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Palau Digital Shootout 2006 Daily Webcast Photo

Palau Digital Shootout 2006 Daily Webcast

Splash into the world of underwater digital photography at the fifth annual underwater Digital Shootout, held this year in Palau. With daily dives and seminars with some of the world’s most knowledgeable underwater photographers, you’ll be sure to head home with your heads stuffed with new photographic techniques, for both above and below water. We are also hosting a photo contest with over $10,000 in prizes.

Continue reading for a (roughly) daily webcast, uploaded from the Palau Pacific Resort and Sam’s Tours! Also included is an update on the optional Yap extension (FINAL UPDATE COMPLETED: April 18, 2006)

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Houston - April 22nd Intro to UW Digital Workshop Photo

Houston - April 22nd Intro to UW Digital Workshop

On April 22 James Wiseman will teach the first HUPS workshop of 2006.  It will be geared toward new digital photographers or those considering moving up to a DSLR.  The presentation will run two hours with an additional hour of “hands on” demonstrations and Question & Answers.  Continue reading for details and directions.

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Light & Motion Sony HC1/A1 Bluefin Housing Review Photo

Light & Motion Sony HC1/A1 Bluefin Housing Review

Wetpixel user SomeAssembly has posted a review of the Light & Motion Bluefin housing for the Sony A1 HDV Camcorder, with sample video clips for you to download.

Excerpt: The decision to get the A1 instead of the HC1 was made purely to get access to manual white balance through the assignable button. Early in my decision making I decided I wanted the ease of use of a housing with primarily electronic controls. I ended up with the Bluefin because it had the feature set I was looking for…

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FREE Peter Scoones Talk in London

On Thursday 27th April a very special event is taking place in London, UK. The legendary underwater cameraman, Peter Scoones is giving a talk about his amazing portfolio of work from the oceans - and of course will be showing plenty of highlights. His footage has been seen by millions in classic BBC series such as Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Life On Earth. And better still this event is being put on by Ocean Optics and is totally FREE (although you do need to reserve your tickets ahead of time as space is limited). On a personal note I can clearly remember watching several of Peter Scoones’ films on the TV while I was a child and can honestly say that these were central influences in my own desire to dive and take photos underwater. This is a must see event.

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The New Posts button

One of the great things about going away on a trip with Eric is that you learn about all sorts of technological solutions to improve your life! But probably my favourite educational snippet from the recent Wetpixel Bahamas trip was learning about the New Posts button in the forums. This is an excellent tool for regular visitors to the site as it allows you to quickly view all the discussion threads that have been updated since your last visit. You probably all knew about this feature already, but for those that don’t it is well worth checking out. It has been saving me loads of time.

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Nexus D200 Announcement and Photos Photo

Nexus D200 Announcement and Photos

We have just received a Nexus announcement and photos from Wetpixel sponsor Marine Camera Distributors.  According to the manufacturer: “It has a full range of lens ports and access to all controls on the camera plus additional operational features for remote control and engineered ergonomics that make it so easy to use and adapt to your needs. Mobility, Usability, Adaptability and Compatibility are the Hallmarks of the Nexus housings.”

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Hugyfot D200 Photo

Hugyfot D200

Hugyfot has released photos of their new housing for the Nikon D200.  The unit follows Hugyfot’s sleek hand-fitting design philosophy.  Continue reading for photos.

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Digideep 2006 Photo Expeditions Photo

Digideep 2006 Photo Expeditions

In January 2006 PADI introduced the new course tailored to the needs of the digital underwater photographer.  Lars Kirchhoff and Andi Voeltz - marine wildlife photographers and creators of the internationally recognized DIGIDEEP.com website are leading two digital photography workshop trips based on the new PADI course.  Continue reading for an announcement with trip dates, costs, and a short description of the course.

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Record Coral Die-Off in the Caribbean Photo

Record Coral Die-Off in the Caribbean

Scientists from NOAA and the United States National Park Service have reported an unprecedented reef-building coral die-off in the Caribbean.

“It’s an unprecedented die-off,” said National Park Service fisheries biologist Jeff Miller, who last week checked 40 stations in the Virgin Islands. A February NOAA report calculates 96 percent of lettuce coral, 93 percent of the star coral and nearly 61 percent of the iconic brain coral in St. Croix had bleached. Much of the coral had started to recover from the bleaching last fall, but then the weakened colonies were struck by disease, finishing them off.

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