Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 8: Season Finale - Into the Blue
Having migrated the gear from plane to rental car, and from car to dive resort, it was time to unpack and plan the next day. The evening of arrival, (what was left of it anyway), I reassembled the rig.
To fit in its Pelican case, I had removed the handles, each wrapped in the socks they give you in Business or First class; a small token along with a slightly wider seat and a “kit” containing toothpaste, a toothbrush, lotion, lip balm, and tissues.
While re-attaching the handles, I had my first panic moment; what the hell did I do with the hex wrench for the handles? Could I have forgotten something so obvious and important? ...
DeeperBlue.com offers underwater photo and freediving course
Wetpixel friend and online diving resource DeeperBlue has teamed with London’s Ocean Optics to offer a first-of-its-kind underwater photography and freediving course. The two-day class takes place on May 9-10, 2009 in the 30m Submarine Escape Training Tank in Gosport, UK, which is maintained at a comfortable 34°C/94°F temperature.
Ocean Optics will be providing camera equipment for participants to try out throughout the four tank practical sessions, intermixed with two freediving and two photography theory sessions. The course is open to all skill levels, but is limited to 10 individuals, so spaces will fill quickly! Continue reading for all the details, and to find a link to a short trailer on YouTube of the experience…
Protest shark finning in Sipadan / Mabul
Wetpixel member Syam was in the Sipadan/Mabul area over Christmas and discovered the local villagers catching and finning sharks on Mabul Island. Please help the conservation of sharks in the Sipadan area by writing in to encourage the resorts on Mabul and Kapalai and the Malaysian government to protect what few sharks that are left in the area and enlarge the marine protected area to cover the island group.
Please read the thread to get the contact information for the officials. Our voice as paying tourists does count and we should ensure our dollars are spent for the protection of the area and not contribute to its detriment.
恭喜發財! Happy Lunar New Year!
Solmar V offers Wetpixel member free trip to the Socorro Islands
The Solmar V liveaboard has announced a special promotion for Wetpixel members - a free dive trip to the Socorro Islands on the 112’ vessel! The lucky member will be selected at the end of 2009 from the winners of the weekly Wetpixel Photo of the Week (POTW) Competition.
The competition is open to all Wetpixel members, free to enter, and features a new image theme every week. For all the details, continue reading for the full press release, or visit the POTW page to submit your photographs…you can’t win if you don’t enter!
Inon America announces business operations suspended
After over five years of supporting the underwater photographic community of the Americas, Inon America has been forced to close by its parent companies, Japanese manufacturers Inon, Inc and Seanet, Inc. Inon America President and Founder Mark Rupert today posted a press release explaining the circumstances behind the action, revealing that Inon, Inc. and Seanet, Inc. have decided to sell directly to their customer base and refuse shipments to the company.
We at Wetpixel are disappointed to hear such a situation has occurred, and hope that there may be an amicable resolution in the future. Continue reading or visit the Inon America website for the full press release, and be sure to voice your opinion in the ongoing forum discussion...
Alex Mustard writes PhotoPro Column
DIVE Magazine (UK) is proud to announce that underwater photographer and Wetpixel’s Associate Editor, Alex Mustard, will be writing a monthly column, PhotoPro. Alex said, “While PhotoPro unashamedly focuses on the methods of UW photography, it will not be a tech-fest mired in jargon. It is about the key aspects of the photographic process that differentiate producing a stunning shot from an average one.” PhotoPro starts in the February 2009 issue, on sale soon. Worldwide subscriptions available.
DIVE is the official publication of the British Sub Aqua Club and is the largest circulation English language dive magazine in Europe, distributed worldwide from South Africa to Australia to Asia and the US.
OWU 2009 and DEEP 2009 DEADLINES JAN 15th!
Attention photographers and videographers: the deadlines for the Our World-Underwater and Deep Indonesia contests are this week - 15th January 2009.
With over $75,000 of world-class prizes, major industry involvement, and the opportunity to have your images showcased to the world as some of the best, these competitions can not be missed. Prizes include premium dive travel, underwater photo and video equipment, scuba diving gear and more!
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