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Guide to diopters for shooting macro video Photo

Guide to diopters for shooting macro video

Finding the right diopter for your video rig is sometimes difficult with various port openings and depths, and a variety of lenses to match with. A thread has been started in the Wetpixel Video Gear and Technique forum listing the multi-element diopters of various dimensions to suit the requirements of your video housing.

Please join in the discussion and help build the database to find which diopter fits each housing and port combination…

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DivePhotoGuide reaches 100 pro galleries Photo

DivePhotoGuide reaches 100 pro galleries

DivePhotoGuide has reached a milestone of hosting over 100 galleries from underwater imaging professionals.  Nearly every big name in underwater photography is in the list, and it’s the only place you can go to see such a large collection at once.  Wetpixel congratulates DPG and Jason Heller for such an amazing achievement!

For future reference, DPG’s gallery is now linked from the Media menu in Wetpixel’s main navigation.

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Kona Honu Divers announces 2008 Kona Classic package Photo

Kona Honu Divers announces 2008 Kona Classic package

Kona Honu Divers has announced their package for the 2008 Kona Classic Underwater Photography/Videography Workshop and Contest, held in Kona, Hawaii from May 24-31, 2008. The package includes eleven dives (including the famous Manta Ray Night Dive), access to a photo pro on every charter, and covers event registration for the photo festival.

The event will be hosted by Sport Diver Magazine editor Ty Sawyer along with soon to be announced photo pros; in previous years, these have included Marty Snyderman, Jim Watt, David Fleetham, Eric Cheng, and Doug Perrine. Space is limited, so continue to the Kona Honu Divers website to view rates and booking information. If you’re interested in a different dive operator, Jack’s Diving Locker is another confirmed host of this year’s event.

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Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival, October 20-21, 2007 Photo

Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival, October 20-21, 2007

The Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival, “a competitive filmmaking event developed to bring the finest ocean films from around the world to Santa Barbara,” will be held on October 20-21, 2007. Sponsors include the Ocean Channel, Brooks Institute of Photography, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the festival is currently accepting entries in ‘short form,’ ‘long form,’ and ‘feature’ categories.

The submission deadline of August 31, 2007 is quickly approaching, so be sure to send a preview copy of your entry on DVD. Accepted films will be screened at Arlington Theater and the Maritime Museum in Santa Barbara, CA, and tickets to attend can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

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National Geographic: David Doubilet in Indonesia Photo

National Geographic: David Doubilet in Indonesia

September’s issue of National Geographic features a celebration of Indonesia’s diverse marine life. Renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet shares both images and text about his time spent in both Raja Ampat and the Bird’s Head Seascape (Fakfak, etc.).  Much of the text and images are online at Geographic’s webpage, but as always, the experience is different when holding the actual magazine in your hands.

Norbert Wu and I ran an informal Wetpixel trip last February to the Bird’s Head Seascape with guide Graham Abbott, who led Doubilet to the same area the week before we went [see my photos].  We were fortunate and had fantastic sea conditions on our trip, but we definitely felt the potential for the low-visibility and strong currents Doubilet eloquently describes in his article and accompanying field notes.

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Update on Galapagos diving situation Photo

Update on Galapagos diving situation

Ken Weemhoff of Galapagos Aventures has written up an informative update concerning the situation in the Galapagos that resulted in all dive trips being canceled last month. A meeting in Ecuador yesterday resulted in a decision “to accept a moratorium on the ban on diving until December 31.” Ken writes, “beginning next Monday (August 27) all previously booked dive trips to Galapagos which are scheduled for 2007 will operate as planned.  The authorities were instructed that they are to issue new tourist (diving) patentes to begin in January 2008 and that the local fishermen are to be given priority in acquiring these new patentes.”

Despite the good news for tour operators and divers with plans to travel to the Galapagos, it may take Ecuador a long time to recover from the incredible stupidity of its actions.  After all of this, what diver is going to believe that a trip planned to the Galapagos won’t have a high likelihood of being disrupted by local corruption and bureaucracy?  It’s a good thing its waters are still productive enough for people to take the risk.

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New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episode 46 Photo

New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episode 46

DiveFilm Podcast Video presents Episode 46 - “Trapped,” a moving look at the plight of Atlantic Salmon in Ireland and the recent drift net ban there. By Irish wildlife imager Vincent Hyland, this short film recounts the death struggle of salmon caught in the nets, with a voice of hope towards the future.

The most recent DiveFilm High Definition Podcast, Episode 7 -“Micronesia” by J.D. Duff, is a calming montage of common marine life encountered in this large region. Also available on the DiveFilm website is a collection of new web videos, including Simon Spear’s conservation video short, “Sharkbeat,” and from underwater filmmakers Richard Morris, Pablo del Barco and Deborah Wilson, and Jerry Seawell. 

DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com and are “Featured High Definition Podcasts” and “Featured TV & Film Podcasts” at iTunes.

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Nikon announces D300, full-frame D3, and more Photo

Nikon announces D300, full-frame D3, and more

Nikon has just announced two new digital SLR cameras and a slurry of new lenses.  The long-awaited flagship, the D3, features a 12.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and is crammed full of modern features including 14-bit A/D conversion, super-fast frame rate, live view with auto-focus, and more.  The new D300 digital SLR offers nearly all of the same features, and will surely be a worthy successor to the venerable D200.  Nikon also announced two new professional-quality zoom lenses, the AF-S 14-24 mm and 24-70 mm F2.8G ED, as well as an entire line of VR-stabilized long primes.

DPReview has a detailed preview of all of the new products: [D3] [D300] [Wide Zooms] [Telephoto Lenses]
Update: Gizmodo has posted some hands-on photographs.

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