Nexus D200 Announcement and Photos
We have just received a Nexus announcement and photos from Wetpixel sponsor Marine Camera Distributors. According to the manufacturer: “It has a full range of lens ports and access to all controls on the camera plus additional operational features for remote control and engineered ergonomics that make it so easy to use and adapt to your needs. Mobility, Usability, Adaptability and Compatibility are the Hallmarks of the Nexus housings.”
Hugyfot has released photos of their new housing for the Nikon D200. The unit follows Hugyfot’s sleek hand-fitting design philosophy. Continue reading for photos.
Digideep 2006 Photo Expeditions
In January 2006 PADI introduced the new course tailored to the needs of the digital underwater photographer. Lars Kirchhoff and Andi Voeltz - marine wildlife photographers and creators of the internationally recognized DIGIDEEP.com website are leading two digital photography workshop trips based on the new PADI course. Continue reading for an announcement with trip dates, costs, and a short description of the course.
Record Coral Die-Off in the Caribbean
Scientists from NOAA and the United States National Park Service have reported an unprecedented reef-building coral die-off in the Caribbean.
“It’s an unprecedented die-off,” said National Park Service fisheries biologist Jeff Miller, who last week checked 40 stations in the Virgin Islands. A February NOAA report calculates 96 percent of lettuce coral, 93 percent of the star coral and nearly 61 percent of the iconic brain coral in St. Croix had bleached. Much of the coral had started to recover from the bleaching last fall, but then the weakened colonies were struck by disease, finishing them off.
Seacam 5D Housing First Impressions
I was fortunate enough to receive one of the first Seacam 5D housings to arrive in the States and got it just in time for a one week live-aboard dive trip with Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures. This was a Wetpixel trip - an intensive digital photo week of shark diving in the Bahamas , and I had the opportunity to use the Canon 5D and the Seacam housing in a wide variety of challenging conditions – including tiger shark prod…. I also got to do two macro dives at the Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach – a muck diving “haven.” Having transitioned from a Seacam 1D series housing, I can offer some first impressions about this new 5D housing and compare and contrast it to the 1D series setup, which may help others who are thinking of putting together a similar system. This isn’t an in-depth review, however I believe it covers most of the areas of interest for potential users.
Aquatica D200 Housing Photo
Book Review: Reef Life
When Eric Cheng asked me to review Reef Life: Natural History and Behaviors of Marine Fish and Invertebrates (by Denise and Larry Tackett) I gladly accepted the task for two main reasons. First, I was very glad to see that a book about natural history and behavior of marine life was out, as there are not many books available on this subject. Second, I didn’t know about the book and didn’t have a copy! The main objective of the book is to simplify marine biology in a way that divers and aquarists can understand it, but still keep it scientifically accurate. Click on the link to the full article and find out if they succeeded!
RSMAS 2006 Underwater Photography Contest
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 April 17, 2006. 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.
- Announcing Fit Diver magazine (via )
- World’s largest aquatic insect discovered in China (via )
- Blackmagic design updates camera firmware to version 1.8.2 (via )
- Adobe releases Camera Raw release candidate version 8.6 (via )
- Free Aperture to Lightroom migration tool in open beta (via )
- Seahorses growl when stressed study shows (via )
- Artist Nathaniel Stern and his team make underwater scans (via )
- Japan’s prime minister confirms whale hunt to resume in… (via )
- Nikon NX-D software to be released for free in a week (via )
- Stunning school of mobula rays NG photo of the day (via )