Please welcome our new moderators!
As the Wetpixel community grows, more and more talented and generous photographers are stepping up to lead discussions in the community forum about underwater photography and videography. Please join us in welcoming Darren Jew (photovan), Ryan Pedlow (aussie), Giles Shaxted (Giles), and Ellen Quale (ornate_wrasse) into the moderating team here at Wetpixel.com! The full list of moderators is available on our about page.
Continue reading for moderator biographies.
Follow Wetpixel on Twitter
Wetpixel is going to start using its Twitter feed more and more in the coming months, and we’d love to have you follow us! Initially, the feed will announce new front page articles, plus interesting links discovered by both me and long-time member Giles Shaxted. Twitter is often the fastest way for us to share the things we’re browsing.
Eventually, we’ll have a rolling list of Wetpixel’s tweets somewhere on the front page, but for now, you’ll have to follow us if you’re interested! (and if you’re interested in becoming a contributor, let us know via the discussion forums)
Aquatica underwater housings for Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90
Wetpixel friend Aquatica has announced the production of housings for the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90 digital SLRs. Both cameras are capable of HD video, and the design of these housings specifically addressed ergonomic button positioning to allow for activation and control of all shooting modes. While each housing features knurled and grooved knobs for better control while wearing gloves, the Aquatica 5D Mark II housings adds a hydrophone for audio pickup underwater.
As with other recent Aquatica releases, the aluminum housings are compatible with the Aqua View accessory viewfinder, offer convenient port lock and lens release buttons, and are rated to a minimum of 300ft/90m. Continue reading for both press releases, and to view images of these new housings…
Magic Filters releases new DVD, “Shooting Magic”
Our good friends over at Magic Filters have officially released their new instructional DVD, “Shooting Magic” (available immediately). The DVD was filmed and produced by Peter Rowlands and follows underwater photographer Alex Mustard over 6 dives in the Red Sea, 3 shooting with his DSLR and 3 with his compact camera. Alex demonstrates and describes the techniques he is using and the considerations, both technical and artistic, that go into producing stunning available light photographs with Magic filters.
Mustard writes, “The DVD covers white balancing, subject selection, approach, exposure, composition, why you need a filter, etc. An important feature is that after each dive, we do a review of the shots and discuss in detail why some have worked and others have not. It gives you an idea of what you can expect to achieve in similar conditions. You will see all the shots, both good and bad, unadjusted straight from the camera…”
Last call for BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition entries
The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) has issued a last call for entries for their annual underwater photography print competition, in association with Diver Magazine and the London Aquarium.
With categories for photos from both UK and overseas waters, the competition will take place at the London International Dive Show on March 28-29, 2009 where prints will be displayed for judging. The deadline for entry is February 23, 2009 - submit your prints quickly!
Volunteers needed for coverage of Avalon Underwater Cleanup
Every year, the Catalina Conservancy coordinates the Avalon Underwater Cleanup, an event attended by hundreds of divers in an effort to clean up trash on Catalina Island. Now in its 28th year, the Cleanup also serves to raise funds for continued operation of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.
Wetpixel sponsor H2O Photo Pros has offered “to produce a multimedia piece as well as still photographs that will be used to promote and advertise the clean up event for years to come,” but they need your help! A handful of volunteers have offered their time, but still needed are additional underwater and topside videographers and photographers to document the event. Transportation, tanks, and weights are provided to volunteers! Continue reading for all the details…
FiNS Magazine goes multimedia
Our good friends over at FiNS Magazine have launched a new website! FiNS is now entirely web-based, and has relaunched its website to incorporate video podcasts, blog posts and PDF articles, with the objective of making use of mixed media to showcase the amazing dive destinations in Asia.
Apparently the FiNS Team lost many hours of sleep putting the new site together, so head on over to finsonline.com to check out the new site!
Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia Expeditions, Mar/Apr 2009
EXPEDITION #1: Sorong, Halmahera, Ambon | March 7-22, 2009 (15 days)Fully booked.
EXPEDITION #2: Ambon, Banda Sea, Maumere | March 25-April 9, 2009 (15 days)
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- A drop of water used as a lens (via )
- Canon updates firmware for EOS 5DS and 5DS R to v.1.1.1 (via )
- Humpback whales return to NYC in large numbers (via )
- DiCaprio and Mexican government draft plan to save Vaquita (via )
- Asian nations make plastic oceans promise (via )
- Great whites spotted off Santa Cruz beach (via )
- 10,000 coral transplanted in Bonaire (via )
- Nikon releases KeyMission 360/170 utility version 1.0.3. (via )
- After Effects CC version 14.2.1 is available (via )