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brendiver

Member Since 04 Aug 2007
Offline Last Active May 01 2009 02:06 PM
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WANTED - Housing for D200 plus any other accessories / kit to go with it.

15 March 2009 - 02:03 AM

I'm looking at kitting out another D200 - full package of dome ports, strobes etc. if possible.

Open to any reasonable offers if price is right.

Drop me a line if interested - Thanks:)

Blog Coaching

29 May 2008 - 11:12 AM

If anyone has ever dreamed of getting an article published in the diving media, here's an offer you can't refuse.

As a bit of an experiment to see if it can be done, I'd like to coach someone from the, "I'd love to get something published in a diving magazine," stage all the way to, "Wow - that's my name and those are my pictures!"

The only catch, the coaching process will be open for all to see via my blog, there would be no phone calls, no e-mails (other than an initial introduction), the only line of communication would be on the blog via posts and comments.

You can find out more at:

http://www.brendiver...g-coaching.html

I don't want any money for this, no other form of reward, I just think it would be interesting to do. I suppose if anyone got paid as a result of publication I would expect them to donate any $ to a worthy charity.

Thoughts?

Anyone interested?

Their Stories - Alex Mustard, John Bantin and Elaine Whiteford

17 May 2008 - 01:12 AM

I'm very grateful to Alex Mustard, John Bantin and Elaine Whiteford for their contributions to my blog on how they got into the world of diving related photojournalism.

This is your invite to join them.

I'm fascinated by the different routes people have taken to get published and I hope this section of my blog will become a source of inspiration for others.

So, if you would like to join Alex, John and Elaine, and you have had an article published in your: club newsletter, website, magazine, local newspaper, anywhere, or you are hoping to, and you haven't quite got there yet, I would love to hear from you.

PM, comment or e-mail via the site.

Weird e-mail from scuba magazine.net

01 May 2008 - 06:58 AM

I've just been sent this e-mail, some kind of "forum war" going on ??

Anyone seen a train wreck knocking about? And where's the bodily harm happening - sounds like an interesting party?

Edit: Wow - wonders of modern technology, this site has just auto edited my post by putting "known spammer - editor" after [url=http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=17238]scubamagazine.net[/url] [known spammer -editor] [known spammer -editor] [known spammer -editor] [known spammer -editor] . Uh Oh - does that mean my edit will be auto edited? And is there any way I could unintentionally cause an auto-edit feedback loop which would go on auto-editing ad infinitum? Errr - my head hurts now, time for a lie down!

Edit 2: Just come back from lie down - Argh! The auto thingy has edited my edit by putting that "known spammer - editor" phrase after the word [url=http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=17238]scubamagazine.net[/url] [known spammer -editor] [known spammer -editor] [known spammer -editor].


"Hey Brendan,

Don't believe the hype you're reading from jealous competitors about scuba magazine.net [known spammer -editor]. These people on other forums are providing a huge publicity boost every time they talk about us. Everyone comes over to see the train wreck and instead they see a scuba community free of acrimony, arguments and unprofessionalism towards other scuba communities.

A perfect example of some of their lies are the claim we don't have any agreement with Inon for displaying their logo OWNED by Inon. We have a record of the contact person at Inon USA that came to an agreement with us and they have never asked us to remove their ad. We logged that agreement like all the rest because we knew these clowns would make outrageous, unsupported claims.

We could publicly post all the screen captures of the threats to hack us, the actual hacking of us by admins of other forums, the threats of bodily harm and defamation by various shady characters of which many are admins and mods of other scuba forums, but unlike them, we continue to take the high road, stay out of the childish sandbox, and frankly, remaining utterly silent publicly to their unsupported claims is highly calculated on our part as they're a publicity dream for us and we never want to silence that.

Eric would be prudent to get back to being the incredibly talented photographer he is and running an otherwise exceptional photo community.


"The Publisher"

Mmmm - who is this mysterious "publisher."

Ethics

30 April 2008 - 11:52 PM

I've been chit chatting with another wetpixel member outside of the forum who asked me an interesting question in respect of writing stuff for magazines:

"Would you or any of your colleagues write a negative critique about a dive resort/area or give an as objective as possible cost/value rating if you're staying for free?"

I know what my stance is on this, but where do you draw the line?

Here's an ethical tester for you:

You enter an underwater photography competition sponsored by a diving magazine and dive travel company. The prize? A one week all expenses trip to Suval Benkeh island. The magazine's expectation, you'll write an article to go with your photographs, and if the piece is good, they'll consider you for further assignments.

You are aware that Suval Benkeh advertises in the magazine with a one page ad every month.

You win the competition and you are more than excited - your first assignement!

Once you arrive you find the rooms to be shabby, the hotel to be under the flight path, the beach to be full of cigarette ends, half the guests have food poisoning, the dive boats could do with being replaced, the dive sites are just OK, there's one or two really good ones, but they are a bit further out and the boat rarely visits them as they have to be back at lunch to run the try dive classes.

Before you leave, the manager invites you to come back and stay at their sister resort as their guest, the more upmarket Punal Membe island spa resort. You've been there before, you loved it and always promised you'd go back one day - this time you'd only have to pay for the flights.

So - what next? What would you do? Where is your ethical line?