01 February 2020

Birds in Flight in Variable Light Woodbridge Island

African darter landing in the Diep River Woodbridge Island
African Darter landing in the Diep River (Auto-ISO 400) 
Windy and slightly overcast conditions greeted me along the Diep River., Woodbridge Island this morning.

The conditions became progressively worse, but decided to stay put and see what I can get out of the morning. I ended up with about 500 images (at 10 fps) over a two hour period.

Birds in flight (from the top)
  • African darter
  • Speckled pigeon
  • Rock pigeon
  • Grey heron
  • Yellow-billed duck
  • Black-winged stilt
  • African ibis

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.

Auto-ISO Range
Today's light was the low light conditions up to ISO 1250 light versus the more acceptable and maximum Auto-ISO  800 / 640 conditions. All images here are between the Auto-ISO 250-1250 range. Individual ISO's listed underneath each individual image.

I encourage all my birds in flight photography students to try out the Auto-ISO option and most of them keep on using the settings in good or poor light conditions. I have personally used Auto-ISO predominantly in all my birds in flight photography conditions with all my cameras for the past six years.

Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography View

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 250 - 1250)
  • 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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Speckled pigeon in flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Speckled pigeon in flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island (Auto-ISO 250)

Rock pigeon in flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island
Rock pigeon in flight over the Diep River, Woodbridge Island (Auto-ISO 500)

Low flying grey heron Woodbridge Island
Low flying grey heron Woodbridge Island (Auto-ISO 640)

Yellow-billed duck in flight at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Yellow-billed duck in flight at Woodbridge Island (Aut0-ISO 1250)

Black-winged stilt in flight over the Diep River,  Woodbridge Island
Black-winged stilt in flight over the Diep River,  Woodbridge Island (Auto-ISO 400)

African ibis in flight over the Diep River,  Woodbridge Island
African ibis in flight over the Diep River,  Woodbridge Island (Auto-ISO 400)

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

The Roll of the Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

A gorgeous early morning at Woodbridge Island (and above the Milnerton Golf Course) this morning provided for lots of birds in flight activity in the Diep River. Herewith four consecutive images of the Sandwich tern before. during and after shacking the excess water from his features.

Sandwich tern images by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens ISO 400 - 500 f/5.6 1/4000's, AI Servo Mode (Handheld). 10 fps High-Speed continuous shooting mode.

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The Roll of the Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island
Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

The Roll of the Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island
Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

The Roll of the Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island
Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

The Roll of the Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island
Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island Cape Town



Another Sandwich Tern over Woodbridge Island

The Roll of the Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island
 Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

The Roll of the Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island

Sandwich Tern - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Birds in Flight Photography with different Canon AF Systems

Birds in Flight Photography with different Canon Autofocus Systems
Camera Autofocus System (AF) and continuous Frames Per Second shooting (fps) not always everything to succeed in Birds in Flight Photography

Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Canon EOS 6D

A high continuous shooting fps camera with a sophisticated AF system is not the only requirement to succeed in Birds in Flight photography. Many other criteria will assist the quality of the end result(s).

Birds in Flight Shooting Conditions 
Conditions / subject speed for both images more / less the same. Both birds in flight images created in the Table Bay Nature Reserve just off Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Image 1:  Canon EOS 7D Mark II (APS-C) / EF 400mm f/5.6L lens @ 10 fps and 65-Point AF System / Large Zone AF (AI Servo)

Image 2: Canon EOS 6D (Full Frame) / EF 400mm f/5.6L lens @ 4.5 fps and 11 Point AF System / One Point AF (IA Servo)

Source / Settings Image 1: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Source / Settings image 2: Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
Image 1: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
Image 2: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography Article>>

Birds in Flight Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town Training>>

Remarkable Cropability of a Full Frame DSLR Sensor

Remarkable Cropability of a Full Frame DSLR Sensor
With bigger pixels on the sensor, the full frame body (i.e. Canon EOS 6D) produces less noise than a crop-sensor body (i.e. Canon EOS 7D Mark II) at the same higher ISO - in this case at ISO 800. Tighter cropping of the original full frame image should therefore produce better / cleaner results than with a crop body.

1st image is the unprocessed / uncropped frame of a little bird taking off.


2nd image is the cropped version towards the centre of the frame / the little bird taking off (processed in Lightroom 6 with some noise reduction et al)

Note: The cropped image s not good enough for real-world publication - its only for demonstration purposes.


I regularly shoot with Full Frame and Crop / APS-C bodies and have equal purpose and respect for both - its about using the most suitable body for my interest areas / research. For anything that moves (action) and / or small (macro) I use a Crop / APS-C body and for landscape / long exposure /  low light I use a Full Frame body. But saying this, both body types are more than capable for all genres. Similar demonstration with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Cape Town Shooting Location
Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Canon Equipment Used

  • Canon EOS 6D Body 
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

Camera / Lens Settings
  • Manual Mode: ISO 800 / f/6.3 / 1/ 4000s @ 300mm
  • Multi-Shot / AI Servo
  • Single AF point
  • IS off
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Remarkable Cropability of a Full Frame DSLR Sensor
Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

Remarkable Cropability of a Full Frame DSLR Sensor
Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens - Cropped

Low Light Birds in Flight Photography, Table Bay Nature Reserve

Sacred Ibis Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Sacred Ibis at ISO 640 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Training Cape Town
I don't think many photographers would have considered Saturday morning a great morning for bird photography.

As part of a Canon EOS 7D Mark II practical training session we nevertheless braved the light rain, gloomy water and dark-grey clouds.

Fortunately, the rain stayed away and we made our way past the Woodbridge Island pump house and spend some quality shooting time in the Table Bay Nature Reserve (albeit at high ISO's).

All in all a great experience with a very enthusiastic wild life photographer.

Client Canon Camera & Lens
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens

Cape Town Location
Diep River / Table Bay Nature Reserve
Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

My Equipment Used (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: 1/4000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 640 - 3200)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

A few of my birds in flight captured. Note the high ISO's ranging from ISO 640 - ISO 3200:

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Little Egret in Flight at ISO 640 - Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town
Little Egret in Flight at ISO 640 - Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town

Cape Shoveller Duck Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight at ISO 1000 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town


African Darter in Flight at ISO 1000 - Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town
African Darter in Flight at ISO 1000 - Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town

hEgyptian Goose Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Egyptian Goose in Flight at ISO 1250 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town 

Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight at ISO 2500 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town
Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight at ISO 2500 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town

Cape Shoveller Duck Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Cape Shoveller Duck in Flight at ISO 3200 - Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Table Mountain Pgotography

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Table Mountain / Cape Town over Milnerton Lagoon
Table Mountain, Cape Town Photography
Table Mountain, Cape Town sunrise / sunset captured from over Woodbridge Island, Milnerton beach and Cape Town (Table Bay).

 Also image captured of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront Cape Town.

All Table Mountain, Cape Town images with:
  • Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
  • Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 10-18mm IS STM lens
  • Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens
  • Canon Powershot SX40 HS Compact Camera.

Long exposure photography Table Mountain, Cape Town photos with Manfrotto 190X MK190X3-3W and Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01 tripods.


Cape Town Photography: Woodbridge Island Bridges / Milnerton Lighthouse

Vernon Chalmers Copyright: Table Mountain Photography, Cape Town
Please do not use / re-publish any Vernon Chalmers Table Mountain, Cape Town Photography images without permission. View the Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy for more more information.

Copyright Infringement Warning to Cape Town Photographers
Copyright Infringement Warning to Cape Town Photographers

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Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Table Mountain / Cape Town over Milnerton Lagoon
Before Sunrise: Table Mountain over Milnerton Lagoon

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Before sunrise: Table Mountain / Cape Town over Milnerton Lagoon
During Sunrise: Table Mountain over Milnerton Lagoon

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Before sunrise: Table Mountain / Cape Town over Milnerton Lagoon
During Sunrise: Table Mountain over Woodbridge Island Main Bridge

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Table Mountain / Cape Town - Long Exposure over Milnerton Beach / Table Bay
Table Mountain - Long Exposure over Milnerton Beach / Table Bay

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Sunrise Table Mountain Cape Town - Over Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Table Mountain Cape Town - From Arnhem Milnerton / Woodbridge Island

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Table  Mountain Cape Town - From Arnhem Milnerton / Woodbridge Island
Table Mountain Cape Town - From Arnhem Milnerton / Woodbridge Island

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Table  Mountain Cape Town - From Arnhem Milnerton / Woodbridge Island
Table Mountain Cape Town - From Arnhem Milnerton / Woodbridge Island

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Sunset from Woodbridge Island and Milnerton beach / Cape Town
Table Mountain Cape Town - From Milnerton Beach

Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Table Mountain  - Over Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Table Mountain - Over Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Table Mountain  - Over Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Table Mointain - Overt the wooden Bridge / Woodbridge Island


Copyright Vernon Chalmers: Table Mountain over Table Bay Nature Reserve
Table Mountain over Table Bay Nature Reserve / Cape Town

Copyright Vernon Chalmers - Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Copyright Vernon Chalmers - Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Canon Camera / Photography Workshops Cape Town

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips View

55+ Bird Species Captured Around Woodbridge Island

Red-Eye Dove - 35 Bird Species Captured Around Woodbridge Island
Red-Eyed Dove
I've created the Woodbridge Island Photography initiative for photographing some local landscapes, seascapes and for the beautiful birds on / around the island.

Up to date I've captured 55+ species of most of the wild birds on / around Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Golf Course and the adjacent Table Bay Nature Reserve. There are still a few left and am sure there will be a few new arrivals in the near future.


So far, for 2018, I've added the the Common moorhen and the Great crested grebe. and I'm aware of at least two unrecorded duck species (for the Woodbridge Island Index).

A list of the bird species with links to where exactly they feature on the Woodbridge Island Photography website can be found here Woodbridge Island Bird Species

Birds in Flight Photography: Confused Seagull Woodbridge Island
Most Memorable Bird in Flight Capture Series 2015
During the first test with a new Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens combination I was confronted with very poor weather / light conditions.

On my way home I noticed a seagull dropping an egg or a shell in the water and collecting it from the lagoon. I captured this monotonous behaviour and only after post-processing the image realised it was a golf ball most probably stolen from the adjacent Milnerton Golf Club.


View all four images Confused Seagull Woodbridge Island

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Birds in Flight Photography: wift Tern Dropping Breakfast Woodbridge Island
Most Memorable Bird in Flight Capture Series 2016 / 17
2016 did not really offer any images that warranted any special publication notice, but on a Sunday mid-morning after all other photographers have left I captured this series.

A swift tern struggling to keep his fresh caught fish in his beak. It all happened so fast and only really saw the root of his struggle at the end of the capture series. Credit to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens for very good tracking and Autofocus.



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

Lightroom 8.2 required for editing Canon CR3 RAW files

First images processed with Lightroom Classic CC 8.2
Image Credit :  Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 8 Splash Screen
First images processed with Lightroom Classic CC 8.2

Before I started with my Canon EOS R testing for Canon South Africa this past week I updated my Windows desktop systems from Lightroom Classic CC Version 7.5 to Version 8.2 (released in February 2019).

Canon EOS R First Impressions / More Sample Images

Canon CR3 / C-RAW RAW Requirement
The main reason for this update for my workflow was to accommodate Canon's relatively new CR3 RAW file standard for  the EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless camera.

More about Canon CR3 RAW files go here>>

The Lightroom 8.2 update went without any problems and I continued with my normal post-processing workflow almost immediately when it was done.

There were no issues reading the Canon CR3 RAW files and / or the Canon C-RAW file standard. I tested both standards with more than a 1000 images each (from different SanDisk SD cards).

Update: Canon EOS RP CR3 RAW files are now compatible with the latest edition of Lightroom - Ver 8.2.1 (3 April 2019)

 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.

 All my Lightroom 7 import / export settings were also migrated at the same time.

Adobe Lightroom Training Cape Town
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).

Minimum System Requirements for Lightroom Classic CC Go Here>>

More about Updating to Lightroom Classic CC Ver 8.2 Go Here>>

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Trial Download
Download a 7-Day Trail Versions of Lightroom 8.2.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2 Development Module Interface
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2 Development Module Interface
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2 Development Module Interface

First images processed with Lightroom 8.2

Shooting Location
Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Canon EOS Camera And Lens
  • Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens
  • Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
  • Lens / Extender attached to EOS R via Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

My First Birds in Flight Images Processed with Lightroom Classic CC 8.2

(Birds / Bird in Flight : Click to Enlarge)
Cormorant - With Canon EOS R : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2
Cormorant - With Canon EOS R : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2

Gull - With Canon EOS R  : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2
Gull - With Canon EOS R  : Processed in Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2

Little Egret in Flight - With Canon EOS R  :  Processed in Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2
Little Egret in Flight - With Canon EOS R  :  Processed in Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.2

Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.10.50 For Windows | Mac View

Canon EOS 7D Mark II For Birds in Flight Photography

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF System Application For Birds in Flight Photography
Thoughts on Ownership / Autofocus Application
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II was launched on 15 September 2014 with an extraordinary sence of anticipation on many levels. None more so than for the advanced 65-Point Autofocus (AF) System (very similar to that of the 61-Point AF System that was implemented in the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III).

Soon after the release I started reading about a number of new 7D Mark II owners experiencing soft focus and various other related problems - some were very serious, to such an extend that in certain isolated cases Canon exchanged the bodies. I was naturally concerned, but did not have a body for any of my own testing.

I was fortunate enough to receive a demonstration Canon EOS 7D Mark II body paired with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (which was launched more / less at the same time) from Canon South Africa.  I collected the kit from one of our local retailers for a couple of days of testing - mainly for Birds in Flight photography. During the testing period the combination performed flawlessly with no AF or other issues. The winter weather was absolutely appalling around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town, but I managed a few outings and compiled an article - Canon EOS 7D Mark II - First Impressions and Test Shoots.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF System Application For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
A few weeks later I ordered my own Canon EOS 7D Mark II and paired it with my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens that I've been using with an EOS 70D with very good results. I was concerned about the earlier AF issue reports, but after the first outing my concerns where put to rest - Canon EOS 7D Mark II : AI Servo Autofocus / FPS Test.

I use the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in many of my Birds in Flight Photography workshops as an advanced AF System reference, also assisting new owners of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II bodies. I have never felt that the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was inadequate or not up to standard against any other advanced Canon EOS AF System - neither in the classroom nor in the field.

Two cost-effective Canon lens options for Birds in Flight Photography

In my opinion the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is an exceptional camera when paired with a fast lens and used in good light conditions - the rest is really up to the skill levels of the photographer. In 2018 I did an article on my long-time experience with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.5L USM lens - Long-Term Use and Experience.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight Gallery

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF System Application For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f//5.6L USM Lens
AF System Configurations - Keep It Simple
New owners coming from i.e. the Canon EOS 7D or Canon EOS 70D were generally overwhelmed by the advanced 65-Point AF system with its various configurations, AF Modes and AF Cases.

 I often see in my workshops and private training how users have completely over-configured the AF System with practically no advantage - just more confusion and frustration.

My suggestion to new owners is to use the default settings and only do configurations with the AF Mode (i/e. Zone or Extended Zone for Birds in Flight Photography). This works much better - over time we look at specif areas for improvement.

Up to today I still use the default AF Case (Case 1) - with the only adjustments I will make from time to time (depending on the bird) is the AF mode. For the majority of the time I use the Large Zone AF - all images on this page was captured with Large Zone AF Mode.

AF Recommendations
I have written extensively on this website about my settings, configurations and approach with the EOS 7D Mark II, especially with regard to Birds in Flight Photography. Follow the various links to read more about my application, setup and tips. With Manual Mode, AI Servo and default AF System settings the images on this page should be more than achievable - Testimony of the Modern AF System: Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF System Application For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Start by shooting with the default settings to check camera and lens behaviour. For me, more important than the configurations and settings of the AF System are the various Tracking Variables. In this article I have made no reference to camera / AF settings - mostly just behavioural and environmental considerations for improving application and skills.

Spend a lot of time on one set of settings before changing over to any other setting or configuration. I tell students / delegates not to change anything for weeks at ta time - first master exposure settings and the tracking variables and learn why certain things happen the way they do.

Learn about aperture and the impact of depth of field on the background when shooting fast moving subjects. Learn about the importance and effect of various shutter speeds on the wingtips and then also the impact of ISO / Auto-ISO in changing light / weather conditions. With the EOS 7D Mark II it is possible to use Auto-ISO in Manual Mode (as with Av or Tv Mode) - just be aware that with a fast shutter speed of i.e. 1/4000s the ISO could potentially go up to more than ISO 1000. In good light, with a 1/3200s or 1/4000s shutter speed, my Auto-ISO is generally between ISO 500 - 800. All birds in flight images on this page are within these ISO parameters.

Post- Processing
Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF System Application For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
We all have our own approach to post-processing our images. I try and spend as little as possible time with Lightroom post-processing and therefore believe that a well planned shoot (in good light if possible) will minimize the time I spend the time in fine-tuning my RAW files.

Body / Lens AF Micro-Adjustment
Most advanced EOS bodies are equip with an AF Micro-Adjustment function that could be used to configure and micro adjust various body and lens pairings. I have spent quite a bit of time learning and understanding the workings of Reikan FoCal - the automatic focus calibration software, but up to date use my EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens without any micro adjustments.

In my opinion it is not required on my pairing and therefore just shoot with the default settings. AF Micro Adjustment may be required in some cases, but before doing so spend enough time mastering the many other challenges of Birds in Flight photography and then pin-point the reason(s) for Body / Lens Micro-Adjustment.

Canon EOS 7D Mark III?
There is quite an anticipation for the possible release of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III. Like everybody else, I'm keeping an eye on the developments and have written about my thoughts on a possible future release- Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for birds in Flight Photography.

All images on this page Copyright Vernon Chalmers (with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF System Application For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens