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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Seacam 5D Housing First Impressions Photo

Seacam 5D Housing First Impressions

I was fortunate enough to receive one of the first Seacam 5D housings to arrive in the States and got it just in time for a one week live-aboard dive trip with Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures. This was a Wetpixel trip - an intensive digital photo week of shark diving in the Bahamas , and I had the opportunity to use the Canon 5D and the Seacam housing in a wide variety of challenging conditions – including tiger shark prod…. I also got to do two macro dives at the Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach – a muck diving “haven.” Having transitioned from a Seacam 1D series housing, I can offer some first impressions about this new 5D housing and compare and contrast it to the 1D series setup, which may help others who are thinking of putting together a similar system. This isn’t an in-depth review, however I believe it covers most of the areas of interest for potential users.

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Aquatica D200 Housing Photo Photo

Aquatica D200 Housing Photo

Aquatica have sent us photos of their soon-to-be-released D200 housing. This housing will be their first to feature a magnified viewfinder. According to Blake Stoughton at Aquatica, this housing will ship with a user-removable standard viewfinder, that can be replaced with their magnified viewfinder when it is released. This housing also features spring-loaded controls and a quick-release camera mounting tray. Continue reading for the photos.

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Book Review: Reef Life Photo

Book Review: Reef Life

When Eric Cheng asked me to review Reef Life: Natural History and Behaviors of Marine Fish and Invertebrates (by Denise and Larry Tackett) I gladly accepted the task for two main reasons. First, I was very glad to see that a book about natural history and behavior of marine life was out, as there are not many books available on this subject. Second, I didn’t know about the book and didn’t have a copy! The main objective of the book is to simplify marine biology in a way that divers and aquarists can understand it, but still keep it scientifically accurate. Click on the link to the full article and find out if they succeeded!

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RSMAS 2006 Underwater Photography Contest

RSMAS (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science) is running a photo contest with dive travel and cash prizes with a deadline for submission of April 17, 2006.  Only amateur photographers can enter (defined as those who make less than 20% of their income through photography), and no photos that have been accepted for publication will be accepted.

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