Paper studies fangblenny venom and its effects
A paper published in Current Biology examines the role, effects and evolution of the venom in Meiacanthus species fangblennies. It consists of three toxins, one of which causes a marked drop in blood pressure. Notably, the blennies only use this defensively and it has no application in their feeding.
Indonesia sinks a further 81 illegal fishing vessels
The Indonesian government has deliberately sunk a further 81 foreign vessels that had been caught illegally fishing in the nation’s waters. The Bangkok Post reports that the boats were of Vietnamese, Philippine, Malaysian and Thai origin. The ships were blown up at sea in 12 locations around the archipelago on Saturday. (Image by Antoni Halim/Shutterstock.com)
Review: SAGA Trio macro lens system
SAGA are shipping their Trio macro lens. It is essentially a housing containing +5 and +10 lens elements, which can be actuated via two levers. Attached via an M67 thread, the Trio offers 4 magnification options. Wetpixel were able to test the lens system during their macro workshop in Indonesia and the Gulen Nudibranch Safari.
Alien Skin announces update to Exposure X2
Alien Skin has announced an update to their Exposure X2 non-destructive RAW photo editor. It adds the ability to add effect layers that can be “copied and pasted, turned on and off individually, applied to multiple images, and more.” In addition, the update includes new presets, high DPI monitor support, quick export options and additional camera and lens support.
Interview: Scott “Gutsy” Tuason on blackwater diving
Scott “Gutsy” Tuason is an underwater photographer with a recent book out called Blackwater and Open Blue. The book focuses on underwater photography at night in open ocean. Wetpixel sat down with Gutsy to ask him some questions about the book and this ever exciting form of underwater photography.
Field Review: UWTechnics External Optical TTL Converter
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of the UWTechnics External Optical TTL converter. Suitable for any housing that has an M14 port, the converter converts the electronic flash triggering signal from a camera’s hot shoe to an optical signal that can be used to fire strobes via a fiber optic cable. The review was carried out during the Gulen Nudibranch Safari. The converter can be used in both TTL and manual modes
Underwater photos snag top places in NG Nature Photographer of the Year contest
Winners of the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 contest have been announced. The grand prize this year has gone to an underwater photograph by Greg Lecoeur. The winners this year include include incredible images from above and below the water. Grand prize is a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions.
Results: DEEP Indonesia 2017
Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition. Special congratulations to Ralph Pace, who earned the “Best of Show” award with a fantastic image of a pelagic feeding frenzy in the waters of Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands.
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