Wetpixel / DivePhotoGuide cocktail night @ DEMA Show 2009 Photo

Wetpixel / DivePhotoGuide cocktail night @ DEMA Show 2009

We’re at it again! Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide will be hosting our DEMA 2009 Cocktail Party on Friday, November 6, 2009 at the DEMA Show in Orlando, Florida.

Date and Time: 8:30pm Friday, November 6, 2009
Location: TO BE DECIDED (tentatively, we’ll meet at the Rosen Centre bar)

Check the front page of Wetpixel or follow us on Twitter (@wetpixel) at the end of the Thursday the 5th for location change details, or drop by the Wetpixel /DivePhotoGuide booth #1068 for an invite card. Last year’s party in Las Vegas was packed full of photography and dive industry folks. This year, the gathering will probably be much more casual; we promise to make up for it in Vegas 2010

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Sixgill sharks in Seattle, segment on OPB Photo

Sixgill sharks in Seattle, segment on OPB

Last year, Dive Magazine’s Simon Rogerson and Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng and Matt Segal went to Seattle to dive with sixgill sharks. A team from Oregon Public Broadcasting joined our charter to gather footage for a sixgill shark segment for Oregon Field Guide.

Recreational divers and researchers lure sixgill sharks in for up close encounters. It’s believed Puget Sound is a sixgill shark nursery: a safe place to give birth and raise hundreds or perhaps a thousand or more young sharks.

The show has finally aired; you can see the segment on sixgill sharks embedded in this post.

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BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners for 2009 announced Photo

BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners for 2009 announced

The winning images of the 2009 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year award have been announced and are online at the British Natural History Museum’s website. This year’s winner in The Underwater World is Michel Loup, who photographed a pike reflected in the glassy underside of a Jura Mountains lake. Other underwater winners this year include Paul Nicklen, Doug Perrine, Nano Cordovilla, Kevin Schafer, Christopher Guglielmo, and Daniel Selmeczi. Congratulations!

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Changes due to spammers on Wetpixel Photo

Changes due to spammers on Wetpixel

Spammers have recently started using Wetpixel as a destination for marketing links by putting unrelated content in newly created users’ forum profile pages. This means that a spam message blasted out in an email somewhere out there might contain a link to Wetpixel, which would unwittingly have become a host for spam content.

Note that none of this affects you, the Wetpixel user, the content you have posted on Wetpixel, or your private information. The only issue here is that spammers are using their profiles to host spam content. I have a plan to try to combat this new form of spam, and I made some changes tonight that will hopefully help us to win the battle in the long run. Continue reading, if you’re interested in how we’re fighting it.

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Canon announces 1D Mark IV digital SLR Photo

Canon announces 1D Mark IV digital SLR

Canon has announced their new 1D Mark IV digital SLR, a 16-megapixel, 10 frames-per-second professional SLR body. From the first images release, the body looks to be identical to the older Mark III cameras—good news for underwater photographers. However, we won’t know for sure until someone actually gets their hands on one. Especially exciting is the inclusion of HD video capture in the new camera. The 1D Mark IV will capture both HD and SD video. HD video support includes 1920x1080 capture @ 24p, 25p and 30p, and 1280x720 capture at 50p/60p.

Canon has posted a press release and an article explaining what’s new. Rob Galbraith has also published an article with more information bout the camera.

The 1D Mark IV is priced as $4,999.00 and ships in late December 2009.

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Petition: continue to protect goliath groupers Photo

Petition: continue to protect goliath groupers

Goliath groupers, which were listed until 2006 as a critically endangered species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), may soon lose their protection from fishing due to recovering population levels and pressure from fisherman. Divers have long enjoyed the company of these, huge, friendly fish, and if taking goliath groupers becomes legal once again, population levels may fall quickly.

Please help us to keep goliath groupers in the list of protected species by signing our petition!

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Wetpixel sperm whale expedition, update 3 Photo

Wetpixel sperm whale expedition, update 3

Those of you reading these updates might think that it’s easy to find and photograph a sperm whale underwater. I assure you that it is not. During this expedition, we spent days on the ocean looking for miniscule signs of life above the surface. Noticing a single blow in the huge expanse of ocean extending out to the horizon can mean the difference between success and failure. The crew of Sea-Tac’s Dancing Whale work hard, stopping regularly to listen to the ocean via hydrophone. Everything has to be right in order for a photographer to capture a good shot: weather, equipment, positioning, and above all, the presence of the animal(s)!

The three days since the last web update have been rather slow, but the action was so good for the first few days that I consider anything more to be a bonus…

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Wetpixel sperm whale expedition, update 2 Photo

Wetpixel sperm whale expedition, update 2

The typhoon to the east continued to throw huge swells into Ogasawara, resulting in extremely difficult conditions during our next couple of days out at sea. On day 3, we decided that the weather was too bad to make it out to the sperm whale area, so we turned around and stayed in the protection of the island’s lee. Luckily, we found a school of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in the bay.

Swimming with these dolphins are one of the reasons Japanese tourists flock to Ogasawara by the hundreds in high season, and when we jumped in, we could immediately see why…

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