Review of Sharks: Stewards of the Reef DVD
In a response to the decimation of shark species worldwide by finning and human fishing, long-time California diver David McGuire produced the 25-minute film Sharks: Stewards of the Reef. Professional underwater photographer Eric Hanauer has reviewed the DVD version and writes:
The scenes of sharks caught on longlines, and especially of fins being cut off and the bleeding bodies thrown overboard provoked a strong gut reaction of revulsion in this viewer…this is a message film that everyone who loves the ocean will take to heart. The challenge will be to communicate that message to the rest of the world.
Twenty-five percent of film sales will be donated to the Ocean Conservancy Shark Campaign. Continue reading for all of Hanauer’s review…
Sea & Sea’s underwater housings for Canon 40D and Nikon D300, D3
Sea & Sea has announced that they will be building housings for the new Canon 40D, Nikon D3, and Nikon D300 digital SLRs. A prototype housing for the Nikon D300 is on schedule to be shown at DEMA in early November, and will be available to ship by late January, 2008. The 40D and D3 housings are scheduled to be released in Spring 2008. No prices have been announced yet.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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