Shark documentary to be featured at NCUPS Photo

Shark documentary to be featured at NCUPS

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) will be presenting a free showing of Sharks: Stewards of the Reef on Friday, May 11, 2007 in Millbrae, CA. The 30-minute documentary film, by David McGuire of Trillium Films, details the relationship between reef sharks and their environment, and the danger of forever losing both:

From over-fishing and the economics behind shark finning, to the escalating threats of habitat destruction, Sharks: Stewards of the Reef, examines the forces causing shark populations to plummet.  Humans are now the top predators of the oceans and we are removing a critical link in the oceanic ecosystem.

Continue reading for the press release from NCUPS…

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National Association of Broadcasters Show 2007 Photo

National Association of Broadcasters Show 2007

Wetpixel conservation moderator and videographer Shawn Heinrichs attended the recent National Association of Broadcasters show held in Las Vegas from April 16-19. He came back with thoroughly researched impressions of some of the items on display, including the Sony XDCAM EX, Apple’s Final Cut Pro 6, and Color.

This is a big show with every serious company engaged in broadcast and post production in attendance.” Continue reading for information and photos of many new or updated products, and Shawn’s feedback from some of the developers…

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Solmar V launches new website, gives away free stuff Photo

Solmar V launches new website, gives away free stuff

The new owners of the M/V Solmar V (the boat Wetpixel is taking to the Socorro and Revillagigedos islands in February of 2008) have launched a new website, designed by Wetpixel member Bonnie Pelnar. 

As part of the celebration, they are offering several incentives to help everyone get as excited about the upcoming year as they are.  Solmar V is giving away four free trips (and more)!  Continue reading for the full release…

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ADEX Wetpixel meetup, Bangkok, April 28 Photo

ADEX Wetpixel meetup, Bangkok, April 28

ADEX is this weekend and quite a few Wetpixel members are going to be attending, Barring any other event, Wetpixel will be hosting a meet-up at Admaker Bar, 51/51 Lang Suan Road. at 8.30pm on Saturday, April 28, 2007, for drinks. The first round will be on Wetpixel, and Drew Wong will be our man on the ground with the credit card.  Jason Heller will also be there, representing DivePhotoGuide, and will be sponsoring the second round of drinks.  Please see the discussion topic for final place and time.

Check out photos from ADEX 2006 and see a photo of Wetpixel member Peter Mooney falling out of a bar window onto the sidewalk (well, a re-enactment, anyway—I was laughing too hard to photograph the actual event).

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Socorro and Revillagigedos Islands, Feb 2-10, 2008 Photo

Socorro and Revillagigedos Islands, Feb 2-10, 2008

Join Wetpixel and photographers Eric Cheng and Dr. Alexander Mustard on an expedition aboard the M/V Solmar V to the Revillagigedos Islands (also known as the Socorro Islands), 250 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, from February 2-10, 2008. 

On a single exploratory trip in December of 2006, we had hours in the water with multiple manta rays, who repeatedly approached within touching distance to play in our bubbles. The manta rays are there to be cleaned by clarion angelfish, and are what the islands are best known for.  We also had underwater encounters with schools of tuna and jacks, whale sharks, white-tip reef sharks, friendly groupers, and much more. The underwater topography of the Revillagigedos Islands is an incredible site to behold…

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Fantasea announces FD-40X housing Photo

Fantasea announces FD-40X housing

Fantasea Line, distributor of popular and affordable underwater photographic products, has announced the release of the FD-40X waterproof camera housing for the Nikon D-40/D-40X.

The Fantasea FD-40X is a compact, lightweight, injection molded polycarbonate housing with ergonomically designed handles, making it easy to hold and use, and the purchase of a Fantasea housing includes one year of pre-paid flood insurance built into the cost. Continue reading for additional details…

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Photo documentary for the Great Turtle Race Photo

Photo documentary for the Great Turtle Race

Jason Bradley wrote in last week to let us know that he has posted images from a recent trip to Playa Grande, Costa Rica, to document Leatherback turtle research. His images are being used in part for the Great Turtle Race, a unique conservation effort that tracks turtles as they leave their nesting areas and “race” toward feeding areas south of the Galapagos Islands.

The Great Turtle Race is currently on day 7, and is well worth checking out!

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