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UW photo and shark bio course at BBFS

A technical course in underwater photography and videography will be given at the Bimini Biological Field Station on 12-21 January 2006.  [Wetpixel editor Eric Cheng spent a month at the Sharklab in 2003] Course lectures will merge the latest in digital photography and high definition videography techniques with information on shark biology.  Dr Samuel H. Gruber director of the Bimini Biological Field Station  and Piers Warren, Director of Wildeye, writer, photographer, lecturer in wildlife film-making and founder of Filmmakers for Conservation will offer a series of lectures combined with field trips to reliably encounter a variety of species including lemon sharks, bull sharks, blacktip sharks, reef and blacknose sharks and possibly other species…

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Sony DSC-R1 w/APS-C sized sensor Photo

Sony DSC-R1 w/APS-C sized sensor

Sony has announced the groundbreaking Cybershot DSC-R1 camera, the first all-in-one camera to contain a large, 10.3-megapixel, APS-sized CMOS sensor.  The DSC-R1 supports both CF and Memory Stick/Pro cards, and has 24-120mm focal length (35mm equivalent).

Although the DSC-R1 is bigger and heavier than a Canon Digital Rebel XT + kit lens, this is really the direction in which we’ve all been waiting for digital cameras to go; whereas in the film days it was possible to take high-quality images with a small camera, these first years of digital imaging have made it impossible to acquire clean images without a large camera.  Also, the Sony RAW files are 20.0MB each—even larger than those produced by a 16.7-megapixel Canon 1Ds Mk II.  Why?  Who knows.

For more information, check out DPReview’s hands-on preview.

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Chris Parsons, INON Artist of the Month Photo

Chris Parsons, INON Artist of the Month

Congratulations to long-time Wetpixel member, Chris Parsons, who is this month’s INON Featured Artist.  Chris was aboard with us on the M/V Shearwater for the Wetpixel Bahamas Shark Expedition 2005, and was one of the most experienced photographers onboard.

Check out INON’s Featured Artist page for a selection of Chris’ impressive underwater photography.  INON America is a sponsor of Wetpixel.com.

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Charity Auction - GALAPAGOS EXPEDITION  October 9-23, 2005 Photo

Charity Auction - GALAPAGOS EXPEDITION October 9-23, 2005

Reef & Rainforest with Wetpixel has decided to auction one available space on this trip of a lifetime.  The trip departs in just over 4 weeks so we have decided to auction the trip with all the proceeds going to the Red Cross for Katrina relief.  This is an epic dive adventure to the remote Northern Islands of Darwin & Wolf aboard Sky Dancer.

Minimum bid is 1,000.00.  The cost of this trip retail is 5,390.00 Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your bid - click the full article for details.

Update: Auction Closed.  Here’s a message from Reef & Rainforest:  Hi Eric & James.  The high bid was 3,101.00 and will be given to Red Cross in the name of Wetpixel & Reef & Rainforest. Thanks for making this happen!

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Forum space for underwater photographic societies

Wetpixel is giving away free forum space to underwater photographic societies!  Forums are the perfect place to discuss local UPS-related issues outside of meetings.  You can also get word out about UPS-related events and post your work for the world to see. 

Forums can either be public or private, and we will promote moderators of your choice.  If your UPS is interested in hosting forum space at Wetpixel, please contact Eric.

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Ocean Realm is back Photo

Ocean Realm is back

A message from Richard H. Stewart, publisher and editor-in-chief of the new Ocean Realm journal (now, in hardback format!):

For all of you that have asked about Ocean Realm I have good news. We (the original publishers of Ocean Realm in 1980) have brought the title back and have recently introduced the first edition. The two ladies that had OR last closed shop more than two years ago leaving a string of bills and unhappy people. We did not buy the company but bought the trade name. If you would like to know more about the new Ocean Realm Journal please visit http://www.OceanRealmJournal.com.

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James Wiseman’s Buoyancy Collar Review Photo

James Wiseman’s Buoyancy Collar Review

Since I started underwater digital photography, I’ve dove with a number of different camera and housing combinations.  The one thing they all shared is that they all had different handling characteristics underwater…:-)  For me, the two most important of these characteristics have always been size, and in-water weight.  This article describes a way to optimize the in-water weight of your rig – and shows how I made a buoyancy collar for my system.  If you are interested in making some kind of buoyancy module for your set-up, I encourage you to make a closed-cell foam ring to fit around your port, or around your strobe arms.  For a few hours of work and less than $100 you can make a useful underwater photography tool, and one that will help you take better photographs.

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