Flasher wrasse heaven in Southern Halmahera
The 45-day Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia expedition is well underway. We spent 6 days diving our brains out in Lembeh Strait, and are now aboard the Seven Seas liveaboard vessel exploring Halmahera. Yesterday, we dove in a mangrove channel near Obit Island in Southern Halmahera.
I had planned on taking the day off to let my ears recover after 11 days of intense diving, but the group came back from the first dive, reporting a huge population of flasher wrasse in mere meters of water. I had to go see it for myself. At around 4pm, I dropped into the shallows and spent an hour watching over a dozen male flasher wrasse competing with each other in courtship behavior amongst their many harems…
Canon announces AF fix, firmware update for 1D/1Ds Mark III dSLR
At PMA last week, Canon announced a new AF fix for its flagship cameras, the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III, related to the accuracy of focusing using other than the center AF point, and are offering free check-up and repair of affected cameras. In addition, the company released a firmware update for both cameras to fix minor issues with Live View and tether-modes, and implement the addition of more detailed error codes (instead of the standard “Error 99”) to quickly identify the source of any problems.
At the same time, Adobe released an updated Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw v5.3, adding camera support for the Nikon D3X and the Olympus E-30 and fixing a variety of previous LR2 issues, including “a memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustment.” Reports from the forums about the upgrade seem to be positive so far!
San Diego Underwater Photographic Society Film Festival 2009
The 40th annual San Diego Underwater Photographic Society Film Festival, scheduled for Saturday evening, April 25, 2009 at the Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, CA, has begun selling tickets to attend the event. The evening will feature a film by Steve Drogin, matinee show with submissions by SDUPS members, and audience voting to determine the $500 first-place prize winner of the worldwide film contest.
Underwater Journal issue 10 available for download
Underwater Journal Issue 10 was recently made available for download. Featured article topics include the Undersea Voyager project, a review of the Aquatica 40D housing by Wetpixel member Doug Ebersole, a summary article on digital point-and-shoot cameras, and report on the loggerhead turtle hatching.
Underwater Journal is a free PDF magazine, published bimonthly by Wetpixel member Walt Stearns.
X-Ray Magazine issue #28 is available for download
X-Ray, an excellent (and free) online magazine oriented towards diving and underwater photography, has just announced the availability of issue #28. The issue includes articles on diving the Maldives’ Whale Shark Park, the Barents Sea in Russia, cave diving rebreathers, ice diving and underwater photography, and a portfolio by Frank Russell on “Fishy Found Objects.”
Download the latest issue of X-Ray Magazine with these stories, conservation and diving news, and much more…
Summary coverage from Our World Underwater 2009
Jason Heller has posted coverage of the 2009 Our World Underwater convention, which took place on February 20-22, 2009 in Illinois:
Over 15,000 people braved the cold to attend the 39th annual Our World Underwater show in Chicago over the weekend of Feb 20th - 22nd.
Since Our World Underwater is the first large scale scuba diving show of the year, often we have a chance to get our hands on some of the new underwater photography & video equipment that we have been reporting on for the couple of months prior, and this year was no different…
Wetpixel member Doug Sloss to present at Boston Sea Rovers
Scuba Diver Australasia field editor and Wetpixel member Doug Sloss (Sloss) will be hosting digital editing workshops at the Boston Sea Rovers 55th Clinic on March 7-8, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. “Photoshop CS4 for the Underwater Shooter” and “Lightroom 2 for Underwater Shooters” are “informative classes designed to get you up and running with both programs and emphasize the adjustments required to effectively polish up your underwater images.”
The Boston Sea Rovers event will feature a number of additional industry speakers and presenters, including Stan Waterman, Ernie Brooks, Jeff Rotman, Berkley White, Ethan Gordon, and Paul Cater Deaton. Visit the BSR website for the full schedule of seminars and more information…
RSMAS 2009 underwater photography contest open for entries
The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) is running a photo contest with dive travel and cash prizes with a deadline for submission of April 1, 2009. Only amateur photographers can enter (defined as those who make less than 20% of their income through photography), and photos that have been accepted for publication are ineligible.
Many Wetpixel members have placed in previous RSMAS competitions (with Jerry Kane taking the grand prize last year). You can submit up to three entries in each category (Wide Angle, Macro, Portrait), and entry is free. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2009 at the Sea Secrets Lecture Series.
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