Tim Rock authors coffee-table volumes on Guam, Palau, Yap

Wetpixel member and photojournalist Tim Rock has announced two new books on Guam and Palau, and a revised volume on Yap.

Each containing over 200 photos, the books highlight the undersea beauty of the ocean and coastal topography of these destinations; sharks, dolphims, dense jungles, lush reefs, feeding manta rays, hidden waterfalls, and more. All three books are available at Blurb - continue reading for more details…

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Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 7: The Journey - Getting it packed Photo

Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 7: The Journey - Getting it packed

Much like traveling with a child for the first time, you learn a lot during the maiden voyage with an underwater rig. Herein lies an unexpected challenge; you’ve added another entity to your travel caravan. Specifically, you now have another rolling bag to contend with. Whether carried-on or checked, it creates a a logistical puzzle. Let me explain.

Recognizing (though not fully) that my baggage had increased, I whittled my gear down to the minimum. At the risk of not having a backup of nearly every item, I aimed to minimize what I would need to carry (or pull)...

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Berkley White tests Nikon D3x in underwater housings Photo

Berkley White tests Nikon D3x in underwater housings

Backscatter‘s Berkely White grabbed a rare pre-production copy of the new Nikon D3x digital SLR last week and used the opportunity to test the fit in a number of housings available for the D3 precursor.

Those banking on the idea that the body mold-line would remain the same (similar to Canon’s 1D/1Ds line) are in luck - the D3x fit in the Subal and Sea&Sea housings on hand, and Backscatter believes that the Aquatica housing should be a lock as well.

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Wetpixel member Gyula Somogyi announces Ships of Darkness DVD Photo

Wetpixel member Gyula Somogyi announces Ships of Darkness DVD

Wetpixel member Gyula Somogyi’s (Jules Helioxfilm) award-winning The Ships of Darkness artistic film and One of us documentary have recently been released together on DVD. Filmed in the Red Sea, they show the audience the “flooded chambers, broken masts, exploded walls and windows hardened into stones [that] make up the surroundings of a wreck-dive.

With the DVD is a 16-page booklet containing “factual information regarding the wrecks’ GPS position, basic data, and a short history so it can be used for dive-trip planning.” For a limited time, buyers of the package receive a $5 discount on Wetpixel Quarterly subscriptions!

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David Doubilet joins judging panel for UnderwaterCompetition.com Photo

David Doubilet joins judging panel for UnderwaterCompetition.com

We are very proud to announce that legendary underwater photographer David Doubilet has joined the esteemed judging panel for the 4th annual Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide International Underwater Photo Competition, in association with Our World Underwater.

The addition of Doubilet to the judging panel will come as no surprise to those familiar with the competition series, which boasts significant media coverage and industry support, and awards one of the largest prize pools of any competition in the world. All of the judges for the competition are established professional photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors. Remember, the deadline for entry is January 15, 2008!

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X-Ray Magazine issue 27 available for download Photo

X-Ray Magazine issue 27 available for download

X-Ray Magazine issue 27 is now available for download. This issue features articles on Bali, White Whales in the Russian Arctic, an interview with diving legends and eco-warriors Ron and Valerie Taylor and ideas for last minute holiday shopping.

Are the Puget Sound Orcas starving, why are sharks capable of swimming so fast and where do the jellyfish invasions come from?

Download the latest free issue of X-Ray Magazine with these stories and much more.

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Last call for Beneath the Sea 2009 photo competition entries Photo

Last call for Beneath the Sea 2009 photo competition entries

December 31, 2008 is the last day for submitting entries to the 2009 Beneath the Sea Worldwide Underwater Photo/Video Competition. The winners of the competition are announced at the Film Festival the weekend of Beneath the Sea’s Dive and Travel Exposition, March 27th, 28th and 29th, 2008, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey.

Continue reading for more details about the awards and entry instructions…

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Wetpixel members become new management of NAD-Lembeh Resort Photo

Wetpixel members become new management of NAD-Lembeh Resort

Congratulations to Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch and regular forum contributor Simon Buxton (Scuba Si), two underwater photographers who have recently taken over the management of NAD-Lembeh Resort in Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

To celebrate the launch of the brand new website for the company, they are offering a free 5 night/11 dive package at the resort for one lucky winner. For full details and instructions, visit the website - the deadline for entry is March 31, 2009!

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Review of  “Shooting Magic” DVD Photo

Review of “Shooting Magic” DVD

Alex Mustard and Peter Rowlands have teamed up to produce a must have 90-minute guide to underwater imaging using their Magic Filters. I had the opportunity to review the first copy to come to the US and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have never used one of the Magic filters and Alex thought it would be good to have a member of his target audience take a look.

The DVD is structured around six dives with Alex in his underwater studio that give you the feeling you’re along for the fun. After each dive, the video follows Alex back on the boat to review the images shot and you’re looking right over his shoulder as he critiques and tweaks the images. We are taken along for dives on a shallow reef wall in the Red Sea, the wreck of the Giannis D and the famous Ras Mohammad site…

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Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Macro lens review Photo

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Macro lens review

Ever since I first purchased a Canon back in 2005 I’ve been looking for a replacement for the excellent Nikkor 70-180 macro zoom. The Nikkor is fantastic on a DX cropped camera, zooming from around 1:3 to 1:1. I purchased the Tamron lens for use on my full-frame Canon camera, and took it on the two-week Wetpixel staff trip to the Philippines back in May.

Topside without a diopter the optical performance is superb. Topsides when used with a single element diopter, the performance is terrible, however when an achromat diopter like the Canon 500D the performance is excellent!

Continue reading for the full review and sample images…

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