Matt Segal joins Wetpixel moderation team Photo

Matt Segal joins Wetpixel moderation team

Please join me in welcoming Matt Segal to the Wetpixel moderation team! 

Matt, a Southern California native and resident, learned to dive in the Cayman Islands after a knee injury at age 15. He began underwater photography (and photography in general) in late 2003 and has pursued it since, spending much of his time underwater at the local Channel Islands as well as areas in the South Pacific and Caribbean. He is a participating member of the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS), and currently shoots a Canon 20D in an Ikelite housing, with two Ikelite DS-125 strobes. Segal is a National Merit Scholar and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California on a full scholarship.

Matt is also by far the youngest moderator in the Wetpixel volunteer staff.  We are all envious of his youth and are looking forward to the energy he will bring to the team!

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Changes to Wetpixel Picture of the Week Contest

I have made some changes to the Wetpixel Picture of the Week Contest:

  • Entries in open competitions are now ordered by date and time submitted. This means that if you submit an entry early, your photo is more likely to be shown at the top of the page during voting.
  • You may now hide individual entries during voting to reduce clutter on the screen. My recommendation for voting is to show all of the pages (click on "All" in the page selector) and then hide all of the entries you don't like. From your new short list, vote for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries.

Good luck! As a reminder, new contests spawn every Sunday night at midnight, and you can always see the next week's topic in each contest's description.

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Save the Breakwater, Monterey Photo

Save the Breakwater, Monterey

Backscatter‘s Berkley White writes in:

Please call in sick or close your business this Tuesday!  ...save the Monterey Breakwater!  Please help us finish a 10 year fight to save the Breakwater from hooks and spears… bring back the wolfeels and rockfish for all to enjoy.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 15th, 9:00am, at the Beach Resort Monterey, 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey

Here’s how you can help:

1)  Attend the DFG meeting this Tuesday in Monterey
2)  Email the pdf flyer to all your contacts
3)  Verify that your dive buddies will attend

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Unofficial travel advisory about Puerto Rico

There has been a lot of discussion here on Wetpixel about losing equipment while travelling through Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan.  We have received confirmation that thieves at the airport are continuing to target both topside and underwater camera gear in checked baggage.  If you travel with expensive gear, please use caution when deciding on a route that goes through Puerto Rico.  I myself decided some time ago that I will not fly through Puerto Rico again until the crime ring is caught.

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BSoUP’s International Focus On Competition 06

The British Society of Underwater Photographers invites entries for its second, annual International Focus On Competition. The competition is free to enter and open to all underwater photographers. There is no theme - the only rule is that your photograph must have been taken underwater. Each photographer can enter just one image, uploaded via the BSoUP website, and the deadline for entries is Tuesday 15th August 2006 at 23:59:59 hours BST.

Unusually, the images are judged by the audience of experienced underwater photographers at the Society’s meeting on Wednesday 16th August and the winner will receive the International Focus On Competition trophy and also the kudos of knowing that their image was voted for by their peers. Wetpixel’s own Mike Veitch won the competition last year.

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ExpoDisc installation in Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing Photo

ExpoDisc installation in Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing

A month ago, Wetpixel user Daniel Deck posted a message in the forums about his experience using an Expodisc to white balance underwater.  Many of us struggle with underwater white balance, especially when using wide-angle lenses. It can sometimes be difficult to fill a suitable amount of the frame with a white-balance target, and the color of the target changes as one changes the distance between it and camera.

This is a photo tutorial of how to fit an Expodisc into a Light & Motion macro lens flip-down assembly and a Light & Motion flip-down red filter.

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Wetpixel POTW thanks Ikelite Photo

Wetpixel POTW thanks Ikelite

Special thanks to Ikelite Underwater Systems for continuing to sponsor our weekly Picture of the Week contest!  Ike is proud of their customers, and even features an online gallery of their work.  Each week’s POTW winner takes home an Ikelite PC Lite to illuminate their way on future underwater photographic excursions.

We’re currently on POTW #143, and this week’s theme is Spawning and Courting.  Hope on over to the POTW section to participate. It’s free, and choosing photos for themed contests will help you to develop an eye for shots to be on the lookout for.

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