25th California Beach Dive Photo Competition Photo

25th California Beach Dive Photo Competition

The 25th California Beach Dive Photo Competition will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29, 2005 in Monterey, California. The event is sponsored by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society.
Underwater photographers shooting either film or digital images are welcome to compete for the honor of winning and a great selection of prizes.

All diving has to be done from the beach: NO BOATS, which is a great equalizer. All shooting is on Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pick up registration materials in the morning, shoot, return film or download digital images in the afternoon.

There’s a great dinner party Saturday night, film shooters select entries Sunday morning, awards ceremony and prize selection is 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Prizes include trips to to exotic dive locations and great dive gear.

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Wetpixel Member Todd Mintz - Inon Artist of the Month Photo

Wetpixel Member Todd Mintz - Inon Artist of the Month

Long-time Wetpixel member Todd Mintz is featured as Inon America’s Artist of the Month for April.  Todd’s photos from the Bahamas, British Columbia, and Indonesia are proudly displayed with photo and equipment commentary.  According to Todd: “I relish the challenge to improve and adapt to the new situations that underwater photography provides. I feel it is a continual learning process. Each situation, setting and subject is different and requires practice, thought and a little luck. If I am lucky enough, and all the elements come together I may capture that photograph that was in my minds eye when I originally planned the trip. That said I also realize that it takes many people to make a great photograph. I have been fortunate to have been around some great underwater photographers who have been extremely gracious to impart bits of wisdom and experience my way.”

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Canon 350D Review Posted at Dpreview.com Photo

Canon 350D Review Posted at Dpreview.com

Check out Phil Askey’s review of the Canon 350D “RebelXT” at DPreview.  This camera received a “Highly Recommended” rating and looks like a considerable improvement over the first Digital Rebel.  The review contains sample images and Phil’s image noise comparison table.  Also included is a “rollover” image, showing the body differences between the older and new Digital Rebel cameras.

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More Nikon D2X Images, Underwater Photo

More Nikon D2X Images, Underwater

I know you’re all interested in seeing more photos from the Nikon D2X, underwater.  Wetpixel co-admin Dr. Alex Mustard has posted some images from his recent trip to the Caymans, focusing on fish behavioUr and portraits.

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Lars Kirchhoff: Middle-German Champion Photo

Lars Kirchhoff: Middle-German Champion

Congratulations to Lars Kirchhoff (digideep‘s technical admin), who scored 4th and 2nd place in category E (Beginner Digital) during the Middle-German Championship in underwater photography.

Due to the two leading positions he was awarded with the title “Middle-German Champion” in this category. The ceremony was held on 19th March 2005 near the Olympic Stadium in Berlin by the Landestauchportverband Berlin a division of the German Diving Association VDST .

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Adobe Announces Photoshop CS2 Photo

Adobe Announces Photoshop CS2

Adobe has announced Version 2 of it’s popular RAW conversion and image editing software.  There are many new features (new file browser, optical lens correction, noise reduction), but the one I find the most exciting is multiple RAW image conversion.  This function is the main draw of Adobe’s competition’s package (Capture One) - as it lets the user set up a batch of raw conversions, all with different settings, and then process the RAW files all at once in the background.

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