30 June 2018

Fast Flying Duck - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Yellow-Billed Duck - Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Golf Course
Fast flying yellow-billed duck over the Milnerton Lagoon / Milnerton Golf Course, Woodbridge Island. 6 frames of the possible 10 fps (multi-shot mode) Canon EOS 7D Mark II APS-C body.

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

Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography
Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography

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Fast Flying Duck - Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Golf Course
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight  : Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Cape Town


Fast Flying Duck - Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Golf Course
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight  : Canon EOS 7D Mark II  - Cape Town


Fast Flying Duck - Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Golf Course
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight  : Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Cape Town


Fast Flying Duck - Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Golf Course
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight  : Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Cape Town


Fast Flying Duck - Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Golf Course
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight  : Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Cape Town


Fast Flying Duck - Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Golf Course
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight   : Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Cape Town

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

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


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

01 June 2018

Showcase Your Photos on National Geographic Your Shot

Showcase Your Photos on National Geographic Your Shot


National Geographic Your Shot Global Photography Community
I joined the National Geographic Your shot photography community in 2015 for publishing and share my photos of Woodbridge Island / Cape Town to the global National Geographic Your Shot photography community.

National Geographic Your Shot offers various assignments, contests, projects and publishing categories - and you get an opportunity to see some great global wildlife and other images (for ideas / inspiration and feedback from National Geographic / community members).

Vernon Chalmers National Geographic Your Shot Images
Vernon Chalmers National Geographic Your Shot Images
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Sharing your Images to Social Media
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Image EXIF / Location Data
Photo Details: Image EXIF Data
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  • Date Taken / Uploaded
  • Location
  • Camera model
  • Focal Length
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Copyright 

Very handy if you quickly want to check-up on some old settings.

Images may also be individually viewed and people could like / post comments on individual images.

Herewith a link to my National Geographic Your Shot Profile

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Vernon Chalmers National Geographic Your Shot Image
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II : AI Servo Autofocus / FPS Test

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Egyptian Goose Woodbridge Island
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight AF / FPS Test Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Objective
: Testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II body / EF 400mm f/5.6 USM lens AF / FPS accuracy and image sharpness.

Note: I capture Birds in Flight in AI Servo Autofocus mode in shorter bursts of 4 to 5 shots. The faster / smaller the bird the more frames per one consecutive burst. These consecutive images were all captured in less than 3 seconds (using the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's impressive 10 fps multi-shot mode).

All images processed in Lightroom 5.7. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction.

Cape Town Location

Milnerton Lagoon 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: 1/3200s 
  • Aperture: f/6.3 
  • Focal length 400mm 
  • Auto ISO (ISO 500) 
  • AF Mode Option (Extended Zone / Case 1) 
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo 
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld 

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 01
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 02
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 03
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 04
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 05
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 06
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s  Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 07
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 08
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Automatic Selection Autofocus Testing

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Wide Zone Autofocus Testing 

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

Canon EOS DSLRs: FPS Continuous Shooting Speeds

Canon EOS DSLRs: FPS Continuous Shooting Speeds
10 FPS - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
I regularly receive queries on the website about the Frames per Second Speed (fps) for Canon EOS DSLR bodies and the importance of fps in selecting a new camera body (in relation to specific photography genres).

FPS will relate to the speed of how many images a specific camera can take during a continuous burst of captures and another important measurement, Burst Rate will be related to how many shots a specific camera can continuously capture before slowing down.

Various factors could influence the actual burst rate and therefore shooting speeds may vary in terms of individual camera setup, memory cards, JPG and / or RAW file selections.

Official Canon Article: Understanding and Comparing Canon Burst Rates

Learn more about CF / SD Memory Card speeds (tests for various Canon EOS Bodies).

When does fps / continuous shooting speeds matter?
It generally matters more in faster and action genres - for shooting Birds in Flight the photographer could have more success and choice with seven or ten images from one single burst or even a few shorter bursts of four of five images at one time. One potential disadvantage is the high volume of very similar images to select from (in post-processing).

FPS Shooting Example / Demonstration (Canon EOS 7D Mark II)
An example of eight continuous shots captured with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II - with its 10 fps capability and high-speed maximum burst rate. Egyptian Goose Take-Off

FPS for Canon EOS Enthusiast / Semi-Professional / Professional DSLR Cameras


Canon EOS Body

FPS

Max JPG

Max RAW

EOS 60D

5.3

58

16

EOS 70D

7

40

16

EOS 80D

7

80

25





EOS 7D

8

120

25

EOS 7D Mark II

10

130

31





EOS 6D

4.5

1250

15

EOS 6D Mark II

6.5

200

21





EOS 5D Mark III

6

65

18

EOS 5D Mark IV

7

Full

21





EOS 5Ds

5

Full

14

EOS 5Ds R

5

Full

14





EOS-1D X

14

180

38

EOS-1D X Mark II

16

Full

170
Canon EOS Continuous Shooting Speeds / Frames Per Second (fps)

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Grey heron in early morning light... Woodbridge Island

The Grey heron in flight was captured with the Canon EOS 700D and EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens over the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island.

Quality of Light
For me, at the time, the quality of light was most important. A fast shutter speed came in handy as well. This was a JPG image straight out of camera with minimal cropping (if any).

Camera / Lens Settings
Tv Mode: Auto-ISO 1600 / f/9.5 / 1/2000s / Lens IS off / 190mm

Staring out with birds in flight photography at Woodbridge IslandMost DSLR's on continuous shooting modes, relatively fast shutter speeds and lenses with a 300mm focal length is suitable to shoot with at the Milnerton Lagoon, the Diep river and the adjacent Table Bay Nature Reserve.

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Grey Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Grey Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Article / more images on Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography

Swift Tern Rock n Roll - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Swift Tern in Flight Photography
An early morning hike along the Diep River, Woodbridge Island provided a close-up opportunity for capturing this little swift tern rocking and rolling after an unsuccessful feeding dive. 

Herewith three consecutive images of the Swift Tern during and after a dive shaking the excess water from his feathers.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Continuous Shoot Mode (10 fps)

Images by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 800 f/5.6 1/5000's, AI Servo AF Mode (Handheld). 10 fps High-Speed continuous shooting mode.

Credit to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and EF 400mm f/5.6L lens pairing for fast and effortless focus and tracking (using AI Servo Case 1 and the Large Zone AF selection).

Cape Town Location
Woodbridge Island, Milnerton


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Swift Tern in Flight Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Swift Tern in Flight Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town 

Swift Tern in Flight Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Swift Tern in Flight Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Swift Tern in Flight Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Swift Tern in Flight Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town