Underwater photographer Jim Watt passes away
Underwater photographer and dear friend Jim Watt passed away yesterday, July 19, 2007. In addition to being an incredible underwater shooter, Jim was a wonderful mentor for many of us in the underwater photography community.
A public service will be held in Kona, Hawaii, on Sunday, July 22, 2007. If you would like to contribute, Jim’s family would like to commemorate Jim by contributing in his name to the Kona Hospital Foundation at 79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealekekua HI 96750, (808) 322-4587.
Please write to us with stories about Jim you’d like to share, or leave a comment here…
SHARK-L writes letter of concern regarding Discovery’s Shark Week
DivePhotoGuide.com has posted an open letter to the Discovery Network by SHARK-L, an international shark discussion list made up of “scientists, educators, media companies, and others,” that opposes the content of Shark Week programming. The letter specifically draws attention to the continued “mindless man-eater” image, despite recent evidence to the contrary, and the lack of information about the finning crisis and depletion of shark species. Add your name to the letter and encourage the network to support shark conservation efforts during next year’s Shark Week.
Luiz Rocha travels to Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Wetpixel moderator Luiz Rocha is currently participating in a research expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on the NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai. Over the past few days, he has been updating a travel journal discussion in the forums along each stop in the route, now including pictures of thousand-foot high island cliffs and groups of Galapagos sharks.
Luiz provides a unique look at an otherwise undisturbed ecosystem - the area is closed to the public and researchers are only granted access with specific permits. Follow his progress in the forum discussion or find the vessel’s location with the NOAA Ship Tracker.
Seminar by Jason Bradley on Photoshop for underwater photographers
Professional underwater photographer Jason Bradley, who was previously featured on Wetpixel for his work with the TOPP elephant tagging research, will be conducting a beginning to intermediate Photoshop seminar at Backscatter on July 21, 2007.
Topics include achieving realistic blue water backgrounds, sharpening for screen and print, and dodging and burning with adjustment layers. Geared specifically towards the underwater photographer, and limited to a mere twelve people, the class promises personalized instruction and a great chance to learn the art of refining your images. For more information, or to sign up, view the seminar details.
Special request for Wetpixel members - capturing motion underwater
How do you capture motion underwater? Do you want your name and quote in an issue of Sport Diver Magazine? Eric Cheng and Jason Heller, of Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide, have entered into a special partnership with Sport Diver to write the “IMAGES” column.
They are currently working on a piece about “Capturing Motion Underwater.” Send us your tips, tricks, advice, mistakes to avoid, or even one image to be used as an example (with proper photo credit), and your quote and name may appear in the upcoming October issue of the magazine. Anything you send will be considered and much appreciated!
Galápagos National Park enforces dive permit regulations
Wetpixel members have been receiving notifications that their upcoming dive trips to the Galápagos Islands have been canceled. There is an active thread in the forums with information posted from multiple sources that confirms trips are being canceled due to enforcement of permit regulations.
Apparently, a specific diving permit is required in order to run dive charters inside the park. It looks like the Galápagos National Park is beginning to enforce tourism regulations as there are numerous tourism operators who only possess land tourism permits, but also carry out dive tourism as well. Tour operators benefited from the ambiguity and lack of enforcement over the years and offered services they were not permitted to. Now, many tour operators have been stopped from offering this option.
NYUPS presents Mark Snyder and Michael McNamara
At its next meeting, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will feature a presentations by underwater photographer Mark Snyder, on “Improving your Underwater Lighting”, and Popular Photography and Imaging’s Michael McNamara, who will be providing an overview of upcoming gear and a detailed look at printing underwater photographs.
The event will be held on July 12, 2007 at 6:30PM at the Rock Theatre in Manhattan, NY. While admission is free, seating is limited and an RSVP is required. To learn more or confirm your attendance, continue to NYUPS...
Stop the destruction of reef life in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez
Tomorrow is the last day to voice your support of Mexico legislation NOM-064, “intended to ban destructive fishing gear and techniques” used in commercial fishing in the Sea of Cortez. Over the last few years, the reef life in the area has significantly declined as a result of “pistoleros” (night divers with spear guns) and individuals on hookah equipment that drive the remaining fish into monofilament nets.
Sea Watch has issued a call to action to contact Mexican government and civic officials to encourage the implementation of NOM-064. Please show your support - sending an email takes less than a minute and requires only your name and e-mail address (if you wish to include either).
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