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Boat Captain Charged in Conception Tragedy That Killed 34 – Underwater Photography Article

Boat Captain Charged in Conception Tragedy That Killed 34 The captain of the Conception liveaboard, which caught fire off the coast of California on September 2, 2019, has been indicted on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter—one count for each of the victims who died that day. According to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, a federal grand jury alleges Jerry Nehl Boylan caused the deaths of 34 people “by his misconduct, negligence,…

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Ocean Pollution Imperils Human Health – Underwater Photography Article

Ocean Pollution Imperils Human Health By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, December 3, 2020 @ 06:00 PM (EST)Source: Boston College A new report by an international coalition of scientists led by Boston College’s Global Observatory on Pollution on Health and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco asserts that ocean pollution is widespread and worsening, putting the health of more than three billion people at risk—particularly coastal fishing communities, people on small island nations, indigenous populations, and people in the High Arctic. The first comprehensive…

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Wetpixel Live: Holiday Purchases :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Wetpixel Live: Holiday Purchases :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 Fashionably late (!) Adam and Alex discuss what new gear they are considering purchasing over the Black Friday/Holiday period. In common with many underwater image-makers, they concentrate on the accessories and ancillary items that increase productivity underwater and in front of the computer. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the Wetpixel Live YouTube Channel. This will then notify you when additional episodes are posted in…

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World Oceans Day 2020 Contest Winner – Underwater Photography Article

World Oceans Day 2020 Contest Winner Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean and 2020 World Oceans Day Theme winner   The overall winning image in the Seventh United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Contest was taken by Tasmanian marine biologist Joanna Smart. Competition curator Ellen Cuylaerts recently chatted to Joanna to learn more about her image and what the oceans mean to her.   Ellen Cuylaerts: You grew up in Hobart, Tasmania. Do you believe living there sparked your interest in marine…

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Nikon D5/D850/D500 Firmware Updates Bring CFexpress Card Support – Underwater Photography Article

Nikon D5/D850/D500 Firmware Updates Bring CFexpress Card Support Nikon has released firmware updates for the D5, D850 and D500 that add support for CFexpress memory cards (Type B). The D850 and D500 both have an XQD card slot (in addition to their UHS-II SD card slot), which can also accept CFexpress-B cards. The D5 is available in two versions: one with dual CompactFlash slots and one with dual XQD slots. Nikon’s Z7 and Z6 full-frame mirrorless cameras received CFexpress firmware updates…

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Diving the Thistlegorm :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Diving the Thistlegorm :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 Dived Up has started shipping their new visual guide to diving the wreck of SS Thistlegorm. Combining historical detail with ground-breaking 3D and photogrammetry and Alex Mustard’s stunning imagery, it offers a unique way to enjoy the wreck. It is shipping now in a limited edition hardback from Divedup.com, Amazon, online, and your local dive retailer Press release Diving the Thistlegorm The Ultimate Guide to a World War…

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At the Heart of the Coral Triangle: Celebrating Biodiversity :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

At the Heart of the Coral Triangle: Celebrating Biodiversity :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 Alan Powderham and Sancia van der Meij’s new book “At the Heart of the Coral Triangle: Celebrating Biodiversity” is now available to pre-order. Featuring Powderham’s photography along with scientific explanations, it concentrates on less observed reef creatures and offers insights into many unique animal behaviors and relationships. At the Heart of the Coral Triangle: Celebrating Biodiversity is available now to pre-order with…

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Ocean Photography Awards 2020 :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Ocean Photography Awards 2020 :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 On Wetpixel Live, Alex Mustard and Adam Hanlon discuss the results of the new Ocean Photography awards. The contest is a venue for ocean imagery, both above and below the surface, and as they discuss, this offers creative opportunities that “dedicated” underwater photography contests do not. As is always the case, the pair offer constructive criticism about the lovely winning images. If you enjoy this episode, please…

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award Shortlisted Images Revealed – Underwater Photography Article

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award Shortlisted Images Revealed Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award Shortlisted Images Revealed Drawn and quartered by Laurent Ballesta, France   After the Natural History Museum’s October announcement of the winners of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition—including the “Under Water” category winner, DPGer Songda Cai—the organizers have released a shortlist of the 25 images vying for the People’s Choice Award. As usual, an online vote decides…

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Japan’s Galápagos: The Ogasawara Islands – Underwater Photography Article

Japan’s Galápagos: The Ogasawara Islands The stars of the show: Ogasawara dolphins   Located in the northwest Pacific Ocean, about 600 miles south of Tokyo, the Ogasawara archipelago is one of the most isolated and remotest parts of Japan. Despite their distance from Tokyo, the 30-plus Ogasawara Islands are administered from the Japanese capital and the only way to get there is also from Tokyo, on the weekly ferry service—there are no airports on any of the islands! The isolation…

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Nikon Z Series Roadmap :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Nikon Z Series Roadmap :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Monday, November 30th, 2020 On today’s Wetpixel Live Alex and Adam discuss the recently released roadmap for lens development of the Nikon Z series mirrorless camera system. Nikon has also announced that it will add two new SLRs in 2021, so they ruminate on what might be in store and how this might affect camera choices. If you want to see more of these videos, please subscribe to the Wetpixel Live…

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Photokina Is Suspended Indefinitely – Underwater Photography Article

Photokina Is Suspended Indefinitely Koelnmesse AG has announced that the biennial Photokina imaging event has been canceled, citing decreases in the imaging market. In a press release on the show’s website, Koelnmesse President and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Böse says that there’s is no “viable basis for the leading international trade fair for photography, video and imaging.” “This hard cut after a 70-year shared history was very difficult for us,” Böse continues. “The trend in this industry, with which we…

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DPReview Names Favorite Imaging Gear of 2020 – Underwater Photography Article

DPReview Names Favorite Imaging Gear of 2020 DPReview, the website about all things camera and photography, has unveiled its favorite imaging gear of the last 12 months. The 45-megapixel, 8K-shooting Canon EOS R5 was named Best High-End Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC), while the little brother Canon EOS R6 took the award for Best Midrange ILC. The Best Entry-Level ILC was the just-announced Fujifilm X-S10. The Sony a7S III was deemed Best Stills/Video Camera (while the videocentric Canon EOS R6 was…

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Ocean Photographer of the Year Winners and Finalists 2020 – Underwater Photography Article

Ocean Photographer of the Year Winners and Finalists 2020 The Ocean Photographer of the Year 2020   The winners and finalists in Oceanographic Magazine’s annual Ocean Photographer of the Year awards have been announced. Canadian photographer (and DPG contributor) Nadia Aly was named Ocean Photographer of the Year for her awesome shot of aggregating mobula rays off Baja California Sur, Mexico. She also received the competition’s Collective Portfolio Award. “The photograph is perfectly exposed, compellingly dramatic and deeply intriguing,” said…

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To Flip or Not to Flip :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

To Flip or Not to Flip :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Saturday, November 28th, 2020 Following on from a current thread on the Wetpixel forum, Alex and Adam discuss their personal preferences with regard to using flip adaptors for ancillary wet lenses. Although popular and convenient, these brackets do inevitably have some drawbacks. Wetpixel Live is a YouTube channel devoted to short films helping explain the hard-edged information people need to improve their underwater images. To see more of the…

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Columbia Announces Ban on Shark Fishing :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Columbia Announces Ban on Shark Fishing :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Saturday, November 28th, 2020 Columbia’s President Iván Duque has announced that artisanal and commercial shark fishing within Columbia’s waters will be prohibited. In addition, he announced that those affected will be able to replace their income derived from shark fishing by receiving payments for “environmental services”. “Today we have made a government decision, supported and sustained, and that is that any form of shark fishing is prohibited in Colombia,…

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Be the champ :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Be the champ :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Friday, November 27th, 2020 Alex Mustard is celebrating the writing of “Be the Champ” columns in Diver magazine. The column is focused on underwater photography, and to celebrate its 100th edition, he approached a wide variety of underwater photographers for”one-line” advice. Adam and Alex discuss some of the communal wisdom shared and how fortunate we are to be a part of a supportive community. Wetpixel Live is a series of discussions that…

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Underwater Photo and Video Holiday Gift Guide 2020 – Underwater Photography Article

Underwater Photo and Video Holiday Gift Guide 2020 Yes, it’s that time of year again, folks! Time to splurge a little. Time to buy that special something for that special someone in your life (or yourself!). Yes, it’s time to curl up with DPG’s epic 2020 Underwater Holiday Gift Guide and find out about all the hottest (and coolest) gear out there. So whether you have your beady eye on a shiny new housing or just want to find…

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Backscatter announces the Macro Wide 4300 Video Light :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Backscatter announces the Macro Wide 4300 Video Light :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Friday, November 27th, 2020 The team at Backscatter has announced their Macro Wide 4300 video light. It has 4300 lumen of output, variable over 3 steps with an 85° beam angle (6000°K) and a macro mode with a 1400 lumen spot beam. It is powered by two Nitecore NL2150HP rechargeable batteries which offer a burn time of 50 minutes at full power. The Macro Wide 4300 is…

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In Memoriam: Ernest H. Brooks II – Underwater Photography Article

In Memoriam: Ernest H. Brooks II In Memoriam: Ernest H. Brooks II “I first encountered Spot on a dive in 1983, when she suddenly dashed up to me, examined my camera, grabbed one of my fins and tugged on my regulator. When we meet, she stays close and we always play. Once, she swam off with my snorkel—then she stole my heart”   Ernie Brooks was an extraordinary gentleman who influenced countless lives and whose every word and action came…

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2021 Bite-Back Calendar :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

2021 Bite-Back Calendar :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 The shark conservation charity, Bite Back, has released its annual calendar, featuring lovely underwater imagery from a variety of talented underwater photographers. Alex and Adam discuss the 2021 calendar and how successful the charity has been at engaging people in the crucial front end of shark conservation. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the Wetpixel Live YouTube Channel. This will then notify you when additional episodes…

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Download | Digital Camera | Digital AV | Support – Underwater Photography Article

Download | Digital Camera | Digital AV | Support Text begins from here. * When you click below “Click to the download page” then a pop-up window should be shown. If your OS is Mac and using Safari, please refer here to show the pop-up window. Product Series Model Version Date Download / Description Camera body GH DC-GH5S Ver.1.6 Jul. 21, 2020 DC-GH5 Ver.2.7 Jul. 21, 2020 DMC-GH4 Ver.2.7 Sep.…

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Red Sea Reefs from 2020 G20 Summit :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Red Sea Reefs from 2020 G20 Summit :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 The recent G20 summit, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, celebrated the Presidency’s second aim of “Safeguarding the Planet” with a documentary film about the Red Sea’s reefs shot by Sean Ruggeri and the team from OceanX. It was shot with a RED Digital Cinema Komodo, Laowa by Venus Optics 9mm T2.9 Cine and a Gates Underwater Products housing. “After 400 million years and several…

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A Virtual Journey Through Some of the World’s Best Coral Reefs – Underwater Photography Article

A Virtual Journey Through Some of the World’s Best Coral Reefs A typical soft coral reefscape in Fiji. Due to a gear problem, this image was actually taken with just one strobe positioned over the top of the dome port   In a tumultuous world troubled by a once-in-a-hundred-year plague, photography remains our virtual passport to idyllic and inspiring underwater locations. Traveling from our own homes is difficult, if not impossible. Moreover, most of the top dive destinations have severely…

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Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 Video Light Unveiled – Underwater Photography Article

Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 Video Light Unveiled Exactly a year ago, Backscatter officially announced the Mini Flash (MF-1) and Optical Snoot (OS-1), aiming to revolutionize underwater photography for macro shooters. As many of us discovered, the innovative strobe did indeed deliver—and then some—proving itself to be more than capable of tackling wide-angle scenes as well. Now, again just in time for the holidays, the company has returned with another product that aims to break new ground for videographers—the Backscatter…

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Wetpixel Live turns 100 :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Wetpixel Live turns 100 :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Monday, November 23rd, 2020 It is a celebration of sorts, with Wetpixel Live episode 100 being released yesterday. Originally conceived by Alex Mustard as a way of staying engaged about underwater image-making when we were prevented from doing so due to COVID-19, the series has blossomed into a general discussion and attracts large numbers of viewers. Thank you all for your support and feedback. Throughout, we have aimed to chat about…

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Wetpixel Live: DEMA Predictions :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Wetpixel Live: DEMA Predictions :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Monday, November 23rd, 2020 Alex and Adam get out their crystal balls and try to predict what the buzz would be at DEMA 2020, which has been canceled due to COVID-19. They discuss the hot new products that have already made their way to the marketplace and try to guess which ones everyone would have been talking about at the legendary Wetpixel/DPG Image Makers Party. Wetpixel Live is a series of…

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Essential Advice about Housing Lanyards :: Wetpixel.com – Underwater Photography Article

Essential Advice about Housing Lanyards :: Wetpixel.com by Adam Hanlon Saturday, November 21st, 2020 Adam and Alex discuss some dos and do-nots about using housing lanyards and how they attach their housings to themselves when shooting underwater. Both tend not to use lanyards a great deal, and they set out their reasons for this in the episode. Wetpixel Live](http://www.youtube.com/c/Wetpixel-live) is a YouTube channel devoted to short films helping explain the hard-edged information people need to improve their underwater images. To…

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Capturing Anilao’s Critters with the Retra Flash PRO – Underwater Photography Article

Capturing Anilao’s Critters with the Retra Flash PRO As with this yellow goby, stylized image-making is easy to manage for macro using the Retra Flash PRO and Retra LSD snoot. The strobe’s centered pilot light makes aiming the snoot and directing the power of the flash quite simple (105mm macro lens, 75% strobe power, f/14, 1/200s)   I love gadgets—especially underwater photography gadgets that actually work. One gadget that definitely qualifies is the Retra Light Shaping Device, or LSD, which…

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Sony Announces FX6 Full-Frame Cinema Camera with 4K/120p Recording – Underwater Photography Article

Sony Announces FX6 Full-Frame Cinema Camera with 4K/120p Recording Sony has officially announced its long-awaited FX6 full-frame 4K cinema camera, which the company says combines its digital cinema technology with “advanced imaging features from Alpha mirrorless cameras.” The camera is built around a 10.2-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated CMOS Exmor R sensor and the Sony Bionz XR image processing engine—apparently the same sensor and processor combo used in the recently announced a7S III. The camera achieves a maximum ISO of 409,600, and…

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