11 October 2019

African Darter Fishing at Woodbridge Island

African Darter Fishing at Woodbridge Island
During my morning routine of Birds in Flight Photography at Woodbridge Island I was fortunate to witness and capture the African darter fishing - quite a spectacle of throwing the fish up in the air and once positioned properly it  gets swallowed in one quick gulp.

Four consecutive frames with the 10 fps advantage of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a relatively fast shutter speed of 1/4000s..

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. Due to the low light / higher ISO images I spent more time with post-processing that I would in good light.

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

(Click to enlarge)
African darter fishing in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town Image 1 Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Frame 1 : African darter fishing in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

African darter fishing in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town Image 2 Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Frame 2 : African darter fishing in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

African darter fishing in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town Image 3 Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Frame 3 : African darter fishing in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town Image

African darter fishing in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town Image 4 Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Frame 4 : African darter fishing in the Diep River, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 

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