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PMA ’09 Sneak Peek

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To kick off PMA, I headed to the “Sneak Peek” press event to get a look ahead at what we’ll be seeing all week at the show. We’ll check in later with most of the big camera manufacturers, so I was gladly able to take the time to talk to some of the smaller companies who are making innovative photography accessories. Shamelessly, I’ll report that I was most excited to get my hands on the Liquid Image lineup of underwater digital camera masks, as seen above. They now have four masks in their lineup, two of which shoot HD video. And here I thought I was just checking out a novelty item that shoots a few megapixel still images and smooshes your face while you skim the surface as a hobby snorkeler. I was clearly misinformed because these masks are prime for some serious scuba diving and photography action. The entry-level mask, the Explorer Series 302, plunges to a depth of 15 feet and shoots 5MP still photos, while shooting video (VGA, 20fps) and has 16MB of internal memory with the capacity for a 2GB Micro SD card. While those video specs probably won’t impress many, it would be the perfect entry-level mask for someone to have fun with. The Pro HD350 is at the top of the lineup, and can go down as far as 330 feet. Its video shooting capabilities are surprisingly impressive, shooting HD 720P at 30fps. It also shoots 5MP still images, but has internal memory of 64MB and the capacity for a 32GB Micro SD. All four masks have mounts for optional side or head lights.

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Photo Essay: Tunnels

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Marienplatz Paralleltunnel by FloSchMUC

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Live at PMA 09 in Las Vegas

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Join me next week (March 2-5) as I live blog from PMA (the Photo Marketing Association Convention) in Las Vegas. I will be catching up with all of the top camera, gear, and software manufacturers to bring you the lastest on new product releases and news from the photo world at large!

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: WiebeTech Photo Contest

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Here’s a chance for you guys to make those photos work for you to win free storage! Enter the Wiebe Tech Photo Contest for a chance to win massive external storage from Wiebe Tech. They’re asking you to send your best image from the People, Nature/Lamdscape, Manmade Wonders or Animals & Wildlife genres. One Grand Prize Winner will get a Wiebe Tech RTX400-QR (retails for $899 – $1,515), and three 2nd Place Winnerswill get a ToughTech (retails for $120 – $274). Get the full contest details and enter here.

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In Your Neighborhood: Los Angeles, CA

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A lot of us photo enthusiasts in the greater Los Angeles area have been standing by, with building anticipation, for the long awaited Annenberg Space for Photography to finally open its doors. According to the Los Angeles Times Culture Monster blog, the Century City space will finally open on March 27th with an exhibition entitled L8S ANG3LES. Apparently the “8″ refernces the number of LA photographers whose work is included in the show (BIG NAMES!), and the “3″ is for the number of LA Times photographers whose images of LA will also be exhibited.

From the Times:

The inaugural show will spotlight Los Angeles photographers who work in various fields, including fine art photography, documentary projects, architecture, fashion and celebrity portraiture. Images by John Baldessari, Catherine Opie, Greg Gorman, Douglas Kirkland, Tim Street-Porter, Julius Shulman, Lauren Greenfield and Carolyn Cole, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times photographer, will be shown in the traditional gallery. Lawrence K. Ho, Genaro Molina and Kirk McKoy are the Times staffers to be featured in the projection space.
For the rest of the story on the Annenberg Space for Photography’s opening, check out the full Times article here.

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