Call for entries: International Underwater Film Festival
The International Underwater Film Festival has announced its call for entries for the fourteenth event, which is to be held in Belgrade, Serbia. The two entry categories are independent category for independent producers (amateur film makers, independent producer) and pro category for professional productions (films without time limit).
The deadline for registration is 5 November, with films to be with the organizers by 15 November and the festival itself is scheduled for early December.
ReefNet plans to release fiber optic snoot
ReefNet has let us know that they will be releasing a fiber optic snoot. Planned specifications include: 150 x 0.75mm fibers in each arm with polished ends, a strobe adapter that prevents stray light from illuminating the subject/scene, snoot arms that are centered over the strobes flash tube(s) and that can also be easily manipulated for accurate subject illumination. They aim to have units available for Ikelite DS125/160/161, Inon Z240 and Sea & Sea YS250 strobes, although others will be considered if there is enough demand.
ReefNet have emphasized that they will only have limited production by mid-December at the earliest, and that although they can take pre-orders now, manufacturing details are still being finalized.
Howard Hall: The Blue Ocean in RED
Underwater Photography magazine issue 57 available
Underwater Photography magazine has announced that the November/December issue is now available for download. Among the technique articles in issue 57 are Dr Alex Tattersall’s “Creativity in the Canaries”, “Ethics in wildlife photography” by Tim Priest, “Strobe Positioning, The Rabbit Ears Technique” by Julian Cohen and “Off-Camera Strobes” by Alex Mustard. Also featured are Sean Arrowsmith’s article on diving in Gozo and “Snorkeling with Basking Sharks” by Charles Hood.
UwP magazine is a free pdf magazine available as a download.
Product Review: Contour HD camcorder
Steve Douglas presents a review of the Contour HD POV camcorder. This is an affordable “wearable” HD camcorder, that can present unique possibilities for film making. The review was done using the Contour housing which is not an underwater housing as such, however there are now several available.
Nexus launches birthday cake
We are not sure of the details yet, but it would seem that housing manufacturer Nexus has gone into the catering business. K. Saroj Chutharatkul’s birthday cake seems more suited to underwater than surface use. Specifications, weights and buoyancy characteristics are to be confirmed! (Picture by K. Pipat Kosumlaksamee.)
New DiveFilm HD podcast: Antartica Weddell seals
Mary Lynn Price, Wetpixel moderator and DiveFilm HD host has added a podcast of her ongoing research in Antarctica. Entitled Antarctica Weddell seals, it is available for download on iTunes. Mary Lynn is part of a research team from Montana State University that returns to the Erebus Bay area of the Ross Sea in Antarctica annually during the Weddell seal pupping season to study these seals. Initiated in 1968, this is one of the longest running studies of a long-lived mammal anywhere, and focuses on the southernmost mammal residing on our planet. The podcast was edited in a hut on the sea ice.
DiveFilm HD is produced in association with Wetpixel and the podcast at iTunes is currently among the iTunes Podcast “Staff Favorites,” and continues to be the #1 Sports & Recreation Video Podcast there.
Aquatica releases new housing for Nikon D3 series
As their existing housing for the Nikon D3 series did not give full functionality for the D3S, Aquatica has gone back to the drawing board, and produced a whole new model. This redesign features the relocation and addition of some controls, particularly those for the cameras video features, and larger more tactile control knobs have been added for better feel in cold water. In addition, a new manufacturing process has allowed the weight to be reduced by 20%. The new housing will fit the D3X and D3 cameras as well as the D3s, and the new housing back can be retrofitted to existing D3 housings.
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