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Inon Artist of the Month - Keith C. Flood Photo

Inon Artist of the Month - Keith C. Flood

This month’s Inon Artist is Wetpixel member Keith C. Flood.  Keith is a firefighter from Santa Rosa, California, and really likes the compact size, and light ouput of his Inon Z220 strobes. This demonstrates that Wetpixel members are succesfully using their Inon products, Keith is the third member in a row to be selected as the artist of the month! Congratulations!

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Underwater Photography Magazine issue 30 Photo

Underwater Photography Magazine issue 30

Issue #30 of Underwater Photography magazine is available for download from their website.  This month’s issue has reviews of the Subal and Sealux housings for the very popular D200, as well as a very nice article about photographing sharks in movement by Wetpixel’s own Dr. Alex Mustard (and much more!).

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Scuba Diving Magazine’s Scuba InTenCity Tour

As part of Scuba Diving Magazine’s Scuba InTenCity Tour 2006, Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng and James Wiseman (and many others!) will be giving short seminars on underwater digital photography in cities across the United States.  Eric will be speaking at the Dolphin Scuba Center in Sacramento, CA, on May 6, 2006, and James will be in Plano, TX, on April 29.

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California Beach Dive Photo Competition 2006 Photo

California Beach Dive Photo Competition 2006

Celebrating its 25th year, the annual California Beach Dive Photo Competition (CBDPC) is held every spring in Monterey, California by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS). This is a one-day competition (ODC) where all photos must be taken from beach dives along the Monterey coastline (APMBTFBDATMC). Entries are accepted in both film and digital formats.  Dates this year are June 10-11, 2006.

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Unscheduled downtime

Wetpixel was down for much of this morning and early afternoon due to stray copepods in the system. We apologize to those of you who missed your morning fix!  We’re back up now and are trying to track down those elusive ‘pods…

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We’re proud of our Leslibetaeus coibita Photo

We’re proud of our Leslibetaeus coibita

Our very own Leslie Harris (Wetpixel moderator) has just had an entirely new genus named after her through a newly described critter called Leslibetaeus coibita.  Leslie traveled to Panama to collect the cute little guys and has some nice photos of them.  There is a paper available on Zootaxa. We’re SO proud of her hard work and enthusiasm.

And we thought that the only critters she had an interest in were worms!

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Seacam Nikon D200 underwater housing and strobe

Sometimes, new products get buried in expo reports.  At ADEX, I handled Seacam’s new strobe and Nikon D200 underwater housing. While I was taking pictures of the products, Harald said, “I don’t even have photos of these, yet!  It seems North America always gets them first.”

If you’re interested in seeing the new Seacam D200 housing or strobe, check out the gear page of the ADEX report.

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Manta Rays now protected in Hawaii Photo

Manta Rays now protected in Hawaii

A research conducted by Manta Pacific Research Foundation and the University of Hawaii has concluded that populations of Manta Rays along the Hawaiian Islands are vulnerable. This research led to a legislation that has just passed at Hawaii’s Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean Resources.

The Resolution calls for the establishment of a working group to protect the batoidea order, including manta rays, from poaching and fishing in Hawaiian waters. Specifically, it directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) with researching and pursuing all possible means of protecting manta rays, and drafting proposed administrative rules to prevent poaching, fishing, or killing manta rays.

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ULCS introduces accessory neck ball (AC-NB) Photo

ULCS introduces accessory neck ball (AC-NB)

Ultralight has built a new part that attaches to the neck section beneath the ball of any ULCS base adapter or arm segment, forming an excellent way to mount accessory focus lights.

This new part, called AC-NB (accessory neck ball), comes as two parts that encircle the neck of every other ULCS parts.  The base ball is adjustable, allowing 360 degree movement of the spotting light adapter.

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