Welcome to the Bonaire Digital Shootout 2005 daily webcast, by Eric Cheng
Did you know that one of our staff members grew up in Texas, was a wrestler and football player in school, and owns old shirts that clearly identify him as having the nickname, "Moose"?
I won't tell you who it is, but I'll give you a few hints: he has long, flowing hair, big-toe holes in his neoprene booties, and is sometimes referred to as a "crazy hippie" -- in the best way possible, of course. :)
July 27, 2005
Well, our call for Skypers yesterday was a success! Jim Watt sat at his computer from 9:30-10pm, and received two calls (the computer spaces were occupied from 9:15-9:30). Okie, a former Shootout participant, called to give us an update on his life, and someone else called in search of an Equinox housing. I wasn't able to be there because we were finishing up photo critiques in the Flamingo's Nest.
The Alice H dove the Hilma Hooker wreck this morning, in absolutely beautiful, clear weather. In her day, the Hilma Hooker was an old cargo boat that turned out to be used for drug-smuggling. When she started taking on water, she refused help and eventually ended up on her starboard side in just over 100' of water. It was really refreshing to take a wide-angle rig into the water; nearly everyone on our boat had switched to wide-angle setups to shoot the wreck. Most of the images we've seen so far have been of macro subjects, but since wide-angle is harder, the best prizes in the photo contest invariably end up being awarded to wide-angle winners.
Seminars today included a talk on slideshow creation and web galleries, followed by the "3-Way Smackdown," in which Berkley, Jim and I showcased tips for speeding up workflow and image processing.
The photos coming in are now REALLY good. We're all very impressed.
No one is submitting topside photos, which is why the photos are mostly of staff...
Underwater Photos by Shootout Participants
Underwater Photos by Eric Cheng
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