Blackwater diving featured on Wired
Wired has just published an article featuring blackwater diving and the peculiar animals that make it so intriguing to underwater photographers. Scott “Gutsy” Tuason is interviewed in the article and his imagery is highlighted in a gallery of images accompanying the article. Blackwater diving has become more and more popular in recent years with underwater photographers as it offers new subjects and constant variation every single night in the single largest migration on earth.
Eneloop batteries not recommended for use in strobes
Many strobe manufacturers officially recommend the use of Eneloop batteries with their products. Originally developed by Sanyo, Panasonic acquired the company in 2009 and in 2013 released the fourth generation of the original Eneloop and second generation of the Eneloop Pro. However, new guidance on the Panasonic website now specifically excludes their use in “underwater lights or other airtight appliances.”
Adobe releases significant updates to Lightroom app family
Adobe has released significant updates to Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw. Version 7.3 of Lightroom Classic CC has a new Profiles panel that allows the previewing of camera calibration profiles live on images. It also has an improved tone curve control, and the Dehaze function is now in the Basic section. Lightroom CC 1.3 adds a geometry control and support for network attached storage.
Sea turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for first time after 2-year clean-up
Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that has been tirelessly cleared of debris by local volunteers. The sea turtles were spotted in the past week, and at least 80 of them made their way to the ocean from their sand nests. Versova Beach was lead in clean-up efforts by lawyer Afroz Shah over two-years ago and has seen what the United Nations describes as the “world’s largest beach cleanup project.” Olive Ridley sea turtles are the most common sea turtle in the ocean, but are still listed as a vulnerable species.
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Inon releases warming diffusers for Z330 strobe
Inon has announced the release of a pair of warming diffusers for the Z330 strobe. These modify the strobe’s color temperature output from 5500°K to 4600° and 4900°K respectively. Using these, in conjunction with setting the camera’s white balance to suit, will enhance the blue tones in an image.
Scientists find that sea turtles have evolved to use flippers like hands
In a just published study, scientists have found that sea turtles have evolved to use their flippers like hands in foraging and consuming prey. The scientists even observed instances where sea turtles “karate chopped” their prey. The findings are suprising as scientists long believed the brains of sea turtles were too small to learn tasks such as using their flippers for manipulating prey in addition to locomotion.
Book: The 50 Best Dives in Indonesia
Authors Tim Rock and Simon Pridmore have announced that their guidebook to Indonesia diving is now available. “The 50 Best Dives in Indonesia” has full color throughout with 220 pages, maps and over 270 images. If your favorite dive site has not been included, the authors suggest that it was number 51…..
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