New Chat Feature

There is now a new chat feature available only to Wetpixel members (join now -- it's free). Log in and click on "IRC Chat" in the side navigation menu to access the new feature. Just click "Connect Now!", once the Java-based chat client loads! Enjoy. :)

Or, if you are IRC savvy, you may join us at #wetpixel on XNet.

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News Team: Looking for volunteers

Hello, readers. Wetpixel is looking for a small team of members who are interested in being part of our news submission group. We would like to expand our news feed to include other types of news, including destination-related news, marine/environmental news, interesting personal sites, and more up-to-date news information about the underwater photo industry. If you are interested, please send Eric e-mail. Be sure to include your Wetpixel username!

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New, Faster Theme

I've revamped the theme to make Wetpixel load faster, especially for those of you with high-latency connections. Unfortunately, the page no longer renders perfectly with Apple's Safari browser (currently, fewer than 0.234% of you). You may choose the old theme by going to your settings (click on "me" in the left-hand menu) and selecting the "AT-Wetpixel" theme.

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Using the Channel Mixer to Correct Green Water

Plankton rich cold water can often result in an overall green cast to your photos. This is because the phytoplankton in the water actually acts as a diffuse green filter. This short article describes how to use the Channel Mixer in Photoshop to remove the green cast to show what's actually there - clear blue water!

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Visa now required for entry into Indonesia

From the U.S. Department of State: "A passport valid for at least six months and an onward/return ticket are required. As of February 1, 2004 all American visitors to Indonesia will need to obtain a visa. Travelers may apply for a visa at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C. or at the airport upon arrival. Visitors may be granted a 3-day visa for a fee of $3 or a 30-day visa for a fee of $25. Both visas are non-extendable, and travelers must exit the country for at least two weeks before they can return. A visitor's visa for business purposes and social/cultural stays of longer duration require a letter of intent/sponsorship from the employer and/or sponsor..."

Other countries who can obtain visas upon arrival include Australia, Argentina, Brazil, U.K., Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and U.A.E. (info from Cybergoldfish)

Practically, the only real effects that will result from this change are that you will have to pay for a visa when you arrive. Tony Matheis tells us that in addition to the 30 days a visa grants you, you can extend your stay by up to 14 more days without leaving the country.

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