Rick Allen injured in accident Photo

Rick Allen injured in accident

Rick Allen and his wife, Cindy Burnham, both of Nautilus Productions, have been injured by an exploding cylinder at their home. Rick is a well-known photographer and videographer, with multiple credits on both National Geographic and Discovery channels. Rick is still in a critical condition in UNC Hospitals’ Jaycee Burn Center, while Cindy has been released after having been treated for facial cuts.

I’m sure that the Wetpixel community will join in sending wishes for a speedy recovery to them.

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Epson Red Sea World Shoot-Out Photo

Epson Red Sea World Shoot-Out

Epson Red Sea has announced a 6 day World Shoot-Out which will take place from 1 to 6 August, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world. The concept is that people register for the competition and send their images taken during the week via internet upload. These are then judged with winners being announced at the Epson Red Sea Eilat event. The World Shoot-Out has numerous entry categories including: Destination, wide-angle, macro, ship/plane wreck and amateur. All entrants must be registered by 2 August, with the judging taking place from 7 to 10 August and the winners being announced in Eilat on 19 November.

Prizes, entry rules and procedures are fully explained on the Epson Red Sea site.

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Call for entries: Beneath the Waves Film Festival Photo

Call for entries: Beneath the Waves Film Festival

The second Beneath the Waves Film Festival is calling for entries. It is currently seeking submissions that focus on marine life, marine issues, and marine conservation. The festival is a combination of science and film, communicating research, field work, underwater footage and outreach to people across disciplines. It will be held in association with the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Mobile, Alabama from 16 to 20 March 2011.

The competition is free to enter, and the deadline is 15 March 2011.

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O-Ring care for the new underwater shooter Photo

O-Ring care for the new underwater shooter

One of the most discussed items on the forums revolve around the simplest part of the underwater image maker’s arsenal; the o-ring. Steve Douglas takes a step-by-step look at the use and preparation of these simple yet vital components. His article provides hands-on guidance for the new housing owner, and a revision for the experienced shooter.

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Olympus E-PL2 housing pictures leaked Photo

Olympus E-PL2 housing pictures leaked

43 Rumours has already leaked the release of the Olympus E-PL2 EVIL camera due to be released at CES on 6 January. It also appears that Olympus will announce a new housing at the same time. The new housing seems smaller than the existing E-PL1 housing as it appears to have lost the bump that was built-in to accommodate the optional electronic viewfinder. Pictures of an Olympus housing for the new XZ1 compact have also been leaked.

Port compatibility, available lens configurations, prices and availability are to be confirmed.

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RED EPIC camera stolen Photo

RED EPIC camera stolen

The first RED EPIC camera to be released has been stolen in what appears to be a general burglary from a chalet in Meribel, France. EPIC camera number 0006, owned by Mark Pederson, CTO of Offhollywood studios, was stolen while he and his family slept, their front door having been forced open. Also stolen was cash and an Angenieux Optimo 15-40mm (s/n1591382) lens.

Jim Jannard, founder of RED, has offered a $100,000 reward for:

“The safe return of EPIC #00006 and the rest of the system including the media with Mark’s files… and the arrest and conviction of those that broke into Mark’s chalet in France.”

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Happy New Year from Wetpixel Photo

Happy New Year from Wetpixel

Wetpixel wishes you all a very happy New Year: May your diving be safe, you image-making rewarding, and your ventures profitable! Many thanks for all your support and contributions during 2010.

We are looking forward to some exciting layout changes on the site in 2011, as well as more great discussion in the forums. Please stay tuned as the year progresses.

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Gates adds correction lenses to Panasonic AG-3DA1 Photo

Gates adds correction lenses to Panasonic AG-3DA1

The Panasonic 3DA1 is an ideal tool for underwater 3D film making. However, as the two “eyes” or lenses are fixed relative to each other, this brings about some challenges. Effectively, this means that it has a fairly narrow field of view and 8 foot minimum convergence for the eyes. Hence, wide shots are a problem, and subjects closer than 8 feet will be off the screen in the positive 3D space, and may not make for comfortable viewing.

Gates Underwater Products has attacked this by adding conversion lenses to the camera. The lenses are from Zunow with a front aluminum bezel, which actually replaces the camera’s own, machined by Gates. This makes the camera truly usable underwater (and above too) as the lens both increases the field of view dramatically and allows the 3DA1 to converge closer; down to 5 feet. The lenses are 0.6x magnification, and the Gates 3DA1 housing has been extended to accommodate them. Please contact Gates directly for price and availability information.

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Underwater Photography Magazine issue 58 available Photo

Underwater Photography Magazine issue 58 available

The January/February edition of Underwater Photography magazine (UwP) is available as a free download. Issue 58 includes Alex Mustard’s review of the Nikon D7000, Chris Mitchell’s First Sardine Run, Working the Subject by Michael Gallagher and Rio Negro’s Amazons by Michel Braunstein among others. In addition there are pages of news, reviews and product announcements.

UwP magazine is a free download in pdf format.

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