Dive in Style, by Tim Simon
Tim Simond’s new coffee table book, Dive in Style, includes coverage of 26 different dive destinations spanning the globe. For each destination, Tim features a single luxury or “stylish” resort and dive center, plus underwater photographs and descriptions of local diving. With only 2-4 pages dedicated to each destination’s local diving, the book isn’t meant to be a thorough guide to destination diving. Rather, it is a nice overview of luxury resorts and diving at specific destinations around the world.
Yeang Chng, Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Winner
Microsoft has announced the winners of its Future Pro Photographer photo contest. Yeang Ch’ng, a Wetpixel member, has won first place in the Nature & Landscape category with a beautiful image titled, “Cnidarian in the Clouds”. Congratulations, Yeang!
Yeang is a MD-PhD student doing a PhD in Neuroscience at Harvard University, and has been shooting underwater for about three years with a Canon 10D digital SLR. Yeang won some really nice booty for his 1st place win. Continue reading for more information about Yeang’s winning image.
Improvements on Ikelite strobes
Ikelite has recently announced the new DS51 to replace their popular DS50:
The Ikelite DS51 Substrobe replaces the DS50, which has been a favorite of underwater photographers the world over. In addition to incorporating all the same great features of the DS50, the DS51 provides a Manual Exposure Mode with six (6) manual power settings in one-half f-stop increments for precise illumination of subjects underwater.
In addition, their DS125 now comes with a NIMH battery pack, yielding an extra 100 full power flashes per charge. That’s excellent news!
San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition
The deadline to the 2006 San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition is approaching. Films must be submited before August 15th. Each film must be no more than 5 minutes long, with at least 50% of the footage taken underwater. The exhibition is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, October 20 & 21, 2006 at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Here is your chance to see your work in a large-format, state-of-the art, digital theater, and to share your adventures with others. Please visit the SDUFEX website to sign up and get more information.
Amphibico Phenom HDV Housing Review
It is quite possible that I have spent more time under the water with this housing than anybody in any other ocean! I was one of the first in Australia to receive my HDV housing back in 2005. Since then I have filmed subjects from tiny Nudibranchs right up to massive Manta Rays and Whale Sharks for professional documentary TV crews including the BBC and National Geographic. Even though the housing is a ‘lump’ on land, once in the water it is well balanced and easy to use. The housing (like most new products) had a few annoying problems (such as slight vignetting), however I am happy to report that Amphibico listened to their customers concerns and applied themselves to come up with solutions. The result of this committment is a wonderful underwater housing.
Wanted: Images of Seahorses from Papua New Guinea
A new research project has just commenced in Papua New Guinea that is investigating seahorse diversity and distribution throughout the waters of PNG. This project is specially examining the species of seahorses that are found in PNG waters as there has been no research conducted on the species diversity and their distribution.
If you want further information, click here to download a PDF article about it.
UWP Magazine 31 Available
Issue 31 of Underwater Photography Magazine (UWP) has just been published. As usual there is plenty of input from Wetpixel members, including a review of the Sea & Sea D200 by JP Trenque (frogmansub), a review of the Olympus E330 in 10 Bar housing by Jeff Mullins (reefwalker) and article on “Getting the blues” by me (Alex_Mustard), a final frame article by Tim Priest (Tim_Priest) and a report on the recent UWP Red Sea Workshop with images from Ralph Mortimore (Ralphy), Paul Carre (PRC), Timo Ahomaki (timoma) and Anders Petersen (apete). UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.
Nikon Releases Trial Version of Capture NX Software
Nikon has today made available a trial version of its all new image workflow software,Capture NX. According to Nikon:
Professional and advanced photographers will appreciate the time they can save using U Point technology to make edits to their images, as well as fully utilize over 25 new tools in the software, including powerful batch processing capabilities, advanced color management features, Distortion Correction enhancement and the ability to make every edit non-destructively (when a JPEG, TIFF or NEF image is saved in NEF format).
The 30 day trial version of Capture NX software is available for download at http://www.nikonusa.com, in the Software Download section. The software is expected to be available for purchase in July at an estimated selling price of $149.95. A special limited-time upgrade price of $89.95 will be offered to current owners of Nikon Capture 4 software in the U.S. market.
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