Dive with Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert in Seattle Photo

Dive with Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert in Seattle

Wetpixel user Martin (NWDiver) has organized two days of diving in Seattle with photographers Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert!

Pacific Northwest divers, here is your chance to dive with Eric Cheng, founder of your beloved Wetpixel and Douglas Seifert, Contributing Editor, Dive Magazine UK!

Dates will be August 17th and 18th, Sunday and Monday. We will be going out with Bandito Charters for two dives/per day. Specifics will be posted as the dates approach. For now there are 7-10 open spots, for a total of 10-14 divers, depending on interest. In addition if people would like there could be a meet and greet the evening of the 17th in Seattle area, maybe a chance to bring dvds of your stuff to show off.

To reserve your spot, post a message in the forum discussion about the event.

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UWP Magazine Issue #43 available for download Photo

UWP Magazine Issue #43 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 43 is now available for download. The issue contains articles, reviews, and profiles by Karin Brussard, Austern Bannister, Mark Webster, Michael Wicks, Wetpixel’s own Alex Mustard and Mike Veitch, and more on topics including digital double exposures, Marsa Shagra and Damaguete, the Hugyfot Canon 40D housing, and equipment durability.

UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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Seacam Seaflash 250 strobe, underwater TTL test Photo

Seacam Seaflash 250 strobe, underwater TTL test

Underwater photographer and Wetpixel friend Stephen Frink has posted an underwater TTL test from his most recent Digital Master class in Key Largo, Florida.

Basim Nasr showed up with a brand new Seacam housing for a Canon 1DMKIII and a pair of Seacam Seaflash 250 strobes… If TTL works, then the light on the exposure slate should be the same. As an aside, I have rarely seen a digtial TTL test that truly worked underwater. This one did.”

Check out the test. It’s pretty impressive—the slate retains the same exposure while the background gets darker and darker (as expected when working with a proper TTL system).

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LAUPS 2008 International Competition announced Photo

LAUPS 2008 International Competition announced

The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS) has announced a call for entries for their 2008 International Photo Competition, and will be posting the competition guidelines, rules, and entry form on their website shortly. Past prizes have included trips from Bilikiki Cruises, Lagoon Resort Fiji, Lembeh Resort, Mike Ball Diving, Nai’a Fiji, and Nautilus Explorer, among others.

The deadline for entry is midnight on September 19, 2008 - many Wetpixel members have found their names among the list of winners, so don’t forget to enter! Continue reading for the full press release…

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Bonaire Digital Shootout 2008 Winners Photo

Bonaire Digital Shootout 2008 Winners

The Digital Shootout Bonaire 2008 and Wetpixel.com are proud to announce the winners of this year’s shootout photo and video contest. 58 participants competed in four still categories and a single video category, and winners won a variety of prizes from our generous sponsors, including dive travel, underwater camera housings, and more.

We’d like to congratulate all of the winners and contestants this year. And as Berkley White says each year before announcing the winners, “We’re all winnes here. Some of us are just prize-challenged.”

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Nikon D700 announced: full frame, 12 megapixels Photo

Nikon D700 announced: full frame, 12 megapixels

Nikon has announced the D700 SLR, a 12-megapixel full-frame camera that uses the same sensor as does the D3. The D700 also has a built-in flash, a sensor cleaning feature, and can shoot up to ISO 25,600. It shoots at 5 frames a second, but can be boosted to 8 frames a second with the use of an external battery pack.

DPReview hosts a visual comparison of the D300, D700 and D3. Underwater photographers in our forums are already speculating as to whether the D700 will drop into D300 housings. Many are also excited by the D700’s large viewfinder.

The D700 retails at $2,999.

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Ikelite Substrobe DS-160 announced Photo

Ikelite Substrobe DS-160 announced

Ikelite has informally announced the Ikelite SubStrobe DS-160, which replaces the DS-125 in their product line. The DS-160 features 160 watt-seconds of power, a built-in 5-watt LED modeling light, TTL plus 10 power levels, 1.5-second recycle time, and 225 full-power flashes per charge. It uses the same battery pack, charger, sync connection, and mounting system as the current SubStrobe DS-125.  The DS-125 will continue to be available while supplies last.

The DS-160 is available for pre-order and will begin shipping in limited quantities in late July. Full specs and photos are available on Ikelite’s website.

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Wetpixel sardine run updates from the field Photo

Wetpixel sardine run updates from the field

Be sure to follow Drew Wong and team, who are posting almost-daily updates from the annual sardine run / ocean safari in South Africa!

I popped up for a breather and then the skipper dropped me back onto the action… literally! I landed on a 2.5m bronze whaler which swam right between my legs (shrinkage and crapping are words that described my immediate reaction) and then I saw gannets and sharks chasing a football size baitball of mackerel from all sides. I’d never seen such incredible pandemonium before.

Related: Wetpixel’s photos from Sardine Run 2006.

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