Andrew Halsall


Yesterday I went to Mutton Bird Beach with Andrew Halsall. The day was filled with blue skies and amazing ocean.

After mucking around trying to photograph an Osprey catching fish I took this image of Andrew as he was walking back to the 4WD.

I got my portrait taken by Andrew so you should see the first image of me to ever appear on my blog –  I think you have to have some sort of ego to be taking photos of yourself that’s why I have never posted one!!! Stay tuned for the “About Me” section on the blog where the photo will be appearing.


Also on another note my 1TB Hard drive is STILL backing up onto the 4TB drive. I’m a little bit impatient when it comes to computers so I had to go out and get another 2TB. Problem is all my work (including my frame actions) is on the other drive.  Will just have to wait I suppose. Hopefully the backup process will only take another couple of days.



New firmware for the Fujifilm Finepix X100

Fujifilm yesterday released a new firmware update (Version 1.10) for the Finepix X100. If you have one of these brilliant cameras make sure you head to the global website and update your camera.

• Detail of the update

The firmware update Ver.1.10 incorporates the following issues.

The contents of the owner’s manual will be partly changed along with this update.

Please check them in detail.

1. The following functions can be rocked during shooting by holding down [MENU / OK] button over 3 sec.

DRIVE / Flash / White balance / Macro (set on the Command Dial – 4 direction key)

2. “CORRECTED AF FRAME” menu is added in “SET-UP” menu (the last line on menu page 6) to display additional AF frame (corrected AF frame for reducing parallax) which can be effectively used for macro shots. (Factory default value is set to “OFF”)

3. Adjustment in1/3 step increment for shutter speed or aperture setting is enabled in Shutter-Priority AE and Aperture-Priority AE mode, on top of those in Manual Exposure mode.

Shutter-Priority AE : Adjustment is controlled by rotating the command dial

Aperture-Priority AE : Adjustment is controlled by moving left / right on the command control lever

4. In the post-view mode (display after shooting), focused area is magnified in the LCD (EVF) display when the command control lever is pressed.

Cf. “IMAGE DISP.” Setting must be set to “CONTINUOUS”,

5. Setting of the role for “Fn” button is enabled by holding down “Fn” button over 3 sec.

6. Actual ISO sensitivity for shooting is displayed just after pressing shutter button halfway, when “ISO AUTO CONTROLL” is set to ON.

7. When “eye sensor” is activated by pressing “VIEW MODE” button, “EYE SENSOR” is displayed on EVF / OVF or LCD just a while to notice the status.

8. Macro mode ISO sensitivity, Drive mode, Dynamic range, Self-timer mode, flash mode is maintained even if shutter speed setting or aperture setting is changed. Also, even after changing viewing mode into shooting mode or turning of the camera, these values are maintained.

9. The size of focus frame set through viewing EVF / LCD is maintained even after changing display mode between OVF and EVF (LCD).

10. When “SHUTTER SOUND” is chosen, each shutter sound is performed in each menu setting.

11. In viewing mode, the last viewed shot is maintained as even after changing into shooting mode.

Cf. After another image is shot after viewing former image, memory of viewing the image is cancelled and the last shot is displayed as the latest image.

12. When the aspect ration of the image size is set to 16:9, the line of bright frame line on OVF is displayed with aspect ratio 16:9.

13. Viewing mode with Photo Information on EVF / LCD is maintained even if another image is shot. On top of this issue, deleting picture directly is enabled even in viewing with Photo information by pressing the command dial up, or MENU operation is also enabled.

14. Occasionally, preview image on EVF / LCD after pressing the shutter halfway might be darker than live view, according to aperture setting or brightness of shooting target. This phenomenon is improved.

15. When “DISP. CUSTOM SETTING” is set to OVF or EVF / LCD, the setting value is maintained even after customizing the menu.

16. Even for only RAW data recording mode, “RED EYE REMOVAL” setting is selectable among ON or OFF.

17. In MF (manual focus) setting with OVF mode, OVF viewing is activated after pressing shutter half way, even if “FOCUS CHECK” (magnifying center of the image) is displayed in EVF by pressing the center of the command control lever.

18. Displaying period after pressing each command dial (Macro / Flash) is prolonged from 1.5 sec into 2.0 sec for confirming correctly.

20. For resuming from AUTO POWER OFF setting, the shutter release button was required to hold down halfway for a few second. For quicker operation, resuming is activated by just pressing the button.

21. Image quality captured by Velvia / ASTIA mode is improved on mainly shadow tone (dark area), when dynamic range is set to 200% or 400%.

22. When “OVF POWER SAVE MODE” is set to ON and “Fn” button is set to “MOVIE RECORDING”, the camera may be unstable occasionally. This phenomenon is improved.

23. Histogram display on OVF during exposure compensation is improved.

The firmware up date ver.1.01 incorporates the improvement against inadequate operation shown in the following.

1. If the images are shot with ISO Bracketing mode when “QUICK START MODE”(*1) is set to “ON” and turn off the camera,the camera cannot be turned on again even with ordinary operation.

*1 Menu of “QUICK START MODE” is set to “OFF” as factory default value.

Busy week

I’m off for a bit of travel this week.

Northam on Thursday
Kalgoorlie on Friday
Wellstead on Saturday
Albany on Sunday

following week off to Rottnest Island…did I mention that I love my job??

I look forward to getting some images and posts up on the blog next week once my hard drive has finished backing up.

Also I want to do a few equiptment posts, PTGui tutorials (Ash from Camera Electronic is hanging out for this one – not long now mate!) and house renovation updates so stay connected and keep in touch.

Until then.

Happy shooting

Back up Week 17th – 24th June 2011

I encourge you all to participate in Dippa’s back up week.  Friday 17th June to 24th June 2011.

This is where you take one week to back up any photos that you have sitting on a hard drive and make a second copy.

So you won’t see any posts from me for about one week.

TRUST ME….this is something you will want to do but never get around to it. Make sure you take the opportunity to participate in Dippa’s back up week by posting the same subject on your blog and saving your precious images.

You can thank me later when your hard drive crashes. hehehe




My favorite wildlife image… until I take the next one!

Ask yourself the question…what is in your backyard….If you have any wildlife where you are why not take a shot of it and post it! I would love to see it.

Neon Avian

Last Thursday night went off at the Freo in Geraldton.  Neon Avian were playing their first live gig (from what I was told). The stage was set and the music was pumping. The pub went off!  All they needed was a decent photo…..I offered my services and here is the result.


Make sure you have a look on iTunes for some of their songs!