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Sea & Sea to announce YS-250PRO strobe Photo

Sea & Sea to announce YS-250PRO strobe

Sea & Sea is planning to announce a “new flagship strobe model for professionals,” the YS-250PRO.

The YS-250PRO features a guide number of 32, 105˚x 105˚ beam angle, 5600K color temperature, and a recycle time of just 1 second. TTL and a 12-step manual power control complement a model that will fire up to 300 flashes on an included Sea & Sea Ni-MH battery pack.

The strobe will also have a built-in LED target light, and can use either a Nikonos sync-cord or fiber optic cable. Look for the YS-250PRO around spring 2007.

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Digital Shootout Bonaire, June 2007 Photo

Digital Shootout Bonaire, June 2007

Join Eric Cheng (Wetpixel), Berkley White (Backscatter), Jim Watt, and Dan Baldocchi (Light & Motion) for the Bonaire Digital Shootout 2007!  From June 16-23, 2007, we’ll work with you to improve your underwater photo and video skills at the 6th annual Digital Shootout.  Learn the latest digital imaging techniques from some of the industries top professionals while diving the rich waters of Bonaire.

Be sure to check out the Wetpixel daily webcast from 2005, and continue reading for full Shootout details.

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Wetpixel.com speed increase

I’ve made some changes to the back end that have resulted in much shorter page load times. Drive the system for awhile to let your local system’s cache adjust, and then let me know whether the changes have helped!

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DEMA 2006: Light & Motion Photo

DEMA 2006: Light & Motion

Long promised, Light & Motion is showing their new Titan underwater housing for the Nikon D200, which looks like a real winner.

A departure from the previous D100 model, all of the Titan D200’s controls are located on the housing body itself.  Even though the signature electronic handles are no longer present, all of the controls are still readily accessible while gripping the new handles with both hands…

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Daniel Brown of AdobeEvangelists.com to speak at NCUPS meeting Photo

Daniel Brown of AdobeEvangelists.com to speak at NCUPS meeting

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) will be hosting a talk by Daniel Brown of AdobeEvangelists.com on Friday, November 10th, from 7:15 PM to 9:20 PM in Millbrae, CA.

Daniel’s presentation will detail the use of Adobe Photoshop to improve member-submitted underwater images, with a procedural walk-through, before/after comparison, and question and answer session for each image.

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Alex Mustard’s appointment with the Queen Photo

Alex Mustard’s appointment with the Queen

Wetpixel co-admin, Alex Mustard, recently had the opportunity and honor to show some of his images to the Queen (of England) and the Duke of Edinburgh, and to chat about underwater photography.

The Queen is a keen photographer herself” Alex said, “and she asked me about the challenges of taking pictures underwater. I actually spoke more about the advantages; underwater we can move in three dimensions and therefore can approach the subject from any direction we choose, I told her. Imagine what land photography would be like if we could fly.

Alex was unable to persuade the Queen to sign up to Wetpixel, but then maybe she is already a member under an alias? Congratulate Alex and read more about the experience in the discussion...

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DEMA 2006: Fisheye/Seatool Photo

DEMA 2006: Fisheye/Seatool

Fisheye showed several new products, including the Seatool HVX200 Pro underwater housing for the Panasonic AG-HVX200 HD camcorder, Seatool underwater housing for the Sony HDR-SR1 and UX1 camcorders, and a prototype Seatool housing for Canon HV10 HD camcorder.  They also showed the Seatool housing for Sony’s super-compact HDR-HC3 HD camcorder and its “technical” twin, a more rugged housing with a deeper depth rating ...

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DEMA 2006: Ocean Arts Gallery and Emporium Photo

DEMA 2006: Ocean Arts Gallery and Emporium

Ocean Arts Gallery & Emporium is the brainchild of Gunild Symes and is administered by X-Ray Magazine

Ocean Arts works with independent artists to host original artwork and fine art giclée prints with themes of the ocean and underwater realm.  Ocean Arts is artist-friendly, featuring a low commission structure when compared to traditional agents and fine art galleries.  A percent of all sales goes to ocean conservation.

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DEMA 2006: X-Ray Magazine Photo

DEMA 2006: X-Ray Magazine

Peter Symes is the man behind X-Ray Magazine, a Wetpixel media partner and complimentary international dive magazine published in PDF format. X-Ray’s goals are to educate and raise public understanding and appreciation of the underwater realm and its significance to the world.

X-Ray is free and available for download every other month.

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DEMA 2006: DivePhotoGuide Photo

DEMA 2006: DivePhotoGuide

I spent a lot of time with good friends Jason and Wendy Heller of DivePhotoGuide.com, whose booth I am using as both home base and a meeting point.  DivePhotoGuide is a database of over 4,000 dive destinations which can be searched by various underwater photographer-specific criteria (e.g. has camera tables, has rinse tanks, etc.).  In addition, DPG has a calendar of international photo competition deadlines and also hosts an ever-growing list of nearly 70 underwater fine-art galleries by well-known names.

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