NYUPS issues last call for “I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ SLR” Photo

NYUPS issues last call for “I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ SLR”

On March 3, 2009 (tonight!) at 7PM EST, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will host a presentation of “I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ SLR,” dedicated to photography with point-and-shoot cameras. The society will “display member images or videos captured with any point-and-shoot camera and discuss the images and videos and share tips on how to maximize the outcome of your work.

The event will be held at the Arctica Bar and Grill in NY, NY. While admission is free, an .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is required. To learn more or confirm your attendance, visit the NYUPS calendar.

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Seacam 5D Mark II housing first look, previewed in forums Photo

Seacam 5D Mark II housing first look, previewed in forums

Stephen Frink has sent us studio photos of the new Seacam 5D Mark II underwater housing, including comparison shots with the housing for the larger but equal megapixel count Canon 1Ds Mark III, and a new custom macro port for the Canon/Nikon 100/105mm lens to accommodate various teleconverter/diopter combinations with manual focus.

The new housing features new-style latches and shutter trigger, and a lens release lever - design improvements to the Seacam line first previewed at DEMA. Continue reading for all the photos, or continue to the 5D Mark II housing thread for all the opinions…

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Surf photographer Clark Little interviewed on Good Morning America Photo

Surf photographer Clark Little interviewed on Good Morning America

Surf photographer Clark Little, who was featured in the most recent issue of Wetpixel Quarterly with a cover and collection of images, was interviewed this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.

In Hawaii, Clark Little’s sometimes-surreal images of waves form a portfolio of living glass, or to borrow the poetic words of Gary Snyder, “sparkling whorls of living light.” Discuss Clark’s images or post your own attempts in the Wetpixel Surf Photography forum…

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Wetpixel’s James Wiseman to present “Super Macro” at HUPS Photo

Wetpixel’s James Wiseman to present “Super Macro” at HUPS

The Houston Underwater Photographic Society (HUPS) will be hosting Wetpixel’s James Wiseman on March 2, 2009 for a presentation on underwater super macro techniques. Macro, or close-up, photography is defined up to 1:1, or life-size magnification, but the realm of super-macro is reached as you magnify beyond that. James’ talk will cover equipment choices (lenses, teleconverters, and diopters), techniques (focusing, finding the subject), and image processing considerations.

HUPS meets on the first Monday of every month at the Bayland Community Center in Houston, Texas. Visit the society’s website for more information about upcoming meetings and events…

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2009 Our World Underwater Winners announced Photo

2009 Our World Underwater Winners announced

The winners of the 4th Annual Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide International Underwater Photo & Video Competition were announced during the Saturday night film festival at Our World Underwater in Chicago. Jason Heller from DivePhotoGuide presented the winning images and videos to an enthusiastic crowd, and they are on display all weekend at the show.

Congratulations to Justin Gilligan of Australia for his Best of Show split-shot photograph of a Portuguese Man O’ War. Category winners in this year’s competition represented over twenty countries!

Winning images and videos are being posted at the competition’s official website, UnderwaterCompetition.com. A special thanks to the generous sponsors, without which these competitions would not be possible. Good luck next year!

Continue reading for the film festival videos (featuring the winners) presented at OWU last weekend.

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Support legislation to protect manta rays in Hawaiian waters Photo

Support legislation to protect manta rays in Hawaiian waters

Hawaii is one of few locations in the world where manta rays can be observed regularly in the wild, however, there is currently no protection for these manta rays in state waters. Manta rays around the world are being killed for usage in traditional Asian medicines, while studies in Hawaii have shown that the populations have limited migration between islands and extremely low reproductive rates. Only 154 individuals have been identified in Kona since 1992, and the species is extremely susceptible to overfishing.

Two bills, HB366 and SB394, have been introduced in the Hawaii State House and Senate this year to prohibit the capture or killing of manta rays. Both must survive numerous committee hearings before they can be passed into law, and Hawaii’s manta lovers are begging anyone who cares about these beautiful animals to submit testimony in support of HB366 and SB394 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Sea & Sea announces new housings MDX-D700 & MDX-5D MKII Photo

Sea & Sea announces new housings MDX-D700 & MDX-5D MKII

Sea & Sea has announced two new housings to its lineup. The MDX-5D MKII will house the revolutionary Canon 5D Mark II dSLR, which not only weighs in with 21mp but also shoots HD video, while the other housing is the MDX-D700 which, in case you couldn’t guess, is for the Nikon D700. Both housings appear to be in the style and build quality we have become used to from Sea & Sea.

The D700 is being hailed as a great camera for Nikon and we already have examples of its underwater work, even though people aren’t sure if it is worth the upgrade. We are expecting to see this housing, featuring a 200ft/60m rating, two fiber-optic bulkheads, a YS-converter bulkhead and 5-pin Nikonos bulkhead, around the first week of March. Continue reading for photos of the new housing style…

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Please welcome our new moderators! Photo

Please welcome our new moderators!

As the Wetpixel community grows, more and more talented and generous photographers are stepping up to lead discussions in the community forum about underwater photography and videography. Please join us in welcoming Darren Jew (photovan), Ryan Pedlow (aussie), Giles Shaxted (Giles), and Ellen Quale (ornate_wrasse) into the moderating team here at Wetpixel.com! The full list of moderators is available on our about page.

Continue reading for moderator biographies.

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Follow Wetpixel on Twitter Photo

Follow Wetpixel on Twitter

Wetpixel is going to start using its Twitter feed more and more in the coming months, and we’d love to have you follow us! Initially, the feed will announce new front page articles, plus interesting links discovered by both me and long-time member Giles Shaxted. Twitter is often the fastest way for us to share the things we’re browsing.

Eventually, we’ll have a rolling list of Wetpixel’s tweets somewhere on the front page, but for now, you’ll have to follow us if you’re interested! (and if you’re interested in becoming a contributor, let us know via the discussion forums)

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Aquatica underwater housings for Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90 Photo

Aquatica underwater housings for Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90

Wetpixel friend Aquatica has announced the production of housings for the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90 digital SLRs. Both cameras are capable of HD video, and the design of these housings specifically addressed ergonomic button positioning to allow for activation and control of all shooting modes. While each housing features knurled and grooved knobs for better control while wearing gloves, the Aquatica 5D Mark II housings adds a hydrophone for audio pickup underwater.

As with other recent Aquatica releases, the aluminum housings are compatible with the Aqua View accessory viewfinder, offer convenient port lock and lens release buttons, and are rated to a minimum of 300ft/90m. Continue reading for both press releases, and to view images of these new housings…

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