2008 9th annual San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition coverage
The 9th annual San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (UFEX) was two weekends ago, August 22 and 23, at the magnificent Qualcomm Hall auditorium, with its state of the art digital projection system. Thirty two of the 60 films submitted made the final cut, all but five in high definition. Attendance numbered over 900 for the two nights.
The first exhibition was held in 2000, featuring short videos limited to 5 minutes maximum, with no entry fees and no prizes except for the distinction of having your film selected by the panel of three independent judges. The same principles are in force today, as the show has become international in scope with near sellout crowds…
NYUPS hosts presentation on Digital Workflow Basics
On September 2, 2008, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will host an informal presentation by society president Jason Heller on “Digital Workflow Basics.” Topics may include a comparison between “RAW vs. JPEG, whether megapixels really matter, histograms and white balance, color space, cataloging, editing, and the best options for backups.”
Online underwater show TheUnderwaterChannel.tv 2008 launch
TheUnderwaterChannel.tv is an online underwater on-demand TV show created by Nicholas Claxton that has relaunched today, September 1, for the 2008 season. Dedicated to “exploring the mysteries and the marvels of the underwater world,” it is produced by divers and conservationists, and involves Julie Anderson of the Shark Angels, and Wetpixel’s own Dr. Alex Mustard for the monthly program “Splash!” and a “Creature Feature” look at underwater species, respectively.
Continue reading for the full press release with more information, or continue to TheUnderwaterChannel.tv to begin watching…
Diving with sixgill sharks in Seattle
Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng and Matt Segal returned recently from a trip to Seattle to dive with and photograph sixgill sharks.
Travis told us that sixgill sharks typically show up “between 9:30pm and 10:30pm.” And it is certainly not a sure thing. The last expedition had been virtually skunked, with only one brief encounter over three nights of diving.
We were lucky. Just as the sun was going down, multiple sixgill sharks appeared on camera. They were actually quite difficult to see in the video feed beamed from the site, but the hypnotic waving of their long, ribbon-like tails provided enough for a clear ID.
Check out the full trip report for photos, videos, and more.
Nikon announces D90 SLR
Nikon has announced the D90 digital SLR, a 12-megapixel camera capable of shooting at 4.5 fps. The new D90 emphasizes Live View mode, and is the first SLR capable of shooting video. Video is 720p high definition, and the camera can shoot for 5 minutes at a time. The D90 also feature face-recognition and support for the new GPS Unit GP-1, an unobtrusive hotshoe attachment that allows the camera to store GPS information in each image’s metadata.
It is still unclear whether the D90 will fit into any existing underwater housings, but Wetpixel members are already discussing the possibility in the forum.
2009 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest
Wetpixel.com is proud to host the 2009 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest. If you have the perfect photo that captures the excitement and beauty of Raja Ampat diving, enter this contest for a chance to have your image printed on the 4,000 park tags that will be attached BCDs of visiting divers! In addition, the first place winner will receive a 7-day, 6-night, all-inclusive dive trip* to Raja Ampat’s original eco-resort at Kri, kindly donated by Papua Diving.
To enter the contest, submit up to 2 photos or graphic designs per contestant before midnight on Thursday, August 28, 2008. After finalists are chosen, you –- the public -– will vote for the best image or design until September 25, 2008. Winners will be announced on October 1, 2008.
Reminder: the deadline is TONIGHT at midnight PST!
Continue reading for full contest details.
Reefmote Control: Aquatica Remote Release reviewed
When underwater photographer and Wetpixel member Tim Rock found out that Aquatica had engineered a remote release compatible with their housings, he begged the company to let him “be the Pacific guinea pig,” and managed to obtain a unit in time for a trip to dive with the mantas, sharks, and reef-life of Yap and Guam:
In Guam’s Tumon Bay, we have some nice anemone colonies and a profusion of light blue chromis. I set the D200 up with the 10-20 Sigma lens set at 20mm, and then backed off and let the chromis, damsels and other reef fish do their thing during a minus tide in the shallow bay. As they popped into the water column for food, I was able to many time fill the frame. Had I been nearer, they would have retreated into the confines of the staghorn and finger corals…
Read on for Tim’s full review, full of example images from each of the uses for the remote release…
Tony Wu blogs from Tonga: Week Three with Humpbacks
Tony Wu has sent in an update to his third week of experiences with the humpback whales of Tonga, including a discussion of the buildup and waning of cetacean activity with the full moon, and even takes the time to evaluate the variety of local cuisine and restaurants for those travellers unaware.
On Saturday, there were plenty of whales, but they had switched from “party-hard” mode to “yo-yo” mode. In contrast to the frenetic, energy-charged atmosphere of the days leading up to the full moon, all was quiet. Whales settled in single and pairs, resting for extended periods of time underwater, surfacing to take a few breaths, then submerging again to rest for extended periods of time. Up, down, up, down, up, down…hence the term “yo-yo” mode, which I’ve coined to describe this state of whale being.
The frustrating thing for whale watchers, of course, is that yo-yos are…dull.
Continue for Tony’s summary of the week’s activities with accompanying photos…
- Atomos firmware update to enable RAW recording on Shogun… (via )
- Megalodon teeth unearthed in SF east bay (via )
- Video: Divers surrounded by stellar sea lions (via )
- Hundreds of “good luck” coins killed a green sea… (via )
- “Sustainable shrimp” fishing boat arrested by Liberian coast… (via )
- The fishy case of the Godfather (via )
- CameraBits updates Photo Mechanic 5 to v.18327 (via )
- Photos of battle between eagle ray and hammerhead shark (via )
- Nikon updates C firmware for D500 to 1.12 (via )
- Nikon updates C firmware for D810 to 1.12 (via )