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From snowy mountains to tropical rainforest (part 1)

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Another post by Des Ong (website | Facebook | Instagram) with some amazing pictures from the Scottish Highlands and Norwegian Mountain range (see also his previous articles here and here.):

As a professional wildlife photographer, mid winter to early spring involves a lot of travel for personal projects and leading photo tours. The working conditions vary tremendously. This year for example, the temperature range that I was exposed to varied between -20°C to +35°C (-4 to +95°F) within a few weeks. Needless to say that equipment reliability is very important to me in such extremes.

My first winter journey began in the Scottish Highlands. My intention this year was to record a few subjects that reside in this northern part of Britain, namely the Mountain Hares, Crested Tits and Ptamigans. With the help of a good friend living nearby, I was able to photograph two of the three I set out to achieve. We did search for the Ptamigans, which can only be found at certain altitudes, but the road to the best location was closed due to severe weather conditions.

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Nikon D810, 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR, ISO800, f8, 1/1250th sec., handheld.

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Surf and seascapes photography

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My name is Steve Wall, I’m a photographer and videographer from Sydney, Australia. My work is primarily based around documenting the most wild & raw elements of nature, with the ocean being my number one subject matter. Below I’ll share a couple of images from my travels, with some insight into the equipment used and circumstances surrounding the images.

If you want to check out more of my work, you can do so on InstagramFacebook or on my website at stevewall.com.au, thanks for taking the time to check out my photographs!

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This photo was shot at Sunrise in Southern NSW, on the south-east coast of Australia. Just out of frame to the left is a large rock platform, which on the right conditions causes the waves to rise dramatically from the depths and catch the morning light beautifully. This was shot with a Nikon D4 and Aquatech underwater housing, using the Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G VR lens. When swimming with a lens wider than 50mm in the surf, it’s important to be right amongst the action - you need to risk getting caught by the wave as it explodes in order to get the most dynamic angle. Settings : 1/800th, f/5.6, ISO 400, 35mm.

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The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art full frame lens for Nikon F mount is now officially announced

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Just as I reported yesterday, Sigma officially announced their 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art full frame lens for Nikon F mount. The full press release, technical specs and key features can be found over at PhotoRumorsCheck the pricing at B&H (not yet announced).

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Sigma to announce a new 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art full frame lens for Nikon F mount

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Update: the lens is now officially announced.

Earlier today I reported on PhotoRumors that Sigma will announce a new 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art full frame lens. The first pictures just leaked online courtesy of digicame-info. No additional info is available, stay tuned for more.

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Secret promo: Nikon will pay your sales tax in the US *UPDATED*

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It seems that Nikon has a secret new promotion called "We pay your sales tax" - they will pay the sales tax for you when you buy new Nikon gear from B&H. I am not sure what the details, but you can try to add a Nikon product to your cart at B&H and see if you will qualify.

Update: the new Nikon sales tax promo is now official at B&H:

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I tested that with a Nikkor 24-70mm lens and D810 camera, entered a NYC zip code and received credit for the tax during checkout:

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Adobe Camera Raw 9.1, Lightroom CC 2015.1 and Lightroom 6.1 released with Nikon J5, D810A support

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The latest Adobe updates include support for the Nikon 1 J5 and D810A cameras:

The following lenses now have new lens profiles:

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SDK for the Nikon 1 V3 camera released

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As previously promised, Nikon released the SDK (software development kit) for the Nikon 1 V3 camera. If you are a programmer and have created some interesting solutions/implementations with Nikon's SDK, please contact me so I can share them on the blog.

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