Review of Oceanos Secretos, by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari
In 2004, the judges at Antibes, France, downed the last of their Haut-Médoc, set down their Bordeaux glasses, dabbed at the corners of their mouths with their little monogrammed handkerchiefs, and awarded Andrea and Antonella Ferrari the World Grand Prize for their large and exquisite coffee table book, Oceani Segreti.
Italian for The Secret Oceans, this 390-page sparkler of a book showcases the beauty, the majesty, and the freakishness hidden deep beneath the world’s waves.
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X-Ray Magazine #15 is available for download
Travel Mexico’s Riviera Maya—Discover the secrets of the ancient Mayan underworld as we explore the cenotes of the Yucatán. Another adventure takes us to the deepest cave in the world—Voronya Cave of the Caucasus.
We also take a closer look at Regulators. How do they work, what to look for when buying a new regulator, how to avoid and handle free flow. And much, much more!
‘New Essential Digital Download’ underwater photography workshop
Wetpixel members Mathieu Meur and Michael Aw are pleased to announce their upcoming digital workshop and photo competition, the New Essential Digital Download.
Held at the Seraya Resort in Bali, Indonesia from August 11-17, 2007, the competition is sponsored by the resort, Scuba Diver Australasia, and OneOcean.com, and is intended “to help aspiring photographers to compose and ‘paint’ a picture with a camera, using both natural and artificial light.”
The six-day course includes boat and shore diving, and runs from USD$1600 to $1850 per person, not including airfare. Continue reading for more details…
BOOT 2007 Expo Report by Simon Klaiber
Simon Klaiber (Simon K.) is another Wetpixel member who visited the 2007 BOOT diving show in Düsseldorf, Germany. Simon summarized each of the new products he encountered, took a number of photos at the event, and made sure to question each company’s plans for additional viewfinders. Offerings included 3D-video for the masses:
The main attraction at [the Gun-Lux] booth was a stereovideo housing for 3D Movies like they show in IMAX Cinemas. It consists of a housing with two Sony HD cameras and a synchronized control electronic. The video can be shown on special stereoscopic LCDs (they had two of them at their booth) or in a special theater with a setup with two beamers.
Continue for Simon’s full report…
Aquatica announces 9.25 inch glass Megadome
Aquatica has announced a new contender in the world of housing ports, the 9.25 inch glass Megadome, to be available in spring 2007 and to retail around USD$1250.
The dome comes standard with both anti-reflection and scratch resistant coatings, and Aquatica predicts that this port will be especially popular for over/under enthuasiasts.
Purchase L&M Bluefin HC3, receive free super-wide angle lens
For a limited time, all buyers of the Light & Motion Bluefin HC3 for the Sony HC3 HD camcorder will receive the Bluefin Super-Wide angle lens when using the promotional code HC3wa. While the offer is scheduled to run through February 28, 2007, it’s anticipated that supplies will run out soon before then, so be sure to get your order in early if you were thinking about this housing.
Continue reading to see all the details in the press release. Thanks to Marine Visions for alerting us to this promotion.
DiveFilm launches new HD video podcast website
The very popular DiveFilm Podcast Video, after reaching such acclaim as “Featured Video Podcast” on iTunes, is now releasing certain episodes in ‘high definition’ both as web video downloads and as a podcast through iTunes.
Episode 38, “Humpback Whales of Roca Partida” by Eric Hanauer and Karen Straus, is the first DiveFilm video to be available both as a podcast and as a HD video web download. Viewers can access the iPod-version of this film through iTunes, or download a HD version to watch on their TV or computer monitor from DiveFilm’s new website, DiveFilmHD.com.
If you missed it, Episode 37 “Shark Fin Frontier,” by Wetpixel conservation moderator Shawn Heinrichs, strikingly portrays the destruction of sharks and their populations, and includes scenes recorded when Shawn and his diving group stumbled across poachers who had just recently completed finning sharks seen dead below their boat. DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com.
Join Norbert Wu and Eric Cheng in Alaska, June 2007
Norb says, “If you are looking for the bargain dive trip of the century or an intense photo seminar-type trip, you should probably book a trip with someone who specializes in photo workshops.” Bargain trip of the century! Who can argue with that.
Also, there’s a good chance you’ll get to see Eric flood his new drysuit as he tries to figure out how to dive in cold water. Continue reading for details…
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