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Wetpixel POTW thanks Ikelite Photo

Wetpixel POTW thanks Ikelite

Special thanks to Ikelite Underwater Systems for continuing to sponsor our weekly Picture of the Week contest!  Ike is proud of their customers, and even features an online gallery of their work.  Each week’s POTW winner takes home an Ikelite PC Lite to illuminate their way on future underwater photographic excursions.

We’re currently on POTW #143, and this week’s theme is Spawning and Courting.  Hope on over to the POTW section to participate. It’s free, and choosing photos for themed contests will help you to develop an eye for shots to be on the lookout for.

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Part 3 of Light & Motion’s Virtual Video Seminar by Steve Fish Photo

Part 3 of Light & Motion’s Virtual Video Seminar by Steve Fish

Light & Motion has published part 3 of its educational virtual video seminar series by Steve Fish.  In part 3, Steve discusses HDV vs. DV, and how HDV’s higher-resolution picture is compressed and stored.  Steve also compares HD’s 720p and 1080i specifications, and shows frame comparisons between HDV and DV (for resolution-comparison purposes only).  Check it out.

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NCUPS announces SEA2006 42nd annual photo competition Photo

NCUPS announces SEA2006 42nd annual photo competition

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society announces the 42nd Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography.

SEA 2006 is a “mail-in” underwater photography and videography competition open to amateur photographers and videographers around the world. Sponsors for SEA include luxury live-aboard’s the Pindito - Irian Jaya; the Nai’a - Fiji; the Kararu - Indonesia;  Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia; and equipment manufacturers’s like Sandisk, Stormcase, and more!

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Beneath the Sea Photo/Video Competition 2007 Photo

Beneath the Sea Photo/Video Competition 2007

Beneath the Sea 2007 is pleased to invite Photographers and Videographers to enter its annual Worldwide Underwater Photo/video competition.

Underwater photographers will compete for the coveted David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography and a ten day trip for one on the M.V. Telita in Papua New Guinea.  Underwater Videographers will compete for the distinguished Stan Waterman award for excellence in underwater video and a one week trip for two aboard the Caribbean Explorer II.  Underwater Photographic Artists compete for the celebrated Jim Church award for excellence in creative underwater photography and a trip for one aboard the S.M.Y Ondina in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Wherever you live in this wide world, submit your underwater photographic entry to the Beneath the Sea 2007 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition. The contest deadline is December 31st, 2006. (continue reading for more)

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Fujifilm announces FinePix S3 Pro UVIR Digital SLR Photo

Fujifilm announces FinePix S3 Pro UVIR Digital SLR

Fujifilm has announced the FinePix S3 Pro UVIR Digital SLR, a production digital camera capable of capturing both ultraviolet and infrared images.  Although they claim to be the first to release a production camera that captures both UV and IR, enthusiasts have been using production cameras to capture digital images in both spectrums since the birth of digital cameras.  However, the S3 Pro UVIR should be considerably more sensitive in those spectra than other (unmodified) cameras, and has features designed around dark filter shooting.  Like the Canon 20Da, the new Fuji offers a Live Preview feature that locks up the mirror and gives a real-time preview image via the LCD on the back—fantastic for focusing while visible-light-blocking filters are attached to the front of the lens.

Although the S3 Pro UVIR is being marketed at the forensics, law-enforcement, technical/scientific, and fine arts communities, photographers interested in photographing underwater fluorescence may also be interested.

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Nikon announces the 10.2mp D80 Photo

Nikon announces the 10.2mp D80

Nikon today announced a new dSLR, the D80. According to Nikon:

The D80 features a new 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor, bringing a new level of high resolution and sharp detail to the class while also providing plenty of freedom to crop creatively and print impressive enlargements.

Adopting a refined version of Nikon’s advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module, this new 11-area AF system adds effective new focusing options that will instill greater confidence in getting the desired shot.

The D80 features a large and bright viewfinder with large 0.94x magnification to ensure the clearest view possible for precise composition.

A large new 2.5-inch 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle from all directions.

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ShootUnderwater: Mike Veitch’s Photo Workshop Photo

ShootUnderwater: Mike Veitch’s Photo Workshop

Please join photo pros Tim Rock, Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch, and Simon Buxton at either Puerto Galera in the Philippines or Yap, Micronesia in June 2007 (workshops will run in both locations) and enjoy some of the world’s best diving while learning to improve your photography skills at the same time. We have lined up a great bunch of sponsors such as Aquatica, PADI, Magic Filters, Ikelite, Think Tank Photo, and Cressi Sub.  We look forward to meeting lots of eager photographers, having a great time, and taking some incredible photos.

For details about prices and bookings, please visit www.shootunderwater.com

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Pentax announces the Optio W20 waterproof camera Photo

Pentax announces the Optio W20 waterproof camera

Pentax has announced the Optio W20 waterproof digital camera, an update to the older W10.  The W20 meets the JIS Class 8 waterproof standard and Class 5 dustproof standard, enabling it to be submerged in water for 30 minutes at depths up to 1.5 meters.  New features include a 7-megapixel sensor, Blur Reduction Mode, 2.5” LCD, Face Recognition AF, SDHC memory card support, and 21.9 MB of built-in memory.

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