28 April 2018

Birds in flight during photography training at Woodbridge Island

Spoonbill in flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve - Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight, Table Bay Nature Reserve / Cape Town

A few birds in flight captured during an advanced Autofocus / Birds in Flight private training practical session - as part of my one-on-one / private Birds in Flight Photography / Canon Advanced Autofocus Private Training.

Hike into the Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island
A crisp  low wind morning provided for an extended training session next to the Diep River and then a short hike into the the Table Bay Nature Reserve. I captured a few birds - mainly spoonbills, grey herons and a sacred ibis.

Client Canon Camera & Lens
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

Cape Town Location
Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve
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

Manual Mode Settings
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s - 1/5000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 800 - 1000)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

Click to Enlarge
Sacred ibis in flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island  - Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Sacred ibis in flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island 

Grey heron landing - Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island - Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Grey heron landing - Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island

Grey heron in flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve - Woodbridge Island - Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Grey heron in flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island

Red-knobbed coot in flight - Diep River / Woodbridge Island - Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Red-knobbed coot in flight - Diep River / Woodbridge Island

White-breasted cormorant - Diep River / Woodbridge Island - Copyright Vernon Chalmers
White-breasted cormorant - Diep River / Woodbridge Island

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

20 April 2018

Long Exposure Photography - Sea Point, Cape Town

Long Exposure Photography - Sea Point, Cape Town
 Long Exposure Photography Cape Town
Capturing Fading Light - Sea Point Cape Town

Late on a Thursday afternoon I went with my good friend and Nikon-shooter, Joseph Inns, to capture some long exposures from the Promenade Sea Point, Cape Town. 
I also used this opportunity for testing my new Hoya PROND64 lens screw-on filter on the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide lens.

All images captured in RAW and post-processed / converted to JPG in Adobe Lightroom.

Long Exposure Photography Gear / Av Mode Settings

  • Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-135mm f/4L IS USM Lens 
  • Hoya PRO ND 64 Filter (1st tow images here) 
  • ISO 100 
  • Aperture f/16 
  • Shutter Speeds 2.5 - 30 seconds 
  • Focal Lengths 20-35mm 
  • Manual focus / Image Stabilization off 
  • Remote release 
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W 

Hoya PROND64 Filter Features

  • 6-Stop Neutral Density Filter 
  • 1.8 Solid Optical Density 
  • Darkens image to shoot at longer shutter speeds


(Click To Enlarge)
Long Exposure Photography - Sea Point, Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D Av Mode: f/16 ISO 100 3.5s (Hoya ND Filter)  - Cape Town


Long Exposure Photography - Sea Point, Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D Av Mode: f/16 ISO 100 .5s (Hoya ND Filter) - Cape Town


Long Exposure Photography - Sea Point, Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D Av Mode: f/16 ISO 100 30 seconds  Cape Town


Long Exposure Photography - Sea Point, Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D Av Mode: f/16 ISO 100 30 seconds - Cape Town


Long Exposure Photography - Sea Point, Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D Av Mode: f/16 ISO 100 30 seconds - Cape Town 

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips

Ultra Wide-Angle Lenses: Crop vs Full Frame Focal Lengths

Ultra Wide-Angle Lenses: different focal lengths (comparing Crop and Full Frame focal lengths)

On my website I have made two posts from the same Woodbridge Island, Cape Town location for interested photographers looking at wide-angle lenses.

Please note: These posts are not about image quality comparisons, but rather focal length framing when using an APS-C / crop sensor camera and a full frame camera with more / less the same focal lengths. 

Shooting Location
Crop and full frame images captured on two different days.



Canon EF-S vs. EF Lens Compatibility
Canon EF-S lenses are not compatible with Canon Full Frame bodies and will only fit / work on Canon APS-C / crop sensor bodies (the little white dot on body and white square on lens). EF lenses are compatible will both Canon APS-C / Full Frame bodies (the little red dot on body and lens - crop bodies will have a red and a white dot to show compatibility with both EF and EF-S lenses).

Image 1: 10mm: From the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5 - 5.6 IS STM Lens on a crop sensor camera (EOS 700D). Following the link to see 10mm / 14mm / 18mm
.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5 - 5.6 IS STM Lens Samples


Image 2: 16mm: From the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on a full frame camera (EOS 6D). Following the link to see 16mm / 20mm / 23mm / 28mm / 35mm

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Samples

(Click to enlarge)
Canon EOS 700D / Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens  @ 10mm FL
Image 1: Canon EOS 700D / Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens  @ 10mm 

Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens @ 16mm
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens @ 16mm

18 April 2018

Update: Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island

The Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island  :  Copyright Vernon Chalmers
The Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island : Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island Restoration Update

As far back as December 2015 I started tracking the Restoration of the wooden bridge Woodbridge Island as an intention of the City of Cape Town for starting with the restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island

Latest Update: Restoration of the Wooden Bridge (Aug 2019)

In an article in the TableTalk newspaper (20/4/2016) there was an update outlining more detail with regard to the City of Cape Town's restoration planning of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island.

TableTalk 18 April 2018 Update
According to the Tabletalk newspaper front page article - Wooden bridge upgrades imminentupgrades to the wooden bridge will begin shortly now that a R20.5 million tender has been awarded to Ruwacon Construction for upgrading the wooden bridge at Woodbridge Island.

The National Department of Transport confirmed to Tabletalk: "Once the restoration work has been completed the (wooden) bridge will provide a fully functional non-motorised transport link between Woodbridge Island and the exisitng cycling and walking lane, and the IRT facilities that run along Marine Drive" (Source: TableTalk 18/4/2018)

2019 Update Links: Restoration of the wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island View>>

Article in TableTalk
Article in TableTalk

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


The Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island  :  Copyright Vernon Chalmers
The Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island  :  Copyright Vernon Chalmers
History of Milnerton / Woodbridge Island

10 April 2018

Table Bay Nature Reserve Quarterly Report: January – March 2018

Pied Kingfisher Table Bay Nature Reserve - Image: Vernon Chalmers
URL link to the Table Bay Nature Reserve Quarterly Report January – April 2018

Contents 
  • Executive Summary
  • Highlights and Challenges
  • Conservation Planning
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Fire
  • People, Tourism and Education
  • Staff
  • Law Enformcement
  • Infrastructure & Equipment
  • Appendixes


Report Published by:

City of Cape Town
Transport for Cape Town
Environmental Management Department

Table Bay Nature Reserve Quarterly Report: July – Sept 2017
Table Bay Nature Reserve Quarterly Report: July – Sept 2017

01 April 2018

Cape Town Photography: Woodbridge Island Bridges

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Different views of the two Woodbridge Island bridges, Milnerton Cape Town
Different views of the two Woodbridge Island bridges, Milnerton Cape Town

Long Exposure Photography before sunrise, early morning and after sunset at various exposures. 

All Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island Bridges images with:
  • Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 10-18mm IS STM lens
  • Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens

Cape Town Photography: Table Mountain Images Milnerton Lighthouse

Vernon Chalmers Copyright: Woodbridge Island Bridges, Cape Town
Please do not use / re-publish any Vernon Chalmers Woodbridge Island Bridges, Cape Town Photography images without permission. View the Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy for more more information.

Copyright Infringement Warning to Cape Town Photographers
Copyright Infringement Warning to Cape Town Photographers

(Click to Enlarge)

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Main Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Main Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden Bridge After Sunset - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Wooden Bridge After Sunset - Woodbridge Island Cape Town


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Wooden Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Wooden Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town


Woodbridge Island Old Wooden Bridge Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Copyright
Wooden Bridge Long Exposure Photography - After Sunset Woodbridge Island 

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Wooden Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Wooden Bridge Before Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden Bridge After Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Wooden Bridge After Sunrise - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden Bridge towards Woodbridge Island
Wooden Bridge towards Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Main Bridge / Wooden Bridge towards Woodbridge Island
Main Bridge / Wooden Bridge towards Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden Bridge towards Woodbridge Island
Wooden Bridge towards Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Main Bridge on Milnerton Lagoon
Main Bridge on Milnerton Lagoon Cape Town

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Main Bridge on Milnerton Lagoon
Main Bridge on Milnerton Lagoon Cape Town


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden bridge towards Woodbridge Island
Wooden bridge towards Woodbridge Island Cape Town


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden bridge towards Woodbridge Island
Main bridge towards Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Wooden bridge towards Woodbridge Island
Wooden bridge towards Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips

Street Address: WoodBridge Drive Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Cape Town South Africa

The Woodbridge Island Milnerton wooden bridge is a National Heritage Site and together with the new main bridge connects Milnerton to Woodbridge Island.


History of Milnerton / Woodbridge Island

From 1897 - 1980 History of Milnerton

Canon Camera / Photography Workshops Cape Town
Canon Camera / Photography Workshops Cape Town

Cape Town Photography: Milnerton Lagoon Views

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Cape Town Photography Changing Light, Milnerton Lagoon
Changing Light: Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

In preparation for a previous Landscape / Long Exposure Workshop, with practical at Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Cape Town. I captured this sequence of images from the main bridge over the Milnerton Lagoon.

I did some experimentation with various settings, but herewith some of the EXIF data covering all 4 images: Av Mode f/13 - f/22 / ISO 200 - 1250 / 8 - 25 seconds shutter speed.

All long exposures captured before / during sunrise with:
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide lens

Cape Town Photography: Table Mountain Images Milnerton Lighthouse

Vernon Chalmers Copyright: Changing Light, Milnerton Lagoon Cape TownPlease do not use / re-publish any Vernon Chalmers Milnerton Lagoon, Cape Town Photography images without permission. View the Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy for more more information.


(Click to Enlarge)
Changing Light - Woodbridge Island Landscape Photography Canon EOS 6D
Before Sunrise: Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Changing Light - Woodbridge Island Landscape Photography Canon EOS 6D
During Sunrise: Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Changing Light - Woodbridge Island Landscape Photography Canon EOS 6D
During Sunrise: Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Changing Light - Woodbridge Island Landscape Photography Canon EOS 6D
During Sunrise: Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens


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

Sacred Ibis in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Sacred ibis at Woodbridge Island / 4 consecutive frames at 10 fps (AI Servo AF Mode / BBF)

A Sacred Ibis flying over the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island an early morning shoot. All Sacred Ibis photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 640 f/5.6 1/4000's, AI Servo: Case 1 / Wide Zone AF Selection (Handheld). 10 fps High-Speed continuous shooting mode.



(Click to Enlarge)
Ibis Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Ibis in Flight Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Ibis Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Ibis in Flight Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Ibis Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Ibis in Flight Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Ibis Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Ibis in Flight Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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

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

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Cape Town Support Group


Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Cape Town Support Facebook Group

Invitation to registered delegates of the Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Cape Town Workshops

Photographers who have attended any of our Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshops Cape Town in the past (or about to attend and is registered / confirmed) are welcome to join this Facebook Support Group for uploading photos, learn more, get online support and / or shoot with us at Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Beach Cape Town and other locations (after the original workshop practicals).

The Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Support Group is a private photography enthusiast community dedicated to the continuous practice and support for any Landscape / Long Exposure Photography workshop delegate who has attended the Workshop in the past.

Regular Shoots at Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Beach (for fine-tuning skills)
Any registered delegate who has attended the Landscape / Long Workshop and is a member of the Support Group is welcome to join us on weekends for a shoot, to learn more, ask questions or just for testing equipment. There is no cost, just keep an eye on the group for updates about possible shoots.

Goal and Objectives of the Support Group
A closed / private Facebook Group assisting delegates of the Vernon Chalmers / Jacques Myburgh Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Cape Town Workshops with ongoing skills development and hands-on support in terms of:
  • Photo sharing, learning and Q&A platform
  • Discussing relevant knowledge / skills and related settings
  • New gear purchasing assistance / guidance (no sales)
  • Regular group shooting opportunities
  • One-on-one facilitation for fine-tuning camera / lens settings
  • Post-processing advice and guidance

Minimum EXIF Data (when uploading images)
Please add at least ISO / Aperture and Shutter Speed with body / lens ID. You don't need to repeat it on every image. Only in your main description if uploading more than one. You're also welcome to just ask a question.

Image Quality
Image quality is not essential - more important is asking questions and sharing various elements of your Landscape Photography learning process.

NB!! External Sharing into the group
Please use discretion when sharing your external photos - it is recommended that all relevant EXIF data is provided (as with most of the images in the Group).
Content other than personal images

Only publish / share your own images
Please do not make new posts with external Facebook Page links other than reference to your own images. You're welcome to make reference to other content / online learning material in discussions with other members, but not as a new post.

Publishing Camera / Photo Information
Please share minimum camera / lens / phone / location information such as brand and other settings if available (Aperture / ISO / Shutter). If you don't know please ask before / when you post.

Asking Questions
Anybody is also welcome to post questions to the group or Admins to answer. You don't have to post it with an image, just ask a question re general camera / lens / photography settings.

Brand / Product / Service Marketing or Promotion 
Please refrain from deliberate brand, product, service promotion for any other purpose than naming your camera / lens and related accessories.
Please use discretion when adding / sharing any other content other than your own photos, comments and questions.

Admin / Moderators: Vernon Chalmers / Jacques Myburgh

V&A Waterfron Cape Town - Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 10-18mm Ultra-Wide Lens
V&A Waterfront Cape Town - Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 10-18mm Ultra-Wide Lens