01 May 2020

Canal Walk Century City with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens

Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Images: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

Objective: Demonstrating application of the relatively new and inexpensive Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM Ultra-Wide zoom lens mainly in an interior mall environment to assess Image Stabilization / Image Quality in Av Mode f/8.0 and Auto ISO (paired with Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera body).

Location
Canal Walk Century City Milnerton Cape Town

Equipment (Landscape Photography)
  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Auto ISO 100 - 320
  • Shutter speed: various (up to 30 seconds)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus (lens)
  • Zero post-processing

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Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

Table Mountain Views From Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 
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Milnerton Beach Sunset Views Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Sample Images: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens (2014)
Objective: Demonstrating application of the new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM Ultra-Wide zoom lens paired with the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera body.

Note: Long exposures on Manfrotto Compact tripod. Hand-held photos used with Hoya Polarizing (CPL) filter. All photos in Av mode (Aperture Priority). No post-processing - just crops where applicable.

Location:
Lagoon beach Milnerton and Arnhem Milnerton Cape Town

Equipment (Landscape Photography)
  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body 
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens 
  • Hoya 67mm PRO1 DMC Polarizing Filter 
  • Manfrotto Compact tripod 

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture: f/10- f/18 
  • ISO 100 
  • Shutter speed: various (up to 30 seconds) 
  • Image Stabilization 
  • Auto focus (lens) 
  • Zero post-processing (just crops) 

(Click to enlarge / slide show)
First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Table Mountain / Milnerton Beach

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Table Mountain / Milnerton Beach

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Lagoon Beach Milnerton

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Woodbridge Island / Milnerton

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Woodbridge Island / Milneron

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens  :  Arnhem / Milnerton

Architecture :  Canal Walk Century City, Cape Town
Samples: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens

Different Focal Lengths : Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Landscape and General : V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

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

Difference between Digital Noise and Background Blur

Difference between Digital Noise and Background Blur
Blur can really mean different things in digital photography, but should not to be confused with unwanted graininess or digital noise across a digitally created image. Unwanted noise generally occurs when:
  • shooting in low light, when a digital camera's ISO setting is too high
  • shooting within the digital zoom range of a compact camera 
  • over-cropping an image

Unwanted blur
Out-of-focus blurred area(s) in an image that came about via unintentional camera movement, unwanted subject movement and / or wrong shutter speed settings when photographing movement - something you don't really want.


Deliberate blur
This will appear in areas of the image when the photographer attempts to blur certain areas of a composition / image. With foreground in focus, but the background deliberately blurred depending on the Depth Of Field (DOF) - distance between nearest and farthest object(s) of the composition / framing requirements ie. when isolating a flower from its immediate surroundings.

Deep vs Shallow Depth-Of-Field (DOF)
With a deep DOF more of the entire image will be in focus and its more likely to be used in Landscape Photography with smaller apertures of ie. f/11 - f16. With shallow DOF specific area(s) of an image is deliberately out of focus and can be applied in a variety of genres (Wildlife / Sport / Macro / Portraits) where the photographer deliberately wants to separate the main subject from the background - for this effect, larger apertures will be applied ie. f/1.8 - 5.6. 


DOF Aperture Test: Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens - view>>

DOF flower series demonstration with Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 55-250 IS II lens - view>>



The visual quality of [deliberate] blur is also referred to as Bokeh
Bokeh: visual quality of the blur...The visual quality of [deliberate] blur is also referred to as Bokeh - Japanese for the out-of-focus aesthetic quality of the deliberate out-of-focus (blurred) area. a Wide aperture of i.e. f/1.8 - f/5.6 or so will be used (depending on the lens / optical distance from subject) to create the required out-of-focus effect.

See attached images below: white rose bud, the yellow rose and red rose bud with sharp / in-focus foreground sharp and background deliberately blurred (using wide apertures of f/5.8 and f/5.6). 

Lens apertures
In DSLR photography different lenses are used to create / select different levels of DOF depending on the lens aperture range, optical length of the lens and distance from subject. Different lenses / aperture settings will be applied  for different type of photography genres requiring blur effects at various focal lengths ie. for close-up / macro, portraiture or wildlife photography.  a  DSLR camera system is not necessarily required for creating deliberate image blur, a compact camera with a wide aperture lens with some optical zoom will also work. 

The images below were captured with apertures of f5.6 Yellow Rose (Non-DSLR Canon PowerShot SX40 HS with its f/2.7 - 5.8 35x telephoto zoom lens) and  f/5.6 Red Rose Bud (EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5 - 5.6 IS STM lens / EF-S 55-250mm f/4 - 5.6 IS II lens).


Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens / Extension Tue
Which Canon lenses?
Desired Bokeh-effects for close-up or macro flower photography can be achieved with a variety of lenses with wide apertures i.e. with fix aperture lenses such as Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM or the EF 100mm f2.9 Macro USM prime lenses.

Any Canon DSLR camera body with either an EF or EF-S lens (or other compatible lenses) attached will generate deliberate background / selected blur, but the Bokeh quality will depend on the following factors:

  • Aperture settings (wider is better) 
  • Type of EF / EF-S lens (design and optical length) 
  • Depth of field of objects in the frame 
  • Distance to subject / lighting conditions 
  • Accessories used (extension tubes / close-up filters) 

Different lighting conditions
In all the images the objective was to keep the 'unwanted digital noise' across the frame as low as possible. For the "Yellow Rose' image, shot with Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, I used ISO 100 (in crisp early morning sun light) and the 'Red Rose Bud', shot with the Canon EOS 700D, I used ISO 400 with a Speedlite 430 EX II flash (in early morning overcast / raining conditions).

Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens
Photographers use blur for various shallow depth-of-field / artistic effects (image on the right - 'blue flower' and first image below - 'red mailbox' with Canon EOS 6D both at an aperture of f/2.8 with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. 

Last image 'bee on flower' was captured with Canon EOS 700D /  55-250mm IS II lens and Canon 500D close-up lens filter), Bee in focus, most of the flower blurred / out of focus, in a deliberate, aperture-controlled and planned way.

Optimal exposure settings
Just to come back to noise - you may have noticed that many of my own photos are not always shot in good lighting conditions. Most of my low light / long exposure DSLR photography shoots are done in Av mode, ISO 100 and apertures between f/16 - f/22 generating automatic shutter speeds of between 1 and 30 seconds.


I often use the camera's Manual shooting mode with similar aperture settings and Bulb Mode - the ability to have manual time control over shutter speeds during every single shot. A time to use this mode is when shooting fireworks. These exposure combinations together with the use of a tripod and RC-6 remote shutter release, almost entirely limits all unwanted  noise / graininess and unwanted blur. © Vernon Chalmers

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Difference between Digital Noise and Background Blur
Canon EOS 6D / EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens flash


Difference between Digital Noise and Background Blur
Canon EOS 700D   ISO 100  f/5.6  No Flash


Difference between 'digital noise' and subject / background blur
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS   ISO 100  f/5.8 


Canon EOS 700D ISO 400  f/5.6  Flash  Photo: © Vernon Chalmers
Canon EOS 700D   ISO 400  f/5.6  Flash 


Difference between Digital Noise and Background Blur
Canon EOS 700D   ISO 100  f/5.6  No Flash 


More Depth Of Field (DOF) Examples: DSLR / Non-DSLR / More Bee On Flower with Close-Up Filter

Affordable Canon 400mm Lens for Birds in Flight Photography

Canon EOS 7D Mark II /  EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
'Super Fast Autofocus on Canon EOS 7D Mark II'
I was recently asked for my opinion on an affordable, light and reasonably sharp 300mm or 400mm prime lens (for Birds in Flight and some wildlife photography) by one of my Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town workshop delegates.

The workshop delegate is a Nikon D500 user / photographer and although I could not comment directly towards her requirement for a Nikon 300mm or 400mm prime lens I shared with her my own Canon EF 300mm / EF 400mm prime lens decision-making process (from a few years ago).

My response (edited for the website with more content and context for assisting other / new Canon Birds in Flight photographers as well).

I use the Canon EF 400mm f./5.6L USM lens for my Birds in Flight photography at Woodbridge Island Cape Town. A cost-effective Canon EF 400mm prime lens with no Image Stabilization (IS), with very fast Autofocus (AF) and surprisingly light for carrying around for long shooting sessions (up to three to four hours at times). A simple and effective design with many good reviews over the years.


Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens for Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens for Birds in Flight Photography

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens: Professional / Consumer Reviews

This lens is exclusively paired with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II and I'm satisfied with the all-round AF performance, sharpness and mobility (paired with the APS-C / Crop Canon body). 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II /  EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
The Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens performs very well with the Canon EOS 700D, Canon EOS 70D, Canon 7D Mark II and the Canon EOS 6D (ito my own long term evaluaton).

I'm of opinion that the AF performance is slightly faster when compared to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM zoom lens of which I have tested extensively on both the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 80D in exactly the same shooting environment.

Not bad for a Canon Super Telephoto lens that was designed / released in 1993.

I did not consider the Canon EF 100-400mm lens options as I already have the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens - a lens that in itself is very fast and sharp and offers a great zoom range when required.

My original Canon prime lens decision-making lens selection
When I originally decided on a birds in flight lens I looked at three prime options:
  • Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens
I decided the 300mm f/4 (with image stabilization) was a tad short and not really optimized with a tele-converter on the Canon bodies at the time. With a tele-converer the reach is good - 300 x 1.4 - 420mm, but the AF would be a tad slower at f/5.6 for birds in flight (and I was concerned about the image quality when paired with the converter). And I already have a reasonably fast and sharp 70-300mm zoom. I have seen some great images from this lens and it was a serious consideration for me, but personally don’t really like shooting with a converter on a crop body i.e 7D Mark II.

Canon EOS 6D /  EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens (with image stabilization) at 3x the price the price was not something I could justify from a cost / benefit perspective, I tested it, very good and at f/4 (without converter). With a 1.4 converter the lens would probably just as fast at f/5.6, but an expensive option for birds in flight. Very sharp and not that heavy.

I've deliberately tested it on my Canon EOS 6D (Full Frame) at f/4 in the same shooting environment I use the Canon EF 400mm f/4 USM lens. A high-end professional Canon super telephoto lens that is comfortable on both APS-C and Full Frame bodies (with / without the 1.4x / 2x tele-converters), just a tad expensive and not convinced it will justify the price / value / performance ratio in my Birds in Flight photography workflow and shooting at my Woodbridge Island, Cape Town shooting environment. Birds in Flight images with the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

Canon EOS 7D Mark II /  EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
I researched this lens for three months in terms of the following criteria:
  • For Birds in Flight photography only
  • 400mm focal length for pairing with APS-C body
  • Autofocus speed and image quality
  • Weight (mobility for carrying long periods)
  • Cost of ownership (Budget / ROI)

From the first morning I've added this lens still on my Canon EOS 700D I knew it was the correct decision. It ticked all the researched criteria boxes and although I've added a few newer Canon EOS bodies to my bag this is still my lens of choice for Birds in Flight photography. Its not a f/2.8 300mm or 400mm lens, but with enough good Cape Town light I am still without any doubt that this lens will perform very well against the more expensive Canon Super Telephoto options.

Canon EOS 6D /  EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
My training studio and home office apartments are literally on the doorstep of my shooting environment at Woodbridge Island and have a birds view of the the lagoon, sun and wind speed before venturing down for a shoot. 

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens Release Date
The Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens was released in May 1993 and as far as I know somewhat before Canon's IS implementation (according to Canon 1995). It became a very popular lens for bird / birds in flight photographers mainly due to low cost, light weight, image quality and fast Autofocus.

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

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

Two Canon 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photography
Two Canon 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photography

Canon EOS Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography

Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography

Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Sample images with two Canon zoom lenses
Have a look at Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (paired with Canon EOS 7D Mark II) and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens (paired with Canon EOS 70D).


Water thick-knee Canon EOS 7D Mark II /  EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Water thick-knee in FlightCanon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens (Woodbridge Island - Cape Town)

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR
Capturing Birds in Flight with a basic Autofocus (AF) System and the reasonably slow frame rate of the Canon EOS 6D Full Frame body and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM zoom lens.

Generally,  when I capture Birds in Flight at Woodbridge Island Cape Town, I prefer the extra fps and reach of a faster APS-C (crop) body paired with a 400mm prime lens.


This morning I took the Canon EOS 6D (4,5 fps) and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens while everybody around me captured birds in flight with the Canon EOS-1D X / Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the Canon EOS 70D - all of which have superior frames per second (fps) continuous shooting rate and superior AF systems compared to the humble Canon EOS 6D with its basic 11-Point AF system.

Location: Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

FPS (Frames Per Second Rate in continuous shooting mode) of the EOS bodies mentioned:

  • Canon EOS-1D X  14 fps
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II 10 fps
  • Canon EOS 70D 7 fps
  • Canon EOS 6D 4.5 fps

Autofocus
(AF) Points of EOS bodies mentioned

  • Canon EOS-1D X 61 AF Points
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II 65 AF Points
  • Canon EOS 70D 19 AF Points
  • Canon EOS 6D 11 AF Points

These 4 consecutive images of the Pied Kingfisher are substantial crops, but the point is that Birds in Flight photography is possible without the most advanced fps / AF systems and / or fast(er) prime lenses.

Canon Equipment Used
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
  • Manual Mode:  Auto ISO @ 300mm focal length

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Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens 

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens 

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens 

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D /  EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - View

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Weekend Cooking and Food Photography

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

Photographic approach
I use various 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 is to be as authentic as possible with every dish prepared, cooked and photographed with no artificial food enhancement and / or colouring.

Canon equipment used so far for food photography:

Canon EOS bodies for Food Photography
  • Canon EOS 6D (Full-Frame)
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • 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.

Food Photography Learning Resources: Cooking and Photography Resources

Weekend Cooking More Information: Weekend Cooking Food Photography

Weekend Cooking: Facebook Page

Free Canon Online Shooting and Exposure Practice

Canon Online Shooting Practice:  Exposure Learning Software Application

Exposure Learning Software Application

Take creative [manual] control of your photos
Canon offers an excellent and easy virtual way for DSLR and advanced compact camera owners to learn and understanding the manual exposure setting / process of digital photography.

Free Canon Shooting Simulation: Exposure practice for your DSLR / Compact camera
The Canon simulation software provides a practical and intuitive way to learn and apply the Exposure Triangle, different shooting modes (Manual / Shutter Priority / Aperture Priority) and to practice shots by changing the settings (and seeing the inter-relationship between ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed). Visit the Canon website to practice Your Shots>>

Canon Photography Simulation:  Exposure Learning Software Application
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Canon Photography 101
Read and learn about digital camera exposure with specific learning reference to:
  • Understand Exposure
  • Setting the mood
  • Selecting the focus
  • Setting the Exposure
  • Your shooting environment 

Canon Photography Tips

Official Canon photography Photography Tips and Tricks for the specific picture you want with reference about with specific tip / learning reference to:
  • Canon Priority Modes for controlling Shutter Speed / Aperture
  • Using Aperture Priority Mode
  • Using Shutter Priority Mode
  • Aperture / Shutter Speed combinations
  • Light and Exposure and Light

Canon Photo Challenge
Put your photography skills to the test and see if you could create a photo with good exposure, blur motion or blur the background. Take the Challenge>>


Canon Online Shooting Practice:  Free Exposure Learning Software Application
Canon Photo Challenge   Image Credit: Canon
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Private Photography Training / Tutoring Milnerton

Private Photography Training / Tutoring Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers Canon Camera Photography Training / Tutoring

Vernon Chalmers presents Canon EOS DSLR camera / photography workshops in Milnerton Cape Town / Woodbridge Island.

Available Workshops / Private Tutoring (on request)

  • Birds In Flight Photography 
  • Close-Up / Macro Photography 
  • Canon EOS Autofocus Systems (APS-C Bodies) 
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash
  • Introduction to Canon EOS DSLR Cameras 
  • Introduction / Advanced Canon EOS 6D (Full Frame) 
  • Introduction / Advanced Canon EOS 7D / EOS 7D Mark II 
  • Introduction / Advanced Canon EOS 70D / EOS 80D
  • Introduction to Canon EOS bodies / EF lenses 
  • Introduction to Photography / Exposure Triangle 
  • Introduction / Using Canon Speedlite Flash
  • Landscape / Long Exposure / Night Photography
  • Social Media / Image Management / SEO Workshops
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 / 6 Editing & Workflow

Vernon Chalmers Photography Cape Town Training / Tutoring Rates


Please Contact Me to discuss any specific Canon Camera / Photography learning requirements. I am available to travel to specific locations for one-day and longer workshops.

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