Underwater cinematographer Ralph B. White passes away Photo

Underwater cinematographer Ralph B. White passes away

Underwater cinematographer Ralph B. White, who documented the expedition that found the Wreck of the RMS Titanic, passed away on February 4, 2008 in Glendale, CA. A contract cameraman for more than 25 years with the National Geographic Society, he was involved with a number of underwater IMAX and motion-picture productions, including James Cameron’s film Titanic. Ralph is survived by a daughter Krista, son Randy, and by fiancé Rosaly Lopes.

Continue reading for a profile of Ralph’s achievements and successes. Please write to us with stories about Ralph you’d like to share, or leave a comment here…

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Sea & Sea releases 2008 catalog of dSLR housings Photo

Sea & Sea releases 2008 catalog of dSLR housings

Sea & Sea has published their 2008 catalog of digital SLR housings and accessories, which now includes new models (with MSRP pricing) for the Nikon D300 (MDX-D300) and D3/D3x (MDX-D3/D3x) and the Canon 40D (MDX-40D) and 1D/1Ds Mark III (MDX-Pro MKIII).

Also covered is Sea & Sea’s line of TTL converters, including those for the recently introduced YS-250 Pro, which are compatible with single or dual-strobe setups. See the catalog for all the details…

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Nocturnal Lights announces SLX Focus Light and Tray combo package Photo

Nocturnal Lights announces SLX Focus Light and Tray combo package

Nocturnal Lights is now offering an SLX Focus Light and Tray combo, designed to fit compact underwater camera housings. The SLX Focus Light features a 5500K, 3W three-LED beam with up to 15 hours of burn time, and the tray is compatible with underwater housings that have a female tripod thread on the bottom.

Do you have a specific focusing or dive light to recommend? Discuss your choices in the Lights, Strobes and Lighting Technique forum…

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Reef Photo & Video seeks salesperson Photo

Reef Photo & Video seeks salesperson

Our sponsor and friends at Reef Photo & Video are looking for a new salesperson! Reef Photo & Video employees are encouraged to make use of the large selection of equipment to develop their expertise, and the company allows for flexible scheduling and many local diving opportunities in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area. Continue reading for full job details…

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Woody Mayhew places in NatureScapes 2007 Images of the Year Photo

Woody Mayhew places in NatureScapes 2007 Images of the Year

Wetpixel member Woody Mayhew, of Nexus America, has won the Wildlife Category of the NatureScapes.net 2007 Images of the Year awards with a photograph of Periclimenes tosaensis shrimp floating in an anemone. Woody says he has pursued underwater photography since 1977 - this image was taken with a Nikon D2x in none other than a Nexus housing.

Wetpixel members are well-represented in other media - Simon Buxton (Scuba_SI) had photographs featured as covers on the November issue of Asian Geographic and the December/January issue of Australasia Scuba Diver, and Tobias Friedrich (Tobias) had an article and images on the Dominican Republic published in the German dive magazine SeaStar. Head over to the Members in Media forum for more announcements…

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Are 25 new digital SLRs really necessary? Photo

Are 25 new digital SLRs really necessary?

After Digital Photography Review’s Phil Askey mentioned the introduction of a possible 25 digital SLRs at this year’s PMA 2008, Wetpixel associate editor Alex Mustard started a discussion asking if it is really necessary for housing manufacturers to attempt to support each and every new model of camera. Alex says:

While I love my Subal housings, I would be the first to admit that my Subal D2X does not have the attention to detail of a Subal F5 housing. It was also a damn sight more expensive. Of course it works and the ergonomics are perfectly acceptable, but I miss those good ol’ days!...Maybe if we did not demand a housing for every DSLR we would have cheaper, better housings.

Do you think the rush to produce the first housings (and small amounts at that) for a camera is leading to a loss in quality and support? Should manufacturers only focus on the most popular cameras of each pricing level? Discuss in the forums...

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United Airlines announces new baggage policy Photo

United Airlines announces new baggage policy

Underwater photographer Norbert Wu has posted a sample letter for Wetpixel members to send to United Airlines regarding their recent baggage policy change, which limits checked baggage to a single 50 lb piece for those who have purchased standard domestic economy tickets, or two bags for an additional $25 service fee.

Excerpt: A few years ago, United (and other airlines) changed their baggage policy from three bags at 70 lbs, to two bags at 70 lb, and then to two bags at 50 lb. We divers and photographers lost the ability to ship 210 lbs of gear to 100 lbs of gear just like that…now United is trying to squeeze us even more. I urge all of you to write United Airlines to protest this. If they get away with this; other airlines will follow suit.

Take a moment to send a letter to United Airlines to encourage them to rollback this new policy…

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Angel Fitor authors ‘Tanganyika, Africa’s Inland Sea’ Photo

Angel Fitor authors ‘Tanganyika, Africa’s Inland Sea’

Wetpixel member Angel Fitor (Tide) is proud to announce the release of his new book, Tanganyika, Africa’s Inland Sea. Fitor calls Tanganyika, the longest African lake, “probably the most amazing and fascinating freshwater environment in the world. It is also an almost completely unseen underwater realm where evolution has produced one of the most striking fish assemblages on Earth.

At 192 pages, this hardcover coffee table book holds nearly 300 photographs of fighting cichlids, pygmy shell-dwelling fishes, and other colorful and distinct species, and can be shipped around the world. Visit Tanganyika, Africa’s Inland Sea for sample pages and more information…

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