Wetpixel server software update Photo

Wetpixel server software update

Hello, readers. Cor Bosman and I have been working for the past couple of days to upgrade the software behind Wetpixel.com to current versions. We are pleased to announce that the upgrade went smoothly!

Please let us know if you experience anything strange while you browse around here. We still need to make the POTW and Maps area fit into the new design, but the home page articles and forum areas are done.

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Bilikiki Cruises hosts Solomon Islands video competition on YouTube Photo

Bilikiki Cruises hosts Solomon Islands video competition on YouTube

Bilikiki Cruises has announced a final call for entries to their Solomon Islands-themed video competition hosted on YouTube - all footage submissions must be posted by the end of July. If you’ve visited the Solomon Islands on either the MV Bilikiki or MV Spirit of Solomons and filmed video of the trip, you could win a seven night trip on one of the boats, courtesy of Bilikiki Cruises, simply by posting your video to YouTube with “Bilikiki” in the title and visiting the competition submission page.

Entry is free, and there are currently only a few submissions, so this is a great opportunity to win a trip back to a beautiful dive destination. View the latest Bilikiki enius for more details - good luck!

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Last minute cancellation, July 19-27, 2008 Sharks and Dolphins Photo

Last minute cancellation, July 19-27, 2008 Sharks and Dolphins

Hello, readers. We’ve just had a last-minute cancellation for a sharks and dolphins trip departing for the Bahamas from Palm Beach, Florida, which leaves tomorrow night at 3am (that’s 3am on Saturday evening / Sunday morning). The trip is led by the esteemed Dr. Alexander Mustard, and is full of jolly Brits.

If you are interested, please e-mail me immediately and leave a phone number I can use to call you back.

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Join Alex Mustard in Grand Cayman, January 2009 Photo

Join Alex Mustard in Grand Cayman, January 2009

Join Alex Mustard’s Digital Underwater Photography workshop in Grand Cayman during Jan 17th-24th, 2009. The focus on this workshop is lighting: understanding, capturing and controlling both strobe and available light. The trip is limited to just 12 people, which provides plenty of time for 1:1 image critique and also a 1:1 pool photo tune-up session. The course also includes photo lectures, interactive seminars, group image review and photographic diving.

Cost is $2,165 USD (excluding flights) for 7 nights accommodation at the luxurious Compass Point Resort, 6 days of diving, social evenings, rental car and high speed Wi-Fi.

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Dive with Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert in Seattle Photo

Dive with Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert in Seattle

Wetpixel user Martin (NWDiver) has organized two days of diving in Seattle with photographers Eric Cheng and Douglas Seifert!

Pacific Northwest divers, here is your chance to dive with Eric Cheng, founder of your beloved Wetpixel and Douglas Seifert, Contributing Editor, Dive Magazine UK!

Dates will be August 17th and 18th, Sunday and Monday. We will be going out with Bandito Charters for two dives/per day. Specifics will be posted as the dates approach. For now there are 7-10 open spots, for a total of 10-14 divers, depending on interest. In addition if people would like there could be a meet and greet the evening of the 17th in Seattle area, maybe a chance to bring dvds of your stuff to show off.

To reserve your spot, post a message in the forum discussion about the event.

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UWP Magazine Issue #43 available for download Photo

UWP Magazine Issue #43 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 43 is now available for download. The issue contains articles, reviews, and profiles by Karin Brussard, Austern Bannister, Mark Webster, Michael Wicks, Wetpixel’s own Alex Mustard and Mike Veitch, and more on topics including digital double exposures, Marsa Shagra and Damaguete, the Hugyfot Canon 40D housing, and equipment durability.

UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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Seacam Seaflash 250 strobe, underwater TTL test Photo

Seacam Seaflash 250 strobe, underwater TTL test

Underwater photographer and Wetpixel friend Stephen Frink has posted an underwater TTL test from his most recent Digital Master class in Key Largo, Florida.

Basim Nasr showed up with a brand new Seacam housing for a Canon 1DMKIII and a pair of Seacam Seaflash 250 strobes… If TTL works, then the light on the exposure slate should be the same. As an aside, I have rarely seen a digtial TTL test that truly worked underwater. This one did.”

Check out the test. It’s pretty impressive—the slate retains the same exposure while the background gets darker and darker (as expected when working with a proper TTL system).

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LAUPS 2008 International Competition announced Photo

LAUPS 2008 International Competition announced

The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS) has announced a call for entries for their 2008 International Photo Competition, and will be posting the competition guidelines, rules, and entry form on their website shortly. Past prizes have included trips from Bilikiki Cruises, Lagoon Resort Fiji, Lembeh Resort, Mike Ball Diving, Nai’a Fiji, and Nautilus Explorer, among others.

The deadline for entry is midnight on September 19, 2008 - many Wetpixel members have found their names among the list of winners, so don’t forget to enter! Continue reading for the full press release…

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