Light & Motion Nikon D200 Underwater Housing
Light & Motion has finally released preliminary information about their upcoming Nikon D200 underwater housing. Notable features include USB control of the camera, classic L&M ROC strobe control, electro-mechanical shutter release, port conversion rings, and an optional expanded viewfinder. MSRP is USD $4,499.
Previously, the only official information about a D200 housing from L&M had come from an interview of CTO John Larkin.
Steve Fish’s Online Video Seminar, Part II
Light & Motion has posted part II of a video seminar series by Steve Fish (see part I). Part II shows the difference between shooting into and with the sun, the use of graduated filters, and ideas about continuity and transitions. Steve even provides sample video clips to demonstrate various points. I like the formula: “Good Video = Good Photography / Time.” I’m going to start shooting 0 second videos in order to achieve infinite video goodness.
Wetpixel welcomes Wags as a video moderator
Please join me in welcoming Wags as the newest video moderator here at Wetpixel! Wags is an ever-helpful presence in the video forums, and through his website, HDVUnderwater, he has even provided Wetpixel members with free video-hosting space.
He’s got a real name (Paul Waghorn), but most people call him WAGS. Wags grew up in the wheat belt of Western Australia on a farm and worked in the mining industry for a few years before moving to Cairns to work in the dive industry. Eventually, he arrived in Exmouth on the Ningaloo Reef in 1995, where he still lives today. In addition to being an SSI instructor, Wags works full-time in filming, editing, graphics, computers, websites, and e-commerce design. His underwater material has been on many local and overseas networks. Wags shoots with a Nikon D70 in a Sea & Sea housing, Sony HDV-FX1 in an Amphibico Phenom housing.
Wetpixel partners with DiveFilm for Video Podcasts
Wetpixel is proud to announce a partnership with DiveFilm.com, a website dedicated to showcasing underwater video. DiveFilm features underwater filmmakers and offers high quality video podcasts about the underwater world, available through a free iTunes subscription and other podcast subscription mechanisms. Contrary to the name, video podcasts do not require a video iPod, and you can watch the broadcasted video right on your computer monitor.
So far, DiveFilm has broadcasted video by numerous Wetpixel members, including Mary Lynn Price, Paul Wags, Eric Hanauer, Steve Douglas, and more! Check out DiveFilm’s podcast by clicking on “DiveFilm Video Podcast” in Wetpixel’s right-hand navigation menu!
Digideep covers Sandisk RedSea Photo Competition
Our friends Lars Kirchhoff and Andreas Voeltz over at Digideep have published an in-depth webcast from the SanDisk/Red Sea 2006 Underwater Photo Competition. The winning images are stunning, and with a $10,000 cash prize plus a trip to Papua New Guinea, portfolio winner Noam Kortler must have gone home in absolute shock!
RSMAS Underwater Photography Contest 2006 Winners
The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) has posted the winners of its 2006 Underwater Photography Contest. Congratulations to all of the winners—and to Wetpixel members Patrick Weir, Neil Hammerschlag, Tom Stephens, and Andre Seale (and others?) for placing!
Aquarium reef fish trade to get new regulations
NOAA and the US Coral Reef Task Force have announced new conservation inniciatives aiming to reduce illegal trade of aquarium reef fishes:
“The resolution calls on the task force to examine the use of cyanide and other poisons in the collection of reef fish on the global market. Although illegal in most countries, the use of cyanide to capture reef fish alive is widespread. The U.S. is the number one market for coral reef fish for the aquarium trade. Previous studies estimate that most live reef fish entering into international trade and imported into the U.S. are collected with the use of cyanide, and thus are illegal.”
The agencies plan on developing detection tests to determine if the fish were collected with cyanide. In addition, NOAA announced that it supports the declaration of 2008 as the “International Year of the Reef”.
More protection for Caribbean Corals
A new layer of protection has been added to Caribbean reef corals by NOAA:
“The NOAA Fisheries Service announced its decision to list elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The final rule will be published next week, and the listing will be effective 30 days after that date. This will be the first time a coral has been listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA. A species is considered endangered if it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.”
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