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Cave diver and underwater cinematographer Wes Skiles dies Photo

Cave diver and underwater cinematographer Wes Skiles dies

Wes Skiles, a renowned explorer and underwater photographer / cinematographer, died yesterday while diving off of Boynton Beach, Florida. According to local papers, Wes signaled to other divers that he was ascending. Details are spotty, but he was later found at the bottom of the reef, motionless.

Wes’ photography and work is featured in this month’s National Geographic article on Bahamas Blue Holes. His beautiful cover shot shows two divers exploring a beautifully-lit limestone cave.

If you have something you’d like to share to memorialize Wes Skiles, please leave it in the comments here, or send it to us via email and we’ll add it to this post.

UPDATE: NPR did a story about Wes this morning. It’s a nice piece and includes a slideshow of the photos from the current issue of National Geographic.

There is also a notice of a memorial celebration and service.

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Blue Ocean Film Festival 2010 shortlist published Photo

Blue Ocean Film Festival 2010 shortlist published

Blue Ocean 2010 Film Festival has announced the judges’ shortlist of entries. The event will to be held from 24 to 29 August this year in Monterey, California, and counts among its aims:

“Bringing together the worlds greatest ocean films and filmmakers.”

Tickets are now available for the event, and all films accepted into the festival will be available for viewing on-demand in the event’s video library, which will be open during the festival.

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Canon releases firmware updates for EOS 7D Photo

Canon releases firmware updates for EOS 7D

Canon has just released a firmware update for the EOS 7D. This update is version 1.2.2. It aims to:

“Fix a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves unexpectedly when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).

Supplemental Information: This phenomenon involves the aperture of the lens moving unexpectedly when the focusing ring moves (during focusing).”

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Defending the Vandenberg: the video Photo

Defending the Vandenberg: the video

This film, shot with an in-water crew of 5 over an amazing 4 hours over two days is described as an “underwater chase scene.” The team used underwater scooters (transportation!) for propulsion and film effects and was filmed on the USS Vandenberg in the Florida Keys. The film is accompanied by a section on its making and interviews of the cast and crew.

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New products from Nauticam Photo

New products from Nauticam

Nauticam has recently released a series of new products. These include a new white balance dome port, a 4.33” mini dome, a housing for the Nikon SB-R200 speedlight and a port/adapter to allow the use of the Nikkor 60mm lens with the innovative Inon micro semi-fisheye relay lens.

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Underwater 3D stereoscopic video housing, unboxing / setup Photo

Underwater 3D stereoscopic video housing, unboxing / setup

A few days ago, I took delivery of a BS Kinetics DuoDive housing, which is designed to house 2 consumer camcorders for use in capturing underwater 3D video. The housing is a carbon fiber + epoxy oval (as opposed to being a rigid cylinder or machined aluminum housing, which is more typical), and features a flat port, red/orange filter, hinged port cap, and rear LCD that toggles between left and right camera display…

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Shark Savers debuts anti-shark finning campaign in Hong Kong Photo

Shark Savers debuts anti-shark finning campaign in Hong Kong

Shark Savers recently launched the “Say ‘no’ to shark fin soup” campaign (an extension of WildAid’s campaign in China) in Hong Kong at the DRT Show 2010. The campaign will encourage people to stop eating shark fin soup and aimed to get 20,000 expo visitors to pledge not to eat or serve shark fin soup. Wetpixel applauds Shark Savers for extending its efforts in shark conservation into the area that needs it the most.

Click through to read the full press release. Also included is a teaser video from the campaign and some anti shark-finning banners you can use on your own website.

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Arctic under Pressure: Deep sea life video Photo

Arctic under Pressure: Deep sea life video

Environmental organization Greenpeace has recently explored the ocean floor around Svalbard up in the high Arctic. The aim of the expedition was to highlight an ecosystem which has never been seen but is now threatened by encroaching fishing operations.

This video clip is part of a new documentary: The Polar Explorer. Filmed by Mark Terry, filmmaker of the award-winning The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning, it chronicles the Greenpeace scientific expedition crossing the Northwest Passage and shows new climate data from both the Arctic and Antarctica.

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