Seeking testimonials for Markus Groh, Jim Abernethy, Shear Water
Attention all shark divers: certain individuals have already started mudslinging in the media about February’s unfortunate shark bite accident in the Bahamas. Instead of participating in any of that, we’d like to provide a place for positive words about all parties involved. If you have anything to say in support of Markus Groh (the diver who passed away), Jim Abernethy, the M/V Shear Water, or her crew, please leave a comment at the bottom of this message or contact us with your message.
Light & Motion expands camera support for Stingray HD video housing
Light & Motion has announced that the soon-to-ship Stingray HD video housing will be compatible with the new Sony HDR-SR11 and HDR-SR12 video camcorders. With an estimated North America shipping date for both the cameras and housing of March 21, 2008, you can plan to dive with a housed 1920x1080 HD video package utilizing an internal hard drive.
Check the Light & Motion website for a comprehensive compatibility list, or continue reading for the full press release…
Westchester County considers banning shark fin products
Westchester County, just north of New York City, is considering a law to ban the sale of all shark fin products, including shark fin soup. This would be the first legislation of its kind in the United States and could create momentum to ban shark fin products in other localities.
The legislators, and this bill, deserve our support. Let’s tell them how important we think this ban is! Please ‘sign’ the letter over at the SharkSavers website. It is especially important for residents of Westchester County to show their support of this bill.
Scubacam appointed Seacam distributor in Singapore
Seacam’s Harald Hordosh has appointed Scubacam as distributor of Seacam products in Singapore. For over two years, Scubacam has been a Seacam service partner, and the partnership has now expanded to better serve customers in the SE Asia region. David Cheung, owner of Scubacam, is delighted to be able to provide both servicing and sale of all Seacam products.
Seacam and Scubacam will also be participating in this year Asia’s largest Dive Expo, ADEX, which will be held at the Singapore Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre from April 18-20, 2008. (Booth C13)
Petition to protect the Blue Heron bridge
The Blue Heron bridge is located on the eastern most section of the continental United States, where the warm water of the Gulf Stream current comes in closer than any other place on the east coast. This current brings in larval animals and juveniles of tropical marine species, depositing them directly under the Blue Heron bridge. These tropical species intermingle with the temperate species normally found in this area, creating one of the most diverse marine habitats anywhere in the United States. Some of the unusual species found at the bridge are seahorses, stargazers, flying gurnards, striated frogfish, searobins, Atlantic longarm (mimic) octopi, and much more.
If you want to help save the Blue Heron bridge from the irreparable damage caused by collectors, please sign the petition, which was originally drafted by a local attorney and distributed by Pura Vida Divers and other members of the Palm Beach Diving Association (Wetpixel has modified the wording for online use). If you would rather sign the petition in person, it can be found at Pura Vida Divers, Narcosis Dive Charters, Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures.
DiveFilm HD Video Podcasts releases new episodes, competition winners
DiveFilm HD podcasts have been added to the new AppleTV menu as “Favorite HD Podcasts” and “Travel & Nature Podcasts” - newly released DiveFilm HD podcast episodes are Wetpixel’s own Gyula “Jules” Somogyi’s creative short film “The Vision of the Oraculum” and Mike Boom’s beautiful look at “Komodo Beneath the Waves,” and soon to follow are all the winners in this year’s Our World Underwater/Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide video competition.
The addition of DiveFilm HD Video podcasts to the new AppleTV menu allows underwater imagers to reach new audiences, and help raise awareness of the beauty, diversity and fragility of the ocean world. DiveFilm Podcasts are produced in association with Wetpixel.
Celebrate the Sea 2008 International Imagery Competition
Celebrate the Sea has announced a final call for entries. The photo and video competition features over $50,000 in cash and dive destination prizes, and prominent judges include Emory Kristof, David Doubilet, Daniel Mecier, and more.
The deadline for submission is May 10, 2008! Continue reading for the full Celebrate the Sea press release and details about the WOW Philippines Imagery Competition…
Sea & Sea MDX-PRO Mark III underwater housing review
The Sea & Sea MDX-PRO Mark III is Sea & Sea’s flagship underwater housing designed for Canon 1D and 1Ds Mark III digital SLRs. Don Kehoe and I reviewed the housing during a week in Florida photographing manatees in Crystal River and small critters underneath the Blue Heron Bridge.
Continue reading for a detailed description of the housing, including nearly 30 photos, notes about ergonomics, and information about our custom INON viewfinder installation by Backscatter.
UPDATED: see a video of the camera firing at 10 fps… with strobes!
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