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Kona Honu Divers announces 2007 Kona Classic package Photo

Kona Honu Divers announces 2007 Kona Classic package

Kona Honu Divers has announced their package for the 2007 Kona Classic Underwater Photography/Videography Workshop and Contest, held in Kona, Hawaii from May 5-12 of this year.

The package includes nine dives (including the famous Manta Ray Night Dive), access to a photo pro on every charter, and covers event registration for the photo festival. Bottom Time Hawai and are also participating dive operators.

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Backscatter seeks webmaster Photo

Backscatter seeks webmaster

Our sponsor and good friends at Backscatter are looking for a new webmaster! Requirements and responsibilities include strong scripting and database skills as well as performing daily updates to Backscatter websites.

In addition to working with the latest underwater photographer and video gear, Backscatter employees are highly encouraged to make use of the rental / demo equipment and are required to expand their personal imaging skills. Continue reading for full job details…

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BOOT 2007 Expo Impressions by Julian Scheunemann Photo

BOOT 2007 Expo Impressions by Julian Scheunemann

Wetpixel lighting moderator Julian Scheunemann (Jolly) is the last in a series of Wetpixel members to have visited the 2007 BOOT diving show and written about the experience.

While “time was obviously too limited to see all of the underwater-related photo and video gear,” Julian’s report includes a short summary of the offerings from the major manufacturers represented at the show and a wealth of product photos.

We at Wetpixel appreciate the contributions of any member willing to send us information from a particular dive show. Keep reading for Julian’s thoughts and images from BOOT 2007...

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Review of Oceanos Secretos, by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari Photo

Review of Oceanos Secretos, by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari

In 2004, the judges at Antibes, France, downed the last of their Haut-Médoc, set down their Bordeaux glasses, dabbed at the corners of their mouths with their little monogrammed handkerchiefs, and awarded Andrea and Antonella Ferrari the World Grand Prize for their large and exquisite coffee table book, Oceani Segreti.

Italian for The Secret Oceans, this 390-page sparkler of a book showcases the beauty, the majesty, and the freakishness hidden deep beneath the world’s waves.

For the rest of the review, keep reading…

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X-Ray Magazine #15 is available for download Photo

X-Ray Magazine #15 is available for download

X-Ray, an excellent (and free) online magazine oriented towards diving and underwater photography, has just announced the availability of issue #15:

Travel Mexico’s Riviera Maya—Discover the secrets of the ancient Mayan underworld as we explore the cenotes of the Yucatán. Another adventure takes us to the deepest cave in the world—Voronya Cave of the Caucasus.

We also take a closer look at Regulators. How do they work, what to look for when buying a new regulator, how to avoid and handle free flow. And much, much more!

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‘New Essential Digital Download’ underwater photography workshop Photo

‘New Essential Digital Download’ underwater photography workshop

Wetpixel members Mathieu Meur and Michael Aw are pleased to announce their upcoming digital workshop and photo competition, the New Essential Digital Download.

Held at the Seraya Resort in Bali, Indonesia from August 11-17, 2007, the competition is sponsored by the resort, Scuba Diver Australasia, and OneOcean.com, and is intended “to help aspiring photographers to compose and ‘paint’ a picture with a camera, using both natural and artificial light.

The six-day course includes boat and shore diving, and runs from USD$1600 to $1850 per person, not including airfare. Continue reading for more details…

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BOOT 2007 Expo Report by Simon Klaiber Photo

BOOT 2007 Expo Report by Simon Klaiber

Simon Klaiber (Simon K.) is another Wetpixel member who visited the 2007 BOOT diving show in Düsseldorf, Germany. Simon summarized each of the new products he encountered, took a number of photos at the event, and made sure to question each company’s plans for additional viewfinders. Offerings included 3D-video for the masses:

The main attraction at [the Gun-Lux] booth was a stereovideo housing for 3D Movies like they show in IMAX Cinemas. It consists of a housing with two Sony HD cameras and a synchronized control electronic. The video can be shown on special stereoscopic LCDs (they had two of them at their booth) or in a special theater with a setup with two beamers.

Continue for Simon’s full report… 

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Aquatica announces 9.25 inch glass Megadome Photo

Aquatica announces 9.25 inch glass Megadome

Aquatica has announced a new contender in the world of housing ports, the 9.25 inch glass Megadome, to be available in spring 2007 and to retail around USD$1250.

The dome comes standard with both anti-reflection and scratch resistant coatings, and Aquatica predicts that this port will be especially popular for over/under enthuasiasts.

Wetpixel member Peter Mooney (pmooney) started a discussion about the new Megadome, and attached Aquatica’s press release. Join in with your thoughts on whether bigger is better…

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