New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episodes 35 and 36 Photo

New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episodes 35 and 36

Presented in partnership with Wetpixel, DiveFilm Podcast Episode 36, Jeff Leicher’s “Toroidal Vortex,” takes an innovative and humorous look at the air we breath underwater. Be sure to watch for the outtakes!

Also available is Episode 35, “How LOW Can You Go,” by Kathy and Mike Schnetzer.  A three-person submarine takes the couple with their custom Gates housing to a depth of 1000 feet, where they encounter species rarely seen by scuba divers, and are unexpectedly visited by a manta ray and a pod of dolphins.

DiveFilm Podcast Video has been pioneering the video podcasting of underwater short films since late 2005, and is a “Featured Video Podcast, TV & Film” at iTunes.  You can get to the podcasts on iTunes directly by clicking here (if you have iTunes version 4.9 of higher on your computer), or by browsing to the Video Podcasts. DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com.

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Underwater Journal webzine inaugural issue Photo

Underwater Journal webzine inaugural issue

Professional photographer and friend Walt Stearns has recently announced the launch of the brand-new Underwater Journal (UWJ) webzine.  Issue 1 of UWJ is available for immediate download in PDF form, and it’s completely free!

Underwater Journal (UWJ) is a celebration of all things aquatic - from the leading edge of ocean exploration and research to the simple pleasures of immersing oneself weightlessly in the liquid environment that covers three fourths of our world. 

The water is our playground, so we invite readers to take the plunge. Those new to the sport can take in real-world wisdom gleaned from decades of diving in locales near and far. Veterans will appreciate UWJ’s factual,  realistic coverage of destinations, equipment and techniques rarely addressed in the entry-level and agency-biased print products. And even those who are not yet divers will find much to enjoy, as our coverage extends not only to the recreational aspects of sport diving, but to a myriad of fascinating subjects spanning every facet of the ocean realm.

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A photo pro in action, by Wags Photo

A photo pro in action, by Wags

This is a bit old, but worth pointing out.  In our discussion forums, Wags has posted a photo of a photo pro in action and has highlighted what makes this particular shooter’s technique so clearly professional!

It’s the combination of poking fun while staying lighthearted that is so special, and is what makes Wetpixel such a fun place to hang out online.  Plus, you get to learn from seeing what works and what doesn’t work as detailed by the combined experience of thousands of photographers.  If you’re new here, sign up and join the fun!

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Happy New Year! Photo

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, readers and members!  Here’s to another excellent year at Wetpixel.com and in the waters around the world.  In 2006, we generated:

2,324 new members
416 front page posts
2,263 picture of the week entries

37,975 forum posts
5,458 new forum topics
3,966 private messages
1,732,797 forum top-level topic views

4,035,480 visits
78,997,567 pages served
57,302 unique visitors per month (average)

Special thanks to you, our readers, and to all of our sponsors and partners.  You all made the last year at Wetpixel possible.

Also, the favorite shot of 2006 thread is still going strong in our forums, so head on over there if you want to see what our members have been up to in the last year.

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Divester & Wetpixel Readers Donate $300 to the Coral Reef Alliance Photo

Divester & Wetpixel Readers Donate $300 to the Coral Reef Alliance

For those of you who purchased one (or more!) of the famous—and great-looking!—Divester/Wetpixel shirts, thanks…and congratulations! Through your support, we raised enough money to donate $300 to the Coral Reef Alliance, an organization that works to increase the capacity of communities to work collaboratively towards coral reef conservation. With all the problems coral reefs face today, every little bit helps.

For those of you who haven’t quite gotten around to ordering a shirt of your own, it’s not too late. We still have a few shirts left—although we have sold out of the XL shirts. Consequently, if your New Year’s resolution is to lose some weight, go ahead and order a Large shirt and consider the purchase as a first step towards the new you!

Happy New Year!

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Ike Brigham, founder of Ikelite, passes away Photo

Ike Brigham, founder of Ikelite, passes away

With great regret, we’d like to inform our community of the passing of Ike Brigham, founder of Ikelite Underwater Systems.  Founded in the early 1960s, Ikelite had a huge influence on the birth of consumer underwater photography and continues to shape the underwater imaging market today.

In December of 2001, Ike joined Wetpixel as member #15—only 4 days after our forums were launched. During his time here, he posted 939 messages full of his notoriously self-deprecating, dry humor.  Our staff and users came to love the “Addled Shopkeeper” (his self-appointed title), and as a representative of his company, Ike’s integrity was unparalleled. We shall miss him dearly.  Continue reading for more thoughts about Ike Brigham.

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Backscatter seeks salesperson Photo

Backscatter seeks salesperson

Our sponsor and good friends at Backscatter are looking for a new salesperson! In addition to working with the latest underwater photographer and video gear, Backscatter employees are highly encouraged to make use of the rental / demo equipment and are required to expand their personal imaging skills. That means you can grab demo gear, get your dive equipment out of your dive on-site dive locker, and jump into the water before or after work!  Continue reading for full job details…

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Shark conservation on Wetpixel Photo

Shark conservation on Wetpixel

There has been a lot of activity in our conservation forums lately, and some of the most active topics are discussions about shark conservation and the exploitation of shark fins. Wetpixel member Justin Ebert has just returned from Raja Ampat in Indonesia and started a discussion where he shows images of fishermen taking fins and disposing of the shark bodies in the waters of Indonesia.

In another related topic our members discuss how differently the subject is viewed in Asia, where most think that no harm is being done. Please join us and drop a line in the discussions. Sharks are more threatened than most people think, and it is important that we as divers and underwater photographers keep ourselves well informed!

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