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New Athena ring flash released Photo

New Athena ring flash released

Athena has announced a new ring flash unit which uses Sea & Sea flash heads as the power source. The ring flash can be connected to a modified Sea & Sea YS-01 or YS 110a via a five pin Nikonos type sync cord. The YS-110a flash head has two Nikonos ports so that more than one strobe can be used.

This new design has the ability to disconnect the ring flash from the sending unit for ease of packing. It also has the potential for use of TTL with both wired and fiber optic cords and a longer lasting power supply for the sending unit. There will be adapters available to suit different manufacturers ports.

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Mustard and Edge full day seminar Photo

Mustard and Edge full day seminar

Martin Edge and Alex Mustard are to present a full day seminar “On Underwater Photography” at the Imperial College, London, UK on November 6th 2010. Both photographers are well known, not only for their images, but also for their willingness to share the techniques that they have used to create them.

Having two accomplished photographers providing feedback on their images, as well as on images from the audience, is a unique opportunity. Please read on for more details

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Light & Motion releases SOLA 600 light Photo

Light & Motion releases SOLA 600 light

Light & Motion has announced the release of the SOLA 600 compact imaging light. It is designed for use with all imaging systems, from compact cameras to video housings and produces 679 lumens of light for a maximum of 75 minutes burn time. It is designed to have an even beam pattern and can also deliver 225 lumens of red light for night close-up work.

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Alert Diver magazine spring 2010 issue available online Photo

Alert Diver magazine spring 2010 issue available online

By now, the spring edition of the DAN magazine, Alert Diver, should be arriving in most DAN U.S. member mailboxes.

For those outside of the US, it is also available online via the Alert Diver web site, or via a direct link to the magazine

The magazine features articles on diving in the Cayman Islands by David Doubilet, the Maldives by Stephen Frink, a profile of underwater filmmaker Howard Hall, and articles by Alex Mustard, Eddie Tapp, Berkley White, and Eric Cheng. In addition, there are a host of articles on equipment,  diving safety and decompression research.

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Issue 36 of X-Ray Magazine available for download Photo

Issue 36 of X-Ray Magazine available for download

Issue #36 of the X-Ray International Dive Magazine is out and available for download

This issue includes information about the rugged coasts, drop-offs, clear lakes and centuries-old wrecks of Sweden, a wetsuit review and a host of environmental articles including studies that shows that off-shore wind turbines are good for marine life, that an ocean “superhighway” for tiny life forms exists and that there is a massive Southern Ocean current that is as yet little known.

Also featured among the many articles in the free pdf are items about the NOAA response to the Gulf oil spill, a profile of underwater filmmaker Mike Valentine and a guide to the popular Florida dive site, Blue Heron Bridge.

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The 2010 Peter Benchley Awards / Blue Frontier Campaign Photo

The 2010 Peter Benchley Awards / Blue Frontier Campaign

Join MC Philippe Cousteau at the 2010 Peter Benchley Awards / Blue Frontier Campaign on Fri, June 25, 2010 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA.

The Blue Frontier/Peter Benchley Awards recognize outstanding achievements leading to the protection of our coasts and ocean and the communities that depend on them. In addition they provide an opportunity for leaders and innovators in different aspects and sectors of ocean work to meet and acknowledge each other, and to celebrate what we have accomplished and the wonders of our blue world.

Tickets are available immediately, and are expected to sell out.

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Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng to show/speak at Maker Faire, May 22-23 Photo

Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng to show/speak at Maker Faire, May 22-23

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come see 14 of my large aluminum marine-life prints on Sat/Sun, May 22-23, 2010. I’ll be exhibiting at Maker Faire (the ultimate do-it-yourself gathering) at the San Mateo County Event Center. My 30’ x 30’ exhibition space will be inside somewhere, so come find me!

These are the same prints I showed at G2 Gallery in Venice Beach last year; if you missed them there, come see them in San Mateo!

I’m also giving a talk about sperm whales and flashlight fish on center stage at 1pm Sunday, May 23.

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Gates announces underwater housing for Sony PRS-300 eBook reader Photo

Gates announces underwater housing for Sony PRS-300 eBook reader

Our friends over at Gates Underwater Products are planning to bring to market an underwater housing for the Sony PRS-300 eBook reader. The new PRS300 housing was created upon request by commercial divers who routinely spend hours on deco stops on the way up from deep dives. Gates is taking deposits; if they get enough, it will bring the overall price of the housing down to $700 (from $1100).

I asked Gates why they are doing a housing for the Sony and not for a Kindle, and they responded that it was a decision made based on the size of the devices. Click through for full details.

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British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) 2010 results Photo

British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) 2010 results

The results of the British Underwater Image Festival were announced at the recent Dive Fest held at Pentewan Sands, Cornwall, UK . There were a total of 24 awards, including DVD and video. Dive Fest itself hosted a splash in competition, with a further 9 prizes being awarded for pictures taken that day.

Congratulations to the many Wetpixel members who won awards!

Please click on for the full list of winners

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