01 August 2017

Aperture testing after facilitating the Birds in Flight Photography Workshop

Swift Tern -  Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Swift Tern - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Objective: Fine-tuning close distance shooting (at f/5.6) with selected background testing using the Canon EOS 7D Mark II body / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens with AI Servo / Wide Zone selection for tracking fast and at times, erratic flying smaller birds.

Good Cape Town weather at last
Since facilitating the recent Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town and straight after that the popular Landscape / Long Exposure Workshop Cape Town with little time for my own shooting. We were also subject to a very strong South-Easter wind around the Western Cape making any shooting unpleasant.


Cape Town Location
Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Equipment (Birds In Flight / Action Photography)

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens 
  • Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB CF Card
  • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32 GB

Manual Mode Settings / Lens AF On

  • Shutter speed: 1/5000s 
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm 
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 640) 
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo 
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1) 
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

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Yellow-Billed Duck - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Yellow-Billed Duck - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Blacksmith plover / Kiewiet - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Blacksmith plover / Kiewiet - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Egyptian Goose - Woodbridge Island CapeTtown
Egyptian Goose - Woodbridge Island CapeTtown

Little Egret - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Little Egret - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Info / Manual Downloads