01 January 2015

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - 10 Depth of Field Demo Photos

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode : Aperture f/5.8  ISO 100
Depth of Field photos with Canon Ultra- Zoom Compact Camera
With Canon PowerShot SX40 HS 35x Zoom 12 Megapixel (non-DSLR) compact digital camera. Photos by Vernon Chalmers in Constantia, Durbanville, Franschhoek / Stellenbosch, Milnerton and Newlands Cape Town.

Objective: Demonstrating the Depth of Field / background blur potential with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS in P and Av Mode with various ISO selections.

Sensor challenge: With a 12x smaller image sensor than the Canon 700D SLR APC sensor its somewhat more challenging to create any significant background blur of note (compared to a DSLR camera). But thanks to the same Digic 5 image processor (as the Canon 700D) and it's 24-840mm focal length ultra-zoom lens it is more than capable.

Aperture / focal length: I have found the best Depth of Field / Bokeh opportunities with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS to be at low ISO's in early morning sunlight - and the camera's aperture f/5.8 sweet spot. The biggest challenge with the SX40 HS (or any ultra-zoom compact) is the selected lens focal length / distance from subject - this selection will have a significant impact on the effective blur quality of each photo.

Equipment
  • Canon PowerShot SX40 HS digital camera 
  • Canon Speedlite 270EX II flash 
  • Manfrotto Compact MMC3-01 monopod 
  • Zero post-processing 

P / Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture f/5.8 
  • ISO 100 - 400 
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 - 1/320 seconds 
  • Image Stabilisation (IS) on 

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon SX40 HS Aperture f/5.8 ISO 320 - Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS P Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS P Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS P Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100

Confused Seagull - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Confused Seagull - Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Seagull in the Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island with golf ball most probably from the Milnerton Golf Course. The activity of dropping and collecting the ball from the lagoon continued for well over thirty minutes.

All photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 70D and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens (fast shutter speeds 1/1600s).

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Seagull  Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Seagull Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 70D)


Seagull  Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Seagull Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 70D)


Seagull  Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Seagull Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 70D)

Seagull  Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Seagull Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 70D)

Birds in Flight Photography Cape TownBirds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Full Moon Milnerton Cape Town with Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Camera

Moon Photography: From Milnerton Cape Town

Objective: Demonstrating the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS night zoom capabilities. From 875 mm - 2 732 mm (no post-processing)

Please note: The JPG-image photographs where uploaded without any other in-camera enhancements or software post-processing (except for crops in Google Picasa).

Photos taken with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8
  • Manfrotto Compact tripod

Location: Arnhem Milnerton' Cape Town

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Camera
Moon / Night Photography: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Camera



Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Camera
Moon / Night Photography: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Camera 

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Camera
Moon / Night Photography: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Camera

Canon Long Exposure Photography Setup & Tips
Canon Long Exposure Photography Setup & Tips

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS / Speedlite 430EX II Flash

Cut Yellow Roses - Milnerton, Cape Town   Photo with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.
All Image ©  Vernon Chalmers
Cut Yellow Roses - Milnerton, Cape Town

Photos taken with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.

Location: Arnhem Milnerton, Cape Town

Objective: Demonstrating the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS image quality and external Speedlite 430 EX II (E-TTL) flash (in a low light environment).

Canon Camera / Flash Equipment
  • Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash
  • Manfrotto Compact monopod
  • Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce EW Diffuser

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture f/7.1-f/8
  • Focal lengths (35 mm equiv) 76-162mm
  • ISO 320-400 TTL flash mode
  • Shutter speed: various (auto)

Please note: The photographs where uploaded without any other in-camera enhancements or software post-processing (except for crops).

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Cut Yellow Roses - Milnerton, Cape Town Photo with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Digital Camera

Cut Yellow Roses - Milnerton, Cape Town Photo with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Digital Camera

Cut Yellow Roses - Milnerton, Cape Town Photo with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Digital Camera

Cut Yellow Roses - Milnerton, Cape Town Photo with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Digital Camera


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Digital Camera

Cut Yellow Roses - Milnerton, Cape Town Photo with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - 10 Depth of Field Demo Photos View

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Zoom Demo

Egyptian Geese: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super (Digital) Zoom Demo
All Photos © Vernon Chalmers 

Courting Egyptian Geese: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super (Digital) Zoom Demonstration

Photos taken with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Compact / Bridge camera.

ObjectiveDemonstrating the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS super-zoom's digital zoom capabilities (focal length between 2186 - 2732mm).

Camera SettingsAv Mode: ISO 200, Aperture f/5.8. Shutter speed Auto. IS on. 35x Optical Zoom + 30-40x Digital Zoom. Handheld.

LocationArnhem Milnerton, Cape Town (early morning / overcast).

Please note: The JPG images where uploaded with limited contrast adjustment in Google Picasa 3, but no in-camera enhancements or additional software post-processing. 1st image cropped - rest Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC).

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Egyptian Geese: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super (Digital) Zoom Demo
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Focal Length: 2732mm (35mm eqv)


Egyptian Geese: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super (Digital) Zoom Demo
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Focal Length: 2186mm (35mm eqv)

Egyptian Geese: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super (Digital) Zoom Demo
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Focal Length: 2186mm (35mm eqv.)


Egyptian Geese: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super (Digital) Zoom Demo
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Focal Length: 2186mm (35mm eqv.)

Egyptian Geese: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super (Digital) Zoom Demo
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Focal Length: 2186mm (35mm eqv.)

Nature's very own Christmas tree decorations

Nature's very own Christmas decorations - with Canon EOS 700D

With Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm lens

Cape Town LocationConstantia. Cape Town


Photo: Vernon Chalmers Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm lens
Photo: Vernon Chalmers Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm lens

Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm lens Constantia Cape Town
Photo: Vernon Chalmers Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm lens

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips

Roses in Constantia Cape Town - Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Photos taken with Canon Poweshot SX40 HS - AV Mode : ISO 100, Aperture f/5.6 with IS (Image Stabilisation). Various focal lengths.

Location: Constantia Cape Town

Objective: Demonstrating the background blur capability of the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Please note: The photographs where uploaded without any other in-camera enhancements or software post-processing (except for crops).

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Photo: Vernon Chalmers - Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS : Constantia Cape Town


Photo: Vernon Chalmers - Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Canon PowerShot SX 40HS : Constantia Cape Town


Photo: Vernon Chalmers - Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS : Constantia Cape Town

Close-up photos with Canon EOS 700D Milnerton Cape Town

Canon EOS 700D  Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
All Photos © Vernon Chalmers
Photos with Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS II lens and Canon Extension Tube EF25 II. AV Mode : ISO 100 - 400, Aperture f/5.6 - 11 with IS (Image Stabilisation where applicable). Various focal lengths.

Location: Milnerton Cape Town

Objective: Demonstrating close-up photography with Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250mm lens and Canon Extension Tube.

Equipment
  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body 
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens 
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens 
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens 
  • Canon EF25 II Extension Tube (for last image close-up) 
  • Canon 500D close-Up Lens Filter 
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash 
  • Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce EW Diffuser 

Please note: The photographs where uploaded without any other in-camera enhancements or software post-processing (except for crops).


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 Canon EOS 700D  / EF 50mm lens and Canon Extension Tube
Canon EOS 700D Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town


 Canon EOS 700D  / EF 50mm lens and Canon Extension Tube
Canon EOS 700D Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town 



 Canon EOS 700D  / EF-S  18-55mm IS STM lens and Canon Extension Tube
Canon EOS 700D Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town 



 Canon EOS 700D  / EF-S  18-55mm IS STM lens and Canon Extension Tube
Canon EOS 700D Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town 

 Canon EOS 700D  / EF-S 55-250mm lens and Canon Extension Tube
Canon EOS 700D Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town


 Canon EOS 700D  / EF-S 55-250mm lens and Canon Extension Tube
Canon EOS 700D Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town



Canon EOS 700D  Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town



Canon EOS 700D  Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D Photo: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town


Antics Of An Egyptian Goose - Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Demo

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Demonstration

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Demonstration

Photos taken with (non-DSLR) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Av Mode: ISO 100, Aperture f/5.6 and Manfrotto Compact tripod.

Objective: Demonstrating the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS super-zoom's impressive optical and digital zoom capabilities (across the full zoom range) / and relative image quality.

Setting: Arnhem Milnerton, Cape Town

Please note: The photographs where uploaded without any other in-camera enhancements or software post-processing (except for crops).

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Lens / Optical Specifications
  • 35x Canon USM optical zoom lens with IS
  • Digital zoom: 4 x (140 x total zoom)
  • Aperture: f2/7 at wide angle to f/5.8 at telephoto
  • Wide-angle 24mm to 840mm (35mm equivalent)


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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Demonstration
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Wide-Angle Focal Length: 6.4 mm / 35mm equivalent: 38 mm


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Demonstration
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Optical Zoom Focal Length : 28.8mm / 35mm equivalent: 168mm


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Demonstration
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Optical Super Zoom Focal Length: 150.5mm / 35mm equivalent: 1708mm


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Demonstration
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Super Zoom Focal Length: 150.5mm / 35mm equiv: 2186mm


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Super Zoom Demonstration
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Super Zoom Focal Length: 150.5mm / 35mm equiv: 2732mm