31 December 2018

Low Flying Cormorant - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Low Flying Cormorant in Flight - Diep River / Woodbridge Island
White-Breasted Cormorant just after taking off on a glorious morning from the Diep River / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. 

All photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/4000s / Autofocus Case 1 / Multi-Shot Continuous Mode: 10 fps / AI Servo / Handheld).

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White-Breasted Cormorant Taking-Off - Woodbridge Island
White-Breasted Cormorant : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens


White-Breasted Cormorant Taking-Off - Woodbridge Island
White-Breasted Cormorant : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens


White-Breasted Cormorant Taking-Off - Woodbridge Island
White-Breasted Cormorant : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens


White-Breasted Cormorant Taking-Off - Woodbridge Island
White-Breasted Cormorant : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens


White-Breasted Cormorant Taking-Off - Woodbridge Island
White-Breasted Cormorant : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

01 December 2018

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro Lens
Macro Flowers - Cape Town

In preparation for our Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop at Intaka Island Century City, Cape Town next month I've captured a few small flowers with my Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro lens and Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash.

Note: Photos are on tripod in Av mode with a Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash with diffuser.  Slight processing Photoshop Lightroom 6.

Shooting Location
Arnhem Milnerton, Cape Town


Canon DSLR / Flash / Tripod
  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash
  • Manfrotto Tripod

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture f/22 - F/11
  • ISO 800
  • Manual Focus / Lens Autofocus off
  • Shutter speed: various (auto in Av mode)

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Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 800 f/22

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 800 f/11

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 400 f/11

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 800 f/11

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 800 f/8

Canon Extension Tube vs Macro Lens Decision
Canon Extension Tube vs Macro Lens Decision

Canon Extension Tube vs Macro Lens Decision

Canon Extension Tube vs Macro Lens Decision
I was recently asked to assist one of my workshop delegates with the purchase of a Canon EF25 II extension tube for his Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens (on a Canon crop body) vs the purchase of a Macro lens.

I obliged by capturing a small garden flower with / without the Canon EF25 II Extension Tube on a Canon 70D (also a Canon crop body).

At the same time I used a Canon EOS 6D (full frame body ) with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens and captured the same flower at the same apertures.

The objective was not really image quality, but for determining the absolute minimum focus distance for each of the body / lens (extension tube used) to flower (measured from the front lens element).

Selected Aperture on all 3 images = f/11 Different ISO's (Auto-ISO). More detailed EXIF data below the individual images.

All images are uncropped (with some Adobe Lightroom 6 processing).

Lens AF on for all images (No flash / handheld) Conditions: overcast.

Body / Lens (Extension Tube)

  • Image 1: Canon EOS 70D / 50mm STM Lens
  • Image 2: Canon EOS 70D / 50mm STM Lens / Extension Tube
  • Image 3: Canon EOS 6D / 100mm Macro Lens

Minimum Focus Distance (MFD)

  • Image 1: Canon EOS 70D / 50mm Lens +- 350mm
  • Image 2: Canon EOS 70D / 50mm Lens / Extension Tube  +- 200mm
  • Image 3: Canon EOS 6D / 100mm Macro Lens +- 300mm

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Image 1: Canon EOS 70D / 50mm STM Lens f/11 / ISO 250 / 1/80s

Image 2: Canon EOS 70D / 50mm STM Lens / Extension Tube f/11 / ISO 1000 / 1/80s

Image 3: Canon EOS 6D / 100mm Macro Lens f/11 / ISO 1000 / 1/80s

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town
Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town

01 November 2018

Canon EOS 6D: Links to Professional / Consumer Reviews

Canon EOS 6D: Links to Professional / Consumer Reviews
The Canon EOS 6D was released on 17 November 2012 succeeding the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon's smallest full frame DSLR camera body with 20.2 MP sensor, DIGIC 5+ Image Processor with WiFi and GPS.

Online Reviews - Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera

Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera Consumer Reviews
  • Amazon - read
  • Canon USA - read
  • Photography-On-The-Net - read

More Canon EOS / PowerShot Camera Professional / Consumer Reviews View >>

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Zeitz MOCAA Museum Architecture : Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 IS USM Lens
Museum Architecture : Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 IS USM Lens

Small flower Photography : Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Small Flower Photography : Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Long Exposure Photography Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Long Exposure Photography Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Fireworks Photography : Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Fireworks Photography : Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Birds in Flight Photography : Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Birds in Flight Photography : Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

01 October 2018

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Lightroom Post-Processing

Cropping and Lightroom Post-Processing with my Birds in Flight Photography Setup
A few weeks ago I captured a butterfly with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight setup (non -macro / non-close-up) with the objective to see to what extend it will be usable online - and for a few other projects I'm currently researching.

Minimum Focus Distance (MFD)
The minimum focus distance of the 400mm lens used (from front lens element to subject) is 3.5 meters - not really made for close-up work as is.

1st Image: RAW image processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and the free Google Nik Suite plugin (exported as JPEG). Download the free Google Nik Suite

2nd Image: RAW Image - Straight Out Of Camera (exported as JPG).


Location: Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Canon Camera / Lens Settings

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • M Mode: f/6.3 ISO 1000 1/5000s
  • Wide Zone AF on
  • AI Servo on
  • 10 fps
  • Handheld

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Post-Processing
Image 1 :  Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens (Cropped)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Post-Processing
Image 2 :  Canon EOS 7E Mark II / 400mm Lens (Original RAW)

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training / Workshops Cape Town
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Cape Town More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop Cape Town More

04 September 2018

Canon EOS 70D: Links to Professional / Consumer Reviews

Canon EOS 70D: Links to Professional / Consumer Reviews
The Canon EOS 70D was announced on 2 July 2013. The new Canon EOS 70D is Canon's mid-range APS-C Sensor DSLR camera with a 20.2 Megapixel APS-C Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and Digic 5+ image processor.

Canon EOS 70D High ISO Test
Canon EOS 70D / High ISO Test

Canon EOS 70D Birds In Flight
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm Lens

Canon EOS 70D Shooting Sports
Canon EOS 70D Sport Shooting

Online Reviews - Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera

Consumer / User Reviews - Canon EOS 70D
More Canon EOS / PowerShot Camera Professional / Consumer Reviews View >>

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Motorcycle Racing Killarney Cape Town : Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Cormorant in Flight : Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Cormorant in Flight Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

01 September 2018

Bees and Butterfly in Flight Photography

Bees and Butterfly in Flight - Cape Town

Bees and Butterfly in Flight - Cape Town
Macro and Close-Up Photography with Canon EOS 6D / EOS 7D Mark II / EOS 70D

A few bees and a butterfly in flight, first with the Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L ISM lens (with Canon Extension Tube 25 II) and then with the Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm USM Macro lens and finally with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

Shooting Conditions: Sunny, mid-morning

Location: Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Images captured in Manual Mode: Multi-shot / continuous mode at 4.5 fps AI Servo. Single-Point AF. f/8 ISO 1600 - 6400 1/4000s Handheld.(Canon EF25 II Extension Tube) FL 112mm

Bees in Flight Challenge
From all the photography genres I am currently working in, this is the most challenging - not so much for the exposure settings, but for selecting the best body and lens combination. I prefer the Canon EOS 6D full frame body with the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens (with an Extension Tube fitted between body and lens) for close-up photography. 

This pairing allows me for shooting with a longer working distance between lens and subject (compared to my 100mm macro lens) and I can shoot at much higher ISO's without losing to much detail (at 1/4000s). Unfortunately the highest shutter speed of the Canon EOS 6D is only 1/4000 seconds and when I go out again will experiment with High-Speed Sync flash with some of my Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite flashes.
Post-processing done with Adobe Lightroom 6 CC. RAW to JPG conversion with some sharpening and noise reduction applied.

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Bee in Flight Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens @ ISO 2000
Bee in Flight Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens @ ISO 2000

Bee in Flight Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens @ ISO 1600
Bee in Flight Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens @ ISO 1600


Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

Images captured in Manual Mode: Multi-shot / continuous mode at 7 fps AI Servo. Zone AF. f/8 ISO 6400 1/5000s Handheld.

Post-processing done with Adobe Lightroom 6 CC. RAW to JPG conversion with some sharpening and noise reduction applied

Bee in Flight  Canon 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens @ ISO 6400
Bee in Flight Canon 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens @ ISO 6400


Bee in Flight Canon 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens @ ISO 1000


Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Images captured in Manual Mode: Multi-shot / continuous mode at 10 fps AI Servo. Wide Zone AF. f/6.3 ISO 400 - 1250 1/5000s Handheld.

Post-processing done with Adobe Lightroom 6 CC. RAW to JPG conversion with some sharpening and noise reduction applied.


Bee in Flight  Canon 7D Mark II / EF 400 f/5.6L USM Lens @ ISO 800
Bee in Flight Canon 7D Mark II / EF 400 f/5.6L USM Lens @ ISO 800

Bee in Flight  Canon 7D Mark II / EF 400 f/5.6L USM Lens @ ISO 800
Bee in Flight Canon 7D Mark II / EF 400 f/5.6L USM Lens @ ISO 800

Butterfly in Flight Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens @ ISO 1250
Butterfly in Flight Canon EOS 7D Mark II EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens @ISO 1250

22 August 2018

Diving Pied Kingfisher - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

I still maintain my fascination for the hard working, diving pied kingfisher. This kingfisher was captured on a windy morning diving into the Diep river close to Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. With the Canon EOS 70D Mark II / 400mm lens.

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Pied Kingfisher at Work - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Pied Kingfisher Diving - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 


Pied Kingfisher at Work - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Pied Kingfisher with fish - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 


Pied Kingfisher at Work - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Pied Kingfisher with fish - Woodbridge Island , Cape Town


Pied Kingfisher at Work - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Pied Kingfisher with fish - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

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

26 July 2018

Thick-knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Stand-off with one of the two local spotted thick-knees in the Table Bay Nature Reserve. He was a bit grumpy on first sight, but a win-win situation.

Images by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens.

Continuous Shooting at 10fps: 3 consecutive frames

Canon Camera Settings
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Auto-ISO 500
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
  • AF: Large Zone (Case 1)
  • 10 fps / handheld
  • CF Card: Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB
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Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Spotted Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island

Spotted Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island
Spotted Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island

Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Spotted Thick-Knee in Flight : Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island

Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Spotted Thick-Knee in Flight : Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island


My Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Bird Species Index

25 July 2018

Grey heron taking flight -Table Bay Nature Reserve

Grey heron taking flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve just off Woodbridge Island

We went for a short hike through the Table Bay Nature Reserve opposite the Milnerton Golf Club. The light wasn't that great and although I captured a few grey herons perched and / or in flight I did nor expect much. The images posted here are the best from the day - and again I was quite pleased with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's performance. All three images are large crops, but retained enough detail for publishing here and on my Vernon Chalmers Photography Facebook Page.

Images by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens.

Continuous Shooting at 10fps: 3 consecutive frames

Camera Settings
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Auto-ISO 800
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
  • AF: Large Zone (Case 1)
  • 10 fps / handheld
  • CF Card: Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB

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Grey Heron Taking Flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island
Grey Heron Taking Flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Grey Heron Taking Flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island
Grey Heron Taking Flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Grey Heron Taking Flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island
Grey Heron Taking Flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Low Flying Grey Heron
Low Flying Grey Heron

Birds in flight Photography

23 July 2018

Update Links: Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island

Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Wooden Bridge Woodbridge Island  :  Image Vernon Chalmers
I have been tracking the possible restoration process of the historic wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island Cape Town since December 2016 (with my own before images and local media coverage).

The local media regularly covers the restoration, the costs and the project starting date, but the current high water levels in the Diep river / under the wooden bridge may have impeded the eventual start of the project somewhat.

I have noticed various construction containers offloaded and stationed close to the Milnerton Canoe Club on Woodbridge island this morning. Hopefully this is the start of the eagerly awaited restoration process.

Links documenting the start of the wooden bridge restoration project:

Latest Update: Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island
Latest Update: Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island

Update: Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island
Update: Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island

Restoration of the Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island
Restoration of the Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island

Images of the wooden bridge before restoration

Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island after Sunset  :  Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
History of Milnerton / Woodbridge Island

22 July 2018

Rock pigeon over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Rock pigeon over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Rock pigeon in full flight... and dipping for the water.

We've seen an interesting phenomena yesterday (at least for here) of a racing pigeon coming in at pace, dipping into the water, and taking off again. Probably for drinking water.

Location
Diep River / Woodbridge Island

Images by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. Accompanied by fellow photographer, Peter Knott, with the same Canon equipment.

Continuous Shooting at 10fps
Images 2 - 6 are five consecutive frames of the pigeon approaching the water. 

Canon Camera Settings
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Auto-ISO 500
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
  • AF: Large Zone (Case 1)
  • 10 fps / handheld
  • CF Card: Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB
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Image 2: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Image 2: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Image 3: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Image 3: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Image 4: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Image 4: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Image 5: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Image 5: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Image 6: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Image 6: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island


Image 7: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Image 7: Rock Pigeon in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Birds in flight Photography
Birds in Flight Photography