Opinion: How to achieve great imagery
As underwater photographers and filmmakers, we all attempt to create stunning, memorable imagery. Often we seek to emulate well known image makers and the results that they achieve. The profusion of imagery available to viewers means that if our imagery is to be considered exceptional, it needs to be unique and technically perfect. Wetpixel Editor, Adam Hanlon, provides some thoughts on how to achieve this.
Nikon announces DX 10-20 mm wide angle lens
Nikon has announced a 10-20mm rectilinear wide angle lens for cropped sensor (DX) cameras. It is equipped with Vibration Reduction and has a minimum focus distance of 22 cm (8.7 inches). The lens has a stepping AF motor that allows for quiet focusing. Performance behind a dome is uncertain at this point, please check back for reviews.
Nikon ships 8-15mm fisheye lens
Nikon is now shipping its new AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3-4.5 ED lens. Compatible with both full frame (FX) and cropped sensor cameras, with circular fisheye at the 8 mm end on FX. Minimum focus distance is 16 cm (6 inches) so this lens should work well behind a dome. Suffice to say that Wetpixel will be reviewing it very soon!
Cruise Ship owners fined for reef damage
The operators of the cruise ship that struck the reef at Crossover off Kri, Raja Ampat in March have been fined Rp6 trillion (around US$450 million) according to Tempo. The Indonesian government is seeking this sum from the owners of the Caledonian Sky basing its calculation on four components to damages: ecosystem, economy and society, ecosystem rehabilitation costs and damage claim costs.
Issue 27 of Anima Mundi Magazine available
ssue 27 of Anima Mundi magazine is now available to download. Featured in this issue are: The jaguars of the Peruvian Amazon, a trip report from the Etosha National Park, the Changeable Hawk Eagle, a portfolio by amateur macro photographer Karthikeyan Shanmugasundaram and an essay about North Carolina’s sand tiger sharks by Tanya Houppermans.
Close Focus: Rig Diver by Alex Mustard
Wetpixel, in conjunction with PADI, has launched a series of columns discussing the stories behind great images. The goal is to show how amazing imagery does not normally occur by chance, but is due to dedicate, technique, research and experience. The profusion of and accessibility to underwater imagery has lead to a misbelief that achieving great imagery is somehow “easy.” In this inaugural edition, Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard, talks about how he achieved his award winning image of a cormorant hunting beneath an oil rig off California.
SwellPro announces Splash Drone 3
SwellPro has announced a new amphibious drone. The SwellPro Auto 3 can land and take off from/in the water and is equipped with a camera with a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor on a waterproof gimble. It can capture 4K video and 14 MP stills. It can fly in winds up to Beaufort Force 4 and has a 16 minute flight time per charge.
Winners of the 2017 University of Miami Underwater Photography Contest announced
The winners of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science 2017 Annual Underwater Photography Contest have been announced. Marchione Giacomo’s photograph of a cleaner shrimp (Periclimenes venustus) on the tip of a black-saddle snake eel (Ophichthus cephalozona) sticking out of the sand in Raja Ampat was the overall winner.
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