Working on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II autofocus system settings last evening, I sought out a willing model. Annie, our huge gray domestic shorthair cat, poses beautifully … until you point a camera at her. Once she sees a big camera lens or even an iPad pointed at her, Annie starts acting like a supermodel hopped up on caffeine: she rolls around, stretches her legs, grabs at the camera, and in general just gets crazy with it! During our brief session Annie did a bit of rolling but, having been stirred from contemplating the view from a nearby window, she was a bit mellow. The kitty rolled half over, curled up in a big furry ball — all legs and tail — and moved slowly through several head positions. I got a good test subject for my new camera settings and some decent photos of our feline beauty. Oh, and I think I finally got the settings I was looking for.
Testing out the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera at the heron rookery. On Tuesday, the birds were pretty quiet, standing or sitting upon their stick nests, occasionally working twigs into better positions. The winds were strong so the Great Blue Herons were all oriented windward, “facing” us, with decent lighting. I have much to learn on the new camera, especially regarding its focussing system, but got some very good results today.