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California Channel Islands 5 day dive excursion, Sep 3-8, 2009 Photo

California Channel Islands 5 day dive excursion, Sep 3-8, 2009

In a rare trip only offered once or twice a year, dive instructor and videographer John Foxhall will be running a 5-day liveaboard dive trip to the Channel Islands aboard Truth Aquatics’ vessel, the Vision, this coming September 3-8, 2009. The vessel departs from Santa Barbara, but John will be driving a huge van down from San Jose, with plenty of room for guests.

This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced divers who want an extended trip to the Channel Islands. It is also a good opportunity to get trained in a drysuit (John has plenty of high-quality rentals, and he trained me in one!), or to check out underwater photography for the first time (John will be bringing some underwater point & shoot cameras from Intova). Continue reading for full trip details…

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Picture of the Week theme: SURF Photo

Picture of the Week theme: SURF

Hello, readers. After a one week break from an active Picture of the Week contest, we’re back. This week’s theme is SURF.

Each week, the winner of our POTW contest wins an Ikelite underwater flashlight, and at the end of 2009, an annual POTW winner will win a trip aboard the liveaboard dive vessel, Solmar V!

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Canon releases Powershot G11, successor to G10 Photo

Canon releases Powershot G11, successor to G10

The new Canon G11 has popped onto everyone’s radars and for some very good reasons. The Canon Powershot G11 features a RAW mode, 28mm wide-angle lens, 2.8 in. Vari-Angle PureColor System LCD along with the all-new High Sensitivity System and high-speed ISO. It also has some really hot styling around a very modern digital camera. In compact-camera underwater photo contests, images taken with Canon G-series cameras have almost always won, so this camera is one that underwater photographers will be really interested in.

The G11’s biggest talking point seems to be the drop in megapixels from the G10 and G9. However most folks who are discussing this think it is a good thing and will bring about improved image quality rather than focusing only on more pixels. Head to the Wetpixel forums and let us know what you think about the G11!

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10th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition 2009 Photo

10th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition 2009

The 10th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition 2009 will take place on September 11th & 12th, Friday & Saturday. The exhibition will have many presentations of underwater digital video in San Diego that emphasize the enjoyment and appreciation of underwater images. The event offers affordable tickets, with no prizes except the fun of sharing one’s film with an appreciative audience, and an independent film selection process that has included judges who are among the top in the field of underwater imaging. It’s a labor of love by all involved!

The event program is available online. Both evenings will have completely unique programs with different videos on show. You can purchase tickets for one night or both nights at the SDUFEX website.

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Submit your product to Wetpixel for DEMA coverage 2009 Photo

Submit your product to Wetpixel for DEMA coverage 2009

Wetpixel has been covering underwater media products at the DEMA Show since the year 2000. Each year, we have sent a small team of reporters to cover the DEMA show floor. During the first few years, we wandered around—carefree—because there were almost literally no digital photography products being announced. But last year, a team of three reporters were forced to buzz around the floor non-stop during the day, retiring to hotel rooms to write articles at night; I think we averaged around 2-3 hours of sleep per night, and by the end of the show, most people greeted me on the floor with a hearty, “WHOAH—what happened to you?!”

This year, products that you want to be covered by our Wetpixel DEMA report will require online submission. If you do not submit your products, they will not be covered in Wetpixel’s DEMA 2009 coverage. Continue reading for full details!

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Blue Heron Bridge to be closed to divers for a year? Photo

Blue Heron Bridge to be closed to divers for a year?

The Blue Heron Bridge, the site where the recent striated frogfish spawning was filmed, may be in danger of being closed to divers for a year. Today, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host an Open House to inform the community about the upcoming Little Blue Heron Bridge Replacement Project. If you’re local to Palm Beach, please go and voice your opinion!

Time and location:
Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Palm Beach Shores Town Hall Street
214 Edwards Lane, Palm Beach Shores FL 33404

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NCUPS 45th International Underwater Photographic Competition Photo

NCUPS 45th International Underwater Photographic Competition

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society proudly presents the 45th Annual SEA International Underwater Photographic Competition, and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography.  This “mail-in” underwater digital still / print photography and underwater videography competition is open to amateur photographers and videographers from around the world. The prize list is impressive totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars. Previous competitions have brought in hundreds of the finest still image, print, and video entries from underwater photographers and videographers around the world!

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The Cove: Documentary about Taiji’s annual dolphin slaughter Photo

The Cove: Documentary about Taiji’s annual dolphin slaughter

I finally went to see The Cove, a documentary about the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. The Cove made its way around the film festival circuit this year, earning over a dozen awards—and for good reason.  I had seen short clips of the water running crimson from the blood of dolphins being killed there, but this seems to be the first time anyone has taken comprehensive footage and put it together into a compelling story that will be sure to reach a wide audience.

The Cove is out in theaters now, and it should be relatively easy to find a showing; in the San Francisco Bay Area alone, it is currently playing in 5 theaters. Anyone who is interested in the ocean and its marine wildlife should definitely go see it. To take action against the slaughter, go to takepart.com/thecove/.

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Film Festival at Benthic Ecology Meeting 2010

Announcing an exciting new dimension to a scientific conference:  in addition to the usual posters and oral presentations, BEM 2010 will host short films!  Creators and directors ranging from professionals to amateur and student filmmakers are invited to submit their entries on topics related to marine biology and conservation.  The competition will take place in the beautiful new Lumina Theater in the Fisher Center on the campus of UNC Wilmington.  This is a great chance to come to a scientific conference, show your film and interact with a large group of active researchers and scientists.

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Lowepro Pro Roller 3 suitcase review Photo

Lowepro Pro Roller 3 suitcase review

The quest for the ultimate underwater photography travel case is one that will probably never end. I have used Pelican cases, Storm cases, Lightware cases, Samsonite luggage with Pelican dividers, coolers, and more. I’m always in the market for photography bags.

I was over at Backscatter the other day and ended up coming home with a brand-new Lowepro Pro Roller 3 rolling suitcase. Aside from the name of the brand (which thieves probably associate with camera gear), this suitcase, from the outside, is like any other semi-rigid suitcase. But inside, it’s a serious photography case…

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