25 May 2016

Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash

Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash arrived from Canon SA
The latest of Canon's two Ring Lite flash units arrived from Canon SA on my desk in Cape Town this morning. The Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash unit is the most advanced macro flash Canon has produced to date. The other Canon Macro flash unit available is the Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX.


From the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Instruction Manual

'The Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II is a flash for shooting close-ups with Canon EOS cameras, compatible with E-TTL II / E-TTL / TTL autoflash systems. The flash unit is equipt with various functions suitable for a wide range of shooting objectives, from simple shooting to advanced shooting. [P. 2]"

Compatibility with EOS Bodies / EF Macro Lenses
The Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash
 is compatible will all Canon EOS Film and Digital Type A and Type B SLR camera bodies. More information, macro lens compatibility and PDF instruction manual download is available on my Canon Camera News Website

Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-MR-14EX II – Key Features
  • Ring-flash design for versatile lighting
  • Independently variable dual flash tubes
  • Powerful performance – guide number 14 (ISO 100, metres)
  • Triggers other flashes wirelessly.
  • LED modelling lamps improve low-light focusing
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Fast, silent recycling


Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash - Retail Packaging

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22 May 2016

Inspiration after the Canon Roadshow Cape Town

Ibis landing in the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island

After attending the Canon South Africa Roadshow 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Saturday I was naturally inspired to get back to shooting as soon as possible. On a crisp Sunday morning  I captured this lonesome Sacred Ibis landing on the small island, Woodbridge Island. All Sacred Ibis photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f6.3 / ISO 800 / 1/5000s / 10 fps / AI Servo / Extended Zone AF / AF Case 1 / Handheld).



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Ibis landing in the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island
Sacred Ibis : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island 


Ibis landing in the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island
Sacred Ibis : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island 


Ibis landing in the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island
Sacred Ibis : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island 


Ibis landing in the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island
Sacred Ibis : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island 

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

11 May 2016

New 'From Snapshot to Great Shots' Book Arrivals for Review

I received these two brand new 2016 hard copy titles from Pearson South Africa this morning - and I am sure, like me, there are many of you that will be keen to read / see more about these camera / photographic topics on offer from Pearson.

Once done with the reviews I will publish both on my websites and update all via Facebook et al.


From Snapshots to Great Shots titles
  • A Photographer's Guide to Focus and Autofocus - From Snapshots to Great Shots by Alan Hess
  • Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time - From Snapshots to Great Shots by John Carucci   

A Photographer's Guide to Focus and Autofocus - From Snapshots to Great Shots by Alan Hess Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time - From Snapshots to Great Shots by John Carucci

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07 May 2016

Macro / Close-Up Photography Cape Town Facebook Group

Close-Up / Macro Photography Cape Town Facebook Group

Join the new Macro / Close-Up Photography Cape Town Facebook Group >>

Invitation to anybody who is interested in capturing Close-Up / Macro nature images and / or current Close-Up / Macro nature photographers in / around Cape Town and Western Cape for discussing / uploading Macro / Close-Up images.

Group Admin / Moderator: Vernon Chalmers

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01 May 2016

Update: Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island

Update: Restoration of the Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island
Wooden Bridge Woodbridge Island - Image Vernon Chalmers
On 11 December 2015 I published a post Restoration of the wooden bridge Woodbridge Island sharing the intention of the City of Cape Town to start with the Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island.

With a high level of anticipation I kept a watchful eye on any development / news from the City of Cape Town following through on their welcomed publication for the rehabilitation and restoration of the wooden bridge (to also serve as pedestrian access).

In a recent article in the Tabletalk newspaper (20/4/16) there was an update outlining more detail with regard to the City of Cape Town's restoration planning of the Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island.

According to the Tabletalk newspaper article, Plans to repair historic wooden bridge, the City of Cape Town is planning "to advertise a tender for the restoration of one of Milnerton's landmarks".

The Tabletalk also states the City of Cape Town's previous intention for resorting the wooden bridge in 2008. 


Herewith a link to a similar article published by IOL in 2008 - Historic wooden bridge to be restored. Also in 2008 on the City of Cape Town/s website a post publicly communicating the request for funding - City Seeks Funding To Restore Milnerton's Wooden Bridge.

Restoration future of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island
It is now anticipated that the restoration project "will be put out to tender January 2017 (the 2016 / 2017) financial year, with the construction to commence in the following financial year (2017 / 18)". "The actual construction will take about 10 months" according to Brett Herron, the mayoral committee member for transport at the City of Cape Town.

News Source: Tabletalk (Wed 20 April 2016)

Woodbridge Island Bridges, Milnerton Cape Town
Woodbridge Island Bridges, Milnerton Cape Town

Milnerton Lighthouse Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Milnerton Lighthouse Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Table Mountain Cape Town From Milnerton
Table Mountain Cape Town From Milnerton


Update: Restoration of the Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island
Wooden Bridge Woodbridge Island Before Sunrise - Image Vernon Chalmers

History of Milnerton / Woodbridge IslandFrom 1897 - 1980 History of Milnerton