Long-tailed Duck drake flapping. I created this image created on the January Barnegat Jetty IPT with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Autofocus lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR . ISO 800. Evaluative metering -2 stops: 1/1250 sec. at f/10 in Manual mode.
Central sensor (by necessity)/Expand/AI Servo Rear Focus AF active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image for a larger version.
Careful readers know that I am usually adding anywhere from 1/3 to 2 1/3 or more stops of light to my exposures. Why-2 full stops for this image?
Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update 1.2.1: No More Tears, No More JPEGs
The displaying Long-Tailed Duck drake image above is yet another fine image that was made during the accidental JPEG episode. Actually, as a lover of what is, (see The Work of Byron Katie), there were no tears on my part. Just another lesson learned that led to lots of sharing, teaching, and learning. As Byron Katie would say, “It was the best thing that could have happened and I can prove it.” How can I prove that? It happened.
Downloading 1D X Firmware 1.2.1
You can download the new firmware by clicking here, clicking on Drivers and Software, selecting your Operating System and Operating System Version from the dropdown menus, clicking on Firmware, clicking on the File Description, and finally by clicking on I Agree-Begin Download.
Once the file (1DX00121.FIR) is saved to your computer–I put it on my desktop–copy it to a compact flash card, put the card in your 1D X, go to the 4th Yellow (Wrench symbol) menu, click on Firmware Ver. at the bottom of the menu, and follow the prompts.
Custom Function 4-4 Instructions
The info above is from the PDF that comes with the downloaded firmware. Here are your choices for C.Fn. 4-4, Rec card, img size setting:
With C.Fn4, if you set “Rear LCD panel” and then press the Card/ImageSize Selection Button, the small rear LCD panel on the back of the camera becomes active and you can change settings by turning the thumb wheel. This is where folks ran into trouble by doing so inadvertently.
If C.Fn4 is set to “LCD monitor” and you press the Card/ImageSize Selection Button, a large bright screen lights up on the rear LCD. Again, you change your settings by turning the thumb wheel. Had folks been aware of this option–I was not as I never did a complete 1D X User’s Guide–it would have eliminated the accidental change problems. Why? As above, if you hit the Card/ImageSize Selection Button inadvertently it was easy to miss the info in the small rear LCD panel and accidentally turn the thumb wheel. But with LCD monitor set, it would be hard to miss that the entire rear LCD monitor lights up. This would be true whether you were working in daylight or in the dark (the latter as I was when bitten by the M2 JPEG bug!).
For C.Fn4, however, I choose the last option, Disable Card/ImageSize Selection Button: OFF. This last option was the one that was added with the new firmware update. Then when and if you press the Card/ImageSize Selection Button, nothing at all happens. That one works best for me as I never want to shoot anything but RAW. Folks who set this one who need to change the image size or add a JPEG to their captures need to do so by accessing “Image type/size” on the second RED menu.
Canon EOS-1D X
Everybody’s switching. Everyone is loving their 1D X. Who? Arash Harzeghi. Doug Brown. Grace Scalzo. And Peter Kes sold all of his Nikon gear and purchased a 1D X and a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens! Have I influenced these and many other folks to purchase the greatest digital camera body ever? Very certainly. If you are convinced, please, please, pretty please use the BAA B&H affiliate link directly above.
B&H Canon Lens and Speedlight Specials Expire February 2, 2013/Act Now
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B&H Canon Specials
Fort DeSoto Morning In-the-Field Workshop
Fort DeSoto In-the-field Workshop: FEB 25. Pre-dawn -10:30am. Limit 16/openings: 4. Includes a great working lunch: $275.
On Monday morning, February 25, Denise Ippolito and I will be co-leading a morning In-the-field Workshop at Fort DeSoto, south of St. Petersburg, FL. We should get to photograph a variety of very tame herons, egrets, gulls, terns, and shorebirds. Spoonbills possible. There will be lots of individual and small group instruction. We will cover exposure and histograms, seeing the situation, creating sharp images, and lots more. Each registrant will have a personalized gear and set-up check. The more questions you ask, the more you will learn.
A great working lunch at the Sea Porch Café on St. Petersburg Beach is included. All are invited to bring a laptop along for image sharing at lunch. After the workshop, all are invited to send us three 1024 wide or 800 tall JPEGs for critiquing. Call 1-863-692-0906 to register or send us a Paypal. Either way, be sure to note that the payment is for the Fort DeSoto In-the-Field Workshop.
Weekend Creative Nature Photography Seminar, Tampa, FL: February 23 & 24, 2013: $149 Limit: 50/Openings: 1
Best to register soon as there are just 4 seats left. The In-the-field Workshop above follows the Weekend Creative Nature Photography Seminar. You are invited to join Denise Ippolito and me on the weekend of February 23-24 on the outskirts of Tampa, FL for a great weekend of fun and learning. Learn to improve your photography skills, your skill at designing images in the field, your creative vision, and your image optimization skills. Sunday critiquing session. Click here for additional details and the complete schedule.
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