Nikon releases firmware update for D3100 Photo

Nikon releases firmware update for D3100

Nikon has released firmware version 1.01 for the D3100 SLR. The update addresses and corrects: A magenta tint on high ISO images, a failure to display images when using live view and continuous shooting modes, focusing issues with live view and Subject Tracking AF, date issues when images were edited using in-camera editing, a magenta cast to RAW images in NX 2 and the in-camera noise reduction function has been improved.

The free update is available from Nikon.

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P3 Update features Water Wonders Photo

P3 Update features Water Wonders

P3 Update, an online and print magazine “unifying global Preproduction, Production and Postproduction”, has featured the use of cameras underwater in an article called Water Wonders. The article comments on the lure of underwater locations for film makers, and then overviews some of the equipment producers that make shooting underwater possible. Among the manufacturers that get mentioned in the article are: Aquavision, Equinox, Ocean Tecnology Systems, Gates and ULCS. The article concludes:

“In the years since, as cameras have democratized the acquisition of media, the providers of underwater housings and ancillary equipment have kept up with the pace. It still requires an expertise that not everyone possesses, but the bar has been lowered-and that’s good news for all of the viewers enthralled by glimpses of towering waves or the briny deep.”

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New mounting options and reduced prices for Housing Sentry Photo

New mounting options and reduced prices for Housing Sentry

UnderWater Camera Stuff has announced a $100 reduction in the price of it’s Housing Sentry and three new mounting options. While the original units required the user to make an extra hole in the housing, the new options allow fitting via: A half-inch bulkhead, a bulkhead with an unused Nikonos connector or an unused bulkhead in a Nauticam housing. Using an existing opening simplifies the installation process.

The Housing Sentry creates a vacuum inside the housing and then monitors it to ensure a continued watertight seal.

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Tony Wu releases results of humpback whale study Photo

Tony Wu releases results of humpback whale study

Tony Wu has released a summary of the results of his Tonga humpback whale calf study for 2010. This incorporates the 24 juvenile humpback whales that he was able to identify during the 2010 season. These results, when compared to those of the previous two years, are showing some interesting patterns emerging from the data. Only time will tell whether the trends continue, but it’s certainly rewarding to see results from the time and effort we’ve put in.

Tony would welcome input from anyone with sightings of the calves listed in his study, or of calves not listed from the 2010 season. He plans to return to Tonga this year, and may have a few slots available for interested parties.

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Howard Hall’s sperm whale video from Dominica Photo

Howard Hall’s sperm whale video from Dominica

Howard Hall has posted a video of a sperm whale encounter in Dominica taken a couple months ago with a RED camera / Gates housing. As expected, the footage is buttery smooth and has been paired with the perfect music. I’m not in any way taking credit away from Howard’s impeccable technique, but this brings up one of the main differences between large and small underwater video rigs. A large rig is inherently more stable; those of us who have taken underwater video using a housed dSLR know that it is almost impossible to get stable footage on the surface.

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Randall Aruaz awarded Goldman Prize Photo

Randall Aruaz awarded Goldman Prize

Randall Aruaz has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in drawing international attention to the inhumane and environmentally catastrophic shark finning industry and his leadership of the campaign to halt the practice in Costa Rica, making his country the new international model for shark protection. The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world’s largest award for grassroots environmentalists. Randall is quoted as saying:

“”Shark finning is not only cruel, it is irresponsible and unsustainable fishing at its highest degree. In spite of this, it has been close to impossible to attain any international binding management and conservation measures to curtail this practice.”

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