10th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade Photo

10th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade

The 10th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro will be held at the end of this year from December 8-11, 2006.  The festival is accepting film submissions, which must have been produced sometime during 2005 or 2006 with at least 30% of the footage underwater.  Acceptable formats are BETA SP, DV Cam or MiniDV (PAL).  Competition admission is free.

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LA Times, Altered Oceans Photo

LA Times, Altered Oceans

The Los Angeles Times is on day 2 of publishing Altered Oceans, a five-part series on the crisis in the seas, by Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling, with photography and video by Rick Loomis.  It features some fantastic (and effective) conservation photography, and is definitely worth taking a look at.  Unfortunately, the site is 100% Flash, and those of you on slow connections will have to wait for long load times.

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Canon announces XH G1 and XH A1 HDV Camcorders Photo

Canon announces XH G1 and XH A1 HDV Camcorders

Canon has announced its XH G1 ($6800) and XH A1 ($4700) HDV Camcorders, both equipped with fixed, image-stabilized, 20x optical zoom lenses, 2.8-inch LCD viewscreens, and three 1/3-inch CCD imagers. Shipping date is October 2.  Our video guy Drew Wong writes:

... they look very good, although actual specs (lux rating etc) are skimpy. I checked the japanese website and found a lot more specs than the US one (which is usually the case).

Canon historically have had a slightly different look to their, more saturated and less sharpened/contrasty compared to Sony. These cameras look like direct competitors to the FX/Z1 from Sony. With direct HD SDI out, slightly higher res VF and LCD plus even more picture adjustments, Canon is taking aim at the FX1. The Z1 still has dual NTSC/PAL advantage. But 20X zoom, HD SDI, Genlock etc are going to be big sells for many shooters.

HOWEVER, the problem for the u/w shooter is the availability of housings. Even with Lanc controls, housings for Canon have been a very short list, esp on the electronic housing segment. Canons tend to have a lot more buttons on the outside for controls which may make housing manufacturers cringe but helluva more useable to the shooter. I guess we’ll see in Oct.

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OzTEK ‘07 Speaker Update Photo

OzTEK ‘07 Speaker Update

Widely hailed as one of the world’s leading forums for divers, the OZTeK’07 Diving Technologies Conference & Exhibition will feature one of the most distinguished gatherings of international diving authorities ever seen in Australia.

To be staged at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, Australia over the weekend of the 17th and 18th March 2007, the speakers and presenters will represent every field of diving expertise.  Confirmed speakers include John Chatterton, Leigh Bishop, Peter Buzzacott, Kevin Gurr, Jarrod Jablonski, Dr. Simon Mitchell, Cedrec Verdier, and more. Full details at the FiNS Blog...

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Interview with Eric Cheng on Divefilm.com Photo

Interview with Eric Cheng on Divefilm.com

Mary Lynn’s recent interview podcast with Wetpixel administrator Eric Cheng has been posted on Divefilm.  According to Mary:

“What I wanted to do was get some of his thoughts on making the transition from underwater still photography to video, what skills were transferable, what helped, what new skills he needed to acquire in the process. My thinking was that because it was so close in time to his first dives doing video, I could get more of a sense of his early impressions. And, of course, I was hoping he’d let me use some of his cool images and video to illustrate the interview, and this he very graciously agreed to do.”

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Rick Sammon: Travel and Nature Photography Photo

Rick Sammon: Travel and Nature Photography

Rick Sammon’s new book, Rick Sammon’s Travel and Nature Photography, is one of the best books on travel and nature photography I’ve ever read.  Sammon begins with a series of “jumpstarts” that outline the basics of digital photography, travel, and philosophy, and the rest of the book is comprised of individual lessons on topics including photographing people, landscapes, wildlife, captive animals, seascapes, cities, indoor scenes, close-ups, and more.  What I like most is that Sammon uses effective photographs to illustrate each of his points.  He doesn’t just write, “use a reflector” or “use a polarizer” or “move closer”.  Instead, he uses images to illustrate plainly the effect it will have on the final image.  Also, the images are stunning; I often found myself staring at them instead of reading the text on the page.

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