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New imaging gear at GO Diving 2019

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The new GO Diving show, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry over the weekend had plenty going on for the underwater photographer or videographer with talks and workshops, the UPY Awards and also exhibition stands showing off their latest gear. I did a quick dash round the show to see what was shiny and new…

Ocean Leisure Cameras

There was lost going on and the stand was always crowded at the Ocean Leisure Cameras stand. Paralenz joined them, as did Nauticam. I caught up with Leo and he was keen to show me a new I-DiveSite SS-3 Symbiosis Compact Lighting System. It is a high quality compact combination video light and strobe. The strobe has a guide number of 20 whilst the video light is a 2800 lumen LED making it the ideal accompaniment to a compact camera system.It can easily be switched between constant lighting for video or strobe mode for photography. The constant light has both white and red modes or can be used as a focus light with auto-off function when the strobe fires. We cannot wait to get our hands on it to review it for Scubaverse…

For more information about Ocean Leisure Cameras visit their website by clicking here.


Nauticam

Nauticam joined OLC and Alex was also busy every time I tried to grab a word! Nauticam had the NA-LX100II housing on display, which takes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 II camera. The LX100II features a big sensor improvement over its predecessor giving its multi-aspect ratio sensor a resolution increase from 12.8 to 17MP.  The NA-LX100II is Nauticam’s 18th housing for Panasonic cameras.  Nauticam housings for compact fixed-lens cameras are able to to enhance these systems for underwater use through native support for our underwater corrective optics. Access to essential controls is paramount when capturing underwater images. The NA-LX100II places these controls within easy reach of the shooter’s natural hand position when using the housing.  The LX-100II’s customizable buttons are fully accessible, allowing for the optimization of the NA-LX100II to the user’s needs.

Nauticam have also moved to more eco-friendly packaging for their accessories, moving away from the plastic wrapping they used to have, with accessories now on cardboard with tissue paper wrapping. It is a great more – well done!

For more information about Nauticam please visit the website by clicking here.


Anchor Dive Lights

The team from Anchor Dive Lights were on the stand next to us and the new 189 light we reported on from Boot seemed very popular indeed. This time their Goodman Glove caught my eye. It allows you to use a torch and still have both hands free! The glove goes over an existing glove or bare hand and it can be used with all their Series 1K handheld and umbilical lights. Maximum size for a light is 3cm in diameter.

For more information about Anchor Dive Lights please visit their website by clicking here.


HumanEyes

HumanEyes teamed up with Monty Halls and they shared a stand at the Go Diving show. HumanEyes make the Vuze VR cameras and underwater housings and had the new Vuze XR Dual VR Camera on show. we are delighted to say that we will be reviewing the Vuze XR camera for Scubaverse very soon!

For more information about the Vuze cameras visit the website by clicking here.


Aquatica Digital

It was great to see Aquatica at the show. Aquatica is a Canadian manufacturer of fine quality aluminum housings for underwater photography. Along with its two sister companies, Amphibico, the well established leader in the world of underwater video, and Technical Lighting Control, manufacturer of the original strobe arm that started it all, is dedicated to fulfilling your requirements in underwater imaging. They had the new 5HN Monitor on show which offers film makers a full HD 1920×1080 resolution screen to review their film whilst underwater.

For more information about Aquatica visit their website by clicking here.


Liquid Sports

Liquid Sports had a huge range of diving gear as well as the bigblue lighting range. They had a display of video lights that would tempt anyone wanting to add some light to their underwater imaging setup. I took a look at the impressive VL-33000P II video light which packs a serious 33,000 lumen punch for its size. It has a 160 degree wide beam, red light function, the power can be stepped down 4 times, giving it a 90 minute – 15 hour running time. It is super bright!

For more information about Liquid Sports visit their website by clicking here.


For more information about the GO Diving Show visit their website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Book Release: Diving the Thistlegorm – The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck

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Diving the Thistlegorm is a unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks. In this highly visual guide, cutting edge photographic methods enable views of the wreck and its fascinating cargo which were previously impossible.

This book is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological and photographic expertise, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. For the first time, Diving the Thistlegorm brings the rich and complex contents of the wreck together, identifying individual items and illustrating where they can be found. As the expert team behind the underwater photography, reconstructions and explanations take you through the wreck in incredible detail, you will discover not only what has been learned but also what mysteries are still to be solved.

Find out more about:

  • One of the world’s greatest dives.
  • Incredible ‘photogrammetry’ shows the wreck and cargo in a whole new light.
  • Meticulous detail presented in a readable style by experts in their respective fields.

About the authors:

Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert who has documented underwater subjects for a wide range of clients including Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and television companies such as National Geographic Channel and Discovery Canada. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing original ships from historic plans. He has worked with a number of organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.


About the book:

  • Release date 25 November 2020
  • Limited run of Hardbacks
  • RRP £35
  • ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5
  • 240 photo-packed pages
  • 240 x 160 mm

Available to pre-order now from Divedup.com, Amazon, online, and from retailers.

Check back on Scubaverse.com for a review of the book coming soon!

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Deptherapy’s Dr Richard Cullen becomes a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

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Dr Richard Cullen, Chairman of Scuba Diving Rehabilitation Charity Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education, has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society is a prestigious Fellowship that is open to those who demonstrate a sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.

Paul Rose, Deptherapy’s Vice Chair, and a world renowned explorer, author, broadcaster, who is a former Vice Chair of the RGS said: 

“This is a huge achievement by Richard. His Fellowship is richly deserved, and a direct result of his steadfast commitment to preserving our oceans through Deptherapy’s very powerful ‘Protecting Our Oceans’ Programme.  I know the top team at the RGS are looking forward to welcoming Richard into the Society.”

The RGS was founded in 1830 to advance geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, as well as by advocating on behalf of the discipline and promoting geography to public audiences.

Paul Toomer, President of RAID, said:

“I have been close friends with Richard for many years and his passion for our seas, even at 70 years of age, is undiminished.  Deptherapy are the world leaders in adaptive scuba diving teaching and are our much valued partners.  Taking UK Armed Forces Veterans who have suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges and engaging them in major marine biology expeditions, is to most of us beyond the realms of possibility.  The skills these guys have to develop is just awesome.  This is a great honour for Richard, a great honour for Deptherapy, and also for us as their partners.  The diving world must come together to celebrate and acknowledge Richard’s achievement.”

Richard joins some distinguished Fellows of the RGS.  Former Fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.

Richard said:

“I am both honoured and humbled to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When I was invited to apply for a Fellowship, I was, which is very unusual for me, lost for words.  I hope it will allow me to take our message of Protecting Our Oceans to a larger audience and to further develop our programmes.  The Fellowship is a recognition of the charity’s work to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans.  The credit belongs to a group of individuals who have overcome massive challenges to let alone qualify as divers but now to progress to marine biology expedition diving”.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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