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Wetpixel strobe review

Today, 02:32 PM

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I have just posted the Wetpixel review of the Inon Z330, Retra Flash and Symbiosis SS2 strobes on the front page:




If you are just coming to this, please check out the extensive threads on the Z330 and Retra Flashes too:


Z330: http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=61091


Retra Flash: http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=59574


Perhaps we can amalgamate the threads and add personal experiences to this thread?



Commercial posting policy

22 January 2018 - 12:56 PM

Wetpixel has been a vibrant venue for the discussion of underwater imagery for nearly ten years. We have always been somewhat unique because we are a place where industry members mingle openly with non-industry members.

Recently, a few industry members have crossed the line of commercialism, so we are putting in some strict rules for industry members to follow. Ideally, every member would be 100% objective, but this is simply not the case. When one industry member is allowed to post something self-promoting, it brings down Wetpixel's integrity and causes other industry members to complain. Unfortunately, the only solution is to implement a double standard. This does not affect non-industry members.

Starting now, overtly commercial posts from industry members will be deleted without warning. 

Industry members, here are some guidelines to help you keep your posts within policy:

- In your area of commercial endeavor, only factual posts and support posts are allowed. So if you are a housing manufacturer or retailer, you can post opinions about diving destinations, but not opinions about any underwater housing on the market (including your own).

- No product announcements. All product announcements must be made via press release on the front page by  contacting Wetpixel. Note that non-industry members *can* post links to announcements. Sorry, but this is how it is going to have to be.

- No inventory announcements (e.g. "Strobe XX is in stock!"). 

- No reviews of your own product.

- No unsolicited sales contact with forum members via the Wetpixel personal message system. Replies or support enquiries can still be communicated via PM, although in the later case, you are encouraged to do so via the forum where others can share in your knowledge and experience. (added 03/21/12)

All members can help us to keep Wetpixel on track by reporting commercial posts. Thank you for your time!

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or comments, please voice them here.

Happy New Year 2018!

01 January 2018 - 03:24 AM

Heartfelt thanks to all the amazing members of this community that share their information so freely. You are all awesome!


I hope that 2018 is an amazing year for you. May your dives be safe, and enjoyable and your subjects plentiful!


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The Science of Shark Attraction?

04 December 2017 - 02:22 PM

Dear community,


As underwater image makers, we often capture imagery of sharks and other apex marine predators.


There is a lot of talk about whether they are specifically attracted to colors or areas of contrast.


My understanding is that it is less a color preference and more an issue of some species being attracted to areas of contrast, particularly when they are being moved (e.g. light colored fins or the contrast between white hands and dark wetsuits.)


Would Wetpixel members be willing to share their thoughts and experiences of this? 


Similarly, I can't find any academic papers that discuss this. Does anyone know if any exist and if so in which journal(s)?


Thank you



Octopus abuse on National Geographic

21 November 2017 - 03:38 AM

Dear Wetpixel community,


National Geographic has decided to feature Michael B. Hardie's image of a day octopus (Octopus cyanea) apparently “hitching a ride” on a Hawaiian green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on its Facebook page.




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This image was captured by the photographer by removing the animal from the reef, taking it up into midwater in order to take pictures of it in the water column. It was then released and in its stressed state, blundered into the turtle, which resulted in this image.


Here is the photographer's own account of how the image was captured:


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Thus this image does not in any way depict natural behaviour, and shows the results of actual abuse of the animal.


If you look at the bulk of the interactions with the post on the NG page, people assume that it is naturally occurring . Surely NG should be responsible enough to ensure that the images they use to promote their Natural Photography contests should actually be natural?


Please can I ask that the Wetpixel community take the time to add a post or comment on NG's page saying that this is unacceptable please? For those that have contacts with NG, perhaps send an email?


Many thanks