After a few days of stormy weather, with the green light given by Giac and the Sundive crew, everyone was keen to get in the water for their first dive of the Shootout in Byron Bay. Topside it was sunny and blue skies, and the wind and swell had dropped substantially. With the recent wet weather, the general concensus was a macro set-up was the way to go below the surface.
First dive of the day.
Inbetween dives, there was plenty of gear to compare.
The picnic bench quickly became a very crowded camera table.
Tomorrow we’ll be posting the first underwater shots.
Nauticam has announcd the NA-NEX7 housing for Sony’s top of the line mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the Sony Alpha NEX-7. Nauticam’s leadership in the Alpha NEX arena continues as it brings the first NEX-7 underwater housing to market. With DSLR quality imaging and performance packed into a housing that is small enough to take anywhere, NEX-7 is now ready to explore the depths.
The Sony Alpha NEX-7 expands the Alpha NEX lineup by adding features and performance worthy of enthusiasts and professionals alike. Specification-wise, the NEX-7 might be closer to Sony’s flagship DSLR, the A77, but the body size is only slightly larger than the NEX-5N.
When the NEX-5N was released, underwater photographers have long had to choose between the excellent image quality of a DSLR versus the compact size of point and shoot cameras. With the NA-NEX7 housing from Nauticam, that paradigm has now changed, and radically so. With NEX-7, you can expect image quality rivaling any DSLR in a housing that is incredibly small and light – plus fine control over all camera settings.
Contact us for pre-orders.
We will be exhibiting at the SMPTE Exhibition in Sydney this week, with a wide range of underwater video and DSLR housings on show.
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Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour; Tuesday 19 July – Thursday 21 July: 10.00am – 6.00pm, Friday 22 July: 10.00am – 3.00pm.
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Drop by and say hello at Stand F02 and check out the latest in Professional Underwater Imaging Solutions!
We are exhibiting at the PMA Imaging Expo this coming weekend in Sydney and will have the full range of Nauticam, Aquatica, FIX & Light & Motion housings on display. A great chance to get your hands on all the gear.
Of particular interest will be the new 45 degree viewfinder from Nauticam, as well as the New Light & Motion Sola 4000 Video Light.
Please drop by the Booth (433) and say hello.
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See you there.
Reports from divers returning from dives today at the Byron Bay Shootout today have been promising, with the weather gods playing nice, tonnes of wildlife (more mantas!), and the ocean calming down. It has, however, gotten quite quiet around Sundive this afternoon, presumably as most photographers are locking themselves away to start processing their photos before the deadline tomorrow afternoon.
Ross Gudgeon’s talk last night of the essentials of underwater photography was very informative from all reports, with something for everyone in there, both from beginners to seasoned pros. Tonight’s talk titled “Underwater Photography Post Processing for Advanced” is set to be a not-to-miss event.
With only one day of shooting left now in the competition, everyone’s getting a little frantic to make sure they get the last few photos they need. However, after the end of dives tomorrow afternoon, we have a social BBQ at night, and the finale on Sunday, giving everyone a much needed chase to unwind after a big week of diving.
Topside, today was the nicest day we’ve had in Byron for the 2011 Sundive Byron Bay Underwater Shootout – warm and sunny, and only a little breeze. Underwater there was less surge that the last few days, although vis was still down. That didn’t stop a lot of photographers putting on wide angle lenses though.
Given that the water’s a chilly 22 degrees (remember I dive in Cairns – 22 is cold!), it surprising that there’s been so many mantas around this week. For those with wide angle lenses equipped, they often got lucky, one manta seems to be quite curious. For those of us with macro lenses, you could almost hear us cursing underwater with our poor choice.
We’re about half way through the week here now, but the second half of the week promises to be exciting, with a number of photography talks coming up in the next few nights.
We started off with a warm sunny morning for the Byron Shootout today, with the wind down, and vis up around 12m. Most competitors made the most of this and shot wide angle at some point or another, with plenty of schools of fish around. However the rain now looks like it’s settled in, and I’d dare say this afternoon’s dive with be another macro dive.
We’re down here lending a hand to any photographers that need it, and have once again bought several systems for people to trial, from both Nauticam and Aquatica. Lots of divers are making the most of this opportunity, giving the latest 7D and D7000 housings a go. Once again, some of the most popular items are the Light & Motion Sola Lights, which are now available in dive, photo and video lights, ranging from 500 to 1200 lumens. With the darker conditions we’ve been getting, they’re great for a focus lights on a still camera or a very bring video light.
Last night Sundive hosted a welcome BBQ for competitors in the underwater shootout, giving everyone a chance to come together in a social setting, eat, drink, and as all underwater photographers like to do, talk about cameras! We had a good turnout, with some divers partying on late into the night (and looking a little worse today).
We were greeted this morning by dark rainy skies, and reports from the first dive that it’s macro conditions. Everyone’s excited to be heading out however, as there’s always ample opportunities to shoot the smaller critters out at Julian Rocks. However most people seem to be changing over to wide angle for this afternoon’s dives, as a manta ray was spotted swimming around. It will be interesting to see if anyone manages to get a shot of it.
Cameras of all shapes and sizes line the benches at the dive shop in between dives, showing just how many underwater photographers have turned up for this year’s comp. With more people due during the next few days, it sure to be an exciting week.
Welcome from beautiful Byron Bay! We’ve arrived for the Sundive Byron Bay Underwater Shootout, an annual event spanning 10 days, giving underwater photographers and videographers from around the country the chance to come together to socialise, talk photography, and of course, compete for some amazing prizes.
This year’s shootout is looking to be a good one, with some 40+ competitors entering in the competition, tonnes of social get-togethers, an ‘Approaching Wildlife’ talk with previous winner and Sundive team member Mark Grey, and a number of underwater photography classes with award winning photograph Ross Gudgeon.
We’ll be bringing you updates from the event right here, so make sure you check back to see whats happening at this year’s shootout!
Pete and myself will be heading down to the Sundive Byron Bay Underwater Shootout again next week, with all of the latest gear in underwater photography for entrants to come and have a play with. If you’re going to be at the shootout (or just diving with Sundive between May 21-28) and would like to book a system to take out for a dive, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We’ll also be blogging from the event here, so if you can’t make it this year, make sure you keep an eye on what’s going on!
Hopefully see you there.