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

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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

21 April 2018

Birds in Flight Photography on a crisp Saturday Morning

Little Egret in Flight : Diep River / Woodbridge Island
Little Egret in Flight : Diep River / Woodbridge Island
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

A few of us ventured out this morning for some Birds in Flight photography and to assess the Diep River water levels down at Woodbridge Island.

Restoration of the old Wooden Bridge
We spent quite some time discussing the proposed restoration of the old wooden bridge of which should hopefully begin shortly - our biggest concern is the probable impact on the bird life - but, hopefully all will return back to normal after the restoration.

Cape Town Location
Diep River 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
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 400 - 1000)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

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Red-Knobbed coot in Flight : Diep River / Woodbridge Island
Red-Knobbed coot in Flight : Diep River / Woodbridge Island

Blacksmith plover in Flight : Diep River / Woodbridge Island
Blacksmith plover in Flight : Diep River / Woodbridge Island

Yellow-billed duck - Diep River / Woodbridge Island
Yellow-billed duck - Diep River / Woodbridge Island

White-breasted cormorant : Diep River / Woodbridge Island
White-breasted cormorant : Diep River / Woodbridge Island

Giant Kingfisher flying out the fog over Woodbridge Island
Giant Kingfisher flying out the fog over Woodbridge Island


Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight Diep River / Woodbridge Island
Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight 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


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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

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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

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 UpdateAccording 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)

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

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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

Birds in Flight Photography Training on a crisp Cape Town morning

Vernon Chalmers - Birds in Flight Photography TrainingI did a walkabout with a new Birds in Flight photographer earlier this morning. We were greeted with a cool, but crisp winters day at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.

Camera / Photography Training Objective
Assisting a new Birds in Flight photographer getting his Canon EOS 7D Marked II tuned in for the birds around Woodbridge Island in in early morning / excellent light conditions.

Birds In Flight Cape Town Images

Images were captured in Manual Mode / Auto-ISO: Multi-shot / continuous mode at 10 fps AI Servo. Post-processing done with Adobe Lightroom 6. RAW to JPG conversion with some sharpening and noise reduction applied.

Birds in Flight Location

Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Canon Gear / Memory Cards

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera body 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
  • Lexar Professional CompactFlash UDMA 7 32 GB
  • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32 GB

Exposure / Other Settings: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

  • Manual Mode
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Auto-ISO 500 - 1600 
  • Focal Length: 400mm 
  • Shutter speed: 1/5000 seconds 
  • AF on - Case 1 / Wide-Zone
  • Lens Autofocus on
  • Handheld

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Reed Cormorant - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Reed Cormorant - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens  Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Grey Heron in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Grey Heron in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens  Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Grey Heron in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Grey Heron in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens  Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

King Gull in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
King Gull in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens  Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Pied Kingfisher in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Pied Kingfisher in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens  Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

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

Birds in Flight Photography 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.


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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