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Howard Hall’s Cocos 2010 video short, shot on RED Photo

Howard Hall’s Cocos 2010 video short, shot on RED

IMAX 3D director and producer Howard and Michele Hall recently returned from a 14-day expedition to Cocos Island, Costa Rica, where they made four dives aboard the Undersea Hunter submersible, Deep See. Howard has posted a 3-minute video short using footage he shot using the RED ONE camera.

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Coral bleaching affecting Maldives Photo

Coral bleaching affecting Maldives

The Maldives is now suffering the most serious incidence of coral bleaching since the major 1998 El Niño event that destroyed most of the country’s shallow reef coral.

Coral bleaching is caused when rising water temperatures stress the coral, leading it to expel the algae it uses to get nutrients. When water temperatures rise even slightly, algae leave the coral polyp and enters the water column, causing the coral to lose its colour and eventually die.

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Bug eye / endoscope video from Lembeh, Indonesia Photo

Bug eye / endoscope video from Lembeh, Indonesia

I’ve just posted a short video shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia, with a Canon 7D in a Nauticam underwater housing with 60mm macro lens and INON Underwater Micro Semi-Fisheye Relay Lens UFL-MR130 EFS60 (AKA “bug eye” or “insect eye”)—effectively, and underwater endoscope.

The INON bug eye lens produces images with a perspective otherwise impossible to achieve—like seeing the macro world from a small critter’s perspective!

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Wetpixel PNG Eastern Fields Expedition, January 2012 Photo

Wetpixel PNG Eastern Fields Expedition, January 2012

Wetpixel is going back to the remote Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea! We’ll be aboard the liveaboard dive vessel, M/V Golden Dawn, with captain Craig de Wit, one of the few captains out there with the expertise necessary to navigate the Eastern Fields atoll system. The Eastern Fields is not over-dived, is not over-fished, and is not sitting next to areas suffering from over-development. We’ll be the only ones in the water and will structure the diving to maximize photography and videography productivity.

Click through for detailed trip information and a short video introduction of the Eastern Fields.

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Valerie Taylor honored Photo

Valerie Taylor honored

Underwater adventurer and shark expert Valerie Taylor has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to conservation in today’s Queen’s Birthday honors list.

Together with her husband Ronald, Ms Taylor has fought for over fifty years for the protection of underwater creatures, in particular the great white shark and the grey nurse shark. She has also fought for the conservation of habitats including the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef Marine Park in Western Australia and also wants to see sea lions, the potato cod, the southern right whale and marine turtles protected.

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Phuket reefs damaged by warm weather Photo

Phuket reefs damaged by warm weather

Bleaching has struck 90 percent of the coral reefs around Phuket, Thailand, and in 10 to 40 percent of them, this is irreversible. This is due to a greater than usual exposure to hot sun and warmer than normal water temperatures. This has placed the entire Andaman region’s reefs at risk this year. Other reefs around Thailand and the Australian Great Barrier Reef have also been affected. Scientists measured reef temperatures this week at 30.5 degrees. Prolonged exposure to 31 degrees or above is harmful.

The damage may be short-term, as the corals being bleached are fast-growing varieties. However more unseasonably warm weather would continue the trend, and if this was an annual change, regeneration may not take place.

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Canon 5D Mark II underwater housing shootout Photo

Canon 5D Mark II underwater housing shootout

The Canon 5D Mark II is the most popular HDSLR with 1080p video and 21 megapixels on a 35mm sensor. From feature films to TV, this camera has been touted as the game changer.  With such fanfare, join Drew as he reviews 2 housings for the camera, the Aquatica A5D Mark II and Sea & Sea MDX Pro, to compare the pros and cons of each housing brand’s design philosophy.

Click through to see this in-depth, 7-page review…

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Jacques Cousteau centennial Photo

Jacques Cousteau centennial

June 11 marks the centennial of the birth of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and we at Wetpixel want to honor the legacy of the man who is truly one of the fathers of our industry. Among his many accomplishments, Cousteau was an innovator of Scuba diving, which is essential to our enterprise, as well as a pioneer of underwater photography and filmmaking itself.

Harnessing the power of visual imagery, Cousteau created more than 120 documentaries and 50 books, and brought awareness of the marine environment to millions of people around the planet. The world stands in his debt for inspiring entire generations of marine biologists, filmmakers, photographers and conservationists. Later in his life, Cousteau saw that the ocean’s resources are not infinite, and sought to educate the world about the fragility of the environment.

The Cousteau legacy continues through his children and grandchildren, who have followed in his footsteps to educate and inspire. Jacques Cousteau said, “people protect what they love.” As a community, we must also continue his legacy, to share our images and videos with the world, showing species and places that most people will never see, but which are vitally important to conserve. Read more about Jacques Cousteau’s remarkable achievements.

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Aquatica announces Canon T2i/550D underwater housing Photo

Aquatica announces Canon T2i/550D underwater housing

Aquatica today officially announced a housing for the Rebel T2i/550D -  the AT2i housing.  The housing is one of the smallest and lightest that Aquatica has made.  It features connectors for a variety of strobes - including Nikonos, Ikelite, S6 and fiber optical connections.  The housing also features a retractable lens release lever in order to be able to remove the camera body from the housing with both the lens and gears attached.

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