01 December 2019

Photo Competitions South Africa 2019

Vernon Chalmers Photography Landscape Training Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers Photography Landscape Training Cape Town
Photography Competitions South Africa 2019
Listing of the latest Photography Competitions from some of the most well-known South African companies /  magazines / newspapers / NGO's / websites offering photography competitions in South Africa. 


Please note Some of these South African photography competitions / contests are once off competitions: read more on the listed websites for updated 2019 competitions.

Important before entering any Photographic Competition
Please read the Terms and Conditions and fully understand what happens to the Copyright / Ownership of your images after submission to / and publication of your images into their online galleries (and what happens to your image(s) after closing dates). If you're not sure contact the organisers / sponsors before submission.

Adding your Photography Competition (South Africa only) to this list
Please Contact Me direct for adding your Photography Competition (South Africa only).


Latest News: Photography / Photo Competitions South Africa 2019

Country Life: Image Club Competition Entry Form Link
Country Life: Image Club Competition Entry Form Link

Country Life: Image Club Winners for March 2019
Country Life: Image Club Winners for March 2019

Enter the 2019 Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition
Enter the 2019 Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition

Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2019 – Entry Details
Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2019 – Entry details

Photography / Photo Competitions South Africa 2019

Africa Geographic

Photographer of the Year

African Safari Pictures
Wildlife Photo Contests


BirdLife
Photography Competitions


College of Digital Photography
Photography Competitions

Canon South Africa
Monthly Photo Challenges


Country Life
Photography Competition

Getaway
Gallery Competitions

The Global Travel & Tourism Partnership
2019 Digital Photography Competition

Indlovu Lodge

Amateur Photography Competition


Kruger-2- Kalahari
Nature Photo Contest

LandRover Africa / Canon
The Big Picture Photo Competition


N3TC
Photography Competitions


Nature's Best Photography Africa
Photography Competitions


Nikon South Africa
Photography Competitions

Media / Netwerk 24
Foto Kompetisies

ORMS Connect
Monthly Photo Competitions


Pangolin
Photo Content / Competition 

Parasol
Portrait Photography Competitions


Photographic Society of South Africa

Photography Competitions


RapidStudios
Photo Competitions

Rhino Africa
Photographer of the Year


SAASTRA
Photography Competitions


Sigma South Africa
Sigma Photo Competitions

Tamron
Photography Competitions

Traveller24
Photography Competitions

Visual Arts Network of South Africa
Various Competitions


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Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers { Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-25mm Lens - Milnerton Beach, Capew Town
Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers : Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-25mm Lens - Milnerton Beach, Cape Town

Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.11.0 For Windows | Mac

Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.10.50 For Windows  / Mac
Download Canon DPP 4.11.0 For Windows | Mac

For Canon EOS and Powershot Photographers
Latest Free Canon Desktop Digital Professional (DPP) JPG / RAW Photo Editing Suite.

Will work with the older CR1 / CR2 and new CR3 RAW files from the Canon EOS 90D / EOS M6 Mark II as well

After the recent launches of the Canon EOS 90D / Canon EOS M6 Mark II and Canon RCanon EOS RP Full-Frame Mirrorless camera, Canon updated DPP for supporting the new body.

The latest versions of the free Canon Desktop Digital Professional software (Ver 4.11.02) Download Links are available from my Canon Camera News website for both Windows and Mac.

Currently there is a Desktop Digital Professional Express App for iPad, but no Android version.

Please note:  a Canon EOS / Powershot camera serial number is required to enable the software download.

Or alternatively update can be performed directly from an older version of Digital Photo Professional. Go Help and Check for Updates.

Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.11.0 Download Links

For Windows Desktop
 Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.11.02 for Windows

For Mac Desktop Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.11.02 for Mac

iPad App Digital Photo Professional Express App for iPad

PDF Instruction Manuals Canon Digital Photo Professional PDF User Manual Downloads

Canon Digital Professional (DPP) 4.11.00 Supported ModelsCanon EOS 90D, Canon EOS M6 Mark II, Canon PowerShot Canon G5 X Mark II, Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III, Canon EOS Kiss X10 / Canon EOS REBEL SL3 / Canon EOS 250D / Canon EOS 200D II, Canon EOS RP, Canon EOS R, Canon PowerShot SX70 HS, Canon EOS D2000 *, Canon EOS D6000 *, Canon EOS D30, Canon EOS D60, Canon EOS 10D, Canon EOS Kiss Digital / Canon EOS Digital REBEL / Canon EOS 300D Digital, Canon EOS Kiss M / Canon EOS M50, Canon EOS REBEL T100 / Canon EOS 4000D / Canon EOS 3000D, Canon EOS Kiss X90 / Canon EOS REBEL T7 / Canon EOS 2000D / Canon EOS 1500D, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, Canon EOS-1Ds, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, Canon EOS-1D Mark II, Canon EOS-1D C, Canon EOS-1D, Canon EOS 80D, Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 70D, Canon EOS 6D Mark II, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EOS 60Da, Canon EOS 60D, Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon EOS 5DS, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 5D, Canon EOS 50D, Canon EOS 40D, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 20Da, Canon EOS 20D, Canon EOS 9000D / Canon EOS 77D, Canon EOS 8000D / Canon EOS REBEL T6s / Canon EOS 760D, Canon EOS Kiss X9i / Canon EOS REBEL T7i / Canon EOS 800D, Canon EOS Kiss X9 / Canon EOS REBEL SL2 / Canon EOS 200D, Canon EOS Kiss X8i / Canon EOS REBEL T6i / Canon EOS 750D, Canon EOS Kiss X80 / Canon EOS REBEL T6 / Canon EOS 1300D, Canon EOS Kiss X7i / Canon EOS REBEL T5i / Canon EOS 700D, Canon EOS Kiss X70 / Canon EOS REBEL T5 / Canon EOS 1200D / Canon EOS Hi, Canon EOS Kiss X7 / Canon EOS REBEL SL1 / Canon EOS 100D, Canon EOS Kiss X6i / Canon EOS REBEL T4i / Canon EOS 650D, Canon EOS Kiss X50 / Canon EOS REBEL T3 / Canon EOS 1100D, Canon EOS Kiss X5 / Canon EOS REBEL T3i / Canon EOS 600D, Canon EOS Kiss X4 / Canon EOS REBEL T2i / Canon EOS 550D, Canon EOS Kiss X3 / Canon EOS REBEL T1i / Canon EOS 500D, Canon EOS Kiss X2 / Canon EOS REBEL XSi / Canon EOS 450D, Canon EOS Kiss F / Canon EOS REBEL XS / Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS Digital REBEL XTi / Canon EOS 400D Digital, EOS Kiss Digital N / Canon EOS Digital REBEL XT / EOS 350D Digital, Canon EOS M100, Canon EOS M10, Canon EOS M6, Canon EOS M5, Canon EOS M3, Canon EOS M2, Canon EOS M, Canon PowerShot G16, Canon PowerShot G15, Canon PowerShot G12, Canon PowerShot G11, Canon PowerShot G10, Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, Canon PowerShot G9 X, Canon PowerShot G9, Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, Canon PowerShot G7 X, Canon PowerShot G5 X, Canon PowerShot G3 X, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, Canon PowerShot G1 X, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS, Canon PowerShot S120, Canon PowerShot S110, Canon PowerShot S100V, Canon PowerShot S100, Canon PowerShot S95, Canon PowerShot S90 *: Can now handle CR2 files converted with the CR2 Converter.

Canon Digital Professional (DPP) 4.11.02 for Windows Sample Image Editing Screen Grab


Canon Digital Professional (DPP) 4.11.02 for Windows Sample Image Editing Screen Grab
Canon Digital Professional (DPP) 4.11.02 for Windows Sample Image Editing Screen Grab

Free Canon Editing Software Suite - Canon Digital Professional Ver 4.11.02

19 November 2019

Bird Flight - An Illustrated Study Of Birds' Aerial Mastery

Bird Flight - An Illustrated Study Of Birds' Aerial Mastery
Bird Flight  Front Cover
Bird Flight - An Illustrated Study Of Birds' Aerial Mastery
Robert Burton 1990 (hard copy)


During 2016 I received a copy of this fascinating book from one of my Birds in Flight Photography Workshop delegates. As an avid Birds in Flight photographer around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town I'm delighted for adding this book to my photography book collection.

The stunning selection of more than 120 birds in flight images and the research / graphic detail of bird flight biology is presented in a well illustrated ornithological study by an experienced writer of natural history books.

Book Availability
Bird Flight is still available on Amazon and a few other Online Retailers.

Chapter Contents

Conquering the Air

  • Into the air 
  • Evolution of bird flight 
  • Learning how birds fly 

The Bird as a Flying Machine

  • Basic principles 
  • The wing of the bird 
  • Spreading the wing 
  • Feathers 
  • Gliding 
  • The tail 
  • Flapping flight 
  • Power for flight 
  • Power and speed 
  • What speed to fly 
  • Built for flight 
  • Fuel for flying 
  • Heart and lungs 
  • Flight maintenance 
  • Moulting 

Flying Skills

  • Taking off 
  • Landing 
  • Control of flight 
  • Fine control 

Styles of Flight

  • Wings and flight 
  • Free-wheeling 
  • Soaring 
  • Ground effect 
  • Formation flying 
  • Hovering

Living in the Air

  • Time in the air 
  • Flight for feeding 
  • Flying to avoid predators 
  • Flight for migration 
  • Flight for breeding 
  • First flight 

Bird Flight - An Illustrated Study Of Birds' Aerial Mastery
Bird Flight  Back Cover

Action Photography Milnerton Beach Cape Town

A couple of casual surfing snapshots during the final morning of a private Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EOS 5D Mark III workshop at Milnerton Beach off Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. All photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (M Mode / Handheld). Minor image cropping / post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.

Action Photography / Manual Mode Settings

  • Shutter speed: 1/3200s 
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • ISO 640 
  • Focal length 400mm (Canon prime lens)
  • Continuous shooting (10 fps / AI Servo) 
  • Extended Zone Autofocus / Lens AF on

(Click To Enlarge)
Action Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens

Action Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens

Action Photography Cape Town : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens

Action Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens
For other photography workshops visit Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshops

15 November 2019

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test

Objective: Demonstrating application of different aperture settings and the effect on background blur / bokeh quality using the Canon EOS 6D and new EF 50mm F/1.8 STM lens

Note: Using the same subject (London Red Telephone Money Box) at 50mm focal distance using apertures between f/1.8 - f/16 (9 images).

Location
Arnhem Milnerton, Cape Town

Canon and other equipment
  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM prime lens
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash
  • Exposure settings: Aperture f/1.8 - f/22
  • Auto-ISO 400
  • Manfrotto Tripod
  • No post-processioning - only croping
Av Settings: Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm F/1.8 STM Lens
  • 50mm lens f/1.8 - f/16
  • ISO 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 seconds
  • Centre-Point AF


Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/1.8
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/1.8 Demonstration /  Sample Image

Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/2.8
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/2.8 Demonstration / Sample Image

Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test f/4
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test f/4 Demonstration / Sample Image

Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/5.6
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/5.6 Demonstration / Sample Image

Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/8
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/8 Demonstration / Sample Image

Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/11
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/11 Demonstration / Sample Image

Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/16
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/16 Demonstration / Sample Image


Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/22
Canon EOS 70D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Aperture Test at f/22 Demonstration / Sample Image
Close-Up Photography: Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm STM Lens View

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Zoom Test

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Zoom Test
Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens : Different Focal Lengths Test

Objective: Demonstrating four different focal lengths using the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens (paired with the Full Frame Canon EOS 6D).

Location
Diep River, Milnerton Lighthouse and Table Mountain
Cape Town.

Note: All photos in Av mode (f/8), handheld and no cropping (except the last image). Canon lens profile correction and minimal post-processing via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7. No filters used.

Canon EOS 6D Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • f/8
  • ISO 100
  • Auto-Focus on (body / lens)
  • Lens IS on / Handheld


Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 24mm
Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 24mm Sample Image

Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 35mm
Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 35mm Sample Image


Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 50mm
Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 50mm Sample Image


Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 70mm
Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 70mm Sample Image


Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 24mm Cropped
Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens @ 70mm Sample Image
-- Cropped --

Small flower photography with macro lens

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro Lens
Macro Flowers - Cape Town

In preparation for a Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop at Intaka Island Century City, Cape Town I've captured a few small flowers with the Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro lens and Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash. 

The last image was done with Canon EOS 6D / 100mm Macro lens and Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash.

Note: Photos are on tripod in Av mode with a Canon Speedlite 430EX I / 430EX III-RT Iflash with diffuser.  Slight processing Photoshop Lightroom 6 / 7.

Shooting Location
Arnhem Milnerton, Cape Town


Canon DSLR / Flash / Tripod
  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera body
  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash
  • Manfrotto Tripod

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture f/8 - f/22
  • ISO 400 - 800
  • Manual Focus / Lens Autofocus off
  • Shutter speed: various (auto in Av mode)

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 EOS 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 400 f/11
Canon EOS 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 400 f/11

Canon Extension Tube vs Macro Lens Decision
Canon Extension Tube vs Macro Lens Decision

Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Zoom Test

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens : Different Focal Lengths Test

Objective: Demonstrating the difference between five focal lengths using the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens (paired with the Full Frame Canon EOS 6D) across the Milnerton Lighthouse, Woodbridge Island towards Table Mountain Cape Town.

Note: All photos handheld with no cropping in Av mode (except the last two images). Images captured in RAW (JPG conversion via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7). Applied Lens Profile correction with minimum post-processing.

Canon EOS 6D Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • f/6.3
  • ISO 100
  • Auto-Focus
  • Lens IS: Mode 1 / Handheld 

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 70mm
Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 70mm Sample

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 100mm
Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 100mm Sample

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 135mm
Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 135mm Sample

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 200mm
Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 200mm Sample

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 300mm
Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 300mm Sample

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 300mm - Cropped -
Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 300mm - Cropped - Sample

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 300mm - Cropped -
Canon EOS 6D Full Frame Body  / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens @ 300mm - Cropped - Sample

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Sample Images View

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens: Professional / Consumer Reviews View

13 November 2019

Update on the AutoFocus Workshop and Birds in Flight Training

Update on the AutoFocus Workshop and Birds in Flight Training
Pied Kingfisher after a dive - with Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Important Update wrt my current Advanced Autofocus (AF) Training Workshop - to the benefit of all Canon EOS photographers still interested in mastering Birds in Flight Photography. (available during my one-on-one / private training sessions)

The current Advanced AF Training workshop is now being integrated as a module in all Birds in Flight learning sessions.

Historically, the Canon EOS Advanced AF Workshop was mainly offered to photographers with EOS bodies with the 61-Point or 65-Point AF systems (i.e. Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EOS 5D Mark III / IV and the Canon EOS-1D X (Mark II) bodies.

Canon EOS photographers with the 45-Point AF or older 19-Point AF systems are now all offered with more in-depth Canon Optical Autofocus training and resources on said AF Systems (i.e. as deployed in the Canon EOS 60D / 77D / 70D / 80D / 90D).

This will be offered in the current time frames of two or three session options. I will work with every photographer to maximise his / her time ito AF System at no additional cost.

Update on the AutoFocus Workshop and Birds in Flight Training
Cape Canary in flight above Woodbridge Island
What generally happen is the photographers with more advanced AF systems can decide if they want one or two of the sessions spent on AF configurations and settings - or just one (with the other settings / theory) and two practical sessions. The same for all the other systems - I will work with the individual photographer to provide the best settings / practical balance in the two sessions.

All sessions are up to five hours and deemed adequate time to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specific Canon EOS AF System (as applied in Birds in Flight photography). One or two practical sessions will assist for providing a hands-on experience of photographing birds in flight around the Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Reserve areas.

Two Session BIF Photography Training (Less advanced AF)
The option for two sessions will still available at R950-00 (minimum of 10 hours). There will be some Lightroom post-processing orientation (if required) and an extra session could be costed in for Lightroom training at less than half the cost of a separate Lightroom training session.

Three Session BIF Photography Training (More Advanced AF)
The standard three session option will still be available at R1 250-00 (minimum of 15 hours) This option will also get more detailed Lightroom facilitation (if required) and an extra session could be costed in for Lightroom training at less than half the cost of a separate Lightroom training session.

I'm a firm believer that birds in flight photography can be achieved and enjoyed with probably all Canon EOS bodies on the market today. With technique, a 70-300mm lens, understanding of the AF System, a few settings and good light most Canon EOS bodies will produce crisp and well-exposed in-flight images. See image with entry-level Canon EOS / Old EF 70-300mm lens.

For more information / bookings visit the Birds in Flight Photography Training Page 

10 November 2019

Overpowering the midday sun with Speedlite Flash

Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT with Diffuser
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT with Diffuser
All three sample images were captured between 12:00 – 13:00 on a bright sunny day earlier in the week. We generally shoot flowers and insects in softer morning light, but this is not always possible for the photographer.

Butterfly and small flowers were captured with my Canon EOS 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens with a Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash (with its proprietary white plastic Stofen-like diffuser covering the flash head).

For overpowering the strong sun light I selected the fastest sync speed of the Canon EOS 6D (1/180s) and small(er) apertures (f/11 - f/16) for providing a relativity dark ambient exposure.

Using High-Speed Sinc (HSS) will provide an even darker ambient exposure. Most Canon DSLRs (and Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II Speedlite flashes) will have HSS for the built-in flash and / or external Speedlite flash.

Speedlite flash head was tilted slightly upwards (for minimising direct flash light on the subjects). Speedlite was used in E-TTL mode.

Camera Exposure Settings
Av Mode: f/11 - f/16 / ISO 400 / 1/180s - the highest shutter flash sync speed not using HSS (on the EOS 6D, some cameras like the EOS 70D / 7D Mark II, HSS is 1/250s).

Images post-processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8.2

Canon Speedlite Flash Resources

Overpowering the sun with Canon Speedlite Flash - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Small butterfly with Canon Speedlite Flash - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers

Overpowering the sun with Canon Speedlite Flash - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Small flowers with Canon Speedlite Flash - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers

Overpowering the sun with Canon Speedlite Flash - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Small butterfly with Canon Speedlite Flash - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers

Canon Speedlite Flash Training Classes, Milnerton Cape Town View

Copyright Infringement Warning to Cape Town Photographers

Its every photographer's responsibility to be vigilant in terms of images being used without permission and to take the necessary steps to manage / report the copyright infringement to the appropriate users / parties / authorities.

Copyright infringement / management will also be discussed during our upcoming Landscape / Long Exposure Workshop Workshop at Intaka Island / Woodbridge Island, Cape  Town on 7 / 8 April.

Below is a post I made earlier today (on my Vernon Chalmers Photography website) of an Airbnb establishment on Woodbridge Island using a landscape / seascape  image without my permission.

Brownie Points Africa is the latest Vernon Chalmers Photography image without permission Brownie Points Africa

Other local / international websites (mainly accommodation, travelling / tourism and advertising) using / used  a Vernon Chalmers Photography image without permission (links to posts on this website)

Original Post on my Vernon Chalmers Photography website (and I'm in the process of taking the necessary steps with all relevant parties)

Attached Image: As used / amended by the Airbnb establishment

<<Bright Beachside on Woodbridge Island Using a Vernon Chalmers Image Without Permission: Bright Beachside En-suite on Woodbridge Island Using a Vernon Chalmers Woodbridge Island / Table Mountain Image Without Permission

It came to my attention that Bright Beachside En-suite on Woodbridge Island at www.airbnb.com is using a Vernon Chalmers Woodbridge Island Milnerton, Cape Town copyright image without permission.

When visiting theBright Beachside En-suite on Woodbridge Island website the Vernon Chalmers Woodbridge Island Milnerton, Cape Town image is located on the View Photos section listed on the main image on the the www.airbnb.com website.

This is the Woodbridge Island image that was taken by Bright Beachside on Woodbridge Island without permission from a Vernon Chalmers website in Cape Town, South Africa. >>

www.vernonchalmers.photography/2018/03/bright-beachside-on-woodbridge-island.html

Copyright Infringement Warning to Cape Town Photographers: Bright Beachside on Woodbridge Island Using a Vernon Chalmers Image Without Permission
Copyright Infringement Warning: Bright Beachside on Woodbridge Island Using a Vernon Chalmers Image Without Permission

Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy View

Latest Use Of A Vernon Chalmers Photography Image Without Permission - Brownie Points Africa

05 November 2019

Birds in Flight after some dismal weather conditions

African Ibis in flight against the Milnerton Golf Course
African Ibis in flight against the Milnerton Golf Course
After some dismal weather conditions the last two weeks or so I faced the northeaster this morning to see how the birds are doing.

Birds in flight from top to bottom:
  • African Ibis
  • Cape canary
  • Common starling
  • African darter
  • Grey heron
  • Cape wagtail
  • Kelp / Cape Gull

Updated Woodbridge Island Photography Index
This mornings outing also provided an opportunity to ass two new species (Cape canary / Kelp gull) to my own Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Bird species Index. View Bird Species Index

Lightroom Post-Processing
All images processed in Lightroom Classic 9. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction. Sharpness and noise reduction applied. Due to the low light / higher ISO images I spent more time with post-processing that I would in good light.

Cape Town LocationMilnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. Over the Diep River flowing past the Milnerton Golf Course

Equipment (Birds In Flight / Action Photography)
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB 120MB/s CF Card

Manual Mode Settings
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto ISO (ISO 400 - 640)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps)
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Large / Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld


Cape Canary in Flight at Woodbridge Island
Cape Canary in Flight at Woodbridge Island

Common Starling in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Common Starling in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

African Darter in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
African Darter in Flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Grey Heron landing on the small island, Woodbridge Island
Grey Heron landing on the small island, Woodbridge Island


Cape Wagtail in Flight above Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail in Flight above Woodbridge Island



Kelp / Cape Gull in Flight Over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island

Birds in Flight Photography View