Apple confirms support for pro users
In a frank interview on TechCrunch Apple has provided some information regarding its plans to satisfy the demands of pro users. The company has been widely criticized for abandoning this sector of the market, with many pros porting their systems over to Windows. As of today, Apple is shipping two new Mac Pro models and have committed to releasing a whole new model, along with an external pro display in 2018.
A paper shows the positive impact of the marine reserve in Palau
A paper recently published in the scientific journal PLOS One shows the positive impact a marine reserve can have on a country. Two years ago the island nation of Palau established a marine reserve the size of California, 193,000 square miles, in its waters. No fishing or mining is allowed in the reserve.
Imaging party at ADEX 2017
Once again, Wetpixel joins forces with Scubacam and Sam’s Tours to host the ADEX Imaging party. It will held after the Big Blue Party on Friday 7 April. Hence it will be kicking off at 9:30pm and the venue is Naughty Nuri’s (!), 15 Stamford Road, #01-84 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178884. Here is a link to a Google Map with the venue’s location. As always, if you are in town, please feel free to call in for a beer or two…..
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.
- In Pictures: Tracking hammerheads (via BBC)
- A New Video from the Herparazzi! (via )
- In Pictures: Monitoring manta rays (via BBC)
- Durban Protest Against Marine Mammal Captivity (via African Diver)
- Bioluminescence: nature lights up (via BBC)
- Chernobyl mammals tracked in snow (via BBC)
- Audio slideshow: Exploring Africa (via BBC)
- The amazing wildlife of Africa (via BBC)
- The secret lives of giants (via BBC)
- In pictures: midwinter magic (via BBC)