A Conversation with Kurt Amsler
Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard continues his new series of interview based articles on the techniques of underwater photography with A Conversation with one of the undoubted legends of underwater photography, Kurt Amsler.
In the interview we discuss what today’s underwater photographers can learn from the past: the techniques and knowledge that has been forgotten, how photographers can learn to exploit ambient light, and the fascinating work that Kurt has done developing housings and strobes for Seacam. And much more.
Best underwater photographers of 2009
The Ukrainian edition of Photographer magazine has published a showcase of The Best Underwater Photographers of the World 2009. We are especially pleased as the majority of the photographers listed are Wetpixel members.
A small selection of images (in Ukrainian) is viewable on their website. A complete list of the photographers included in the showcase can be found in a forum thread started by Alex Mustard (who is one of the photographers in the list).
Review of Aquatica’s Canon 7D underwater housing
Backscatter’s Berkley White writes about his experience shooting both still photographs and videos with the Canon 7D in an Aquatica underwater housing.
The Canon 7D is quite possibly the best of both worlds for underwater photographers with an interest in video. This crop sensor camera allows use of the Tokina 10-17mm lens which is arguably the greatest wide angle lens ever made for underwater photography. The Canon 7D is not only priced well below $2000, it also features a pop-up flash and other features that make it a great all around camera for topside use.
Click over to Backscatter to read Berkley’s full review.
Nikon D3s underwater housing woes
A new article published by our friends at DivePhotoGuide illustrates the frustrations in upgrading from a Nikon D3/D3x camera to the new D3s in regards to fitting existing underwater housings. With features like HD video and high ISO capabilities, the upgrade certainly has its advantages.
Jason Heller’s article explores exactly why this upgrade doesn’t perfectly integrate into the D3/D3x existing housings.
Donations for relief after the earthquake in Haiti
Yesterday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck just west of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. There have been dozens of large aftershocks after the initial quake, and millions of people are in need of relief. Google News is a good resource for finding breaking articles about the devastation.
Join the discussion in the forums for information about which organizations Wetpixel members are supporting.
Keep shark nets out of Cape Town
As many of you already know, a swimmer was killed by a great white shark in Cape Town yesterday at a beach with no shark nets. Shark Savers director Julie Andersen has written a message for those of us interested in sharks attacks in South Africa.
Continue reading for Julie’s full message. If you don’t have time to read but still want to help, Julie asks that you click on over to News 24 to vote on how you think shark attacks can be prevented.
INON micro semi-fisheye relay lens adapted to work with Nikon
Wetpixel member Jordi Chias has posted images taken with the INON UFL-MR130 EFS60 Underwater Micro Semi-Fisheye Relay Lens (let’s find a new name for the lens, please!) adapted to a Nikon D300 and old 60mm AF macro lens. The adapter was machined by Jose Sanchez at Saga Dive, which means that it will probably make its way to distributors at some point.
Chias says that the adapted lens works pretty well, but that there is some corner softness. Also, the port “needs to be very well machined to align both lenses and avoid vignetting.”
2010 OWU and DEEP photo / video contest - entry deadline Jan 15
The deadline for submissions to the 2010 Our-World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia photo and video competitions is this January 15, 2010. Enter photos—and video, in the OWU competition—for a chance to win over $80,000 in dive travel and equipment, and to be published in magazines like Wetpixel Quarterly.
Be sure to enter now to avoid the last-minute rush, which inevitably causes server slow-down! We’re looking forward to seeing this year’s incredible submissions.
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