Review of Olympus E-PL1 and housing on Backscatter
Honey - I shrunk the SLR … and the price!”
The article is the result of extended testing of the system in the Cocos Islands, the Digital Shootout in Bonaire and in the Californian Channel Islands. Sterling outlines the pros and cons of the system, including some specific issues with the housing controls, and goes on to introduce and evaluate the dome ports available from third-party manufacturer Zen Underwater. Finally, he compares it to conventional compact camera offerings and SLRs, and finds that the E-PL1 effectively bridges the gap between the two.
Manta-Ray of Hope documentary project
Wetpixel moderator Shawn Heinrichs is involved in the making of a documentary highlighting the increasing trade in manta body parts for the “medicinal” health trade. The film begins with the views of naturalists and researchers, attempting to unravel the mysteries of the manta. It then goes deep undercover, from remote fishing villages to bustling cities, to understand and expose the trade that is threatening the mantas future. Finally it meets with those that are having a positive effect, and shows how we all can make a difference for these creatures.
The final product will be in Mandarin, Canto, English, Spanish and other languages, to cater for a world-wide audience.
Light & Motion SOLA light roundup and adjustable red power levels
Light & Motion’s release of its acclaimed Sola 600 dive / focus light was only its first step. Since Alex Mustard’s glowing review at the end of August, Light & Motion has expanded the suite of compact Sola lights to include dive lights, photo lights, and video lights. Each product line is subtly different, aimed for specific use cases (although any light can be used for any purpose). Continue reading for a full roundup of all Sola lights…
Final call: Capture the World Underwater Video Challenge
The first annual Capture The World Underwater Video Challenge submission deadline is December 31st. Entries can be travelogues, environmental videos, best critter behaviors or any other special underwater video and the competition offers prizes from the Agressor/Dancer fleet and Gates Underwater Products. Full entry details and competition rules are listed on the Gates site. The winning entry will also be showcased at the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition in summer 2011.
Special notice to all entrants: If you have already submitted an entry for this contest, please contact Gates.
Shiver: Shark finning in Mozambique on Vimeo
Shiver: Shark Finning in Mozambique seeks to expose the “dark and brutal realities” of the finning industry. One of the producers, Dave Charley says:
“In Mozambique, like many countries the world over, local fishermen are paid handsomely for supplying middlemen with dried shark fins - the fishermen oblivious to what the fins are used for,” and. “Coupled with increasingly sophisticated boats and fishing techniques, the demand for shark fin soup has ensured that we have lost an estimated 90 per cent of sharks in the last 50 years, with 30 per cent of species now listed as endangered or critically endangered.
Call for entries: British Underwater Image Festival 2011
The British Underwater Image Festival 2011 is being incorporated into The Big Scuba Show at Olympia, London on 19-20 February. The competition is in it’s sixth consecutive year and is free to enter. Film and still are represented in the entry categories, with specific classes for images shot in the UK. Sponsors have offered thousands of pounds worth of prizes across the stills and film categories.
Deadline for entries is 7 January 2011.
Call for entries: San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park competition
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is hosting a photography competition to highlight the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park in celebration of Underwater Parks Day on Jan. 15, 2011. Underwater parks, or marine protected areas, help to preserve important underwater habitats, yet for many these treasures are hidden from view. The aim of the competition is to show the underwater beauty of these parks. The competition is open to all, and entries must be underwater photographs of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park, including the marine life refuge and the ecological reserve.
Deadline for submissions is January 3, 2011.
DEMA, the Las Vegas Hilton and shark fin soup
The recent shark fin soup protest, staged at the Las Vegas Hilton during the DEMA trade show has been a success. The hotel management has agreed to withdraw shark fin products from it’s restaurant menu. Many thanks to all Wetpixel members who responded to the forum posts. Sharksavers most recent newsletter carries some interesting observations as to why it was to prove successful. This form of protest can be effective, but their points make a lot of sense for those planning a similar event.
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