I returned home to Australia early yesterday morning to some wonderful news that I am a finalist in the 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. I cant as yet share which photograph/s (or in which category) made the finals as I believe the final judging is not yet complete; but I will post up the photograph as soon as all is said and done in July. The photograph will also feature in the 2018 exhibition and the 2018 book.
In case you missed it (like I did), Canon has recently released a minor firmware update for the EOS-1D X Mark II.
Firmware Version 1.1.6 incorporate the following fix:
- Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function normally when images are simultaneously displayed on the camera’s LCD monitor and an external monitor (via HDMI output).
It is always worth downloading and installing the latest firmware even if you feel the listed fixes are not relevant to your photography. Manufacturers often make other undocumented improvements in firmware updates.
Yesterday I wrapped up my 2018 winter expedition to Svalbard (full trip report coming soon – only a few places left now on the 2019 expedition before it will be sold out) and have now started the long haul trek back to Australia. I am still catching up on all my correspondence but I wanted to post up my photograph of the month for April 2018 whilst I am still in ‘Polar Bear’ mode. Taken during my summer expedition to Svalbard in 2016 and photographed from zodiac, this very curious young cub was running up and down the edge of the pack ice closely watched by its mother. We photographed this duo for the better part of an hour in soft overcast light. Encounters such as this are rare and fleeting in the Arctic and this remains one of the best and most intimate encounters I have been fortunate to experience whilst photographing these magnificent bears.