From the Forums: Supermacro

Wetpixel member Rand McMeins has just returned from the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia and has started a very interesting discussion about shooting supermacro. Rand uses a combination of 105mm lens, 2x teleconverter and Woody’s dioptre on his APS-C sensor D2X to achieve very high magnification combined with good depth of field. Rand is becoming well known as a master of this technique having recently won the top award in the Turks and Caicos postage stamp competition with one of his supermacro images. Visit the forums to join in the discussion and pick up his tips first hand.

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Alex Mustard Seminar - Feb. 15th Photo

Alex Mustard Seminar - Feb. 15th

Wetpixel Admin and award-winning photographer Alex Mustard will be giving a talk at the February BSOUP meeting in London entitled: TECHNICAL TALK - ALEX MUSTARD: SHOOTING FISH.  According to Alex, “Taking pictures of the cool fish we see while diving is what prompted many of us to pick up cameras in the first place” says Alex. “However, great fish photos remain elusive and are always a challenge”. Alex will share his tips for finding and getting close to the subject. He will also discuss various options for framing, lighting and composing fish images. As ever, Alex’s talk will be full of tips and ideas to try so don’t forget your pen and paper.”  Not only will this talk be of interest to digital photography enthusiasts, but it will also appeal to all photographers with an interest in natural history subjects.

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X-Ray Magazine Issue #9 available for download Photo

X-Ray Magazine Issue #9 available for download

Our friends over at X-Ray Magazine have released issue #9, which is available for download (free!) in PDF format.  As usual, you can download either the entire magazine or individual sections separately.  I highly recommend the download; as usual, the issue is filled with fantastic underwater images.

Issue #9 blurb: “FOCUS: PHILIPPINES: Dumaguate - Ligpo Island - Malapascua - Dauin - Profile: Phil Nyutten :: Guadalupe Sharks :: Worlds Deepest Wreck Dive :: Portfolio: Ray Troll : Valentines Gifts :: The First Frogmen, part 2 :: Nova Scotia :: Photography and Travelling”

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The Stress Relief Button Photo

The Stress Relief Button

Travel is a very stressful adventure for the underwater photographer. Many of the world’s best dive locations are remote, situated far from mankind’s influence. The lack of civilisation that makes these spots so desirable environmentally also ensures that there is not a handy camera shop on the corner waiting to fix any problems.

Our worries get a lot worse when we start to take pictures. Before shooting digital, I spent almost 20 years exposing film underwater, and whenever I was away I would have no real idea how I was doing. Certainly experience reassures us we are doing fine, but we can only remember what it looked like through the viewfinder and hope that our black box of mechanics and electronics is working properly…

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Aquatica bundles Henrichs Weikamp iTTL converters Photo

Aquatica bundles Henrichs Weikamp iTTL converters

Aquatica is making available on all of its housings the Heinrichs Weikamp ittl converter.  This small unobtrusive adaptor connects discretely inside the housing between the bulkhead and hot shoe adaptor allowing full ittl capability with many different strobes.  Although it is currently incorporating the converter into only its Nikon-base housings, it will soon add this board to its Canon line as well.  Aquatica will also retrofit this board into all of their older housings on request.

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Deep Sea 3D to debut on March 3rd Photo

Deep Sea 3D to debut on March 3rd

Los Angeles, California, January 23, 2006—Dive in beginning March 3rd when Deep Sea 3D debuts at select IMAX, IMAX 3D and IMAX Dome theatres. Through the magic of IMAX 3D technology, audiences will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the Giant Pacific Octopus.

Deep Sea 3D brings moviegoers face to face with these underwater inhabitants to witness their peculiar and amazing behavior as they rely on one another for survival. It is directed by world-renowned underwater cinematographer, Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers and Michele Hall, executive produced by Graeme Ferguson and narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman…

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Wetpixel Google Toolbar Buttons Photo

Wetpixel Google Toolbar Buttons

I’ve just created Wetpixel custom search buttons for the new version of the Google Toolbar.  The buttons will allow you to access and search Wetpixel and the Wetpixel forums with a single click of your mouse!  Eventually, one of the buttons will also read Wetpixel’s RSS feed, which will always show you the last articles posted on the front page.  The new version of Google Toolbar is Windows/IE-only, but should trickle to Firefox soon.

Install now: [wetpixel main] [wetpixel forums]

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Sea & Sea 350D Impressions and Photos Photo

Sea & Sea 350D Impressions and Photos

Jonas Vannar gives us his impressions of the Sea & Sea underwater housing for the Canon 350D/Digital Rebel XT (complete with detailed photos of the housing).

The first thing I noted was how easy it was to handle it underwater. The shutter was extremely smooth and it was very easy to feel when you had depressed the shutter release halfway down. The *button (AELock) was easily depressed simultaneously with the shutter…

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