Wetpixel.com/DPG Photo Contest deadline
We’re just a few days away from the deadline for Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com’s 2006 International Photo Competition! Compete for trips to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Socorros, Galapagos, Bora Bora, Solomon Islands, Palau, and the Bahamas, dive and photo and dive gear from Aquatica, Fantasea, Ikelite, Epoque, Nocturnal Lights, MCD, Ultralight, Backscatter, and Underwater Photo-Tech, and dive-related media from ScubaCore, Wyland, Takako Uno and Stephen Wong, Scott Tuason, Fathoms Magazine, Ocean Realm Journal, Dive Chronicles, and TheUnderwaterPhotographer.com.
Winners will be announced on stage at the 2006 Our World-Underwater festival in Chicago, Illinois (February 24-26, 2006). February 3rd is a hard deadline, so get your entries submitted!
Boot 2006 Show Report
Here is a brief summary and a few pictures from the Boot Show 2006 in Düsseldorf Germany. It’s worth noting that all the metal housing builders will support two new exciting cameras: the Canon EOS 5D and the Nikon D200. Seacam, Sealux, Subal and UK-GERMANY have 5D housings on display. Subal was the only one to have at least a preview version of its future Nikon D200 housing. Two new strobe housings for the Canon 580EX have been introduced by Patima and Sealux. Mike-Dive (Michael Finger) presented a creative Olympus C7070 / Patima housing setup, including external monitor. UK-GERMANY introduced a new medium format housing for the digital Hasselblad D1H with 22 Megapixels. Subtronic’s recently announced interchangeable battery system was displayed as well. This is just a brief overview with pictures. There is a lot more to see on the Boot 2006 show floor.
The Social Side of Technology
Just a few short years ago, being the only underwater photographer on a dive boat could get you the sort of dirty looks you might expect if you were about to take your pet crown-of-thorns starfish diving with you. Just about every diver had a story of an evil photographer they dived with who crunched coral and stressed fish. Many divers were quick to label all photographers reef destroyers.
How attitudes have changed. The popularity of compact digital cameras these days means an increasing number of divers are taking up underwater photography, and long-time photo enthusiasts are no longer the shunned minority…
Olympus announces Evolt E-330 digital slr
Olympus has announced a new, 7.5-megapixel digital SLR compatible with the full range of E-System accessories. The Olympus Evolt E-330 is the first digital SLR to support continuous live preview on its rear LCD screen. Many point ‘n shoot photographers are already used to composing by using a live LCD, and having a live LCD on the back can help underwater photographers when composing in difficult positions.
In May, the Olympus PT-E02 underwater housing for the E-330 will be available. UK Germany has also announced that they will be building a housing. Be sure to check out the discussion about this camera in our forums.
The Digital Shootout Palau *Update*
It’s not too late to sign up for the Digital Shootout Palau! Space is still available, and we have recently added two bonus seminars to the schedule.
For those attending the Yap portion of the event, photo pro and Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch of Manta Visions will give a special seminar on the secrets of shooting the Mantas of Yap.
Eric Cheng will also offer a special Photoshop session on working with manta images. Color correction can be a tricky thing with underwater photos and manta images present and even greater challenge. Eric will explain his Photoshop techniques with selective color to make those good images great.
For more information on the event visit www.thedigitalshootout.com
Members in Media
Many of our members here at Wetpixel are frequently published in various magazines and other media worldwide. A great place to see where our images are being shown is the Members in Media forum area! For example, just this month (in addition to Ellen Muller’s INON Feature Artist award and Alex Mustard’s RobGalbraith interview), Kasey Canton published a wonderful article in Fathoms Magazine, Jack Connick was featured on Divester, and Kimberly and Karl Dietz are showing 30 prints in the International Photography Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Ellen Muller, INON Feature Artist
Long-time Wetpixel member Ellen Muller (ellenm) is this month’s INON Feature Artist. When I think of Inon products the first thing that comes to mind is reliability. My Inon UCL-165M67 close-up lens goes with me on every dive. I am using an Inon D180 strobe and am extremely pleased with the results. Living on the island of Bonaire, and diving almost daily, all of my photographic equipment gets a good workout and durability is a must. Inon delivers with top quality.
Dr. Alex Mustard featured on Rob Galbraith
Wetpixel co-administrator Dr. Alex Mustard has been interviewed on Rob Galbraith DPI: “Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Mustard, now 30, began taking pictures underwater before he was in his teens, hoping to show his family, who were mostly indifferent to the sea, the amazingly cool stuff he was discovering in the water. He even tried to take a camera on his scuba certification dive, which he made when he was fourteen, but this plan was rejected as a bit presumptuous…”
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