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