The search for the Okinawa Rail

The Okinawa Rail is a flightless bird endemic to the Yambaru region in the north of Okinawa. The Japanese call it Yambaru Kuina, and though stylized versions of it are ubiquitous on packaging, advertising or road signs, most people have never actually seen it. Okinawa rail on street signs.

How to install ExifTool with Composer

I’m working on a PHP project, that uses Phil Harveys excellent ExifTool to read Exif and XMP tags from photos. Since ExifTool is written in Perl, there is of course no composer.json to install this dependency directly with Composer. But you can create your own package information in your master composer.json as follows: { … […]

Visited by a roe deer

Over the New Year, I’ve spent a couple of days in my vacation home in the canton Vaud. During one night, we got quite a bit of fresh snow and the next evening my wife discovered this roe deer in our orchard. He was probably looking for apples.

What I don’t like about the Nikon D500

So far nothing except one (little) thing: Unlike on the D810, the GPS icon is not displayed on the top LCD only on the rear LCD. The GPS icon (on the rear LCD) blinks as long as no fix is available. Having this information on the top would be useful before taking a picture, especially […]

Gimbal and replacement foot for the Nikon 600mm FL

Unfortunately, the Nikon 600mm f1/4E FL ED VR does not balance with the D810 and the foot replacement LCF-13 by Really Right Stuff nor with the Nikon stock foot. The LCF-13 worked perfectly with the previous model 600mm f1/4G ED VR. After some research I ordered the foot LF-N604FL by jobu design. It is 4 […]

New Foot for the Nikon 600mm f/4 FL VR is on the way

The Nikon 600mm f/4 FL is a superb lens, but you need a very long lens plate to balance it correctly with a D810 attached. For example the the Really Righ Stuff LFC-13 replacement foot is not long enough, but there is help on the way. I just received the following email from RSS: Really […]

New Nikon 600mm F/4 FL ED VR is too front-heavy with D810 attached

Update 04.03.2017: Perfectly balancing a Nikon 600mm FL with a D810 / D500 works now. I not only replaced the stock foot, but also use the gimbal Heavy Duty MK IV by jobu design. Update 23.04.2016: Balancing the 600mm FL horizontally works fine now. I finally went with a foot replacement by jobu design. Update […]

Why using the DNG format might not be a good idea

A few years back I converted my photos from the proprietary Nikon NEF format to Adobes open DNG format, because I’m convinced of the open source idea and hate proprietary formats. But now that I started to enter photo contests, I have a problem. I can’t use any of these photos, since all contests want […]

Nikon D810: Limit Selection of Autofocus Area Mode

I haven’t read about this in most reviews of the Nikon D810. It’s a small, but very welcome addition to customize your camera settings. You can now limit the selection of AF area modes. I for example never use neither 3D-tracking nor Auto-area AF. Now I can disable them in the menu a11 Limit AF-area […]

Nikon D800/D810: Turning ISO-AUTO on/off single-handed

I love my D800, but I was always annoyed, that I could not turn on or off the ISO-AUTO setting with one hand. But after playing around with my camera settings I found the following solution: First create an new entry in your MY MENU and make sure it’s the first item at the top. […]