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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1 spot on Sep 2010 Bahamas sharks / dolphins / goliath groupers trip Photo

1 spot on Sep 2010 Bahamas sharks / dolphins / goliath groupers trip

We’ve just had a single cancellation for our September 11-19, 2010 Bahamas sharks, dolphins, goliath groupers trip. We’ll be with Jim Abernethy aboard the M/V Shear Water, and will be spending 4-5 days in the Bahamas photographing dolphins, tiger sharks, lemon sharks, and Caribbean reef sharks, and will then head back to Florida for 2-3 days of aggregating goliath groupers. Trip is led by Eric Cheng.

If you’re interested, please contact Dan Baldocchi at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Byron Bay Shoot-Out results published Photo

Byron Bay Shoot-Out results published

The results of the 2010 Byron Bay Shoot Out are now on-line.

Over 40 photographers took part in the event with the grand finale and the announcement of all winners taking place on Sunday 30 May. Congratulations to all the winners. The event took place over a week, with diving and social events each day.

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Wetpixel Quarterly Issue 8 is at the printer! Photo

Wetpixel Quarterly Issue 8 is at the printer!

We have just received the first few copies of Wetpixel Quarterly #8 to roll off of the presses, and it looks great! WPQ8 features Jason Bradley’s photos of deep-sea creatures, photos from last year’s Ultimate Indonesia expedition, a sperm whale feature, and more.

In about a week, WPQ8 should arrive at our mailing facility in Maine to be shipped off to subscribers — you should have your copies soon. If you are not a subscriber, you can pre-order a copy online!

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New online underwater photography tutorials Photo

New online underwater photography tutorials

Well known underwater photographers, authors and educators Jack and Sue Drafahl have launched a new online underwater photography tutorial site.

The subscription service will give access to training in underwater photographic composition, shooting macro photos, using RAW files, presenting your images professionally, and much more. The courses will also feature training in using Adobe photo editing software, including Photoshop and Lightroom. In addition, subscribers will also have advanced access to Adobe tutorials covering new content whenever Adobe releases software.

Lastly, there will be tutorials from additional well known underwater photographers including Ernie Brooks, Stan Waterman, Carl Roessler and Geri Murphy.

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Guillaume Nery underwater base jump at Dean’s Blue Hole Photo

Guillaume Nery underwater base jump at Dean’s Blue Hole

Someone forwarded me a beautiful free-diving video of Guillaume Nery doing an underwater “base jump” at Dean’s Blue Hole. In the video, it is made to look like Nery reaches the bottom, but Dean’s Blue Hole is 202m deep, and the world record for constant weight free-diving without fins is supposed to only be 83m.

It’s a beautiful movie, and underwater image makers should be doing more work like this (although divers and conservationists will have a problem with the way Nery is shown getting back up to the surface).

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Seahorn snoots launched Photo

Seahorn snoots launched

Seahorn has launched a range of snoots to suit many popular strobes. The snoot’s function is to diffuse your strobe light into a significantly smaller area, hence creating various interesting macro lighting effects. For more info on “snooting” please see Keri Wilk’s excellent article.

Please read on for details.

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Amphibico housing for Sony HDR XR550V AND CX550V Photo

Amphibico housing for Sony HDR XR550V AND CX550V

Amphibico has introduced the Dive Buddy EVO HD Elite II for the Sony HDR XR550V and HDR CX550V video recorders.

The Dive Buddy has full electronic controls with mechanical white balance. It features a 3.5” LCD viewfinder and a built in moisture alarm. It is sold without ports, with flat or wide angle options available. It has a FOV of 69°, identical to that of the camera. It has been pressure tested to 330 feet, and is constructed of marine grade aluminum.


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Underwater Festival 2011 Photo

Underwater Festival 2011

The 5th Underwater Festival, ‘The Australasia Challenge’, will incorporate a unique Australasia-wide simultaneous photo and video shootout competition with over U$100,000 available in prizes. It will be held from 2 to 11 September 2011.

The shootout competition will happen simultaneously at dive sites all over Australasia - in over 20 countries and spanning both hemispheres. The perceived advantage of this is that every dive site could be a shootout location and every dive center, liveaboard or resort in the area can facilitate the event. Please read on for more information.

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