Australia has been the place I've most wanted to visit for as long as I can remember. Conveniently enough, there's a Kangaroo Conservation Center about an hour and a half north of Atlanta! How cool is that!?
They had everything including large red kangaroos, medium sized wallabies, and the tiny rat kangaroos, as well as amazing creatures such as a dik-dik, bettongs, kookaburras, and lories. The lories are these incredibly beautiful and richly colored birds. Dik-diks are these tiny antelopes, no more than a foot tall. They're really cute, have a pair of horns, a snout, and if you stick your finger out, they'll secrete this black fluid from these glands beneath their eyes to mark their territory. It was really great. I'd highly recommend a trip up there.
This week has been incredible and there's a bunch of photos to go through. You can take a sneak peek of upcoming photos from the Kangaroo place!
As a side note, Phil Askey, the guy who runs dpreview.com has previously tested a 1D's weather sealing by taking it in the shower and it came out just fine. I figured that'd be a great way to clean the sand off my 1D2 when down in Florida so I gave it a shot. It worked fine when wet, but once it dried off, I noticed some condensation was forming under the plastic cover of the LCD screen on the back of the camera. It wouldn't turn on anymore. Uh oh... About 24 hours later, I was able to power it up, but it was repeatedly turn off then right back on when trying to focus or adjust settings. The next day, I was able to keep the camera on reliably. However, certain critical features are missing. Autofocus works, but it can't obtain a lock. (It is possible to shoot purely with manual focus. This kangaroo photo, as well as all the others from today were all shot with MF. Boy that's tough!) It's also no longer possible to select a specific AF point. The display that tells you shutter speed, aperture, etc in the viewfinder is only on about 50% of the time. The bottom LCD on the back displays jibberish. Time to send off another camera for repair. I must be one of Canon's best customers... Thus, I'll be cameraless once again for a little while, but that's perfectly okay. Time to enjoy life instead of trying to photograph every minute of it! =)
Alright, time to move back to Tech on Saturday. Woohoo! This last semester is gonna be awesome!