Interview: Peter Hughes on dive travel
Peter Hughes has been synonymous with dive travel for over 25 years. The Peter Hughes/Dancer fleet has offered live-aboard diving to a huge number of people, and is one of the most recognized brands within the scuba travel marketplace. What is perhaps less well known is that Peter sold the company in 2008, and is now the head of a new entity, the DivEncounters Alliance (DE). This was set up to bring a variety of individually owned but philosophically similar live-aboard vessels together under one “roof”. Peter’s history is, in many ways the history of dive travel, in which most of the Wetpixel community are a part of too. Wetpixel caught up to him to ask about how he views the dive travel market, and how he sees underwater inmate makers fitting in to it.
Wetpixel’s new design!
We are extremely excited to launch the new Wetpixel.com, which has been redesigned to more beautifully celebrate underwater photography and videography. We have a new section of the site called Full Frame, where we will publish photo essays featuring a string of beautiful, large pictures from contributors. The forums have been updated to the latest version of the software and supports the Tapatalk iOS app…
Baja by Eric Higuera
The short film, Baja, was recently awarded the 2013 Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography, a part of the Beneath the Sea (BTS) imaging contest. The filmmaker describes his project as being:
“Finally completed after a year of hard work and dedication, it was made to show and share with you the amazing and beautiful creatures that inhabit its waters. These beauties are still there, but most threatened. Many fish stocks have been depleted due to uncontrolled illegal fishing worldwide, especially in breeding and marine protected areas.”
Ikelite housing for Nikon D5200
Ikelite has released its housing for the Nikon D5200 SLR. As is normally the case, the company are the first to announce a housing for the camera, has TTL exposure control as a standard feature (when used with current Ikelite DS Substrobes) and is supplied with lens zoom rings. The housing is made of heavy-duty polycarbonate and has a glass viewfinder.
The Ikelite housing for the Nikon D5200 will be available in Mid March at a US retail price of $1,500.00.
Inon releases new macro lenses
Inon has announced the release of the UCL-100M67 and UCL-100LD close-up lenses. These can deliver super macro imaging capabilities with optical glass lenses in 3 elements of 3 groups and an anti-reflection coating on all four inner surfaces. They also feature a larger lens apertures to minimize vignetting even when using a camera with a 28mm lens at the wide end of its zoom range. It is available in 67mm threaded ( UCL-100M67) or Inon bayonet (UCL-100LD) versions. Inon M67 series close-up lens can be stacked on either version.
The new lenses are available now.
Nauticam announces housing for Canon G15
Nauticam has announced the imminent release of their housing for the Canon PowerShot G15 compact camera. The NA-G15 is made of aluminum and gives access to the programmable front and rear command dials as well as the mode and exposure dials. It also has a 67mm thread for attaching wet lenses and, as their press release points out, this gives the option of attaching Inon’s UWL-S100 ZM80 wide conversion lens and/or its additional dome lens unit. Lastly, the housing has fiber optic ports for strobe triggering.
The NA-G15 will be available from 1 March at a US retail price of $1050.
Field Review: Retra LSD Prime snoot
Retra has recently released a new, more economical version of their Light Shaping Device (LSD). Wetpixel’s a href=”http://www.amustard.com>Alex Mustard was able to take one of their early production models on several of his recent trips, and has posted his field review of it here. In addition, he provides a great deal of information about using snoots and how Retra’s units differ from most others that are available. He finds that the LSD allowed him to “subtly light a subject and not the background” and that it is a useful addition not only for competition shooting, but also for “everyday photography”
Results announced: Our World Underwater 2013
The results of the 2013 Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Our World Underwater contest have been announced. The contest attracted over 1500 entries from around the world, and the celebrity panel of judges which included Alex Mustard, Berkley White, Vincent Laforet, Keri Wilk, Mary Lynn Price, Steve Douglas and Eric Hanauer commented on how high the standard was this year. The overall winner and winner of the wide-angle unrestricted category was Sam Cahir with his portrait of a mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), entitled “Paris the mako shark”. The winner of the video category was “The Giants of Cenderawasih Bay” by John Boyle and Fionn Crow Howieson. Many congratulations to all the winners.
You can view all the winning images on UnderwaterCompetition.com. Winning videos will also be broadcast as episodes on DiveFilm HD.
- Penis size matters to female moles (via BBC)
- Dolphins ‘mimic call of companions’ (via BBC)
- Olympus Announces XZ-10 Compact in USA (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Video: Massive Dolphin Pod off California (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Wetpixel Launches Redesign and New Features (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Dead whale washed up on shoreline (via BBC)
- Marine Bacteria to Help Sinusitis Sufferers (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Photos of an Underwater Nuclear Explosion (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Killer plants glow blue to lure prey (via BBC)
- Interview: Photographing Newsweek’s First Animated Cover (via DivePhotoGuide)