25 May 2018

Early Morning Greater Flamingo - Woodbridge Island

Early Morning Flamingo Cape Town
An early morning greater flamingo taking off in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island. Always a delight to capture these take-offs or landings of the greater flamingo.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Continuous Shooting mode
Five consecutive frame captures utilizing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's responsive Autofocus system and extremely fast frame capture rate.

All flamingo 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 (Handheld). 10 fps High-Speed continuous shooting mode.

Cape Town Location
Diep river, Woodbridge Island (opposite the Milnerton Golf club)

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Early Morning Flamingo Take-Off Manoeuvre - Woodbridge Island
Greater Flamingo / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Early Morning Flamingo Take-Off Manoeuvre - Woodbridge Island
Greater Flamingo / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Early Morning Flamingo Take-Off Manoeuvre - Woodbridge Island
Greater Flamingo / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Early Morning Flamingo Take-Off Manoeuvre - Woodbridge Island
Greater Flamingo / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Early Morning Flamingo Take-Off Manoeuvre - Woodbridge Island
Greater Flamingo / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

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

22 May 2018

Update on the high water levels at Woodbridge Island

High water Level at the old wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Old Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island
I took a walkabout this morning and can report back that since yesterday's digging and trenching at the Milnerton Lagoon estuary the water levels subsided a bit from yesterday.

Yesterday, the little island (in the middle of the Diep river, in front of the lighthouse / Milnerton golf course) ) was completely submerged - hopefully the authorities have a sustainable solution this time around.

First image below is an attempt by the authorities to alleviate the high water levels at the Milnerton Lagoon estuary - close to the Lagoon Beach Hotel.

I am of opinion that he flooding is also due to the storms we had in 2017. Part of a shipwreck that provided a canal at the Milnerton Lagoon estuary washed away and now the water lower down the river is clogged-up bringing flooding to most of the dry birding (landing) areas.

An extract from the The City of Cape Town's Table Bay Nature Reserve Quarterly Report: July – Sept 2017 wrt the high water levels is available here

Google satellite image of a before image of the area Google Map Woodbridge Island

Images captured with Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens and EF 24-70 f/4L IS USM lens (handheld).

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Digging and Trenching at the Milnerton Lagoon Estuary close to the Lagoon Beach Hotel
Digging and Trenching at the Milnerton Lagoon Estuary close to the Lagoon Beach Hotel

Diep river water levels across from the Milnerton Canoe Club / Milnerton Golf Course
Diep river water levels across from the Milnerton Canoe Club / Milnerton Golf Course

Diep river water level across from the Milnerton Golf
Diep river water level across from the Milnerton Golf Course

Diep river water level across from the Milnerton Golf
Diep river water level across from the Milnerton Golf Course

Diep river water level across from the Milnerton Golf
Diep river water level across from the Milnerton Golf

Restoration of the old wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island
Restoration of the old wooden bridge, Woodbridge Island

12 May 2018

Low Light Birds in Flight Photography, Table Bay Nature Reserve

Sacred Ibis Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Sacred Ibis at ISO 640 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Training Cape Town
I don't think many photographers would have considered Saturday morning a great morning for bird photography.

As part of a Canon EOS 7D Mark II practical training session we nevertheless braved the light rain, gloomy water and dark-grey clouds.

Fortunately, the rain stayed away and we made our way past the Woodbridge Island pump house and spend some quality shooting time in the Table Bay Nature Reserve (albeit at high ISO's).

All in all a great experience with a very enthusiastic wild life photographer.

Client Canon Camera & Lens
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens

Cape Town Location
Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve
Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

My Equipment Used (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 640 - 3200)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

A few of my birds in flight captured. Note the high ISO's ranging from ISO 640 - ISO 3200:

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Little Egret in Flight at ISO 640 - Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town
Little Egret in Flight at ISO 640 - Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town

Cape Shoveller Duck Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight at ISO 1000 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town


African Darter in Flight at ISO 1000 - Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town
African Darter in Flight at ISO 1000 - Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town

hEgyptian Goose Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Egyptian Goose in Flight at ISO 1250 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town 

Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight at ISO 2500 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town
Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight at ISO 2500 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town

Cape Shoveller Duck Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight at ISO 3200 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

07 May 2018

Gumtree Advertiser using a Vernon Chalmers image without permission

Intellectual Property Infringement: Using a Vernon Chalmers Photography Image without Permission

As send via Text Message to the Gumtree Advertiser - Ad 228423901:

Cathy, As per telcon on 08 May 2018 at 08:30, I herewith (again) respectful request you to remove the Vernon Chalmers Photography image (over Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse captured from Arnhem Milnerton by Vernon Chalmers with a personal Canon EOS 700D DSLR camera / Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens) on your Gumtree Ad 228423901 taken from a Vernon Chalmers website (or associated Social Media platform) without permission.

Message sent to publicly available Mobile No: 082 775 1231 (as per below Gumtree advert by Cathy).

Gumtree Advert link by Cathy (House Rentals & Flat Rentals Offered in Milnerton)
Gumtree Advert link by Cathy (House Rentals & Flat Rentals Offered in Milnerton)

Image Removal process that I am following is the formal Gumtree Violation of  Intellectual Property Notification

Link: Gumtree Notice of Infringement for Violation of Intellectual Property

Sent the Gumtree Notice of Claimed Infringement of Violation of Intellectual Property on 9 May 2018

As communicated via SMS Message to the Gumtree Milnerton / Cape Town Advertiser:
Cathy. Please take note that I'm in process of following the Gumtree Notice of Infringement for the Violation of my Intellectual Property Rights ito you using my image on your Gumtree Ad 228423901

Feedback from a Gumtree South Africa representative on my Intellectual Property Infringement Notice:

We received your report regarding the intellectual property infringement on ad 228423901.

I just wanted to let you know that the ad has been removed from the Gumtree website.

If you come across any other ads using your images,please don't hesitate to contact me directly.


Original Vernon Chalmers Photography Image: Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse

Vernon Chalmers Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse Image from Arnhem used without Permission by Gumtree Advertiser
Vernon Chalmers Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse Image from Arnhem used without Permission by Gumtree Advertiser 

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Vernon Chalmers Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse Image used without Permission
Vernon Chalmers Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Lighthouse Image used without Permission

Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy
Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy

Copyright Infringement Warning to Cape Town Photographers

06 May 2018

Thinking of joining a PSSA affiliated photographic club in Cape Town

Photographic Society of South Africa
Image Credit  :  Photographic Society of South Africa
Thinking of joining a PSSA affiliated photographic club in Cape Town / Western Cape?

Participate in their monthly competitions for improving your own photography and take time out to go to their various shooting outings et al.

The clubs offers a great way for new photographers to meet other new and experienced photographers in a structured and social environment.

Photography Clubs Cape Town Addresses / Website Links
Photography Clubs Cape Town Addresses / Website Links

Photography Competitions in South Africa
Photography Competitions in South Africa

01 May 2018

Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group

https://web.facebook.com/groups/birdsinflightcapetown/

Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town Support Facebook Group

Invitation to registered delegates of the Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Workshops
Photographers who have attended any of my Bird in Flight / Action 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 (after the original workshop practicals). 


The Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group is a private photography enthusiast community dedicated to the continuous practice and support for any Birds in Flight Photography workshop delegate who has attended the Birds in Flight Workshop in the past.

Past delegatesYou're welcome to directly join the Support Group. We will asap accept requests from all previous Birds in Flight Cape Town workshop delegations.

Current DelegatesAfter your workshop payment you will receive an email invitation to join / be added into the group.

Regular Shoots at Woodbridge Island (for fine-tuning skills)
Any registered delegate who has attended the Birds in Flight Workshop and is a member of the Support Group is welcome to join us on weekends for a walkabout, 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: Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group

A closed / private Facebook Group assisting delegates of the Vernon Chalmers / Jacques Myburgh Birds in Flight 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 at Woodbridge Island
  • One-on-one facilitation for fine-tuning camera / lens settings
  • Post-processing advice and guidance 

Minimum EXIF Data
Please add at least ISO / Aperture and / or Shutter Speed with descriptions. You don't need to repeat it on every image. Only in your main description if uploading more than one.

Image Quality
Image quality is not essential - more important is asking questions and sharing various elements of your Birds in Flight 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.

Administrator / Moderator: Vernon Chalmers

Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group
Cormorant in Flight : Woodbridge Island

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