Points in Focus Photography

Solstice Eclipse

Progression of the first total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice in almost 400 years.

Nikon Compatible PocketWizards are Shipping to Dealers

LPA Design has begun shipping their MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 ControlTL PocketWizards for Nikon cameras to dealers in Europe and Canada. US versions are expected to follow in 2 weeks and be available on store shelves in mid-December.

Rob Galbraith has an indepth preview of the Nikon ‘Wizards available. I’ve also updated my review with the few applicable notes on the differences between Nikon and Canon versions.

Version 1.35 of PocketWizard Utility now Available

In addition to the release of Nikon compatible hardware, there’s also a new version available for the PocketWizard Utility, which attempts to simplify the UI and adds some much needed functionality.

Version 1.35 of PocketWizard utility adds a number of useful features including:

  • Saving and Loading device settings to your computer.
  • Streamlining firmware updates by
    • Saving your device configuration automatically
    • Performing a factory reset when the firmware flash is completed automatically
    • Prompting you to restore you configuration, automatically
  • Simplified UI by hiding advanced configuration options from the default UI

All of the above changes are welcomed updates if you ask me.

Version 1.35 of the PocketWizard Utility can be downloaded from PocketWizard’s downloads page.

New MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 PocketWizard Beta Firmwares

Firmware version 5.206 for the MiniTT1 and 5.207 for the FlexTT5 brings the following improovments.

  • Operation when swapping an AC3 ZoneController onto or off from a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5
  • while the radios are powered on and the camera is awake has been improved.
  • Improved modeling light sleep behavior with the PowerST4.
  • Corrected AC3 operations so that exposures at the shutter speed just above X-sync are
  • now proper.
  • Improved operation of an AC3 on a transmitter on a 1D Mark IV.
  • Added logic for better detection of a flash in the top shoe that is slow to become
  • ready (low batteries).
  • Remote camera triggering logic has been further improved.
  • Improved operation with the 5D Mark II when making fast aperture changes.
  • Eliminated banding on the 5D Mark II and 7D for the first HSS exposure.
  • Many improvements implemented for operation with the new PocketWizard Utility.

Keep in mind, however, that version 5.206 and 5.207 are beta releases and won’t be avaiable unless you’ve opted into the beta firmware program. They also require version 1.35 of the PocketWizard Utility to download and install.

Red-shoulder Hawk

A Red-shouldered Hawk stares down from it’s perch.

I’m not sure what the attraction to Adobe’s Flash is with photography sites. It’s not the most useable, accessible or even necessarily the best technology. Flash can easily hamper usability, and become a security and privacy nightmare for users, isn’t indexed by search engines, and on top of all of that simply isn’t supported or available on an increasing number of popular devices.

With all that said, why do photographers continue to use Flash to display their images? When I’ve asked that question in the past, the answer I get most often is something to the effect of, “it stops people from stealing my images.”

The truth is Flash is a laughably poor mechanism for stopping infringement, or even discouraging it, especially for still images.

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Kicking off bird season 2010-2011, a Pied-billed Grebe in the water on a cold–for South Florida at least–morning.

I can tell when the bird season is starting to get started again when the Cattle Egrets are back in the yard foraging.

A juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron forages in the surf alongside the break-water at the Hillsboro inlet.

Returning to Port

The first of the Hillsboro drift fishing fleet returns to it’s port though the Hillsboro inlet.

Hillsboro Light

Hillsboro inlet lighthouse, in the late afternoon light.

Condensed

Water droplets from the morning dew condensed on a window.

 

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