20 May 2019

Macro Photography in the Rain - Paddocks, Cape Town

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens - Macro Photos Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens - Macro Photography Cape Town

Macro Photography in the Rain - Paddocks Milnerton Cape Town

Objective: Demonstrating application of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens (paired with the Canon EOS 70D body).

Note: Photos are hand-held in Av mode without flash (except last image is captured using the Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash). Poor light / raining conditions. Some cropping / other post-processing in Lightroom 5.7.

Canon DSLR / Flash Equipment
  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture f/8-11
  • Auto-ISO 120-250
  • Shutter speed: various (auto in Av mode)


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Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Cape Town

Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Cape Town

Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Cape Town

Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Cape Town

Canon EF 100mm Macro Lens - Inside A Red Pepper, Cape Town

Small Flower Macro Photography Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Automatic Selection AF Testing Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Automatic Selection Autofocus Testing
Yellow-Billed Duck : Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight AF Testing Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Objective: Testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II body / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens AF / FPS AF point-selection on Auto-Selection 65-Point AF.


I went out this morning with the objective of testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in ISO 1250 - 1600 light conditions, using for the first time the camera's AF point selection on Auto-Selection 65-Point Autofocus with initial AF point pre-selected - instead of the usual (Wide) Zone AF that I generally use for fast flying birds in flight photography.


In busy / high-contrast conditions it does not perform as well as the AF Zone areas, but I am satisfied that it could be used in low-contrast and less busy backgrounds i.e. for shots with lots of plain backgrounds / significant depth of field (focus range) between subject and background as seen here with the fast-flying yellow-billed duck. The AF selection I used mostly for Birds in Flight Photography: Wide Zone Selection>>

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Automatic Selection AF
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Automatic Selection AF

Canon EOS 7D Mark II FPS Shooting Preference


I prefer shooting shorter bursts of 3 to 4 shots per burst to preserve the buffer and not to be caught out with the camera slowing down (and perhaps missing a sudden opportunity in flight / creative movement from the bird).

Lightroom Post-Processing
All images processed in Adobe Lightroom 6. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction. Some noise reduction

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: 1/5000s 
  • Aperture: f/6.3 
  • Focal length 400mm 
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 1250)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AF Mode Option (Auto-Selection / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s - Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s - Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s - Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s - Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s - Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s - Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s - Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s - Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in flight Photography Cape town

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

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19 May 2019

Close-Up Photography: Canon EOS 6D / 50mm Lens

Small Flowers - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Canon EOS 6D and EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens for Close-Up Photography

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is Canon's latest budget 50mm 'nifty-fifty' standard telephoto lens. It's a fast autofocus lens now with a metal mount - and definitely a lens I should use more often. The quality of the background blur is very pleasing when shooting between f/1.8 and f/8. The lens also pairs very well with all the Canon crop sensor bodies i.e. Canon EOS 80D / Canon EOS 760D.


There are currently four Canon 50mm lenses on the market. All Canon 50mm lenses are compatible with Canon Full Frame and APS-C / Crop Sensor bodies. More information.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
Another very cost-effective Canon standard telephoto lens for consideration is the exceptionally sharp and versatile Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens.

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Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens @ f1/8 / ISO 100

Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens @ f4 / ISO 100


Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens @ f1.8 / ISO 100
Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens @ f1.8 / ISO 100


Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens @ f1.8 / ISO 100
Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens @ f1.8 / ISO 100

Aperture Testing Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens View


Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D View

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens For Hair Fashion Cape Town View

Canon EOS 6D: High ISO Noise Comparison View

16 May 2019

Canon EOS 70D: Birds In Flight Photography

Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight - paired with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight Cape Town

After some serious deliberation between the Canon EOS 70D and the Canon EOS 7D Mark II for my Birds In Flight (BIF) photography, I ordered and collected a new Canon EOS 70D body during May 2015.

The Canon EOS 70D is a very responsive and relatively fast continuous shooting Canon EOS APS-C DSLR body for serving my BIF shooting requirements. With the leftover budget I added a new Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens and Canon Professional Gadget Bag 1EG to my growing Canon EOS system. (At the time of purchase the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was almost double the price of the Canon EOS 70D in ZAR).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Update: During October 2015 I started facilitating Birds in Flight Workshops in Cape Town and acquired a Canon EOS 7D Mark II body for studying and getting up to speed with the more advanced 65-point Autofocus system. I mainly pair the dual Digic 6 image processor / 10 fps Canon EOS 7D Mark II with the (same) Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. AI Servo / Frames per Second Test with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight gallery with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM LensPaired with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens the Canon EOS 70D quickly delivered the expected results via application of the 19-point Autofocus system, Digic 5+ Image Processor and 7 fps / frame rate (compared against my Canon EOS 700D's 9-point Auto-Focus system, Digic 5 Image Processor and 5 fps / frame rate and same Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens).

Birds In Flight Test ShotsManual Mode with deliberate fast shutter speeds of 1/1200 - 1/2000s to freeze the wings and to compensate for the lack of Image Stabilization on the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. All photos created handheld with Single Point AF or Zone AF. Post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and converted from RAW to JPG (minor colour adjustments, noise reduction and lens profile correction). Overcast / low light conditions.


Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens for Birds In Flight, Cape Town
Canon / SanDisk Equipment (Birds In Flight Photography) 
  • Canon EOS 70D SLR camera body 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM telephoto prime lens
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PLUS 80mb/s SD memory card
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO 95mb/s SD memory card

Canon EOS 70D Manual Mode Settings

  • Shutter speed: 1/12000 - 1/3200s 
  • Aperture: f/5.6 - 8 
  • ISO 250-800 
  • Focal length 400mm
  • No Image Stabilization 
  • Autofocus mode (Centre Point or Zone AF)
  • Continuous shooting mode / AI Servo (up to 7 fps)
  • Handheld

Cape Town Birds In Flight Photography Location
Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

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Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography, Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography, Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography, Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography, Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Super Telephoto Prime Lens

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens: Links to professional / consumer reviews - View


Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens


Advantages of the Canon EOS 70D over the EOS 700D for Birds In Flight (own experience only) 
  • Dedicated Auto-focus (AF) button on EOS 70D vs none on EOS 700D
  • Improved / more adjustable Auto-Focus (19 Points vs 9 Points)
  • Improved control button on the Canon EOS 70D 
  • Improved battery life with battery charge(r) indicators (+1200 vs +- 650 shots) 
  • More frames per second for Birds In Flight (7 fps vs 5 fps) 
  • Top LCD and intuitive switch-gear with handy AF selection mode (vs Mode dial) 
  • Slightly bigger / brighter viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror / 95% vs 98% coverage) 
  • Improved (body) balance with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens 

Article Source © Vernon Chalmers (with Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens)

Canon EOS 80D Birds in Flight Testing / 1st Impressions Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - First Impressions and Test Shoots Cape Town

15 May 2019

Taking advantage of good natural light

Birds in Flight Photography. Grey heron in early morning light... 

The heron was captured with an (almost) entry-level Canon EOS 700D and 1st generation EF 70-300mm lens at Woodbridge Island.

Taking advantage of good light
Grey Heron in Flight over the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island

Its not always about having the fastest camera / (longest) lens combination, for me, at the time, the quality of light was the most important criteria. A fast shutter speed came in handy as well. This is a JPG image straight out of camera with minimal cropping (if any).

The image was captured on an typical African summer's morning, but still very early in the morning (less than an hour after sun rise). Seeing a grey heron so close was really unexpected, but with its relatively slow flight speed I had enough time to adjust the zoom for an almost full frame capture.

The small aperture used / and the fact that the bird was so close to the background did not provide for any background blur in the image, but at least the f/9.5 aperture provided for a relativity sharp subject.

Canon Camera / Lens / EXIF Data
  • Canon EOS 700D
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/9.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000s
  • Focal length: 190mm
  • Lens IS turned off

More about Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography

Upgrading from Photoshop Lightroom 6.14 to Lightroom Classic CC

Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC
Image Credit : Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Splash Screen 
First RAW images processed with Lightroom Classic CC

I've recently upgraded one of my Windows desktop systems running with Lightroom Classic CC (Version 7.5) from Lightroom 6.14 (desktop perpetual licence).

Note: Lightroom Classic CC is a desktop-focused photo management and post-processing service (not on the cloud), but with monthly payment plan / subscription licence.

Herewith a few images that I've started processing in Lightroom 6.14 and after the catalog migration to Classic CC they were immediately available on the new filmstrip for additional fine-tuning.

All my Lightroom 6 import / export settings were also migrated at the same time.

Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC PC Development Module Interface
Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC PC Development Module Interface
During my Adobe Lightroom Training I cover Lightroom importing / catalog management / exporting / processing in Lightroom 5.7 / 6.14 / 7.5 CC - and the migration to Lightroom CC from older versions (if required).

Shooting Location
Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Canon Camera And Lens
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
  • Manual Mode: f/5.6 / 1/4000s
  • Auto-ISO 500 - 800
  • AI Servo / Large Zone AF / Case 1
  • Continuous Mode @ 10fps

My Desktop PC / Microsoft Windows System
(Acer Extensa EM2710)
  • Intel Core i5-6400 CPU (Skylake)
  • 12 GB DDR 4 RAM Memory 
  • Intel HD Graphics 530
  • 1 Terabyte Internal Hard Disk Drive
  • 1 Terabyte External Hard Drive for Image Storage
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Two Samsung 20" LCD Screens

My First Birds in Flight Images Processed with Lightroom Classic CC 7.3

(Birds in Flight : Click to Enlarge)
Yellow-billed Duck in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3
Yellow-billed Duck in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3


Grey Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3

Thick-knee in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3
Thick-knee in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3

Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town   Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3

Cormorant in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town  Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3
Cormorant in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3

Cormorant in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town  Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Cormorant in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3

Spoonbill in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Spoonbill in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town  : Processed in Lightroom Classic 7.3

Cormorant in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town  : Processed in Lightroom Classic 7.3
Cormorant in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town  : Processed in Lightroom Classic 7.3
Photoshop Lightroom 6 : Last Perpetual Update for Lightroom

Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin for Canon DSLRs
As with Lightroom 5.7 and Lightroom 6, the Show Focus Points plugin will also work in Lightroom Classic CC (Ver 7.3) without any issues. Matter of fact the plugin should be part of the upgrade / migration process coming from an older version of Lightroom to Lightroom Classic CC.  Go Show Focus Points Plugin

Lightroom Classic CC / Lightroom 6 System Requirements

Microsoft Windows
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*
  • MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit), or Windows 10 Version 1511 or later (64-bit)
  • 4 GB of RAM (12 GB recommended)
  • 1024 x 768 display
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space for program installation.
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.†

Graphics processor acceleration requirements
  • AMD: Radeon GPU with DirectX 12 or OpenGL 3.3 support.
  • Intel: Skylake or newer GPU with DirectX 12 support.
  • NVIDIA: GPU with DirectX 12 or OpenGL 3.3 support.
  • OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10-capable video adapter for GPU-related functionality.
  • 1 GB of Video RAM (VRAM). 2 GB of dedicated VRAM (4 GB recommended) for large, high-resolution monitors, such as 4K- and 5K-resolution monitors.

macOS
  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support*
  • Mac OS X v10.11 (El Capitan), macOS v10.12 (Sierra), or macOS v10.13 (High Sierra)**
  • 4 GB of RAM (12 GB recommended)
  • 1024 x 768 display
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space for program installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices).
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.†

Graphics processor acceleration requirements
  • AMD: macOS 10.12 with Metal support.
  • Intel: macOS 10.12 with Metal support.
  • NVIDIA: macOS 10.12 with Metal support, or macOS 10.11 with OpenGL support.
  • OpenGL 3.3-capable video adapter for GPU-related functionality.
  • 1 GB of Video RAM (VRAM). 2 GB of dedicated VRAM (4 GB recommended) for large, high-resolution monitors, such as 4K- and 5K-resolution monitors.

* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.

** Lightroom CC 2015.1/Lightroom 6.1 and earlier versions are supported on Mac OS X v10.8. Lightroom CC 2015.6.1/Lightroom 6.6.1 and earlier are supported on Mac OS X v10.9. Lightroom CC 2015.6.12/Lightroom 6.12 and earlier are supported on Mac OS X v10.10.

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08 May 2019

Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override

Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override
Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
I often use the lens full time manual focus override function on my Canon USM zoom lens when doing close-up photography with the Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens (without a tripod).

Canon Full Time Manual Focus Override
Full time manual focus override is a lens focusing function for fine-tuning focus while in camera / lens Autofocus mode. Its not always possible in the field (without a tripod) to go manual focus when doing close-up photography - for this purpose I gently turn / fine-tune the lens focus ring for pin-point focusing (whilst in AF Mode).


Link to all Canon EF / EF-S / EF-M lenses compatible with the Full Time Manual Focus Override function - View>>

When to use Full Time Manual Focus Override

  • Fine-tuning focus when in AF Mode 
  • During close-up photography (not on tripod) 

Canon Equipment

  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
  • Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Focus Ring
Canon official nomenclature showing the focus ring. Most Canon lenses will have the focus ring just behind the the front lens element, but with the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens it is located more towards the back of the lens.


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Canon EF 70-300mm 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Showing the Focus Ring
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Exposure / Lens Settings
  • M Mode: f/5.6 - 6.3 
  • ISO 100 - 2500
  • Shutter Speed 1/500
  • Lens AF / IS on

Handheld / Focal Length: 170-300mm

Shooting location / Conditions

Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. Sunny early morning


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Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override
Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override Source

Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override
Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override Source

Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override
Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override Source

Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override
Canon EF Lens Full Time Manual Focus Override  Override