Luiz Rocha travels to Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Photo

Luiz Rocha travels to Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Wetpixel moderator Luiz Rocha is currently participating in a research expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on the NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai. Over the past few days, he has been updating a travel journal discussion in the forums along each stop in the route, now including pictures of thousand-foot high island cliffs and groups of Galapagos sharks.

Luiz provides a unique look at an otherwise undisturbed ecosystem - the area is closed to the public and researchers are only granted access with specific permits. Follow his progress in the forum discussion or find the vessel’s location with the NOAA Ship Tracker.

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Seminar by Jason Bradley on Photoshop for underwater photographers Photo

Seminar by Jason Bradley on Photoshop for underwater photographers

Professional underwater photographer Jason Bradley, who was previously featured on Wetpixel for his work with the TOPP elephant tagging research, will be conducting a beginning to intermediate Photoshop seminar at Backscatter on July 21, 2007.

Topics include achieving realistic blue water backgrounds, sharpening for screen and print, and dodging and burning with adjustment layers. Geared specifically towards the underwater photographer, and limited to a mere twelve people, the class promises personalized instruction and a great chance to learn the art of refining your images. For more information, or to sign up, view the seminar details.

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Special request for Wetpixel members - capturing motion underwater Photo

Special request for Wetpixel members - capturing motion underwater

How do you capture motion underwater? Do you want your name and quote in an issue of Sport Diver Magazine? Eric Cheng and Jason Heller, of Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide, have entered into a special partnership with Sport Diver to write the “IMAGES” column.

They are currently working on a piece about “Capturing Motion Underwater.” Send us your tips, tricks, advice, mistakes to avoid, or even one image to be used as an example (with proper photo credit), and your quote and name may appear in the upcoming October issue of the magazine. Anything you send will be considered and much appreciated!

If you are interested, please email a few sentences directly to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Galápagos National Park enforces dive permit regulations Photo

Galápagos National Park enforces dive permit regulations

Wetpixel members have been receiving notifications that their upcoming dive trips to the Galápagos Islands have been canceled.  There is an active thread in the forums with information posted from multiple sources that confirms trips are being canceled due to enforcement of permit regulations. 

Apparently, a specific diving permit is required in order to run dive charters inside the park.  It looks like the Galápagos National Park is beginning to enforce tourism regulations as there are numerous tourism operators who only possess land tourism permits, but also carry out dive tourism as well. Tour operators benefited from the ambiguity and lack of enforcement over the years and offered services they were not permitted to. Now, many tour operators have been stopped from offering this option.

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NYUPS presents Mark Snyder and Michael McNamara Photo

NYUPS presents Mark Snyder and Michael McNamara

At its next meeting, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will feature a presentations by underwater photographer Mark Snyder, on “Improving your Underwater Lighting”, and Popular Photography and Imaging’s Michael McNamara, who will be providing an overview of upcoming gear and a detailed look at printing underwater photographs.

The event will be held on July 12, 2007 at 6:30PM at the Rock Theatre in Manhattan, NY. While admission is free, seating is limited and an RSVP is required. To learn more or confirm your attendance, continue to NYUPS...

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Stop the destruction of reef life in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez Photo

Stop the destruction of reef life in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

Tomorrow is the last day to voice your support of Mexico legislation NOM-064, “intended to ban destructive fishing gear and techniques” used in commercial fishing in the Sea of Cortez. Over the last few years, the reef life in the area has significantly declined as a result of “pistoleros” (night divers with spear guns) and individuals on hookah equipment that drive the remaining fish into monofilament nets.

Sea Watch has issued a call to action to contact Mexican government and civic officials to encourage the implementation of NOM-064. Please show your support - sending an email takes less than a minute and requires only your name and e-mail address (if you wish to include either).

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10Bar Ultra Compact Focusing Light Review Photo

10Bar Ultra Compact Focusing Light Review

After growing dissatisfied trying to take photos with focus lights that left hotspots in the frame, Wetpixel member Jeff Mullins decided to try the 10Bar LED Ultra Compact Focusing Light, with its advertised ‘auto cut-out’ feature.

The camera focused almost instantly and after releasing the shutter, the strobes fired, the light switched-off and the image appeared on the camera LCD. A second later the light switched back-on…

Continue to learn the story of Jeff’s attempt to photograph an egg-laden boxer crab and his impressions of this very small focus light…

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Fantasea announces FP-5000 housing Photo

Fantasea announces FP-5000 housing

Fantasea Line has announced the FP-5000 underwater camera housing for the Nikon Coolpix P5000 digital camera. The housing has buttons that provide access all camera functions, a built-in diffuser, a depth rating of 200 feet, and also features a new, form-fitting design.

The purchase of any Fantasea housing includes a year of pre-paid flood insurance built into the cost. Continue reading for the full press release…

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