31 July 2020

Fast Shutter Speed / Action Photography Settings

The majority of fast shutter action photography I do with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is Birds in Flight and with that comes the occasional perched bird and / or some other fast action birding activity.

Advantage of Two Settings / Specifications:
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Fast Frame Rate

The effect of a relatively fast shutter speed used for birds in flight photography is not always clear to see, but the effect of a fast shutter speed where there is i.e. the photographing of moving water, the stopping of the water motion is much more apparent and visible.

Fast Shutter Speed
For freezing motion, i.e. a bird in flight or from the examples below - the freezing of the water motion I generally use high shutter speeds of 1/3200s and 1/5000s. Note that (very) high shutter speeds of 1/4000s - 1/5000s could have an impact on ISO - the higher the shutter speed the higher the ISO principle should be remembered.

Fast Frame Rate
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is capable of 10 fps (frames per second). Although this is not necessary for capturing high shutter speed action (of a single frame), it assists the photographer for more high-quality in focus shots (of an a event sequence) - as I have here of the feeding little egret in the Milnerton lagoon at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. Example of of an continuous high frame rate Action Photography Sequence.


High shutter speed / action photography settings
Frame 1 : Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Shutter Speed 1/4000s

High shutter speed / action photography settings
Frame 2 : Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Shutter Speed 1/4000s

Equipment Used (Birds In Flight / Action Photography Settings)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Lexar Professional CompactFlash UDMA 7 32GB

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Manual Mode Settings
  • Shutter speed: 1/5000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 5000)
  • AF Mode: Zone / Wide Zone
  • AF Cases 1
  • AI Servo / 10 fps multi-shot
  • Handheld

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Settings
  • Autofocus On
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Focal Length 400mm    

01 July 2020

Flexible Photography Private Training Milnerton

Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Offering = Bird / Wildlife Photography
Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town 
Offering individual photographers with private and flexible Canon EOS / Photography training classes in Milnerton, Cape Town.

Training Objective
To assist the developing Canon EOS photographer with an integrated learning approach for mastering the more advanced camera and exposure settings within selected application and genres of any Canon DSLR EOS APS-C or Full-Frame interchangeable-lens camera (i.e Canon EOS 1300D / 60D / 7D / 6D / 5D).

The complete image management / workflow process will be discussed with an introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC either as an introduction or a hands-on post-processing learning module (depending on delegate genre / module selection).

Delegates will be able to select specific areas to suite specific photographic applications / genres depending on personal requirements and current / future lens selections. Training may be scheduled over a period of time and does not have to be completed on a specific date.

Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training - Landscape / Long Exposure Photography
Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Training - Canon EOS 700D
Flexible Modules
The training will be from any combination of the Canon EOS / Photography training I offer via workshops or private training sessions. All training will be structured around a general Canon EOS Menu / Exposure Modes module and then elective application / genre modules.

Duration of the Training
Three sessions of up to five hours each (with a minimum of fifteen hours) during the day, evening or Saturday mornings. All training will be inclusive of practical applications (depending on application / genre selection).

Camera / Photography Training Resources
Each delegate will receive Canon EOS-specific and application / genre-specif printed notes and updated URLs on my website linked with more related information.

Training Location
Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Offering - Macro / Close-Up Photography
Macro / Close-Up Photography Training - with Canon EOS 70D
All training is facilitated in my training studio apartment in Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island). Practical application will be discussed with individual delegates depending on application and genres. Map | Directions

Delegates are welcome to Contact Me for discussing specific requirements where-after a Canon EOS Photography Proposal / Invoice will be forwarded to email address(es) op choice with recommended training and EFT / online payment options.

Costing 
Cost per Delegate: R850-00 for two sessions. R1 250 for three sessions (5 hours per session and will include selected / specific practicals – depending on selections).

EFT / Credit Card Payment Options

Photography Training Gift Voucher
This photography training class is available as a Birthday / Christmas Gift training voucher option with a one year validity period. It could also form part of general Canon camera training option as well. More information>>

Accommodation for Photographers
Vernon Chalmers photography training is facilitated from a self-catering apartment in Arnhem, Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) with an option for local and international photographers to overnight during the various training sessions. Optional accommodation will be calculated at reduced rates into the Photography Training Proposal / Invoicing. More Information

Learning Areas
Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Offering - Adobe Lightroom / Digital Workflow Post Processing Training
Adobe Lightroom / Digital Workflow Post Processing Training
It is recommended that delegates that will attending in small groups to have more / less the same learning and practical requirements.

Canon EOS bodies and lenses may differ, but the application and genre requests should be the same.

Specific learning areas are workshops and training sessions I frequently facilitate. Below links to provide more information on the two to three session training I do per genre.

General Learning Areas
  • Canon EOS Menu System
  • Exposure Settings (Av / Tv / Manual / Bulb Modes)
  • Creative application working with Aperture / Shutter Speed
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / Manual Focus Techniques
  • Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing Introduction (if required)

Specific Training Workshop Learning Areas (to select from)
  • 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

Contact Me for more information or discussing other requirements.

Canon Photography Private Training Courses Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop More

Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Offering - Action / Birds in Flight Photography
Action / Birds in Flight Photography Training - with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode / Long Exposure Photography Images

Canon EOS 6D Long Exposure Photography Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide Lens : Long Exposure Photography using Bulb (B) Mode

Objective: Demonstrating long exposure photography using the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide lens (paired with the Full Frame Canon EOS 6D) across the old wooden bridge, Milnerton Lagoon and Otto du Plessis Drive Woodbridge Island bridges, Milnerton Cape Town.

Note: All four images captured in Bulb Mode, on Manfrotto tripod and Canon remote cable release. Post-processing with regard to cropping and lens profile correction were done in Photoshop Lightroom 6.


What is Bulb Mode? (as applied in Long Exposure Photography)
By default a Canon EOS DSLR (most other DSLR's as well) is limited to a maximum of a 30 seconds (displayed as 30″) exposure duration - the actual time that the shutter will remain open in Manual Mode / Aperture Priority (Av) Mode / Shutter Priority (Tv) Mode. 

Bulb Mode allows the shutter to stay open beyond the 30 seconds limitation by either pressing and releasing the shutter button manually or using a variety of remote switches / cable releases - acting as a manual timer. 

Long exposure photography of minutes and up to hours (depending on the photographer's long exposure requirements) are capable with Bulb Mode. All other exposure settings are available in Bulb Mode just like Manual Mode.

Bulb Mode Placement on EOS DSLRs
On enthusiast and professional Canon EOS bodies Bulb Mode is designated as a dedicated "B" for Bulb Mode on the Mode Dial. On entry level Canon EOS bodies Bulb mode is embedded as part of Shutter Priority (Tv.) Mode's shutter timer settings.

Shooting Location
Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode / Settings / 
Accessories
  • Bulb Mode
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture: f/16 
  • Shutter Speed (53s - 180s)
  • Manual Focus / Lens IS Off
  • Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Switch
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W

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Woodbridge Island Street Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Copyright
Woodbridge Island Street Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D, Bulb Mode

Woodbridge Island Old Wooden Bridge Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Copyright
Woodbridge Island Wooden Bridge Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D, Bulb Mode

Woodbridge Island Milnerton Lagoon Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Copyright
Woodbridge Island Milnerton Lagoon Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D, Bulb Mode


Milnerton Beach / Lighthouse Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D, Bulb Mode

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips View

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 
View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

Small butterfly photography with Birds In Flight Setup

The small butterfly was captured while I was out doing some birds in flight shooting around Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Cape Town this morning.

This is exactly the same camera / lens setup that I use for capturing birds in flight around the island. Normally, I would use a macro lens / or a zoom lens with an extended tube, but I was keen to see how this setup could work. 


Advantages for close-up photography with this setup are very good image quality and fast Autofocus (AF) of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens combination.

A disadvantage of the 400mm lens is the Minimum Focus Distance (MFD) when capturing close-up subjects. the MFD is 3.5 meter, but the lens can be used with extension tubes and / or close-up lens filters. Filter thread is 77mm.

The rest is up to (AF) tracking and framing requirements. I've captured all three images with lens AF on.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II /  EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (Handheld). Manual mode: ISO 1000 / f/6.3 1/5000s. Wide Zone AF / 10 fps. Handheld.


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Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Grey Heron in Flight Photography Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town: Grey Heron
Grey Heron Fly-Past: Woodbridge Island Cape Town
I've waited a long time for these captures on / above the small island adjacent to Woodbridge Island, Cape Town- on most mornings he's already sleeping on his spot.


Canon AI Servo AF: EOS iTR AF Testing 
These low-flying Grey Heron captures are still part of my ongoing Canon EOS 7D Mark II EOS iTR AF Testing - determining enhanced tracking capabilities for moving subjects.

Conditions and Location

Crisp early morning sun with no wind at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (just off the small island). Woodbridge Island Map.

Canon Camera / Lens Settings

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II 
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens 
  • M Mode: f/5.6 ISO 640 1/5000s 
  • AI Servo: Case 1: Wide Zone
  • 10 fps 
  • Handheld

Post-Processing
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6: Colour correction / noise reduction / lens profile correction.


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Grey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Grey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Grey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Grey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Grey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Grey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Thick-knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Stand-off with one of the two local water thick-knees in the Table Bay Nature Reserve. He was a bit grumpy on first sight, but a win-win situation.

Images by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens.

Continuous Shooting at 10fps: 3 consecutive frames

Canon Camera Settings
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Auto-ISO 500
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
  • AF: Large Zone (Case 1)
  • 10 fps / handheld
  • CF Card: Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB
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Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Water Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island

Spotted Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island
Water Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island

Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Water Thick-Knee in Flight : Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island

Thick-Knee in the Table Bay Nature Reserve Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Water Thick-Knee in Flight : Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island


My Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Bird Species Index

Cape Town Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront

Low Light Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Low Light Photography - Sunrise V&A Waterfront
Cape Town

Early Saturday Morning V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Objective: Demonstrating application of the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens (without any lens filters) at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town.

Note: All photos on tripod in Av mode (Aperture Priority). Images captured in RAW (conversion via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4). With no correction.

Canon Camera Equipment

  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Manfrotto Compact tripod

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings

  • f/16 - f/22
  • ISO 100
  • Shutter: .30 - 1/15s
  • Manual focus
  • RAW / JPG conversion (lens profile correction only)

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Low Light Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens  V&A Waterfront Cape Town


Low Light Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens  V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Low Light Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens  V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Low Light Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens  V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Low Light Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens  V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Low Light Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens  V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Low Light Photography: Sunrise V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens  V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : AI Servo Autofocus / FPS Test

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Egyptian Goose Woodbridge Island
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight AF / FPS Test Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Objective
: Testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II body / EF 400mm f/5.6 USM lens AF / FPS accuracy and image sharpness.

Note: I capture Birds in Flight in AI Servo Autofocus mode in shorter bursts of 4 to 5 shots. The faster / smaller the bird the more frames per one consecutive burst. These consecutive images were all captured in less than 3 seconds (using the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's impressive 10 fps multi-shot mode).

All images processed in Lightroom 5.7. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction.

Cape Town Location

Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Equipment (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: 1/3200s 
  • Aperture: f/6.3 
  • Focal length 400mm 
  • Auto ISO (ISO 500) 
  • AF Mode Option (Extended Zone / Case 1) 
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo 
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld 

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 01
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 02
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 03
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 04
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 05
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 06
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s  Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 07
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Autofocus / Frames Per Second Test 08
Canon EOS 7D Mark II @ 400mm Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 1/3200s Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Automatic Selection Autofocus Testing

Canon EOS 7D Mark II : Wide Zone Autofocus Testing 

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

Birds in Flight with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6l IS USM Lens

Little Egret in Flight - W.oodbridge Island Cape T.own
Little Egret in Flight with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
I recently had the opportunity for testing the older Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens paired with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II.  My preferred lens for  Birds in Flight photography is the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6LUSM lens and have also tested the Canon Ef 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6l IS II USM lens on numerous occasions.

I've never used this lens before, but was pleasantly surprised with the Autofocus application and the overall image quality (when compared to my reference in using the other 400mm lenses). There is still some life in the old glass....

Equipment (Birds In Flight Photography)
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
  • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32 GB

Exposure / Focus Settings
  • Manual Mode Settings / Lens AF On
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto ISO (ISO 400)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

Post-Processing
Adobe Lightroom 9: Cropping. Colour correction / Lens profile correction. RAW to JPEG conversion.

Birds in Flight Location
Woodbridge Island Milnerton, Cape Town

 
Juvenile Black.-Cr.owned Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Juvenile Black.-Cr.owned Heron in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Little Egret in Flight - W.oodbridge Island Cape T.own
Little Egret in Flight - W.oodbridge Island Cape T.own

Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight - Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Blacksmith Plover in Flight- Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Blacksmith Plover in Flight- Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Swift Tern in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Swift Tern in Flight - Woodbridge Island

Two Cost-Effective Canon Lenses for Bird Photography View