shown at the exhibit are incredible, and I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the DC area and enjoy wildlife photography. [exhibit photos] [contest win announcement]
Sea & Sea 350D Impressions and Photos
Jonas Vannar gives us his impressions of the Sea & Sea underwater housing for the Canon 350D/Digital Rebel XT (complete with detailed photos of the housing).
The first thing I noted was how easy it was to handle it underwater. The shutter was extremely smooth and it was very easy to feel when you had depressed the shutter release halfway down. The *button (AELock) was easily depressed simultaneously with the shutter…
Wetpixel.com/DPG Photo Contest deadline
We’re just a few days away from the deadline for Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com’s 2006 International Photo Competition! Compete for trips to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Socorros, Galapagos, Bora Bora, Solomon Islands, Palau, and the Bahamas, dive and photo and dive gear from Aquatica, Fantasea, Ikelite, Epoque, Nocturnal Lights, MCD, Ultralight, Backscatter, and Underwater Photo-Tech, and dive-related media from ScubaCore, Wyland, Takako Uno and Stephen Wong, Scott Tuason, Fathoms Magazine, Ocean Realm Journal, Dive Chronicles, and TheUnderwaterPhotographer.com.
Winners will be announced on stage at the 2006 Our World-Underwater festival in Chicago, Illinois (February 24-26, 2006). February 3rd is a hard deadline, so get your entries submitted!
Boot 2006 Show Report
Here is a brief summary and a few pictures from the Boot Show 2006 in Düsseldorf Germany. It’s worth noting that all the metal housing builders will support two new exciting cameras: the Canon EOS 5D and the Nikon D200. Seacam, Sealux, Subal and UK-GERMANY have 5D housings on display. Subal was the only one to have at least a preview version of its future Nikon D200 housing. Two new strobe housings for the Canon 580EX have been introduced by Patima and Sealux. Mike-Dive (Michael Finger) presented a creative Olympus C7070 / Patima housing setup, including external monitor. UK-GERMANY introduced a new medium format housing for the digital Hasselblad D1H with 22 Megapixels. Subtronic’s recently announced interchangeable battery system was displayed as well. This is just a brief overview with pictures. There is a lot more to see on the Boot 2006 show floor.
The Social Side of Technology
Just a few short years ago, being the only underwater photographer on a dive boat could get you the sort of dirty looks you might expect if you were about to take your pet crown-of-thorns starfish diving with you. Just about every diver had a story of an evil photographer they dived with who crunched coral and stressed fish. Many divers were quick to label all photographers reef destroyers.
How attitudes have changed. The popularity of compact digital cameras these days means an increasing number of divers are taking up underwater photography, and long-time photo enthusiasts are no longer the shunned minority…
Olympus announces Evolt E-330 digital slr
Olympus has announced a new, 7.5-megapixel digital SLR compatible with the full range of E-System accessories. The Olympus Evolt E-330 is the first digital SLR to support continuous live preview on its rear LCD screen. Many point ‘n shoot photographers are already used to composing by using a live LCD, and having a live LCD on the back can help underwater photographers when composing in difficult positions.
In May, the Olympus PT-E02 underwater housing for the E-330 will be available. UK Germany has also announced that they will be building a housing. Be sure to check out the discussion about this camera in our forums.
The Digital Shootout Palau *Update*
It’s not too late to sign up for the Digital Shootout Palau! Space is still available, and we have recently added two bonus seminars to the schedule.
For those attending the Yap portion of the event, photo pro and Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch of Manta Visions will give a special seminar on the secrets of shooting the Mantas of Yap.
Eric Cheng will also offer a special Photoshop session on working with manta images. Color correction can be a tricky thing with underwater photos and manta images present and even greater challenge. Eric will explain his Photoshop techniques with selective color to make those good images great.
For more information on the event visit www.thedigitalshootout.com
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