Yellowstone in Winter (part 1)

This is part 1 of the Yellowstone in Winter post written by Randy Dykstra - you can check his website, Instagram and Facebook page (if this article doesn't make you go there in the winter, I don't know what will):

Everyone knows of Yellowstone National Park and its geysers. Millions of people visit in the summer months. But it was a whole new experience to stay in “yurts” in the middle of the park, in the middle of winter. This was also a time for me to really put my new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens to task on my Nikon D850.


Winter made this just an amazing adventure, loaded with all sorts of weather; snow storms, winds, bright warm days, and a mixture of all the above. Key this year was finding a place where I could actually stay inside the park and not have to travel 40 miles each morning to reach the central areas of the park. That meant I was able to be at key locations right at sunrise.


The park was loaded with bison and I saw well over a thousand of them, over the 5 days of photography. Also quite abundant were coyotes and eagles as I saw multiples of each every day of the trip. Staying out of sight were the wolves and elk, at least in the middle section of the park. Although, there were some signs of activity that occurred at night.


The trip started with the drive from the Bozeman airport to the west gate. This highway leaves Belgrade, Montana and heads south through Gallatin National forest, before entering Yellowstone National park for approximately 20 miles, ending at the small community of West Yellowstone. This is a busy thoroughfare but it transverses through the beautiful countryside with many miles hugging the Gallatin River. Keeping an eye out here provided some wonderful animal sightings and photo opportunities.

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Nikon video contest challenges creators to ”Follow Your Passion” for a chance to win $25,000 and a Nikon Z6 filmmakers’ kit


Nikon video contest challenges creators to ''Follow Your Passion'' for a chance to win $25,000 and a Nikon Z6 filmmakers' kit:

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Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware update 2.0 additional coverage


Some additional coverage on the new Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware update 2.0 that includes:

  • Eye-Detection autofocus (AF) for still-image shooting
  • AF performance improvements in low-light situations
  • Addition of auto-exposure (AE) tracking capability to the continuous high-speed (extended) mode

First, the Nikon Z6/Z7 Facebook group is full with examples, feedback, commentary on the new firmware update. Definitely worth checking it out.

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 technical service advisory for faulty vibration reduction (VR) feature


Nikon issued a "Technical Service Advisory" for users of the Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras for faulty vibration reduction (VR) feature. You can check if your camera is impacted:

Additional infiormationL:

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Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware update 2.0 with eye AF officially released


Nikon just released firmware update 2.0 for the Z6 and Z7 camera with eye AF, improve low light focus capability (as previoulsy reported) and other fixes improvements:

Eye-Detection autofocus (AF) for still-image shooting

The new firmware offers Eye-Detection AF functionality that automatically detects and focuses on human eyes when using the Auto-area AF mode in both AF-S and AF-C. When the eyes of multiple subjects are detected, the multi-selector or sub-selector can be used to select the eye upon which the camera should focus. This enables precise focus on the eye of the intended individual, even when looking through the Electronic Viewfinder. This function is applicable even when the subject's face is partially covered by another object, or in the event when a subject is frequently changing their pose.

AF performance improvements in low-light situations

The new firmware enables even faster autofocusing when capturing photos and video in dark or dimly lit scenes, for both stills and video. It will extend the AF detection range*1 from −1 EV to −2 EV with the Z 7, and from −2 EV to −3.5 EV with the Z 6. In addition, the Z 6 will be able to autofocus with even darker scenes, as the available low-light AF detection range*1 will be extended*2 from −4 EV to −6 EV when the Low-light AF function is enabled. (*1 With still-image photography in AF-S mode, ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, at 20° C/68° F,  *2 The low-light AF detection range will remain the same with the Z 7).

Addition of auto-exposure (AE) tracking capability to the continuous high-speed (extended) mode

With earlier firmware versions, auto exposure (AE) was locked with the first shot in a burst of high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9 fps (Z 7) or 12 fps (Z 6) in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. Firmware Ver. 2.0 adds support for AE tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, allowing the cameras to track exposure just as it does focus (AF tracking). This helps to ensure that all images captured with a burst of high-speed continuous shooting are in focus and exhibit optimal exposure, even when the brightness of the scene changes.

Download links and additional information:

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Announced today: new Profoto A1X for Nikon



Today Profoto announced a new A1X flash for Nikon cameras (now in stock at Adorama and B&H).

Differences between the new Profoto A1X and the A1 (the new model is $100 more expensive than the A1):

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