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November was a big month for Deepblu Inc. The company that built the world's first dive computer featuring social integration made waves at the DEMA Show 2016 in Las Vegas with a series of surprise announcements and product launches. Introducing COSMIQ+ Deepblu upgraded its product line with a new addition, the COSMIQ+, introducing a brand new performance feature for technical divers in two new lines. Available in two distinct color families?Noir and Lumin? the COSMIQ+ comes in five new colors. Staying true to its roots as the best price-to-performance dive computer on the market, COSMIQ+ is priced at the same US $299 as its COSMIQ predecessor. As for tech specs and operability, the COSMIQ+ builds on all the existing features of the COSMIQ with the introduction of Bottom Timer Mode. This feature specifically targets the needs of tech divers for a secondary device and will expand Deepblu's customer base to include an important niche in the diving community. Slated for a Black Friday (November 25th, 2016) release in North America, the COSMIQ+ will be available globally in December 2016. Deepblu 2.0-Everything Under the Sea in the Cloud Deepblu also announced a beta launch of Deepblu 2.0?a major expansion of the Deepblu online platform. Accessible across mobile ...

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Author : Madlen Muller
Upload date : 2016-11-17

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of accessory for the 4K action camera, SonyFDR-X3000(*1) and its genuine underwater housing, MPK-UWH1(*1) on October 27, 2016. SD Mount Base UWH1(*2)(*3)
- Release date: October 27, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 836 1 (*1) Contact Sony Marketing Inc. for detail of camera. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera available in Japan.
(*2) Although the genuine housing MPK-UWH1 can also store other model HDR-AS50, INON attachment lenses are not compatible with the HDR-AS50 due to master lens position.
(*3) Vignetting on image corners even without attachment lens on land when "wide" is selected in angle setting. No vignetting underwater. SD Mount Base UWH1 Features
Easy to install to snap it in front of the camera and fix with a tripod screw on the bottom. Equipped with INON "SD Mount" bayonet system to support easy and speedy exchange as well as reliable installation of compatible SD Mount lenses. INON Direct Base III, Z Joint or Z Adapter MV can be attached on the bottom of this product. Packaged Mount Adapter for SD Mount Base/SD Front Mask? enables to add one INON "D Holder" on this product on right or left side of this product. This Mount Adapter further enables to attach the SD Mo...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-11-07

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of accessory for the Olympus STYLUS TG-Tracker(*1) on October 21, 2016. SD Mount Base for TG-Tracker(*2)(*3)(*4)
- Release date: October 21, 2016
- JAN Code?456212143 835 4 (*1) Contact Olympus Imaging Corp. for detail of camera. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera available in Japan.
(*2) SD Mount Base for TG-Tracker is designed to use with Underwater Protector (UP-T01) and "Underwater wide" mode is chosen on the camera. Not compatible to use with Lens Protector (LP-T01) for land photography.
(*3) Significant vignetting on image corners even without attachment lens on land in any shooting mode/field of view setting. No vignetting underwater.
(*4) Built-in headlamp of the TG-Tracker is not usable as this product covers it. Make sure to turn off the headlamp while using the camera with this product. Features
Easy to install to snap it in front of the camera and fix with a tripod screw on the bottom. Equipped with INON ?SD Mount? bayonet system to support easy and speedy exchange as well as reliable installation of compatible SD Mount lenses. INON ?Direct Base III?, ?Z Joint? or ?Z Adapter MV? can be attached on the bottom of this product. Packaged ?Male Adapter? ena...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-10-28

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of Carbon Telescopic Arm SS which consists of two pipes to provide stepless adjustability for desired length on September 10th, 2016. Carbon Telescopic Arm SS
- Release date: September 10th, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 834 7 Features
Shortest version among Carbon Telescopic Arms with 209mm~292mm/8.2in~11.5in (effective length 189mm~272mm/7.4in~10.7in).
The Carbon Telescopic Arm System offers free adjustable arm sections by loosening/tightening two lock dials benefitting for easy advanced lighting.
Most advanced feature is making your camera system more compact and comfortable to carry both on land and underwater by collapsing the Carbon Telescopic Arm when not in use.
Arm sections are made from super rigid carbon pipe which greatly reduce underwater weight, water resistant, and enhance the durability. Options
The dedicated optional float system, "Mega Float Tube S" is available (*).
The Mega Float Tube S is made of weather resistant light ABS material with the hollow design to generate extraordinary buoyancy underwater to control underwater weight of camera system.

(*)?Mega Float Tube M is not compatible with Carbon Telescopic Arm SS.
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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-09-14

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of Z Adapter MV 1/4-20UNC to attach the ball joint directly on the bottom of an underwater housing which is equipped with tripod screw hole of 1/4-20UNC. Also its optional accessories, 1/4 Male Female Tripod Screw and 1/4 Male Female Tripod Screw (for Grip Base D4) are released same time to use the Z Adapter MV 1/4-20UNC for INON Mount Base/Lens Adapter Base products on August 25, 2016. Z Adapter MV 1/4-20UNC
- Release date: August 25th, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 817 0 1/4 Male Female Tripod Screw
- Release date: August 25th, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 820 0 1/4 Male Female Tripod Screw (for Grip Base D4)
- Release date: August 25th, 2016
- JAN Code: 456212143 821 7 Features Z Adapter MV 1/4-20UNC
A ball adapter specifically designed to screw on tripod screw hole (1/4 in. 20UNC) which is generally equipped with a digital camera/underwater housing in the market enabling to attach camera system on INON arm system, Direct Base III etc. via Clamp III.
This adapter offers various applications as connecting part including attaching compact digital camera on D-SLR camera/housing or attaching on INON weight plate to use diving weight a...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-09-13

On my Big Animals trips, it's the locals who make the difference in our journey. Observing Cubanos' colorful, robust and up beat tempo overshadows the limitations I've observed imposed on their lives. They live in a city and countryside that is basically "frozen in time". There is a fifty-year "time warp".
San Crist?bal de la Habana or Havana, Cuba's capital city is only a short ninety miles from Florida. Having visited the island country four times, I have fallen in love with its beauty, culture, and now its scuba diving. Yes, I would rate Havana as a city comparable to Paris, Rome, Oslo, London and even Shanghai.
Travel to Cuba is now permissible for US citizens through cultural exchange programs sanctioned by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control, which in the first phase of my journey gave me the freedom to interact in the daily activities of the Cuban community, experiencing their architecture, history, art, culture, and the music of daily life in and around Havana.
In the second phase of the trip, I visited the Gardens of the Queen to witness first hand the efforts being taken to preserve and protect a marine ecosystem that is unique to the southern coast of Cuba. "Jardines de la Reina" was declared a Marine Park in 1996. By limiting t...

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Author : Amos Nachoum
Upload date : 2016-09-06

2016 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced; Over $75,000 in Prizes will be Awarded. The Underwater Photography Guide is pleased to announce that the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2016 will be accepting images today through November 22, 2016. Culver City, CA - August 23, 2016 - The Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce that it is accepting entries for the 6th annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious underwater photo competitions in the world. A long list of prizes valued at over $75,000 also makes it one of the richest, attracting pro to amateur photographers across the globe. Sixteen categories ensure all photo disciplines and cameras compete fairly, while the 75+ winning images create a portfolio of the best underwater photos of the year. Ocean Art prizes are provided by over 35 scuba diving resort, liveaboard dive yacht, and underwater photo gear manufacturers. Grand prizes are a choice of Indonesia liveaboard itinerary on the S.M.Y. Ondina, a 10 night Cocos Island liveaboard trip with the Undersea Hunter Group, a 7 night liveaboard trip on the Palau Siren, a 7 night Solomon Islands liveaboard trip with Bilikiki Cruises, a ...

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Author : Underwater Photography Guide
Upload date : 2016-08-24

Killer Times with Killer Whales Join us on one of the most exciting of our Big Animal Expeditions in one of the world's most beautiful locations. During Norway's frigid winter, its majestic Arctic coastline and stunning fjords attract voluminous schools of herring, which in turn attract pods of Orcas. After determining the direction baitfish are being chased by resident Orcas, we will pursue these magnificent mammals until we can slip silently into the water for close up views and photographs of these magnificent mammals satiating their huge appetites.
The trip is greater enhanced by the pod's social behavior. Not unlike the humpback whales unique "bubbling" feeding technique, Orcas display an activity called "carouseling". Swimming under schools of herring, they exhale volumes of air bubbles to separate herring schools. Separated and carried helplessly towards the surface, smaller bait balls make easy pickings for hungry pods.
An activity witnessed by only a handful of snorkelers allows you the privilege to view the whale during its unique feeding behavior. Quietly, two of us at a time will slip into the water to observe the pod feeding. While we are snorkeling and free-diving, Orcas, curious by nature, will amaze us with very cl...

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Author : Amos Nachoum
Upload date : 2016-07-26

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of an optional accessory forX-2 for EOS6D e X-2 for EOS70D to attach a lanyard on June 1, 2016. X-2 Lanyard Plate
- Rerelease date: June 1st, 2016
- JAN code?456212143 824 8 Product features
Attaching this plate on INON X-2 for EOS6D or X-2 for EOS70D housing utilizes to use commercially available lanyard (carry belt).
The plate is attached on the Base Adapter Fixing Screw Hole (M6) of the compatible housing by screws or by compatible INON arm adapter.
Supplied rubber grommet prevents uncomfortable clinking noise between this product and metal hook from recording when shooting video as well as scratching the housing body. Compatible X-2 series housing (*1)
- X-2 for EOS6D
- X-2 for EOS70D Compatible arm system products (*2)
- Multi Direct Base IIa
- Multi Direct Base II WB
- Multi Direct Base II Long
- Shoe Base Adapter X-2 + Shoe Base
- M6 Plate Direct Base III + Direct Base III
- M6 Plate Direct Base III + Direct Base YS RT (*1)
It is possible to attach this product to X-2 for EOS10D, X-2 for EOS20D, X-2 for EOS30D, X-2 for EOS50D/40D or X-2 for EOS60D but it requires to remove pre...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-06-01

We can't say HONDURAS is unknown to scuba divers. Roatan is known and so is Utila, both of them dive locations that do attract scuba divers, mostly from the US, and do provide plenty of dive centers and all the dive logistics, keen divers do expect.
And then there are the CAYOS COCHINOS, a group of small islands just between the mainland of Honduras and Roatan. Cochinos Cays are a group of two small islands (15°58'18.99"N86°28'31.34"W) (Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande) and 13 more small coral cays situated 30 kilometres (19mi) northeast of La Ceiba on the northern shores of Honduras.
The Cayos are part of the Bay Islands (Islas de la Bahía ), some people still like to call them Hog Islands, referring to the famous pirate Henry Morgan who ( this it what the legends tells ) "planted" hogs on these cays so he and his pirate fellows would have meat on their return trips. Around 100 people (Garifuna people) are living on those islands, and yes, scuba-diving is possible! "The Cayos Cochinos reefs are the least disturbed ecosystem in the Bay Islands. The waters around this collection of coral cays are a marine biologist's dream: protected by the government, off-limits to commercial divers and fishermen, and busy with creatures that ...

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Author : Rico Besserdich
Upload date : 2016-05-27


This is the sixth part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] After our last course the wrecks of a.o. Malta and Croatia have been our playground, building experience and confidence until the dives worked like clockwork, letting us fully enjoy the beauty of the places we dived. Wreck's like the Um el Faroud, HMS Hellespont, HMS St Angelo, SS Vis and SS Kalliopi...if you don't know these and ever get the chance, go dive. Every single one of them is worth multiple dives. If you need information on excellent diving centres that make your diving great, just contact us.
But...an increase in bottom time in the range we were diving and ? to be honest ? the longing of the deeper wrecks eventually made us decide to go the final mile. We spend many an evening discussing with whom we would like to take the Tech-2 class and ? more important ? were we would like to dive.
Decision was made and...
Finally you have to grab all your diving gear together for a final check and see if it fits the bag and meets the luggage restrictions.
Malta, here we come...6 course days ahead and some additional days for fun diving ? hopefully in the Tech-2 range (75m) - the beautiful Maltese wr...

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Author : Richard Anspach
Upload date : 2016-05-05

This is the second part of our special articles about cave Diving. Read also [Part 1] I can still remember my first happy trip to Mexico and the joy of receiving my first temporary certification diving card. Finally I was ready to explore underwater and really push my boundaries. That was until my diving instructor asked me if "I Would like to go Cenote diving at the weekend?" My initial thought was that cave diving was dangerous, and not really a great pursuit for a novice diver. However once I entered the gateways to the Yucatn's underworld I had no regrets with my choice.
Underneath the Yucatn Penisula run three of the longest water systems in the world. Controlling the location of human settlement in this area for thousands of years. The Mayan people could only access this precious water through sacred entrances called ?Cenotes? This was a path into the underworld, and was filled with their gods and spirits. They are formed through the Combination of subterranean cave ceilings collapsing and the gradual erosion of the limestone bed. Which has created a magical world with caverns, tunnels and mystery. For divers news and information on cave diving has sometimes revolved tragic stories of cave systems taking lives, or terrible hazards that were encountered by untrained divers. Creating for some a b...

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Author : Christian Llewellyn
Upload date : 2016-04-19

The island of Marettimo is part of the Egadi archipelago, located at the western end of Sicily, in front of Trapani. The archipelago consist also of Favignana (the largest and better known island), Levanzo and the smaller islands of Formica and Maraone. The whole territory is a protected marine area. We are talking of the largest protected marine area in the Mediterranean! Marettimo is the furthest from Sicily, the most westerly one, right in the middle of the Sicily's channel, with more protected territory: the wildest! It is an island of the past times, where nature reigns unspoiled. Remained off the pace of modern life, it is isolated, remote and enchanted. There's a small town on the East side and then end of the concrete. There are no roads outside the village nor cars, but only a mule track passable by the jeep of the Punta Libeccio lighthouse's keeper, on the Southwest side of the island. Trails sometimes arduous traverse a good part of the island and allow us to explore the interior and the mountain... Yes, but on feet or by mule maybe! That's the way it discloses: "A Mountain above the sea". The top of Pizzo Falcone reaches 686 m. There's a lot of greenery, especially in the spring: it is the classic Mediterranean scrub, with all its perfumes. It is rich ...

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Author : Fabio Tedone
Upload date : 2016-04-11

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of Color Filter Set for HERO 3/3+/4 color correction filters specially designed for GoPro® HERO4/HERO3+and HERO3 on March 30, 2016. Color Filter Set for HERO3/3+/4
- Release date: March 30th, 2016 - JAN Code: 456212143 823 1 Color Filter Set for HERO 3/3+/4 Features
The Color Filter Set for HERO3/3+/4 is specifically designed for GoPro® HERO4, HERO3+ and HERO3 to put it in the lens port of genuine underwater housing to reproduce natural color with less blue cast. The set consists of three different filters for green water, shallow water (up to 15m) or deep water (15m or beyond) to accommodate different shooting conditions.
The filters are designed to fit inside of housing lens port to use with INON GoPro® compatible accessory such as SD Front Mask STD or SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4 to have full benefit of innovative INON quality attachment lenses UFL-G140 SD underwater semi-fisheye lens and UCL-G165 SD underwater wide close-up lens. Camera/housing Compatibility
- HERO4 Packaged Standard Housing (40m/131ft), optional Dive Housing (60m/197ft)
- HERO3+ Packaged Standard Housing (40m/131ft), optional Dive Housing (60m/197ft)
- HERO3 Optional Standard Housin...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2016-03-29

We all see many excellent macro photos every day, but what does it take to stand out from the crowd? It's simple - add some rarely seen marine life behavior to your trip portfolio. A good behavior shot will take some time and will probably not impress your non-diving friends any more than a regular shot, but divers and photographers will respect the planning, skill and luck involved in getting the shot. This nod from more seasoned photographers makes the effort well worth it.
Here are a few of my thoughts on capturing unique and rare behavior shots, whether you are camping out waiting for a precise moment or randomly notice something in the corner of your eye. 1. Do Your Homework
Yes, this tip is in every article, but it's especially important for macro marine life behavior. I have seen lucky photographers shoot hatching eggs without even knowing it. Imagine if they knew what was happening and had spent more time getting the shot, or even calling over their dive buddy. Recognizing behavior like feeding, hunting, cleaning, mating, aggression and protection can help you decide when a photo opportunity is unique enough to spend the rest of your dive with. 2. Work Quickly and Methodically
Some marine life behavior is fairly common and d...

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Author : Brent Durand
Upload date : 2016-03-18

Sheikh Coast : a diving center UWP friendly In recent years, I have visited Sharm several times. It has always been my favorite destination since 1993.
Its proximity and abundance of underwater life have always made it, to my eyes, a place of incomparable quality/price ratio.
My approach to underwater photography has started in 2011 and since then I realized that, talking about logistics, my needs have progressively changed.
Comparing with friends sharing the same passion, the emerging common thought was that in Sharm you could hardly find the ideal conditions to meet the needs of the "annoying" category represented by underwater photographers.
The organization of the diving centers, the "traffic" of boats at the diving sites and the sites themselves, were not the best for photography. Then I learned from some friends that recently, at the Sheikh Coast Diving Center (inside the Domina Coral Bay of Sharm El Sheikh), is growing a pole increasingly attentive to the needs of fans of underwater photography, under the influence of Pierpaolo Peluso, the diving center responsible for sales and marketing, as well as guide and underwater photographer. Hence, after that in recent years my diving and photographic destinations have been especially Maldive...

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Author : Fabio Strazzi
Upload date : 2016-02-19

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. There are many incredible entries and have awarded over $70,000 in prizes to the winning photographers.
Winners were asked to rank their prize choices and were awarded 1 prize based on totaling points from all their winning photos.
Special thanks to Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler for judging the competition.
For more info end for the judges' comments go to Ocean Art 2015 page Heare a list of all categories, click on each one ans see the winners image! Wide-Angle Macro Cold Water Portrait Marine Life Behavior Novice DSLR Mirrorless Macro Mirrorless Behavior Mirrorless Wide-Angle Compact Macro Compact Behavior Compact Wide-Angle Nudibranchs SuperMacro Pool / Conceptual Winners images Read all about it

  
Author : Underwater Photography Guide
Upload date : 2016-02-09


Of course there is no substitute for adequate working knowledge of the camera system, and a good eye for composition is a bonus, but the key factor in creating dynamic, creative and impactful underwater images is understanding the light. Learning and understanding how light falls on the subject and having the ability to control and shape the light is crucial!
The lighting is what creates the mood and atmosphere of any image. CHARACTERISTICS OF LIGHT The harshness and softness of the light plays a key role in the shape, appearance, dimension and texture of an image. It is important to know when to add light and when to subtract it.
Direct light will cast harsh shadows while diffused light will create a much softer look. Shadows will be cast on the opposite side of the light source.
A small light source produces hard, directional light with a narrow beam, while a large light source will produce a softer light with a wider beam.
The direction and angle of light will dictate its quality.
Light coming from an angle will produce texture, drama and creates character. Direct light coming from the standard flash camera position will usually be flat and unflattering, revealing min...

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Author : Beth Watson
Upload date : 2016-02-05


April 2015: Finally, after months of waiting, the time has come to make the TOP journey we were longing for.
We left Italy, via Madrid and Miami, and arrived in San Jos?. The next day, from the port of Punta Arenas, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, we boarded the Okeanos Aggressor, a boat 36 meters long, capable of 10 cabins for 20 guests in addition to the crew. Exquisitely greeted by the captain, his deputy and the crew, after a welcome aperitif and a crew and boat introduction, we finally left towards the Isla Del Coco.
During the 36 hours sailing needed to cover the 300 nautical miles, we met the other guests. Surprisingly, on board there's a group of seven Italians including us, while the others come from various Countries, including the US, Canada, France, Switzerland, Mexico, and even Israel. Expectations about the holiday grew during the crossing, since one of our Italian fellow travelers is a regular visitor of Cocos (this will be his fourth cruise, the last in 2011), and showed us videos and photos of his previous trips.
Isla Del Coco, considered one of the best diving destinations in the world for encounters with hammerhead sharks and other pelagic fish such as manta rays, whale, gray, tiger and Galapagos sharks, i...

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Author : Raffaele Livornese
Upload date : 2016-01-27


Popular Dive Sites around Tioman Island Tiger Reef
As far as I'm concerned, this is the most beautiful dive site in Tioman without a doubt. This submerged underwater pinnacle, situated between Pulau Labas and Pulau Sepoi, begins at 12 m deep and slides down to deeper than 40 m, embracing small boulders & caves covered with colorful soft coral and underwater swim-through formations in between, which makes perfect for wide-angle photography. The rock formation is simply amazing because everything is covered in soft coral, hard corals, sea whips, crinoids, sea fans and barrel sponges. The coral life here is relatively well-preserved because this site is rarely dived. Strong currents often bring schools of yellow snappers, fusiliers, barracudas, jacks, turtles and sharks whilst colorful tropical reef fish such as angelfish, butterfly fish, emperor angelfish and parrot fish, etc.often wander carelessly through diversely shaped sea fans & barrel sponge corals at the deepest part. At 45-48m deep, there is also a weirdly shaped sponge coral area, looking like a kind of sculpture museum, which is the best theme park that I've ever visited. Bahara Rock / Bahara Light House
Locally knwon as Tokong Bahara, this is my second favorite dive site on ...

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Author : Isabella Lee
Upload date : 2016-01-15


This is the fifth part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] As you may have read in the previous issue, all members of Team Pitch Blue managed to pass the brutal T1 course. Amazingly enough, the whole team stayed together after that and we did a lot of diving together. In fact, since then we have been joined by Cees (nicknamed Case / father of team-member Jeroen), Richard (nicknamed UMM) and Thomas (nicknamed TL). These divers were certified a year earlier, but unfortunately Case saw his team fall apart due to a combination of money and time constraints of his other team and UMM? just wants to dive as much as possible and is actually diving in two teams. Team member Thomas is also our technical support. If TL can't fix it...no one can. With his ridiculously heavy toolbox he more than once managed to save dives that otherwise would have been cancelled.
They were more than welcome in Team Pitch Blue and an additional benefit for us is that Case is a more than gifted underwater photographer. The pictures in these articles and all pictures on our Facebook page are of course taken by Case. They have joined us to keep practicing and we maintain our team dive skills every Sunday at Scuba Academie Vinkeveen. But they also plan t...

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Author : Job Kuperus
Upload date : 2015-12-22


It has been more than thirty years since I started photographing the Mediterranean. It was 1983 and the Strait of Messina, the sea on whose shores I always lived, gave me the opportunity to learn about the biodiversity of the Mare Nostrum in a special way and thorough. Seized upon this great opportunity with the right awareness, I photographed and photographed enough to become, through time, quite expert in marine biology and ethology.
And, among all the forms of life I photographed, one still keeps me involved more in the shooting and careful observation.
) They are small fishes accustomed to live at great depths, hardly accessible to divers.
Nevertheless, in the Strait of Messina environmental conditions and ecosystems powered by the currents enable them to live also at modest depths, where it is easy to observe them while diving! I am talking about the spiny trumpet fish, or longspine snipefish (Macrorhamphosus scolopax), belonging to the family of macroramphosinae. Small and curious, with an elongated snout ahead, a little like seahorses, ending with a small mouth opening, they feed on small prey and often swim upside down. With a pink complexion on the back, fading on the sides tending to gray, they have a first dorsal fin with a p...

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Author : Francesco Turano
Upload date : 2015-12-15


Usually the word we all love, diving, always gives us the idea of sea, sun, tropical temperatures and nobody would think to go in the middle of winter to Norway to enter the water with killer whales and humpback whales.
The journey is very difficult because, once you reach Oslo, it takes another two flights, with few frequencies, to get to Andenes, a small town on the tip of a fjord in the middle of the North Sea.
In January, the sunlight is very little, about 5 hours, and the sun rises just a few degrees above the horizon.
Nevertheless, I assure you that, except for the very cold and the dark that still creates a very special atmosphere, the emotions that you can experience in a trip of this kind are endless, both in the water and in the fantastic landscapes culminating with the opportunity of watching the amazing spectacle of the Northern Lights. The trip needs to be very well organized and nothing should be left to chance.
The apartments where to stay are very few and hotels and practically non-existent. You land at an airport having a small room where collecting your luggage and just one employee.
From there, you calmly exit to the square serving also as a small parking lot.
I traveled with ...

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Author : Sergio Riccardo
Upload date : 2015-12-09

Only 1 week from the Ocean Art contest deadline!! Over $75,000 in prizes 15 Categories (including 3 new mirrorless camera categories & pool/conceptual with no post-processing restrictions) For more info www.uwphotographyguide.com/ocean-art The Underwater Photography Guide is pleased to announce that the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2015 will be accepting images today through November 24, 2015. Culver City, CA - August 12, 2015 - the Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce that it is accepting entries for the 5th annual Ocean Art Photo Competition. There is over $75,000 worth of prizes, including over 20 scuba diving resort, liveaboard dive yacht and underwater photo gear packages. Grand prizes are a choice of Indonesia liveaboard itinerary on the S.M.Y. Ondina, a 7 night dive package at Misool Eco Resort in Indonesia, a 7 night Solomon Islands liveaboard trip with Bilikiki Cruises, an 8 night combo dive package on the MV FeBrina and Walindi Plantation Resort in Papua New Guinea, a 7 night liveaboard trip on the S/Y Fiji Siren, a 10 night dive package at Lissenung Island Resort...

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Author : Underwater Photography Guide
Upload date : 2015-11-19


This is the fourth part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] It's October 2012, 05:00 a.m. As quietly as possible I try to get out of my bed without waking my (then) pregnant wife. As all fathers know: waking up a pregnant woman is a very unwise thing to do, so I do my utmost best not to make too much noise. Happy that I made it out of the danger-zone I pick up pace and: WHAM! My left toe hits the blunt side of an open door in the dark. I am never at my best in the morning, but the surprise of the sudden pain in my sweet pinkie toe totally wakes me up. The monologue towards our dear Lord takes care of the sleeping wife... But it gets me a nice cup of coffee and a goodbye kiss. On my way I am! At 08:45 I arrived in a village near the German border. From here, my passenger Rob Vierwind accompanies me. Rob is in his final part of his 'Tec one instructor'- training and joins me on the 750 mile drive to Krnica Croatia. He has brought about half a dive shop with him: D-12's, D-18's, 80- and 40 cuft stages and scooters. The spacious bus that I borrowed from my company comes in very handy. The "Sopar bus" will proof to be the preferred transportation for Team Pitch Blue in the years to come.
Rob will teach our T1 course, but in turn wi...

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Author : Job Kuperus
Upload date : 2015-11-05

Dispelling misconceptions revolving cave diving not being a viable and safe dive choice for the average recreational diver. Are there recreational cave diving sites available in Mexico? Christian Llewellyn discusses diving some of these cave systems from a resent trip to the Yucatan peninsula. I can still remember my first happy trip to Mexico and the joy of receiving my first temporary certification diving card. Finally I was ready to explore underwater and really push my boundaries. That was until my diving instructor asked me if "I Would like to go Cenote diving at the weekend?"" My initial thought was that cave diving was dangerous, and not really a great pursuit for a novice diver. However once I entered the gateways to the Yucatn's underworld I had no regrets with my choice. Underneath the Yucatn Penisula run three of the longest water systems in the world. Controlling the location of human settlement in this area for thousands of years. The Mayan people could only access this precious water through sacred entrances called "Cenotes" This was a path into the underworld, and was filled with their gods and spirits. They are formed through the Combination of subterranean cave ceilings collapsing and the gradual erosion of the limestone bed. Which has created a magical world with caverns...

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Author : Christian Llewellyn
Upload date : 2015-10-30

Dome Port Olympus EP01 INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of dedicated Dome Port Olympus EP01 for Olympus SLR lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO (*1) on October 21st, 2015 to use with E-M5 Mark II/PT-EP13 (*1), E-PL7/PT-EP12 (*1), E-PL6/PT-EP10 (*1) or E-PL5/PT-EP10 (*1).

Dome Port Olympus EP01
- Release date: October 21st, 2015
- JAN code: 456212143 810 1 (*1) Contact Olympus Imaging Corp. for detail of camera, housing etc. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/housing available in Japan. Compatible Camera/Housing with?Dome Port Olympus EP01 (*1)
Olympus E-M5 Mark II / PT-EP13 Olympus E-PL7 / PT-EP12 Olympus E-PL6 / PT-EP10 Olympus E-PL5 / PT-EP10 Compatible Lens with Dome Port Olympus EP01 (*1)
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Features
The?Dome Port Olympus EP01 is a dedicated dome port option to be replaced with preinstalled dome port of Olympus underwater housing PT-EP13, PT-EP12 or PT-EP10 enabling to use Olympus?M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO?fisheye lens.
The Dome Port Olympus EP01 employs compact dome glass (diameter: 115mm) which is ideal for compact M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO. Mu...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-10-21

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of Weight Plate series to use diving weight as a tripod base to hold LED flashlight/strobe/GoPro? accessory on September 16th, 2015. Two different types are available either Weight Plate (Screw Type) which fasten the product on a diving weight firmly with screws and dedicated plates or Weight Plate (Velcro Type) for easy and speedy installation with a Velcro tape to suits to different applications. Weight Plate (Screw Type)
- Release date: September 16th, 2015
- JAN code ?456212143 808 8

Weight Plate (Velcro Type)
- Release date: September 16th, 2015
- JAN code ?456212143 809 5 Product features Installing Weight Plate on a diving weight enables you to use the combination as a tripod base. Two types are available to choose for different application or type of diving weight. The Weight Plate ...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-10-12


This is the third part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] [Part 2] In this third part things are getting more serious. This is where the actual courses start: with the Intro to Tech / Fundamentals. This basic training is intended for everyone who wants to step into the world of technical diving. Regardless of what religion you are (PADI, NAUI, GUE, SSI, NOB), dive-master, instructor or even course director, this program is the first step and you simply can not go any further if you have not completed it with a Tech-rating. As already said in the previous parts 1 and 2: it is essential that everyone you (are going to ) dive with has the same mindset. In this way, every diver knows that every one of his team members has the correct and the same equipment, but most importantly: has the same procedures as you for every part of the dive. This way each team-member will know what's coming and therefore will easily see if something is out of the ordinary /wrong. So if the inevitable problem occurs, everybody will react in the same way. The diver in trouble will recognize and predict the behaviour of his helping team members so that there will be no panic and everyone knows that the problem is dealt with in the most efficient manner. The fir...

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Author : Job Kuperus
Upload date : 2015-09-17


We are proud to announce the launch of the 2nd edition of the popular "Neville Coleman's Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Catalogue of Asia / Indo Pacific Sea Slugs". A large hole has been left in many people's hearts after the passing of one of the most passionate underwater naturalists in the world, Neville Coleman in 2012. His most popular book, the Nudibranchs Encyclopedia sold out a while ago and we decided to publish a revised and updated 2nd edition of this bestseller in memory of Neville. Significant part of the proceeds of this book support the Neville Coleman Legacy, a fund that aims to make his life?s work available to the world in digital form. This book contains over 2000 full colour photographs presenting 54 families and 1198 Species of Nudibranch. Gary Cobb and David Mullins, both keen Nudibranch enthusiasts, have worked on this book keeping alive the life's work of an extraordinary underwater explorer and friend, Neville Coleman. This book is being published by underwater.com.au(Australia) and Masalai press (USA) and ships in September 2015. It is currently available at a special pre-sale price of A$49.95 (inc GST) at underwater.com.au Tim Hochgrebe
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Author : Tim Hochgrebe
Upload date : 2015-09-11


The International Underwater Photography Contest "Abyss-City of Venice" has come to his eighth editon and also this year the exhibition of the photo of the winners and the award ceremony will be held at the Museum of Natural History of Venice. During the previous seven editions more than 400 underwater photographers from all over the world have partecipated with around 2500 images, and the exhibitions has been visited by more than 30000 people. This edition will be sponsored by the Museum of Natural History and Fondazione Musei Civici, Comune di Venezia DAN Europe and Scubashooters.net and supported by 39 sponsors. The prizes will be very rich: scuba diving gear, uw photography equipment, pieces of art of Murano glass, a cruise in Sudan and some special prizes offered by Dan Europe. Entries and photos will be accepted till the 25th of September. You can find more info from www.underwaterphoto-venice.it Competition Rules ENG
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Author : Agnese Zane
Upload date : 2015-09-03

2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced; Over $75,000 in Prizes will be Awarded. The Underwater Photography Guide is pleased to announce that the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2015 will be accepting images today through November 24, 2015. Culver City, CA ? August 12, 2015 ? the Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce that it is accepting entries for the 5th annual Ocean Art Photo Competition. There is over $75,000 worth of prizes, including over 20 scuba diving resort, liveaboard dive yacht and underwater photo gear packages. Grand prizes are a choice of Indonesia liveaboard itinerary on the S.M.Y. Ondina, a 7 night dive package at Misool Eco Resort in Indonesia, a 7 night Solomon Islands liveaboard trip with Bilikiki Cruises, an 8 night combo dive package on the MV FeBrina and Walindi Plantation Resort in Papua New Guinea, a 7 night liveaboard trip on the S/Y Fiji Siren, a 10 night dive package at Lissenung Island Resort in Papua New Guinea, a 7 night dive package at Tawali Resort in Papua New Guinea, a 7 night dive package at Atmosphere Resort & S...

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Author : Underwater Photography Guide
Upload date : 2015-08-24

INON INC. has offered time-proven X-2 housings and is pleased to announce official releases of new lightweight cast body housing model for Canon full frame D-SLR camera EOS 6D(*1) as very first full frame version in X-2 series on August 4th, 2015 at build to order (BTO) base(*2). X-2 for EOS6D FW (with Finder Window) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 802 6 X-2 for EOS6D PF3 (with Pick-up Finder 3) (*3) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 801 9 X-2 for EOS6D 45VF (with 45?Viewfinder) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 800 2 X-2 for EOS6D STVF (with Straight Viewfinder) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 803 3 X-2 for EOS6D FL (without finder) (*4) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 804 0 Pick -up Finder Unit 3 for X-2 (*3) / Release date: August 4th , 2015 / JAN code 456212143 805 7 (*1) Contact Canon Inc. for detail of ?EOS 6D?. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/lens available in Japan.
(*2) These housings are manufactured on build-to-order system. Delivery time may vary depending on production.
(*3) Existing "Pick-up Finder Unit for X-2"/" Pick-up Finder Unit 2 for X-2" users can use as "Pick-up Finder 3" by replacing original "Pick-up Finder Unit (camera s...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-07-31

INON INC. is pleased to announce compatibility of existing INON products with Olympus TG-4/PT-056 (*1). External Strobe/LED flashlight Compatibility with TG-4/PT-056 (*1)
/ The highly accurate "S-TTL" Auto mode of INON Z-240/D-2000/S-2000 is supported when connecting via INON "Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set" products below.(*2)(*3)
Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set / JAN code: 456212143 561 2 Optical D Cable L Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set / JAN code: 456212143 562 9 Optical D Cable SS Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set / JAN code: 456212143 563 6 Optical D Cable LL Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set / JAN code: 456212143 564 3 Rubber Bush Type L / JAN code: 456212143 784 5 Usable External Strobe
S-2000 / JAN code: 456212143 417 2 D-2000 Type4 / JAN Code: 456212143 211 6 Z-240 Type4 / JAN code: 456212143 251 2 INON LED flashlight LF2700-W/LF800-N/LF1100-W/LF1400-S/LF1000-S/LE700-W Type2/LE700-S Type2/LE350 Type2 is also usable to benefit for shooting underwater movie. LF2700-W / JAN code: 456212143 783 8 LF800-N / JAN code: 456212143 779 1 LF1100-W / JAN code: 456212143 765 4 ZF1400-S / JAN code: 456212143 766 1 LF1000-S / JAN code: 456212143 764 7 LE700-W Type2 / JAN code: 456212143 712 8...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-07-30

INON INC. is pleased to announce compatibility of existing INON products with Olympus E-M5 Mark II/PT-EP13(*1). External Strobe/LED flashlight Compatibility with E-M5 Mark II / PT-EP13 (*1)
The highly accurate "S-TTL" Auto mode of INON Z-240 / D-2000 / S-2000 is supported when connecting via INON Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set?products below.(*2)(*3)(*4)
Optical D Cable Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 561 2 Optical D Cable L Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 562 9 Optical D Cable SS Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 563 6 Optical D Cable LL Type L/Double Hole Rubber Bush Set (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 564 3 Rubber Bush Type L (*2) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 784 5 S-2000 (*3)(*4) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 417 2 D-2000 Type4 (*3)(*4) / Available in the market / Jan Code: 456212143 211 6 Z-240 Type4 (*3)(*4) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 251 2 (*1) Contact Olympus Imaging Corp. for detail of camera/protector. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/protector available in Jap...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-07-08

Product Release Information No. 442 INON INC. is pleased to announce compatibility of existing INON products with FUJIFILM digital camera XQ2/WP-XQ1?(*1). 28LD Mount Base XQ1?(*2)(*3) / Available in the market / JAN code: 456212143 767 8 Optical D Cable Type L/Bush W60 Set with Shade Sticker (*4) / Available in the market / JAN code : 456212143 768 5 Optical D Cable SS Type L/Bush W60 Set with Shade Sticker (*5) / Available in the market / JAN code : 456212143 769 2 (*1) Contact FUJIFILM Corporation for detail of camera/waterproof case. INON Inc. confirms product compatibility based on a camera/housing available in Japan. (*2) When using the 28LD Mount Base XQ1 attached on "WP-XQ1/XQ2" without any lens, the camera system will have buoyancy. Adjust total underwater weight by using other accessories to get slightly negative buoyancy to avoid accidental rapid ascent. (*3) When using [on land], vignetting is observed at zoom wide end even without an attachment lens (no vignetting underwater). Use zoom middle to telephoto side on land to avoid vignetting. (*4) Fiber optics kit when using "Grip Base D4"/"Grip Base D4 Set". (*5) Fiber optics kit when using "Shoe Base Set". Attachment Lens Compatibility The 28LD Mount Base XQ1? enables you to install INON ?28LD Mount series? ...

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Author : INON
Upload date : 2015-07-06


This is the second part of our special articles about Thecnical Diving. Read also [Part 1] The major misconception about technical diving is: Extensive and expensive equipment makes the difference between technical and recreational diving. We strongly feel this is not true. The real "technical" bit of technical diving is in the necessary skills and mindset. In fact, if you do not know how to deal with your equipment, you are actually adding risk instead of creating additional security.
The foundation for these extra skills and mindset is a mayor part of our training called: "Intro to tech" or "Fundamentals". Both training courses are a basic program that anyone must complete before taking the next step towards technical diving. No matter what level you are or how many dives you already made. This way every diver knows that every one of his team members has the same procedures for every part of the dive. From the checks before setting up the equipment, the final pre-dive checks on the boat to the actual behaviour during an emergency. Shooting a buoy, the passive and active communication or gas-switch procedures, each team member will perform them in the same way. Therefore each team member will know what is coming and will easily see if somet...

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Author : Team Pitch Blue
Upload date : 2015-07-03


If you don't know by now, Anilao in the Philippines is one of the best places on the planet for underwater macro photography.
Just two and a half hours drive south of Manila, with over 400 dive resorts to choose from, it boils down to ease of access, dive guides and your budget.
This past April, we selected the Anilao Photo Hotel to host our Underwater Photo Workshop. Owned and operated by renowned Tim Ho, an advocate for point and shoot?no strobe underwater photography and boy if you haven't seen what he can do with an Olympus TG2, go have a look on Facebook Underwater Art! That little camera is enough to make most macro shooters turn in their SLR's. Of course learning how to get the maximum out of your camera is what Tim professes. Anilao is about the underwater photography. Eat, sleep and dive, upload?download, and get up and go do it again. Most of the dive guides at Anilao Photo Hotel have all won awards for their photography in the Anilao Photo contests. The Anilao Photo Hotel is a simple hotel offering 6 rooms with air conditioning and 6 without, serving typical Philippine fare. It is not fancy, but they do have a great layout, comfortable rooms, dedicated camera rinse tanks, an excellent dive platf...

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Author : Suzan Meldonian
Upload date : 2015-06-19


A form of diving that fires most people's imagination. "Deep, dark and decompression" are normally the first things that come to mind. "A lot of gear" would be a second thought. All apply, but there is so much more to it. This is the story about the path we followed from recreational divers to technical divers. This journey started approximately five years ago and is an ongoing story of courses and personal development. In the next couple of issues we will explain what the term technical diving actually means. We will tell more about the equipment we use and about why we always carry it around (even during dives where we do not need the amount of gas). In part two we will explain a bit more about the standardized equipment used. After that we will publish some articles about the courses we have followed / are following. Why exactly do we like those deep dives? We carry enormous amounts of heavy equipment and spend more time getting back to the surface than on the wreck... We all have our different reasons. I have actually no idea. In my normal life I am quite a brisk person, but when I am underwater everything becomes relaxed. Being underwater calms me down and life becomes more easy. As a kid I always dreamt I could fly. Up until today I haven't been...

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Author : Job Kuperus
Upload date : 2015-04-30


AN UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE !! Something that frightens many but in the same time attracts few very brave divers is diving under ice.
Diving under ice is one of the most extreme conditions that a diver can face. In most cases there is only one hole in ice where a diver can enter or exit. An ice saw or a chain saw is used to cut a hole in the ice. That's why whole ice diving experience is an extraordinary chance to see the ice from a different perspective, and cold water itself is a one more challenge which requires special diving equipment that's been used in cold water such as dry suits to avoid hypothermia, regulators designed for cold water use, etc. Besides the experience, divers have to be certified in order to use this special equipment. Because of the water temperature that ranges between 4?C and 0?C in fresh water, and approximately 1.9?C for normal salinity sea water it is mandatory to use dry suits, gloves and hoods. Nevertheless the risks of hypothermia and freezing are significant. It is equally important to be protected also at surface, because the dive sites are usually very cold and windy. Ice water has a huge effect on a diving regulator. It is necessary to have two first stages that are atta...

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Author : Ivana Orlovic
Upload date : 2015-04-23

Diving in Cabilao
A SMALL ISLAND FOR SMALL CREATURES Today, we visit a really tiny island: Cabilao. Cabilao is located at the west side of Bohol (Visayas, Philippines). 3.500 Inhabitants live there in 5 villages. The entire Island measures about 7,5 km2. And a beautiful reef surrounds it: A paradise for our tiniest creatures, a marvel in the ocean.
The entire island is a nature reserve and around the Island, there are two fish protection areas. Diving is most beautiful at north side. But there are other nice places, too. A special show at the house reef
Let's dive "Cambaquiz"! Located just in front of the Cabilao Beach Club, "Cambaquiz" is a split dive spot. Depending on the current you can dive one or the other. "Cambaquiz 1" is in the south of the corner, "Cambaquiz 2" in the north. There we go now.
Of course, in Cabilao you have mounted the macro gear. So it's not a surprise that the first creature we saw was a turtle. But no worries, the small creatures are waiting. The first dive was an easy dive but nevertheless we saw a lot: porcelain crab, a tiny juvenile scorpion fish, shrimps, blennies, spider crabs and much more. It was such a nice dive, that we decided to attach a night dive at the same spot.
We were diving only for a few minutes, when we spo...

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Author : Henry Jager
Upload date : 2015-03-31


Nauticam is pleased to announce the latest release in its acclaimed line of precision crafted camera housings, the NA-D810 Housing for Nikon's 36.3 megapixel D810. NA-D810 is the first underwater housing for Nikon D810 to be shown publicly, and will be on the shelves of dealers, and in the hands of users, by the end of August. Nauticam once again leads the industry by delivering this superior system less than 6 weeks from the initial camera ship date. The NA-D810 Housing
The NA-D810 is an evolutionary marvel. A long list of pioneering engineering breakthroughs from previous Nauticam designs are now standard in NA-D810. The patented housing Locking Latch System has received acclaim worldwide for its ease and functionality. These recessed latches are equipped with safety locks, reduce bulk and require minimal physical effort to engage and release. Port changes have never been simpler than utilizing the Patented Nauticam Locking Port Release. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment - just seat and lock. Lens changes are also easily accomplished without removing the camera from the housing using the lens release button logically accessed on the housing front. The lightweight, rugged Nauticam handles are generously contoured with a durable over-mold pr...

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Author : Nauticam
Upload date : 2015-03-31


We are pleased to show you the first issue of "Scubashooters.net E-Magazine" ! Here a short presentation Dear Scubashooters, It's a great pleasure for me to introduce you to our new e-magazine. It will be a bi Monthly publication available for free on our network and we will feature always nice photos and interesting information and news from the world of UW photography, our world. Putting the e-magazine out of his mind was a crazy idea of my fellow friend and Administrator Fabio Strazzi. It is thanks to his will and to you that this project has now become reality.
It's not even two years that the scubashooters network took its way to the outer world and our numbers are pretty and growing bigger and bigger day after day. We are convinced that an e-Magazine will be another great content for you dear lovers of the sea and for this first issue we will feature the portfolio of Mr Adriano Morettin from Italy. You will be amazed by the quality of his work. Beside being among the best photographers of the globe, Adriano is always trying to show us the beauty of mediterranean creatures and he likes to challenge himself shooting non easy subject such as jellyfishes; you will be amazed staring at Adriano's Jellyfishes of Italy.
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Author : Marino Palla
Upload date : 2015-03-05


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Author : Marino Palla
Upload date : 2015-01-10

The Underwater Photography Guide has just announced the winners of the 2014 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. This news is very exciting, with over 70 underwater images to admire. This year's Ocean Art Competition attracted a very high caliber of photos, representing entrants from over 50 countries. Over $70,000 of prizes will be awarded to 60 underwater photographers, highlighted by an 11-day Indonesia liveaboard trip on the SMY Ondina, a 7-night dive package at Paradise Taveuni Resort in Fiji, a 7-night Maldives liveaboard trip on the Manthiri, a 7-night Solomon Islands liveaboard trip on the Bilikiki, a 10-night dive package at Lissenung Dive Resort in Papua New Guinea and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo. Premium prizes are provided by Villa Markisa (Bali), the Discovery Fleet (Tubbataha), Emperor Divers (Maldives), VoliVoli (Fiji), Atmosphere (Philippines), Kosrae Nautilus Resort (Micronesia), Atlantis Philippines, Wananavu (Fiji), Palau Dive Adventures, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions (Australia), Alor Divers (Indonesia), Manta Ray Bay (Yap), El Galleon (Philippines), Maluku Divers (Indonesia), Juliana?s Hotel & Sea Saba Dive Center (Caribbean), Eco Divers Resort Lembeh, Blackbeard?s Cruises (Bahamas), Scuba Seraya (Bali) and Bluewater Travel. Ocean Art 2014 judges included ...

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Author : Brent Durand
Upload date : 2015-01-08

The overall purpose of the charity Friends of Lembeh-Pulisan-Bangka e.V. is to maintain and protect the Wallacea Region of North Sulawesi, Indonesia with ist unique marine and terrestrial fauna from harmful and environmental destructive practices. Tasks of the charity comprise publicity, mediation between public, semi-public and private institutions, with an emphasis on education and environmental awareness with the aim of establishing a sustainable and environmentally friendly eco-tourism in the region. The charity aims to co-operate with other regional bodies in order to achieve its goal. Furthering sustainable methods in the sectors agriculture, fisheries and tourism the charity condemns extractive mining practices which tend to spread in the region and bear massive damage for the environment and the indigenous people living there. A focus is on co-operation with regional bodies to further education by providing school sponsorships and supporting local ngos in awareness programmes. The charity is a non-profit, non-government, independent organization (NGO) that will raise funds to maintain its projects. Donations are tax-deductable. The charity Friends of Lembeh-Pulisan-Bangka e.V. supports the local Bangka Conservation Fund (BCF) in its purpose to save t...

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Author : Markus Roth
Upload date : 2015-01-06


The Natural History Museum has now officially become the charming and cozy choice for the International Competition of Underwater Photography Deep-City of Venice, now in its seventh edition. The exhibition of thirty-three winning images in the Galleria Cetacean under the impressive whale skeleton has ever seen as the influx of hundreds of Italian and foreign visitors. Ninety participants from the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Indonesia, England, Norway and Italy have submitted three hundred ninetytwo underwater photographs taken  around the world. The photographers competed in the categories SLR and Compact cameras, divided into Macro and Wide angle Tropical and Mediterranean. Added to this are the categories Crabs, dedicated to the Museum, Plastic Sea, born from a project of Eleonora De Sabata in collaboration with Medsharks, and Donna Fotosub. Claudio Bertasini, Gianni Neto and Giuseppe Pignataro had to struggle hard to select the top ten photos of each category because of the high technical level. Isabella Maffei wins again the prize Woman Fotosub, while the Spanish Elisabeth Espinalt yook the first place in the category Crabs, which was attended by  68 competitors. The ranking still speaks Spanish thanks to the laurels that have ...

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Author : Agnese Zane
Upload date : 2014-12-01


I'm on board: Sachika Safari boat. I want to see "big stuff" and this is the perfect place... Life is like that: being in the right place at the right time. And this is the right boat...
It 'just after dawn and we are going to have the first dive.
6:15 am. A cup of tea and I'm ready to set my photographic equipment. The dhoni crew have already set up and checked the thanks, the jacket and all the underwater equipment. They are waiting for us.
Usually I have to assemble the equipment and check everything by myself but here I’m relieved of any task concerning diving stuff.
What are we going to discover today? Tree, four dives a day, feeling amazed and thrilled at any time.
Sharks, this morning!
So many elegant gray sharks and the harmless white tips sharks! Giacomo Ganda, the dive leader is a marine byologist, expert in maldivian dives. He tells us that there will be a lot of underwater current in this place. We will use hooks to latch on the rocks. It goes without saying: no currents, no sharks.
We go down quickly and suddendly we see grey sharks hunting near the passe. They are quiet, not concerned with us. We stop near a rock waiting for them to come nearer. Standing still, we admire their amazing...

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Author : Mauro Mainardi
Upload date : 2014-11-24

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