25 December 2017

My most memorable Birds in Flight Photography Series of 2016 / 2017

Swift Tern dropping his breakfast - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
After watching a swift tern executing a successful breakfast dive, I started tracking the bird to get a closer look - just to see him dropping his latest meal mid-air. Very much in reaction towards inevitable onslaught from the fast approaching king gull. Lucky escape for the fish, as it dropped back into the Milnerton lagoon.

Swift tern images with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 800 f/5.6 1/5000's, AI Servo Mode: Case 1/ Wide Zone (Handheld). 10 fps High-Speed continuous shooting mode. 

My most memorable Birds in Flight Photography Series of 2015 - Confused Seagull

Five consecutive frames

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Swift Tern in Flight  - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Swift Tern in Flight  - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Swift Tern in Flight  - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Swift Tern  in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Swift Tern in Flight  - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Swift Tern in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Swift Tern in Flight  - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Swift Tern in Flight -  Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Swift Tern in flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

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

22 December 2017

Low Light Photography - Intaka Island

African Sacred Ibis Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 2500 - Intaka Island, Cape Town
African Sacred Ibis in Flight - Intaka Island (ISO 2500 - 3200)
I don't often go to Intaka Island for Birds in Flight photography, but spent some time there early this morning. Unlike Woodbridge Island, the best hide-area at Intaka Island is shooting mostly directly into the sun.

Early morning Birds in Flight Photography at Woodbridge Island is always with the sun behind the photographer (offering direct, but soft light on the birds).

These images (from an Intaka Island hide) are captured at Auto-ISO with the dark-green foliage adding for an additional challenge to the low / variable light conditions.

I rarely shoot higher than ISO 1600 with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm F/5.6L USM lens, but in many ways (ito the conditions) I'm more than satisfied with these images and outing to Intaka Island.

With Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens (4 consecutive frames @ 10 fps)

Cape Town Birds in Flight Shooting Location / Conditions
Intaka Island, Cape Town. Overcast (no wind)

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African Sacred Ibis Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 2500 - Intaka Island, Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 2500 - Intaka Island, Cape Town

African Sacred Ibis Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 3200 - Intaka Island, Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 2500 - Intaka Island, Cape Town 

African Sacred Ibis Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 2500 - Intaka Island, Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 2500 - Intaka Island, Cape Town

African Sacred Ibis Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 2500 - Intaka Island, Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 2500 - Intaka Island, Cape Town

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

10 December 2017

Happy Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Cape Town

After the conclusion of one of my Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Cape Town I sat down next to the Milnerton lagoon / Woodbridge Island for some reflection. As usual, at this site, I very quickly had one of the resident ducks around me doing some late morning grooming. The white duck was right in front of my lens and I really enjoyed the Canon EOS 7D Mark II close-up opportunity.

All photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (M Mode / Handheld). Manual mode: ISO 320 / f/6.3.

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Happy Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island 01
Happy Duck Woodbridge Island / Cape Town (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens)


Happy Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island 02
Happy Duck Woodbridge Island / Cape Town (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens)


Happy Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island 03
Happy Duck Woodbridge Island / Cape Town (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens)


Happy Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island 04
Happy Duck Woodbridge Island / Cape Town (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens)


Happy Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island 05
Happy Duck Woodbridge Island / Cape Town (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens)


Happy Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island 06
Happy Duck Woodbridge Island / Cape Town(Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens)

Canon Camera / Photography Workshops Cape Town

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

01 December 2017

Pincushion Flowers using Autofocus and Manual Focus Override

The objective of this post is to show the ability of a macro (and many other lenses) to manual focus while in camera / lens AF Mode.

For these images I focused from four different distances with my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens - while just hand holding the camera / lens and after 'locking focus' with the AF focus I just turned the front focus ring (for further fine-tuning). For optimum focus / sharpness results it's recommended to use a tripod - but, not always possible (in limited time / space).

In my upcoming Macro and Close-Up Photography Workshop I will demonstrate the Canon Extension Tube EF25 II on various non-macro lenses.

With Canon EOS 70D / 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens: f/8 ISO 400 (Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash).


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Pincushions flowers using AF and Manual Focus Override
Canon 100mm Macro Lens - AF Focus with Manual Focus Override

Pincushions flowers using AF and Manual Focus Override
Canon 100mm Macro Lens - AF Focus with Manual Focus Override

Pincushions flowers using AF and Manual Focus Override
Canon 100mm Macro Lens - AF Focus with Manual Focus Override

Pincushions flowers using AF and Manual Focus Override
Canon 100mm Macro Lens - AF Focus with Manual Focus Override