As I suspected, yesterday’s unusual low was a random wossname, and I’m back up today. But I’m still lighter than before I went to Wales, so it’s not all bad.
The weather forecast for today was for serious rain, so I planned to stay in and get the washing done, which is exactly what I’ve done. The only excitement of the day so far was a special delivery of wine which arrived at work while I’ve been on holiday. 
According to some reports, the serious rain has moved off to other parts of the country, so we’re just getting some moderately humorous rain instead. But it’s been dull, grey and damp all day, so staying in seems to have been the best option.
Today’s picture came as a surprise to me. We’d stopped at Barmouth, where I took a few shots of the well-known bridge. As we moved off, I noticed a train passing, and thought that it was a shame that we hadn’t been there at the right time for me to catch it, and add a bit of interest to the pictures. Well, that was until I looked more closely, and realised that I’d caught the train without actually noticing it at the time. So here it is:
As I suspected, when used away from the interference of city centres, it locks on to the satellites much more quickly. Not only that, but in open areas like sea fronts, zoos and the like, the accuracy of the device (based on plancements on Google Maps) is pretty damn excellent. Not just “close enough to remind you where the picture was taken” but actually close enough to be very informative.
While we were at the zoo, the battery light started to blink – this was after a lot of use, so I wasn’t all that surprised. I couldn’t tell you how many hours the device had been turned on, but it was quite a lot, and much more than I’d normally have it on. I’m pretty sure this was just a warning rather than an OMG! Change now!!! but I changed the battery to avoid it dying when I wasn’t watching the lights.
So, yes. It works well, does what it says on the tin, and is much more convenient than using a separate GPS device and having to fiddle with software. If you have a 5D Mark III or a 7D, this is well worth considering, unless geotagging your pictures is of no interest to you. Personally, I’d hate not to have my images tagged – it’s so much easier when you come to look at older images and you can’t quite remember which bit of coastline that is. A few years back, I had to resort to examining the coast in Google Maps and matching what I could see there to my images, which took a while.
I’ve started going through my holiday pictures, and I thought I’d start with this set. One of the daily events at the zoo is a display of falconry, starring a quite magnificent Harris’s Hawk. At the end of the show, the hawk flew off into the trees, but apparently this is quite normal, and it generally returns at some point.
It wasn’t until I saw the images on my larger screen that I realised that I’d managed to get some rather good shots. It seems the improved autofocus on the 5D Mark III is working as advertised.