Fak-Fak to Sorong expedition with Eric Cheng and Norbert Wu Photo

Fak-Fak to Sorong expedition with Eric Cheng and Norbert Wu

There are still last-minute spots left on this trip!  After the recent announcement of dozens of new species found just off the coast of Papua New Guinea, you’re going to want to go on this trip.  Renowned photographer and filmmaker Norbert Wu and Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng will be aboard a brand-new dive vessel called Seahorse for a dive expedition in Rajah Ampat this coming February 6-21, 2007.  The itinerary will take us from Fak-Fak (mentioned in the article as breaking the world record for most species on a single dive) to Sorong over the course of 15 days.  Graham Abbott, a Wetpixel member and owner of Diving4Images, leads the expedition. [fak-fak to sorong] [contact for info]

Update: Alex Mustard has just returned from a trip on the Seahorse (same itinerary), and David Doubilet and “the scientists” will be out there on the charter just before ours.  This area is *hot*.

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Bizarre deep-sea creatures imaged off New Zealand for the first time Photo

Bizarre deep-sea creatures imaged off New Zealand for the first time

Builder’s Pencil, which spans 180,000 square meters off New Zealand’s eastern coast, is one of the largest seep sites in the world. Recently, a joint US/New Zealand research team studying the area photographed and videotaped - for the first time! - a variety of unusual deep-sea creatures, such as the hard-to-pronounce Vestimentiferan worm. Dwelling up to 1 kilometer below the waves, these unusual animals are capable of converting energy-rich chemicals from the nearby methane vents into living matter in the absence of sunlight.

After mapping the sea floor via sonar, the researchers lowered video and still cameras into the deep, dark waters. In addition to the worms, the scientists captured footage of hermit crabs, glass sponges, tube worms, and more. If you want to see what the creatures look like, select footage from the expedition has been uploaded to YouTube. Admittedly, much of the footage features sea floor punctuated by strobe flashes. However, I think you’ll be amazed with the clarity of the footage. Moreover, I’m impressed that scientists are using popular culture to spread their message. Rock on, you deep-sea scientists!

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Reminder: Submit to Our World Underwater and DEEP 2007 Competitions Photo

Reminder: Submit to Our World Underwater and DEEP 2007 Competitions

Photographers and videographers!  Remember to get your submissions into the two underwater photo contests hosted at UnderwaterCompetition.com before January 7, 2007!  With over USD $55,000 in combined prizes, we’re going to send 21 winners on dive trips around the world and shower many more with dive and photo gear.  Winning images in the OWU competition will be announced and presented at the Our-World Underwater festival in Chicago between Feb 9-11, 2007, and winners of both competitions will have their images printed in some of the most popular dive magazines in the world (see contest site for publishing partners).

Quick links to the two competitions:
- 2nd Annual Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide International Photo & Video Competition
- DEEP Indonesia 2007 Underwater Photography Competition

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2007 Bimini Shark Encounter ready for applications Photo

2007 Bimini Shark Encounter ready for applications

Wildeye has confirmed the date for the 2007 Bimini Shark Encounter as March 4-13, 2007, and is currently accepting applications for the trip.

The course is based at the renowned Bimini Biological Field Station (Sharklab) in the Bahamas, and enables you to work with, learn about and film/photograph a range of sharks led by well-known shark biologists Samuel “Doc” Gruber and Dean Grubbs.

You will learn about shark biology and conservation through a number of illustrated lectures and videos by scientists who are actively studying these predators, and have an opportunity to film and photograph them with wildlife photographer Sune Nightingale.

Visit Wildeye Bimini Shark Encounter for more information…

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Wetpixel Solomon Islands Expedition, Sep 11-25, 2007 Photo

Wetpixel Solomon Islands Expedition, Sep 11-25, 2007

Wetpixel.com and photographer Eric Cheng are leading an expedition to the Solomon Islands aboard the M/V Bilikiki from September 11-25, 2007! The Solomon Islands are one of my favorite dive destinations, and offer everything from tiny pygmy seahorses to huge barracuda tornados. The topography (both topside and underwater) is absolutely breath-taking, and the crew and guides on the Bilikiki are one of the best I’ve encountered.

In addition to the leadership of veteran managers Monty Sheppard and Michelle Gaut, Wetpixel members and award-winning photographers Cor Bosman and Julie Edwards will also be on this trip.  Cor and Julie have literally spent months in the Solomon Islands aboard the Bilikiki, and their knowledge of the area is impressive.  Eric Cheng will be onboard offering informal underwater photography advice.

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To crop, or not to crop? Photo

To crop, or not to crop?

Wetpixel member Udo van Dongen has started an interesting discussion in the forums on the decision to crop or not. He writes,

My personal philosophy is that you can do almost anything to an image when it comes to colours, contrast, removing dust, unwanted models/turtles etc., because it was your personal experience which you can express in photos in the way you want to.

But cropping is something different to me. When you do cropping you can make any composition you like. Personally I think that, as an underwater photographer, you should be able to make a proper composition during diving and not only during post-processing.

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DVExpo West 2006 official Wetpixel coverage Photo

DVExpo West 2006 official Wetpixel coverage

For the first time, we are proud to provide news coverage at this year’s DVExpo West at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Wetpixel video moderator Drew worked hard to provide Wetpixel readers full coverage of this event, highlighting the digital video products that matter to the underwater production studio.

Join Drew as he reports from downtown Los Angeles…

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