25 September 2019

Another MOCAA Image published by National Geographic

As a National Geographic Partner photographer I had a second image from my Cape Town Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa snapshot series published in an additional National Geographic South African Travel Destination publication.

Image with Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens in Av Mode: f/11 / Auto-ISO / Handheld @ MOCAA V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

National Geographic Publication: South Africa Tourism Destination

Vernon Chalmers National Geographic Image from MOCAA V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers National Geographic Image from MOCAA V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

24 September 2019

Great white pelican in flight over Woodbridge Island

Happy to see the Great White Pelican above Woodbridge Island again

I did a mini-shoot with a few members from the Tygerberg Photographic Society this morning. It was a bit windy, but very nice to see everybody and to discuss / share Birds in Flight photography knowledge.

All great white pelican photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s / 10 fps / AI Servo / Extended Zone AF / AF Case 1 / Handheld).


Location: Woodbridge Island Milnerton Cape Town. More great white pelicans in flight at Woodbridge Island.


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Great White Pelican : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

Great White Pelican : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

Great White Pelican : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

Great White Pelican : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

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

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town View

20 September 2019

Cape Wagtails in Flight - Woodbridge Island

Fast flying Cape Wagtails over the Diep River / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. These little birds are incredibly fast and nimble, making them quite challenging to capture in flight.

 All photos copyright Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f6.3 / ISO 800 - 1250 / 1/5000s / 10 fps / AI Servo / Extended Zone AF / AF Case 1 / Handheld).

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Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens


Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens


Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town 
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Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

Great White Pelican in flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Great White Pelican in flight - Woodbridge Island
It's a very big welcome back to the pelicans. Haven't seen them for a few months. Happy to have them back over / and hopefully on Woodbridge Island.

All pelican photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f6.3 / ISO 640 / 1/5000s / 10 fps / AI Servo / Extended Zone AF / AF Case 1 / Handheld).

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Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Great White Pelican in Flight : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Great White Pelican in Flight : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 

Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Great White Pelican in Flight  : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Great White Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

19 September 2019

Great White Pelican, Woodbridge Island

Great White Pelican down the Diep River, just off Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lagoon (opposite the Milnerton Golf Course, Cape Town), basking in the morning sun. We don't see them that often around Woodbridge Island and mostly individually or a pair.

Photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 70D and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. Conditions misty / overcast - all photos handheld.

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Eastern White Pelican Diep Rivier Milnerton / Woodbridge Island
Pelican Diep Rivier Milnerton / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Eastern White Pelican Diep Rivier Milnerton / Woodbridge Island
Pelican Diep Rivier Milnerton / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Great White Pelican Taking Flight

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

16 September 2019

Southern Red Bishops in flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve

On my arrival in the Table Bay Nature Reserve last week I followed the bishops for a while, but gave up photographing them in flight due to the thickness of the reeds and the skittishness of the birds hopping and flying around.

I took a walk around the reserve and onh my way out tried the bishops again. This time as was a little more fortunate in getting a few in-flight images that is worth publishing. 

Consecutive frames
The two images are consecutive frames at 10 fps taking advantage of the fast shooting speed of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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. Over the Diep River flowing past the Milnerton Golf Course.

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Red Bishop male in flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island
Red Bishop male in flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Red Bishop female in flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island
Red Bishop female in flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

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 800)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Large / Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

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

Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town View

Birds in Flight Photography Training Gift Vouchers View


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Lightroom Post-Processing

Cropping and Lightroom Post-Processing with my Birds in Flight Photography Setup
A few weeks ago I captured a butterfly with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight setup (non -macro / non-close-up) with the objective to see to what extend it will be usable online - and for a few other projects I'm currently researching.

Minimum Focus Distance (MFD)
The minimum focus distance of the 400mm lens used (from front lens element to subject) is 3.5 meters - not really made for close-up work as is.

1st Image: RAW image processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and the free Google Nik Suite plugin (exported as JPEG). Download the free Google Nik Suite

2nd Image: RAW Image - Straight Out Of Camera (exported as JPG).


Location: Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Canon Camera / Lens Settings

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • M Mode: f/6.3 ISO 1000 1/5000s
  • Wide Zone AF on
  • AI Servo on
  • 10 fps
  • Handheld

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Post-Processing
Image 1 :  Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens (Cropped)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Post-Processing
Image 2 :  Canon EOS 7E Mark II / 400mm Lens (Original RAW)

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training / Workshops Cape Town
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop More

Aperture / Shutter Speed Testing in Variable Light

Bee in fight - Aperture / Shutter Speed Testing in Variable Light
Bee i n Flight : Birds in Flight Settings - Manual Mode
Aperture and shutter speed testing with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

This morning's overcast condition, with partly son and partly light fog worked quite well for my aperture (and shutter speed) testing with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. I spent most of the morning between apertures f/5.6 and 6.3 while toggling between 1/3200s - 1/4000s shutter speeds.

Cape Town Location
Diep River Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Equipment
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Sandisk Extreme 120MB/s 64GB CF Card

Manual Mode / Aperture Priority Settings
  • Shutter Speed: 1/3200s - 1/4000s (Birds and Bee in Flight) Manual Mode
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s - 1/1000s (Wild flowers) Av Mode
  • Aperture: f/5.6 - 6.3
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 100 - 500)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

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Reed cormorant in Flight : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Reed Cormorant in Flight : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton - Manual Mode

Pie kingfisher in Flight : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Pie kingfisher in Flight : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton - Manual Mode

Yellow-billed duck in Flight : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Yellow-billed Duck in Flight : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton - Manual Mode

Darter in the water : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Darter in the water : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton - Manual Mode

Wild Flower : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Wild Flower : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton - Av Mode f/5.6


Wild Flower : Woodbridge Island, Milnerton - Av Mode f/5.6

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

15 September 2019

Sample Images: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - Sample Images
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The Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens is one of Canon's most unassuming lenses for wide and ultra-wide applications.

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Please note: This lens is not compatible with Canon Full Frame bodies (i.e. Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EOS 6D ), but will work on all Canon APS-C / Crop bodies (i.e. Canon EOS 650D / Canon EOS 70D / Canon EOS 80D / Canon EOS 77D / Canon EOS 7D Mark II).

Attached Sample Images:
  • Image 1 - 2 handheld (f/8 - f/11)
  • Image 3 with tripod (f/16)
  • Image 4 - 9 handheld (f/5.6 - f/11)
  • Image 10 - 11 handheld night (f/8)

Canon Camera Used: Canon EOS 700D. JPEG images SOOC (straight out of camera)

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra Wide Lens: Links to professional / consumer reviews
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra Wide Lens: Links to professional / consumer reviews

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - Sample Images (Click to Enlarge)

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - V&A Waterfront / Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - V&A Waterfront / Cape Town


Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - V&A Waterfront / Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - V&A Waterfront / Cape Town

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - - Canal Walk Century City / Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - Canal Walk Century City / Cape Town

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - - Canal Walk Century City / Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - Canal Walk Century City  / Cape Town

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - Canal Walk Century City / Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - Canal Walk Century City / Cape Town

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - Canal Walk Century City / Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - Canal Walk Century City/ Cape Town

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Arnhem / Milnerton Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - Arnhem / Milnerton Cape Town


Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - V&A Waterfront / Cape Town at Night
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - V&A Waterfront / Cape Town at Night


Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens - V&A Waterfront / Cape Town at Night
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens - V&A Waterfront / Cape Town at Night

Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens : Different Focal Length Sample Images  
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V&A Waterfront Cape Town with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens  View

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Fog

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Ffog
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Shooting in the fog at Woodbridge Island Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Telephoto Lens

Objective: Shooting in the fog / low light with Canon EOS 7D Mark II in early morning / changing light conditions.

Shooting Conditions: Early morning during / after sunrise with a changing light and and fog in areas. 


Birds In Flight Cape Town Images
All images were captured in Manual Mode / Auto-ISO: 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.

Birds in Flight Location
Milnerton Lighthouse / Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Canon Gear / Memory Cards

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera body 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
  • 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
  • Auto-ISO 400 - 1600 
  • Focal Length: 400mm 
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000 seconds 
  • AF on - Case 1 / Zone - Wide-Zone
  • Lens Autofocus on
  • Handheld
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Ffog
Blacksmith Plover Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II ISO 400

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Ffog
Blacksmith Plover Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II  ISO 400

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Ffog
Little Egret Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II  ISO 400

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Fog
Egyptian Goose Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II ISO 640

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Ffog
Swift Tern Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II  ISO 1200

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Shooting In The Ffog
Ibis Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II  ISO 1600

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

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

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

Small Birds with Birds in Flight Photography Settings

Photographing perched smaller birds with Birds in Flight Settings
Photographing perched small birds 
With all the questions I get with regard to my perched small bird photography technique (with my standard Bird in Flight photography settings), I thought it was about time to provide more detail regarding settings et al.

For many new and experienced photographers this is different way of shooting perched birds. Generally one will assume that perched birds will be photographed with a long lens (with Image Stabilization) and / or on a tripod (or some other form of stabilization).

During my own skills development process with Birds in Flight photography I would at times encounter a few smaller perched birds (in the Table Bay Nature Reserve close to Woodbridge Island). I used to ignore them at first, as I was on a mission for fine-tuning the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's AF and to master my Birds in Flight photography techniques. The smaller birds around Woodbridge Island are rarely perched for more than a few seconds at a time - I quite like this unpredictability, as its making the capturing more natural (as in the the true wild).

Early one morning in the goodness of our local summer light I captured a few smaller birds without changing any settings on my camera - with the understanding that the fast shutter speeds that I generally use - 1/4000 - 1/5000s - should work to stop (any) motion and the good light should keep my Auto-ISO in manual mode down. My lens does not have Image Stabilization and I'm quite experienced in its application for Birds in Flight photography. These days I rarely change any settings for the perched birds as I don't really see any real advantages over using any other settings (i.e. Av Mode with lower ISO's),

The images posted here are generally all with the same settings without any changes to my Birds in Flight photography settings. The only exception is, when I have enough time, I would change my standard large Zone AF mode to one of the smaller AF areas.

Canon Gear / Memory Cards
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera body 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens 
  • 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 
  • Auto-ISO 500 - 1600 
  • Focal Length: 400mm 
  • Shutter speed: 1/5000 seconds 
  • AF On - Case 1 [Various Zones] 
  • No IS (None-IS lens)
  • Lens Autofocus on 
  • Handheld

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Photographing perched smaller birds with Birds in Flight Settings
Perched Birds Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Photographing perched smaller birds with Birds in Flight Settings
Perched Bird Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape town

Photographing perched smaller birds with Birds in Flight Settings
Perched Bird Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Photographing perched smaller birds with Birds in Flight Settings
Perched Bird Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Photographing perched smaller birds with Birds in Flight Settings
Perched Bird Photography - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape TownStarting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town