SeaSpace memorial service for Larry Smith Photo

SeaSpace memorial service for Larry Smith

On Saturday, March 31, family members and friends of Larry Smith gathered to celebrate Larry’s life in a memorial service at SeaSpace 2007. All three of Larry’s sons - Casey, Tim and Trevor - were present, as was his mother, Evelyn, his sister, Joyce, and their families. Allan and Barbara Jones of Adventure H2O, Wetpixel members and contributors Gladys Howard, Burt Jones, Maurine Shimlock, Chip and Susan Scarlett, and Ken Knezick, as well as many of Larry’s family members and special friends shared stories about Larry…

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Dominica announces Dive Fest 2007 Photo

Dominica announces Dive Fest 2007

Dominica has announced that the 14th annual Dive Fest will be held from July 6-15, 2007. This year’s event will include underwater photography workshops and contest, hosted by Dive Training Magazine‘s Barry and Ruth Guimbellott, and feature such sponsors as Oceanic and SeaLife.

Not just for divers, the event will also have whale watching, a treasure hunt, traditional boat races, and happy hour dances. For an idea of all the activities, visit last year’s Dominica Dive Fest 2006 blog, or watch for the Dive Fest 2007 website to be updated with this year’s schedule.

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Beneath the Sea 2007 Dive Show Report: You Shudda Bin Dere! Photo

Beneath the Sea 2007 Dive Show Report: You Shudda Bin Dere!

Underwater photographer and contributing editor to DIVE Magazine Douglas Seifert attended the Beneath the Sea 2007 Dive Show, and compiled his thoughts:

Friday, March 23rd began Beneath the Sea’s 31st annual Ocean Adventure Exposition and Travel Show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey (aka “The Garden State”)...the grandest celebration of the living legends and bright lights of the scuba diving community convened for something extraordinarily special. Stanton A. Waterman, whose name and whose work should be well-known among all who dive, was recognized, feted and celebrated as a Legend of the Sea…

Continue for the extensive and picture-filled report that includes references to many more celebrities of the diving world, new and innovative products, and a number of diving-related organizations.

Jason Heller was also present at the event, and his coverage of Beneath the Sea 2007 has also been posted on DivePhotoGuide.com.

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Underwater Journal Issue #2 available for download Photo

Underwater Journal Issue #2 available for download

Underwater Journal Issue 2 is now available for download.

The issue contains an articles about scouting for dolphins with an ultralight plane, the sand tigers and wrecks of North Carolina, Florida’s Blue Springs, Conception Island in the Caribbean, and more by authors including Jim Abernethy, Ned DeLoach, and Philippe Cousteau. Also included are equipment and media reviews, including one on Aqua Lung’s Mistral Doublehose Regulator, by editor Walt Stearns.

Underwater Journal is a free PDF magazine, published bimonthly.

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Memorial gathering for Larry Smith at SeaSpace Photo

Memorial gathering for Larry Smith at SeaSpace

For those of you who will be at SeaSpace this weekend, we wanted to let you know of a tribute and a gathering which will be held in honor of Larry Smith.  Ken Knezick was gracious enough to find us a place at the Reliant Center—Room 600, on the second floor, and we will meet from 4:00 - 5:00 on Saturday, March 31st.  Please come with memories, stories, photographs if you have them, and the spirit which our dear friend brought to every one of his 20,000 dives.  Or was that 30,000?  In addition, we will hear a few words honoring this great man just before the film festival begins.  All three of Larry’s sons, Trevor, Tim, and Casey, will be with us for both occasions. 

Please send any digital images you may have of Larry and his adventures to Eric Cheng, and he will make sure they get to us for use in the memorial slideshow.

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Judas Returns: Nikon to Canon and back again Photo

Judas Returns: Nikon to Canon and back again

Wetpixel member and recent Canon-convert Tim Rock had the chance to use the new Aquatica AD200 housing for the Nikon D200 with an added bonus - the new Aqua View viewfinder:

DEMA is the diving world’s convention venue to show off the latest and greatest - I went to Grand Cayman. “Want to test our new housing and viewfinder in the sea?” the Aquatica folks asked. Yikes, could I remember how to use a Nikon again? Must be like riding a bike or throwing a boomerang…

Continue reading to learn what Tim thought of the viewfinder and housing, and the surprise decision he made to go back to Nikon…

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Service for Larry Smith in Bali, March 25 Photo

Service for Larry Smith in Bali, March 25

Robert Delfs has written in to let us know that there will be a cremation service for Larry Smith on Sunday at Taman Mumbul in Bali, Sunday March 25 at 1:00 pm:

Vasa Setra Mandala Mumbul
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Nusa Dua
(near the Chinese graveyard).

Friends of Larry will be gathering after the ceremony. Details about that will be forthcoming later, or at the ceremony.  It’s understood that Wetpixel readers in the region are likely to be able to participate in this service, but we wanted to get the word out as widely as possible.

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BUIF 2007 Winners Announced

The winning images of the 2007 British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) have been announced. Popular Wetpixel member Dean Burman (DeanB) won the amateur video category with his ground-breaking film Lair Of The Waterwolf about the private life of pike. The winning photograph (on the right) was taken by Nacho Gil from Mexico. Once again there were many familiar names from the Wetpixel Community among the prize winning and commended entries. Check out the BUIF website for the full gallery and to read comments from the judges.

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New DiveFilm and DiveFilmHD Podcast Videos - Episodes 40 and 41 Photo

New DiveFilm and DiveFilmHD Podcast Videos - Episodes 40 and 41

DiveFilm Podcast Video presents Episode 40, Hans Christian Andersen’s “Bubbling Reefs,” which introduces methane-bubbling reef structures off the northern coast of Denmark, and the marine life that inhabits those reefs, thriving around the poisonous gas. Episode 41, by Wetpixel moderator Shawn Heinrichs, is “Realm of the Sharks,” featuring imagery of sharks, rays, dolphins, whales, and other marine life at Cocos and Malpelo Islands.

“Realm of the Sharks” has also been released as Episode 3 of the new DiveFilmHD Podcast Video, and is optimized for playback on TV and larger computer screens. The new ‘high definition’ podcast videos can be subscribed to through iTunes as well as downloaded directly from the new DiveFilmHD website, and are compatible with the new AppleTV set-top box due to be released in April, 2007. DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com and are “Featured TV & Film Podcasts” at iTunes.

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