Friday, February 10, 2012
British Wildlife Center | February 2012
Towards the end of the day, a pair of owls were brought out for us to shoot, a Tawny Owl and a Barn Owl. I'm not a big fan of owls standing around, so tried to get uber close details.
Perhaps next year.
Two new things were also introduced into my photography today, first off is my flash being powered by Sanyo Eneloop batteries. After years of pining for them, I finally have a set! Only because I blew up my last set of batteries and their charger. I don't know why, don't ask. But it's not bad, since I've used them for about 2 years, across countless photography trips over many countries.
The eneloops are.... well they work like the sanyos they replaced. Supposedly they rock as they don't have any charge leakage, so you don't need to "top them off" before going on a photoshoot.
In addition, the bundle I picked come with a really awesome microprocessor controlled battery charger than charges 4 cells together, *individually* shutting of the charge when each cell is done. On top of that, if only two cells were charged at a time, a quick charge mode activates, decreasing the charge time in half. And 3 times the speed, if only 1 cell was charged. I can't see myself using this feature, but it's still nice to know this little tidbid :)
Secondly, I've moved over to Corel Aftershot Pro... no sense in hanging on to old software. Still getting to grips with the package. One thing I'm not a fan of is the contrast slider, it tends to give some really hot highlights, whereas adjusting the contrast via a curve seems to do much better. Color wise, I'm a bit too pooped to copy/redesign my old color curves for Aftershot Pro, need to get that done soon.