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National Geographic on Milestones in Underwater Photography Photo

National Geographic on Milestones in Underwater Photography

National Geographic has published an article in their “Milestones” feature entitled “Milestones in Underwater Photography”. It features many curious and historic pictures, including the first color photograph from underwater, which was taken a shot of a hogfish, photographed off the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. William Longley and National Geographic staff photographer Charles Martin in 1926.

Equally fascinating is the fact that in order to get this shot, the photographers had to use highly explosive magnesium flash powder to illuminate the fish.

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Raja Ampat slide show on YouTube Photo

Raja Ampat slide show on YouTube

Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock of Secret Sea Visions have added a slide show to YouTube that celebrates diving in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat islands, home to the planet’s most healthy and bio-diverse reefs. It has images from Piai’s turtle sanctuary, where poaching has been virtually eliminated, Kawe Island, Aljui Bay, West Waigeo and Dampier Strait amongst other sites. It also has short photographic features about the people and nudibranchs of Raja.

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ADEX 2011 Sundowners/Meet n Greet get together on April 22! Photo

ADEX 2011 Sundowners/Meet n Greet get together on April 22!

The 2011 ADEX Wetpixel/Scubacam get together will be @ Tawandang Microbrewery in Suntec City @ 1830hrs on Apr 22nd.  Moderator Shawn Heinrichs and Scubacam’s David Cheung will be hosting this sundowners meet ‘n greet event for Wetpixel members and underwater imagery enthusiasts attending ADEX. First round is on us and there will be finger food as well! So put it down on your calendar and join us for an evening of drinks and merry making!

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DEMA acts to prevent Florida sewage outfall ban delay Photo

DEMA acts to prevent Florida sewage outfall ban delay

The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) has recently acted to help prevent legislation being introduced in South Florida that would allow for an extension period for the pumping of sewage into the sea. A deadline for the activity to cease has been set for 2025, but Miami lawmakers had introduced a new bill to extend this until 2030. DEMA and other diving groups have opposed this, and this has resulted in a strike-all amendment upholding the original 2025 limit.

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First images of Nauticam housing for XZ-1 Photo

First images of Nauticam housing for XZ-1

Nauticam has released images of their housing for the Olympus XZ-1 compact camera. Edward Lai, owner of Nauticam, mentioned this housing at the recent LIDS show. The XZ-1 is acknowledged as one of the key recent compact camera releases for underwater use and so the addition of non-Olympus housings is an important step in ensuring its popularity. Specifications on the Nauticam NA XZ-1 have not yet been released, but it is likely that the housing will accept third-party wet lenses, unlike the current Olympus housing.

Prices and release dates are to be announced.

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Losing Nemo: IUCN highlights the effects of climate change Photo

Losing Nemo: IUCN highlights the effects of climate change

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released a series of fact sheets highlighting the effects of global warming on individual species. Amongst these, they have highlighted how the combination of increasing sea temperatures and ocean acidification will affect coral reefs and their inhabitants, using the clownfish as an exemplar of a species that will decline.

The study suggests that increasingly acidic water disrupts the clownfishes sense of smell which will then impair their ability to find specific host sea anemones. There is some possibility that clownfish may adapt to these changes by changing their behavior or the places they inhabit but their inability to move long distances and the rate at which their habitat is being degraded makes such an occurrence unlikely.

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Blackmagic Design releases Hyperdeck Shuttle disk recorder Photo

Blackmagic Design releases Hyperdeck Shuttle disk recorder

Blackmagic Design has launched a disk recorder at the NAB show in Las Vegas. The Hyperdeck Shuttle will capture uncompressed 10 bit SDI or HDMI onto a solid state disk (SSD). It is machined from a solid block of aircraft grade aluminum, is very compact and battery powered, so should fit easily into underwater housings.

It will be available from May this year, at a price of $345.

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NAB 2011 show coverage Photo

NAB 2011 show coverage

Eric Cheng reports from NAB Show 2011, including information about Del Mar Housing Projects, GoPro, Ikonoskop (RAW video FTW!), RED, Sony, Singular Software, and more.  There weren’ many booths from companies specifically focused on underwater imaging, but there were a few underwater folks roaming the halls.

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