Review of Chris Santella’s “Fifty Place to Dive Before You Die”
Let’s suppose you are the author of a hot selling series of books, with titles like “Fifty Places to Go Birding Before you Die,” and “Fifty Places to Sail Before you Die.” Now your editor suggests you write one about diving. The problem is you are a casual diver, with only a few hours underwater.If you’re Chris Santella, you seek out fifty experts and interview them about their favorites, in addition to doing basic research.
Here’s a dive book for the general public that provides a highly positive look at the beauty and diversity of the underwater world. At the same time, it’s a valuable reference for traveling divers who are looking for the best that world has to offer…
Nature’s Best 2008 winners announced: Wetpixel members take Oceans
Congratulations to Wetpixel members Bruce Yates, Alex Connah, Thomas Peschak and Gary Brennand for winning and taking honorable mentions in this year’s Nature’s Best Magazine‘s Windland Smith Rice International photo contest! Bruce won the Oceans divisions with his wonderful image of a lemon shark at the surface in the Bahamas. Gary took honorable mention with a close-up shot of a Napolean wrasse.
Selected Nature’s Best winners will be shown in an exhibition at the Smithsonian starting this coming November. The full list of winners can be found in the discussion topic where this news was broken; we haven’t been able to find them on the Nature’s Best website yet.
Wetpixel gets new RSS links
Hello, readers! Wetpixel has changed all of our active RSS feed URLs. If any of you out there read Wetpixel via RSS feeds, please update your URLs. We cannot guarantee the old ones will continue to work (although they probably will).
If you don’t know what RSS is, you’re missing out on one of the biggest time-savers out there. For more information on RSS, check out this brief summary and watch this 3 minute YouTube video that explains RSS in plain english.
A lot of people are fans of Google Reader, but I am a big fan of NewsGator RSS readers, which let you read news using native applications for Windows, Mac, Blackberries, iPhones, the web, and more. It keeps your read / unread articles organized and synchronized across all platforms so you don’t have to read anything twice.
Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 4: Camera, Housing, Water
Dunking an empty housing wasn’t much of a gamble, but adding a camera to the housing instantly created a variant of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” which I call “Camera, Housing, Water”. Camera is okay with housing, housing is okay with water, but camera is not okay with water. Or maybe it’s more like that puzzle where the farmer needs to get grain, a chicken, and a fox across a bridge, and can only carry two at a time. (Can’t leave the fox and chicken alone, nor the chicken and grain.)
The goal, regardless of the combination, is to keep water away from the camera. Rock beats scissors, paper beats rock, scissors beats paper, water beats camera…
Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide relaunch UnderwaterCompetition.com
Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide are proud to announce the relaunch of our joint venture, UnderwaterCompetition.com, home of our series of international photo competitions, hosted collaboratively between our two popular underwater photo & video websites. In just 4 years, these competitions have become some of the most prestigious and widely supported international underwater photography & video competitions in the world. As our readers already know, the primary competitions are unique in the fact that they are held in association with two dive expos on opposite sides of the world simultaneously. Our World Underwater in Chicago, USA, and DEEP Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Not only did we give UnderwaterCompetition.com a facelift, including highlighting and ranking winning photographers, but we also automated the entire competition. As a participant, you can now sign up for your own UnderwaterCompetition account, upload your submissions, and pay for your entries through this website.
We hope you enjoy the new website, which soft launched this week and will be open for registration and submission within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for the official call for entries!
Final coverage from Photokina 2008: Seacam update
In an addendum to our general Photokina 2008 coverage, we received word of the Seacam booth at the exhibit - a 35-sq-meter location displaying their new Seaflash 150 eTTL2-compatible strobes alongside the collection of Seacam housings, domes, and accessories.
Wetpixel friend Stephen Frink has posted additional photos from the exhibition - we’re personally looking forward to rumors of new products at DEMA…
Ikelite announces Nikon D90 underwater housing
The polycarbonate housing, rated to 200ft (60m) features iTTL conversion circuitry for Ikelite’s DS strobes, providing “four 1/3-f/stop increment flash compensation” and “seven manual power settings in half-stop increments,” and offers access to all camera modes, including D-Movie and Live View.
The housing is currently available, and we expect to see it exhibited at DEMA. Visit Ikelite’s D90 housing product page for all the details…
Stephen Frink speaks out about Snapper Ledge petition
Stephen Frink has posted a video about Snapper Ledge, which includes footage of the magnificent dive site in the Florida Keys. He talks about Snapper Ledge’s history, and pleads with you to sign the petition we’ve set up to support Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA) status for Snapper Ledge.
Since we created and posted the petition on September 10, we’ve collected 1600 signatures. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please head on over and sign it. It only takes 2 minutes, and your signature could mean the difference between preserving a special underwater ecosystem and letting it be destroyed.
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