Sea & Sea announces YS-17 TTL strobe, compact camera accessories
Sea & Sea has announced the YS-17 TTL slave strobe and five accessory products for use with the Sony MPK-WD MarinePack underwater housings (and other compact digital systems). The YS-17 features a 14 GN, 70-degree beam angle, and 3-second recycle time on 2AA batteries.
The new compact camera accessories include a universal grip, a lighting package (with the YS-17), a 0.6x wide-angle conversion lens for the Sony MPK-WD, and a close-up lens and adapter. Continue reading for the full press release…
Wetpixel Photo of the Week now on Facebook and WordPress
Every week dozens of photographers take part in the Wetpixel Photo of the Week contest. It’s generating some amazing photos right from our own community - sharing these images with a larger audience has now been made even easier! Wetpixel’s Cor Bosman has created a Facebook application and a WordPress widget that allows you to add this imagery to your own Facebook profile or WordPress journal.
Both applications will automatically update once a new winner has been announced. In addition, the WordPress widget can be styled to fit your personal website. For examples of these applications, check out Cor’s facebook profile and the side of his WordPress journal.
Seatool details compact close-up lenses and C40D for Canon 40D dSLR
After its availability in Japan was discussed in the forums, Seatool has posted an English version of the product release for the Seatool C40D housing for the Canon 40D digital SLR. The aluminum housing weighs only 6oz underwater using a 60mm macro lens, is compatible with the Inon 45-degree viewfinder, and is rated to 200 ft.
In addition, Seatool has detailed their close-up lenses made specifically for use with the Olympus digicam housings. The lenses are held in mounts from 40.5mm to 67mm diameter in two and three-element lens sets.
RSMAS 2008 Underwater Photography Contest
The RSMAS (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science) is running a photo contest with dive travel and cash prizes with a deadline for submission of March 31, 2008. Only amateur photographers can enter (defined as those who make less than 20% of their income through photography), and no photos that have been accepted for publication will be accepted.
Many Wetpixel members placed in last year’s competition (including Patrick Weir taking the grand prize). You can submit up to three entries in each category (Wide Angle, Macro, Portrait), and entry is free.
Nikon D3 underwater housing compatibility list
Wetpixel member Liz Hanks has compiled a list of the announced and available underwater housings for the Nikon D3 digital SLR. The list details the major features of each housing, the control accessibility, price, weight, buoyancy, dimensions, maximum depth, and availability. Remember that you may be able to buy the housings from our sponsors, and doing so supports Wetpixel!
Liz has indicated that this is very much a work in progress, and to expect updates as reviews or relevant forum threads begin to appear. If you’re considering a housing for the D3 (or, perhaps the rumored D3x), check out the forum thread on the topic.
Former dolphin hunter starts dolphin watching tours in Japan
The descendant of dolphin hunters, Izumi Ishii carried on the tradition in the town of Futo, Japan until 1996. That year, after being ignored by the Japanese National Fishery Agency and the Fisheries Section of Shizuoka Prefecture, he denounced the dolphin hunt and, in 2002, decided to launch a dolphin and whale watching boat out of Futo harbor. Ishii said at the time, “the value I now see in dolphins is not the value of their meat, but of the wonder they incite in us.”
This story is a few years old, but it’s still heartening to see an individual pushing for change. Read the entire story at Blue Voice...
Brian Skerry: Japan’s ocean wilderness
Follow Brian Skerry as he shoots his upcoming Japan ocean wilderness story for National Geographic! Brian’s journey starts as he packs up to go to Japan, and you can follow the ongoing story from there. Mauricio Handler and my friend, Hiro Drogin, are with Brian, helping with photography, logistics, and translation.
I couldn’t find an easy way to only read Brian’s entries on the blog, so you’ll have to poke around a bit to find things. Still, it’s a fascinating glimpse into his work, and is worth a visit.
Ars Technica reviews Aperture 2, compared
Dave Girard at Ars Technica reviews Aperture 2 and compares its RAW conversion to Bibble Pro, Capture One, and Lightroom.
Aperture 2 isn’t doing anything groundbreaking over the previous version, but the better overall speed and Quick Preview combined with background processing alone will be worth the cost of the upgrade for many users. If you’re just checking out Aperture since running like the wind from version 1.0, rest assured that Aperture 2.0 is a completely different animal and produces very good results most of the time. Its new interface is easier to navigate and is more customizable, so it will accommodate different users’ workflows…
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- MIT physicist and underwater photographer collaborate (via )
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