Now that it looks like winter in upstate New York, I headed out to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo to take advantage of their annual Winter Photo Contest which lets people in the zoo for free if you bring a camera with a coupon. It was a perfect winter’s day.
The “dogs” of the zoo were out enjoying the sunny and cold January day. The white timber wolf, red fox and red wolf did not seem to mind the weather. Their thick coats of fur insulating them from the single digit temperatures.
While I was watching the red wolves, a siren was heard nearby. They must have thought it was a howl from other wolves as they launched into five minutes of howling of their own in reply.
You may have noticed these photos look a little “hot” or overexposed and I did not add the photo’s Exif data as I usually do. The combination of the Nikon D700 camera and Nikon 80-400VR lens kept giving me a flashing Err message on the upper LCD screen and in the viewfinder.
I tried everything to fix it out in the field. Turned the camera off and on, re-seeded and changed the memory card, switched to my backup battery and took the lens off and reconnected it. The error message persisted. It was like the camera was not able to set the lens’ aperture when the shutter was pressed. I do not believe the Exif data in the photos is correct. I did my best to save these photos in post-processing.
When I got back home I looked up to see if others had experienced this issue. Turns out it is well know problem and a simple cleaning procedure fixed it. Whew! I had visions of having to send my camera to Nikon to get repaired.