13 June 2019

Cape Teal Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Cape Teal Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Cape teal duck in crisp Cape Town / Woodbridge Island light with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

Short bursts for three to four images
For the captures below I just pre-focused, panned slightly and press the shutter for two short burst of three to four images each. The three consecutive images are in my opinion all of consistent focus and sharpness.

Lightroom Post-Processing
All images processed in Adobe Lightroom 8. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction. Sharpness and noise reduction applied.

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
  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB 120MB/s CF Card

Manual Mode Settings
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 500)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Large / Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

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Cape Teal Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark III Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Frame 1 / 3 (10 fps) Cape Teal Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Cape Teal Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark III Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Frame 2 / 3 (10 fps) Cape Teal Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Cape Teal Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark III Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Frame 3 / 3 (10 fps)Cape Teal Duck with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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

Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town View

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01 June 2019

Canon EOS 7D Mark II EOS iTR AF Testing

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the EOS 7D Mark II
Birds in Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II EOS iTR AF
As with all new Canon EOS Full Frame bodies - EOS 5D Mark IV / EOS 5DS(r) / EOS-1D X (II) - the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is equip with EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus) enabling the camera for potentially focusing faster on moving subjects when in AI Servo mode shooting moving subjects.

This 
EOS iTR AF function is supported by the detection capability of the RGB+IR metering sensor, which is working seamlessly with EOS iTR AF for allowing continuous tracking in AI Servo shooting mode.

According to Canon, EOS iTR AF should be enabled when photographing either a moving person (for face tracking) or moving subjects with a strong colour. Colour and face tracking provides a faster, more accurate focusing system.


The EOS 7D Mark II user manual (Setting the AF and Drive Modes: page 128) states that the camera will take longer to focus when EOS iTR AF is enabled in AI Servo mode and that the camera's maximum frames per second (fps) shooting of 10 fps will be reduced to 9.5 fps.

EOS iTR AF is only supported in Zone, Larger Zone AF or the 65-Point automatic selection AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The same Zones will be applicable in 
EOS iTR A-enabled the Full Frame EOS bodies (within the 61-Point AF systems).

Comparing face detection performance and AF against obstruction

Comparing face detection performance and AF against obstruction


Setting Up EOS iTR AF (On / Off)
EOS 7D Mark II Menu: AF Sub-Menu / Sub-Section 4: Auto AF pt sel:
 EOS iTR AF On / Off 

Objective: To determine any shooting / image property changes and / or enhancements with the EOS iTR AF function enabled during my birds in flight photography. I've been shooting with the EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens for about two years without EOS iTR AF enabled. Time and reason enough for judging any AF tracking differences and / or improvements.

Equipment (Birds In Flight 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
  • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32 GB 

Exposure / Focus Settings

  • Manual Mode Settings / Lens AF On
  • Shutter speed: 1/5000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 640)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

Location / Conditions

I went out this morning (in excellent light and conditions) and spent about two hours shooting around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - all the usual birds; geese, ducks, egrets and a few oystercatchers.

Birds in Flight
I'm adding two sets of 6 consecutive images here of two birds flying at pace, first an African Oystercather, which is at times difficult to track due to it black feathers (against the blue water) and then an Egyptian Goose flying towards me (tightly cropped in post-processing).

Initial AF Findings

I could sense no difference in any AF behaviour ito speed, locking on or tracking conditions irrespective of bird, speed and or background colour / textures.

The jury is still out how effective the EOS iTR AF function is for birds in flight. Of what I've experienced today I can honestly say that it made no real difference (when compared to similar shots with EOS iTR AF disabled). I will keep it enabled and to observe any changes over time ito different light conditions and perhaps smaller / bigger and different colour birds.


African Oystercatcher with EOS iTR AF (Click to enlarge / slide show)

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography

Egyptian Goose with EOS iTR AF (Click to enlarge / slide show)

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Cape Town Canon EOS 7D Mark II Image Gallery

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Photography Images

Canon EOS 6D Long Exposure Photography Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens : Long Exposure Photography using Bulb (B) Mode

Objective: Demonstrating long exposure photography using the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide lens (paired with the Full Frame Canon EOS 6D) across the old wooden bridge, Milnerton Lagoon and Otto du Plessis Drive Woodbridge Island bridges, Milnerton Cape Town.

Note: All four images captured in Bulb Mode, on Manfrotto tripod and Canon remote cable release. Post-processing with regard to cropping and lens profile correction were done in Photoshop Lightroom 6.


What is Bulb Mode? (as applied in Long Exposure Photography)
By default a Canon EOS DSLR (most other DSLR's as well) is limited to a maximum of a 30 seconds (displayed as 30″) exposure duration - the actual time that the shutter will remain open in Manual Mode / Aperture Priority (Av) Mode / Shutter Priority (Tv) Mode. 

Bulb Mode allows the shutter to stay open beyond the 30 seconds limitation by either pressing and releasing the shutter button manually or using a variety of remote switches / cable releases - acting as a manual timer. 

Long exposure photography of minutes and up to hours (depending on the photographer's long exposure requirements) are capable with Bulb Mode. All other exposure settings are available in Bulb Mode just like Manual Mode.

Bulb Mode Placement on EOS DSLRs
On enthusiast and professional Canon EOS bodies Bulb Mode is designated as a dedicated "B" for Bulb Mode on the Mode Dial. On entry level Canon EOS bodies Bulb mode is embedded as part of Shutter Priority (Tv.) Mode's shutter timer settings.

Shooting Location
Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode / Settings / 
Accessories
  • Bulb Mode
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture: f/16 
  • Shutter Speed (53s - 180s)
  • Manual Focus / Lens IS Off
  • Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Switch
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W

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Woodbridge Island Street Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Copyright
Woodbridge Island Street Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D, Bulb Mode

Woodbridge Island Old Wooden Bridge Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Copyright
Woodbridge Island Wooden Bridge Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D, Bulb Mode

Woodbridge Island Milnerton Lagoon Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Copyright
Woodbridge Island Milnerton Lagoon Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D, Bulb Mode


Milnerton Beach / Lighthouse Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D, Bulb Mode

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips

New Motorsport / Panning Workshop Cape Town

New Motorsport / Panning Workshop - Planning Information
Motorcycle Panning at Killarney with Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm L lens
Motorsport / Panning Workshop - Planning Information
The objective of this post is to inform anybody interested in motorsport photography and mastering the panning technique that we are in the process of planning a photography workshop at Killarney, Cape Town for learning and practicing the photographing / panning of fast cars and motorcycles around the race track.

The Motorsport and Panning Workshop will be facilitated in conjunction with Steve Williams, experienced Canon photographer for Motorsport South Africa and Jacques Myburgh, experienced Nikon photographer and photography workshop facilitator.

The aim of the workshop is to provide the developing Canon and Nikon photographer with hands-on learning opportunities for mastering the challenges of photographing / panning fast race cars and motor cycles around the Killarney circuit with specific reference to:
  • Exposure settings
  • Focus tracking
  • Multiple exposures

New Motorsport / Panning Workshop - Planning Information
Race Car Panning at Killarney with Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm L lens
Required Equipment
Any Canon or Nikon APS-C or Full-Frame DSLR with a lens in the following focal length range: i.e: 18-135mm / 24-105mm / 70-200mm / 70-300mm / 100 – 400mm. Different lenses could be required for stationary cars / motorbikes, relatively close-up panning and far-out action shots. More information about our specific track positioning will be made available later.

Learning / Application
The workshop will start with a theoretical session on the challenges of motorsport photography, camera / exposure settings followed by extensive hands-on practice of the various photographic (and panning) techniques at Killarney in racing conditions, capturing fast action at different shutter speeds.

Confirmation of date(s), costing and detailed learning agenda will be made available as soon as possible.

Discounted rates for any returning Vernon Chalmers Photography clients/ delegates will apply. Discount % will vary from my standard discount policy as this workshop will be structured and facilitated substantially different from other Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshop or Private Photography Training.

Interested photographers are welcome to contact me here or via Facebook.

New Motorsport / Panning Workshop - Planning Information
Motorcycle Panning at Killarney, Cape Town with Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm L lens

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Camera For Sale Cape Town

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Camera For Sale Cape TownSeller: Vernon Chalmers (personal unit) SOLD

This 35x (35mm equiv: 24 - 840mm) super zoom compact camera I'm selling with lens hood, 16 GB Philips SD Card, Battery Charger and Lowpro compact camera bag.

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is in excellent condition and an ideal travel camera / anybody who wants to learn photography ito Manual Mode and all exposure modes available on a Canon DSLR Camera (P / Av / Tv / M Modes)

The camera is compatible with all Canon Speedlite flashes. I've just tested the camera with my Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite and its firing 100% in ETTL and Manual Modes.

Reason for selling: Never really been used due to quite a few DSLR cameras in my studio.Camera was used as demo model during training explaining / showing differences between various Canon EOS / PowerShot cameras.

Below are three photographs I captured recently.

More Images>> Depth of Field Demo Images Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Price: R1 800-00 (excluding packaging / courier costs if required)

Price is not negotiable, but I will add an orientation and exposure training session (3 hours) at no additional cost (if required).

Method of Payment: Direct EFT or via my Online Payment System via PayFast (link for Master / Visa Card / Debit card will be forwarded for online payment).

Camera is available to be viewed / tested at in my studio apartment in Arnhem, Loxton Road, Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island). Map | Directions

Contact me here or on Facebook

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Key Features
  • 35x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24 - 840mm) with ultrasonic motor
  • Image Stabiliser (4.5-stop)
  • Intelligent IS
  • 12.1 megapixel sensor
  • HS System with DIGIC 5
  • Full 1080p HD
  • 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD screen
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Smart Auto
  • Multi-area WB
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Manual modes
  • Zoom Framing Assist

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Detailed Specifications

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Camera For Sale Cape Town
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Camera For Sale Cape Town : Close-Up Photography

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Camera For Sale Cape Town : Landscape Photography

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Camera For Sale Cape Town : Birding Photography

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Auto-ISO / Low Light Shooting

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light / High ISO Shooting Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens  Auto-ISO 2000
Auto-ISO / Low Light  Birds In Flight Shooting with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Telephoto Lens - Cape Town

Objective: Low light testing of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's Auto-ISO ability in early morning / changing light conditions.

Shooting Conditions: Early morning during / after sunrise with a slight fog in the air. 


Images
All images were captured in Manual Mode: Multi-shot / continuous mode at 10 fps AI Servo. Post-processing done with Adobe Lightroom 5.7. RAW to JPG conversion with some sharpening and noise reduction applied.

Location
Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island Cape Town (Birds in Flight Photography)

Canon Gear / Memory Cards

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera body 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB 120MB/s CF Card
  • Lexar Professional CompactFlash UDMA 7 32 GB
  • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32 GB


Exposure / Other Settings: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

  • Manual Mode
  • Aperture: f/5.6 - 6.3 
  • Auto-ISO 1000 - 2000 
  • Focal Length: 400mm 
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200 - 1/4000 seconds 
  • AF on - Case 1 / Zone - Wide-Zone
  • Lens Autofocus on
  • Handheld
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light / High ISO Shooting Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - ISO 1000 f/5.6 1/4000s  - Cape Town


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light / High ISO Shooting Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - ISO 1250 f/5.6 1/4000s - Cape Town


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light / High ISO Shooting Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens ISO 1600 f/5.6 1/4000s - Cape Town


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light / High ISO Shooting Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens ISO 1600 f/5.6 1/4000s - Cape Town


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Low Light / High ISO Shooting Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - ISO 2000 f/6.3 1/3200s  - Cape Town


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Fog Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Fog Cape Town

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

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

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Automatic Selection Autofocus Testing
Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Automatic Selection Autofocus Testing

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Wide Zone Autofocus Testing
Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Wide Zone Autofocus Testing

Cropability of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Cropability of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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

Weekend Cooking and Food Photography Training

In-Studio Braai Weekend Cooking - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Food Photography
In-studio braai almost ready : Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Weekend Cooking is a new Vernon Chalmers Photography website and food photography training project with the objective of assisting new Canon photographers with an introduction to cost effective food photography and lighting options.

Photographic approach
I use two Canon EOS cameras, a variety of EF lenses (between 16-100mm focal length) and Canon Speedlite flashes to experiment / capture the preparation and presentation of a variety of self-prepared dishes in my training studio apartment in Milnerton, Cape Town.

With my food photography I follow the same fundamental approach as the rest of my photography - as authentic and natural as what I see in front of me. One of my personal objectives with my food photography / food photography training is to be as authentic as possible with every dish prepared, cooked and photographed with no artificial food enhancement and / or colouring.

Food Photography Training
Introduction to Close-Up, Macro and Food Photography to be offered from July 2019. Training will only be available for Canon EOS bodies. Contact me for more information.

Canon equipment used so far for food photography:

Canon EOS bodies for Food Photography
  • Canon EOS 6D (Full-Frame)
  • Canon EOS 70D (APS-C)

Canon EF lenses for Food Photography

  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon Speedlite flash for Food Photography

  • Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
  • Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite
  • Canon 430EX II Speedlite

Hoya 67mm PRO1 DMC Polarizing Filter
  • For Canon 100mm Macro lens / Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash

Manfrotto Tripods / Monopod for Food Photography
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W
  • Manfrotto Tripod Compact MKC3-H01
  • Manfrotto Monopod MMC3-01

Post-Processing for Food Photography
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Ver 8.2

Braai image: Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L USM Lens / Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite flash.

Weekend More information: Weekend Cooking Food Photography

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