I am reliably informed that I can build "hyperlinks" into UwP so that, if you are on line, you can click on the link and it will take you to the web site or create an e mail message.
Now I may be reliably informed but, on this one, I'm also mentally challenged as I can't seem to get hyperlinks to work so would any good UwP reader who knows how to set up hyperlinks using Adobe Pagemaker on an Apple Mac please get in touch?
The reason why I'm keen to set up these links is because it would then be possible for advertisers to monitor the number of times their site is visited from a UwP link and so give them an indication of how successful their advert is in creating a positive response.
Advertisers in conventional magazines often include a reference code which tells them where the customer saw the advert but UwP should be able to go much further than that and provide advertisers with much more information.
So, please, if there is anyone out there who can help, I'd love to hear from you.
I'm sure there's a lot of underwater photographers contemplating a leap into the digital age and they will learn a lot from Alex Mustard's excellent review of the Nikon D100 and the Subal D10 housing in this issue.
Comparing 35mm film performance to digital is not yet on an equal footing but it is getting very close. When a "full frame" 35mm chip is available at a reasonable price we will have a similar depth of field but with a much improved white balance performance and that has to be worth the wait.
In the meantime the imminent arrival of the Nikkor 12-24mm lens will give the equivalent of an 18-36mm zoom with the Nikon D100 which has a smaller chip then the 35mm format. This will be a very attractive lens to underwater photographers who tend to use much wider lenses than land photographers and will help to justify the D100 format as sufficient for the majority of underwater photographers needs.
The file sizes the D100 can produce will easily reproduce up to A4 in a quality magazine and probably larger so, as such, it already provides the quality needed but the advent of the 35mm full frame chip is still the light at then end of the digital tunnel.
Peter Rowlands Editor
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THE RULES OF CHURCHISM
(in random order)
01. Go potty every chance you get.
02. Stay out of the sun.
03. Avoid making promises.
04. Never give undeserved gifts or praise.
05. Beware of undeserved gifts or praise.
06. Winning an argument may lose a friend.
07. Never argue if you have nothing to gain.
08. If you must do battle, fight with someone else's troops.
09. Nothing is what it seems to be, and nothing turns out as expected.
10. It's easier to change a plan than to have no plan.
11. People don't change, they get older.
12. Nobody can predict the future.
13. What's here today is gone tomorrow, but nothing really changes.
14. Don't say what you don't want repeated.
15. An erect penis has no conscience.
16. Never loan what you can't do without.
17. Never borrow what you can't pay for.
18. Have a check list and follow it.
19. Never dive in water below 80 degrees F.
20. Always pee in your dive suit. (There's no such thing as a dry suit.)
21. A fish moves faster than a camera shutter.
22. Don't piss off the golden goose.
23. There's no problem you can hide from.
24. Imaginative minds can always find a new problem or complaint.
25. Rules are made to be wondered about.
26. When asking a group to assemble, no time is a good time.
27. There's no such thing as a water-proof camera, strobe or housing.
28. If you were smart enough to hide your stupidity, you wouldn't have to.
29. The reason you dive is to get away from meaningless conversation.
30. Always drink upstream from the herd.
31. If you can't have a good time, be a good time.
32. If someone else will do a dirty job, let them.
34. Whatever lens you choose, it won't fit your subject.
35. Always hang your dripping wetsuit over someone else's locker.
36. Don't shoot in the ocean what you can shoot in a pool.
37. "Good enough" depends on whether your position resembles William Tell's or that of his son.
38. Never fart if you are the first person to take a seat in first class.
39. Heed George Washington's advice: avoid entangling alliances.
40. Avoid diving in Russian submarines unless you have a pony bottle.
41. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
42. A person who is nice to you, but is rude to the waiter, isn't a nice person.
43. Trust everyone, but cut the cards.
44. If at first you don't succeed, try viagra.
45. Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.
46. Work is good, but it's not that important.
47. Be nice to your friends. You never know when you will need them to empty your bedpan.
48. Nap whenever possible.
49. It's better to have something and not need it, than to need something and not have it.
50. Famous last words: "Oh, don't worry about that; it'll never happen."
51. When all is said and done, much more will have been said than done.
52. If you can't take good photos, go to Church and pray.
53. Establish the location and supply of TP before the need arises
54. Another person's lack of preparation or reading of directions isn't your immediate emergency.
55. To start endless conversations, ask any group about o-ring grease.
56. Exercise daily, and you will live five months longer--in a $5,000 a month nursing home.
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A lurker responds
I have just read the Dec/Jan no.10 issue of the magazine. I have been enjoying the mag ever since issue no.1.
You seem to be a little mystified by the lack of feedback you have from your readers.
Don't be; as you no doubt know, the web is full of 'lurkers'.
You hit the nail of one of the reasons on the head when you say that "because it is free, people don't like to criticise."
True, but it is also very obvious that you know your chosen field inside out, and that the magazine is very professionally put together, and it may well be the definitive magazine for uw photography, and
Well, you get my drift. There is not too much to criticise about the publication.
Please keep up the good work.
We have dived in various places and with a 'wide' variety of guides. It is definitely our experience that a great guide/ divemaster can transform a dive site. Conversely a bad one can ruin a great site.
To this end we reckon that you might be able to persuade photographers or whoever to write in with a short piece about their favourite. Everyone knows Larry Smith, most seem to dive with Idrus at NDC and I'm sure there are more elsewhere.
Sounds good to me W&D. I hope your idea is picked up by UwP readers . Ed.
Regarding your UWP online magazine. I note that you say you have little feedback. I do download it and very much enjoy the articles. However, like most magazines after a while the format settles and inevitably the same advertisers and contributors occur in a number of issues. It is difficult to see how to overcome this as there is a relatively a select pool of high profile photographers to draw from.
As an occasional photographer - e.g. a couple of weeks a year - who probably manages half a dozen half-decent shots each year it is hard to see what I could contribute.
However - given that it is an E magazine with no geographical limits it might be nice to see articles from local photographers around the world giving a taste of their local photography opportunities and perhaps some contacts and guidance on finding photography friendly diving facilities and sites, best times to visit, potential buddies or guides with local knowledge etc.
Regardless, I wish you every success with future publications and hope that they continue for years to come.
Good idea Ralph. I would welcome such articles. Ed.
I've just downloaded UWP issue 10, and am amazed to hear that you don't get feed back.
UWP has some nice articles, and some very nice pictures. Obviously no one wants to put bad pictures on display. But a "Beginers" section would be nice. Show us a bad picture, then show us what was done to make it good, that would create enough technical articles to fill things for a while, and THEN, there's composition oohh, big subjective subject!
It would be good to see some critique along the lines of "This would be a good picture if..." People like me would probably come along in leaps and bounds then. Being able to identify causes of mistakes is good. And I'm sure your advertisers would like the thought that you were getting through to beginners as well as established photographers.
On another theme, and I KNOW that the whole world is now digital, but what about something on E6 processing? Where can equipment be purchased?
And scanners? Minolta ignored me when I asked them a question so if they cannot be bothered to answer the question why should I buy the scanner? But you may get a different response.
All good ideas which I will follow up except the scanners which I think is a bit "off topic". Ed.
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