09 September 2019

Low light Birds in Flight Session at Woodbridge Island

Egyptian goose in flight - Low light Birds in Flight Session at Woodbridge IslandEarlier this morning I ventured over to the Diep River, this almost after giving up with the prospect of shooting in some extreme low light. Halfway through the morning the light improved somewhat and I took a walk down to the river.

I adjusted my normal shutter speed (in good light) from 1/4000s to 1/3200s to compensate for one better stop ISO in the overcast conditions. ISO's ended up betweern ISI 400 - ISO 800.

Birds in flight (from the top)
  • Egyptian goose
  • Egyptian goose
  • Cape teal duck
  • Pied avocet
  • Little Egret

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

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: 1/3200s - 1/4000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 400 - 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

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Egyptian goose in flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island - Low light photography
Egyptian goose in flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island - Low light photography

Cape teal duck in flight over the Diep River Woodbridge Island - Low light photography


Pied avocet in flight over the Diep River Woodbridge Island - Low light photography
Pied avocet in flight over the Diep River Woodbridge Island - Low light photography

Little egret in flight over the Diep River Woodbridge Island - Low light photography
Little egret in flight over the Diep River Woodbridge Island - Low light photography

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