23 October 2020

African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town

African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town

A road trip trip via Kalk Bay, Simon's Town, Scarborough, Kommetjie and Noordhoek, took us to Monkey Valley (Noordhoek) for the most unforgettable lunch and sunset. 

One of the many highlights of the day, with artist and Nikon photographer, Linda Strydom, was an impromptu visit to the informal Arts & Craft Market / Souvenir Shop at Boulders Beach, Simon's Town.

On this crisp Cape Town morning we sampled the rich, creative  and unbelievable colours of African art (with the generosity of their creators giving us oodles of discount to purchase their craftmanship - this is actually sad as there is the obvious lack of tourism due to the global Covid Pandemic).

Image Gallery
10 images with Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens and Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

Av Mode: Auto-ISO / various apertures (f/5.6-f/11).

All images Copyright Vernon Chalmers Copyright Policy

African Craftmanship African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Craftmanship African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Craftmanship African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Craftmanship African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Craftmanship: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Craftmanship: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

Godfrey's Sunbird: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
Godfrey's Sunbird: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

Milnerton, Cape Town Flea Market View

01 October 2020

Representing Cape Town / SA Tourism with Zeitz MOCAA image

Explore Epic South Africa - Image from the National Geographic / South Africa Tourism Publication
Image: From the National Geographic Your Shot Publication
Explore Epic South Africa : National Geographic

Proudly representing Cape Town / South African Tourism as a National Geographic Your Shot Partner Photographer.

My photo visit to the Zeitz MOCAA Museum - V&A Waterfront Cape Town (with Joseph Inns) was recently recognized with the publication of one image by National Geographic / South African Tourism in promoting our beautiful country.

Publication: Explore Epic South Africa (National Geographic / SA Tourism Board)

Zeithz MOCCA -  V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 
A vast, disused grain silo complex overlooking Cape Town’s historic, working harbor now holds the world’s largest museum for contemporary African art. Spread over nine floors, the Zeitz MOCAA has 80 galleries and a cathedral-like atrium, carved from the silo’s original storage tubes: an incredible transformation that honors the old, while giving center stage to the new.

"Up The Silos at the Zeits MOCCA - V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Vernon Chalmers Zeiyhs MOCCA Museum Image from the National Geographic / South Africa Tourism Publication
Vernon Chalmers Zeitz MOCCA Museum Image from the National Geographic / South Africa Tourism Publication

Canon camera used: Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm lens (Auto-ISO / f/11 / handheld)

Link to my Zeitz MOCAA Museum images here on my website

Link to the National Geographic / SA Tourism Publication

South African Travel Destinations in the National Geographic / South African Tourism Publication
  • Driekop, Northern Cape
  • Hermanus, Western Cape
  • Hole In The Wall, Eastern Cape
  • Howich, Kwazulu-Natal
  • Mpumalanga Drakensberg
  • Mwene Valley, Drakensberg
  • Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith
  • Port Edward, Kwazulu-Natal
  • Shakaland, Kwazulu-Natal
  • Table Mountain, Cape Town
  • Table View, Cape Town
  • Zeitz MOCCA Museum, V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Aperture Demonstration for New Photographers

Aperture Demonstration: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
Aperture Demonstration for New Photographers - With Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

A brief aperture / background blur demonstration of 8 images captured at different apertures, but exactly the same depth of field between camera / subject and background distance.

Objective: To demonstrate what effect an aperture change will have on background blur when changing the aperture setting on the camera (with all other settings exactly the same).

Lens Apertures
Apertures selected from first to last image: f/1.8 / f/2.8 / f/4 / f 5.6 / f/8 / f/11 / f/16 / f22 (f/1.8 is the largest aperture (actual lens opening with f/22 the smallest aperture of the particular lens used). Read more on the inter-relationship between Aperture / ISO and Shutter Speed: Exposure Triangle>>

Note how the density of the background blur decrease from f/2.8 to f/22. The background blur changes will have very little effect on the focused subject (red telephone / money box).

Difference between Digital Noise and Background Blur View

When is this applicable? In almost all subjects we photograph - from portraits to wildlife to landscapes. For portraits you want to isolate the subject by using a larger aperture (smaller f/ number) i.e. f/2.8 - f/4, for wildlife; isolating animals from their immediate habitat at i.e. f/4 - f/5.6 and for landscapes where you want image sharpness across the frame with smaller apertures (higher f/ number) i.e. f/11 - f/16.

The quality and density of the blur will depend on type of lens used, focal length of the lens, distance to subject (and to background). Various other camera / environmental factors could also have an effect on the desired outcome.

Creative application will also have an effect on the background blur, i.e. long exposures or showing motion in some part(s) of an image. Another consideration is macro photography where you may want to capture a close-up flower with a very narrow depth of field relative to its background - where you may require an aperture between i.e. f/2.8 - f/11 depending on the required blur effect(s) across the frame.

Canon EOS Camera / Lens / Speedlite Flash - Other Settings Used

  • Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens / Canon Speedlite 430EX II
  • f/1.8 - f/22 / ISO 400 / 1/60s (85mm) Manual Focus (via Live View) Tripod

(Click To Enlarge / Slideshow)

Aperture f/1.8  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens  Aperture f/2.8  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Aperture f/4  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens  Aperture f/5.6  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Aperture f/8  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens  Aperture f/11  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Aperture f/16  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens  Aperture f./22  ISO 400 : Canon EOS 6D / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
Shooting Location: Milnerton Cape Town (Photographer: Vernon Chalmers)

More about the Exposure in Photography Exposure Triangle

Vernon Chalmers Photography now using WhatsApp Business

Vernon Chalmers Photography Support / Communications now also available via WhatsApp
Important Update: Vernon Chalmers Photography Support / Communications now also available via WhatsApp.

From this week I will be using WhatsApp Business for complimenting my current client support, pre-training and booking information.

The WhatsApp Business number for messaging / phone calls - direct link: wa.me/27608878087 or 060 887 8087

Due to training commitments I may not always respond immediately, but there will be an auto-responder message if this is the case.

Please note: This number is for photography training / support purposes only. Please do not add / invite Vernon Chalmers Photography to any WhatsApp group functionalities et al.

I trust this new communication channel will be of substantial assistance to current clients with Canon EOS / photography support requests and possible new clients with pre-training / specific learning information requests.

More Information: Vernon Chalmers Photography Training

The Future of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III?

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II was released on 15 September 2014 as the replacement for the Canon EOS 7D that was released on 15 September 2009. 

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New Thoughts: The future of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III may now be within the EOS R System. After field testing the Canon EOS R6 I believe a future Canon EOS R7 may just be the like-for-like sort of mirrorless body replacement for the current Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Canon EOS 7D Rumors & Announcement Updates View
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I have used the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, almost exclusively for Birds in Flight photography, throughout its life cycle and am still an avid user of this extremely capable APS-C DSLR body for action photography.


We may be edging ever closer towards the end of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's life cycle and with current (competitive) advancements in the APS-C DSLR and Mirrorless camera market showing the real age of the EOS 7D Mark II's features and specifications.

Future of the Canon EOS 7D Mark III?
After the launch of the Canon EOS 90D there are more and more speculation and rumor that we will not see the Canon EOS 7D Mark III as Canon's future high-speed action APS-C camera, but it will be positioned as a mirrorless (APS-C) body possibly in the make-up of a new EOS R (or even as an EOS RS).

It will be a sad reality for many Canon EOS 7D Mark II photographers. Where some will embrace the modern mirrorless technology many other would probably keep their current EOS 7D Mark II's for longer or look for an alternative Canon EOS DSLR i.e.the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or possibly the the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III - more about the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III development Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Development Press Release.

Current Canon EOS 7D Mark II for Birds in Flight Photography
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is in my opinion a formidable APS-C DSLR with an advanced AF system just about straight out of the Canon EOS-1D X / Canon EOS 5D Mark III professional bodies. The 65-point AF system and the 1.6 crop sensor advantages were part of my decision-making for adding the Canon EOS 7D Mark II to my existing gear.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens First Impressions Article

I use the Canon EOS 7D Mark II exclusively and very frequently for Birds in Flight Photography paired with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town). I'm quite happy with this pairing and the only in-the-near-future upgrade that I'm considering is the replacement of my current 400mm lens with the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens.

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

I wrote the following about future expectations of a rumored Canon EOS 7D Mark III in June 2017

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
What I like most about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Before upgrading to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I was quite satisfied capturing Birds in Flight with my Canon EOS 70D (which I still use) and if it was not for the Birds in Flight workshops I present would probably have stayed with the Canon EOS 70D for a year or so longer.

I had a brief opportunity to test a Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens pairing before upgrading to my own Canon EOS 7D Mark II. When comparing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II directly to the Canon EOS 70D I appreciate the following features the most: 
  • Advanced AF system with multi-controller support
  • Wide Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 10 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Deeper buffer for RAW shooting
  • Slightly better ISO noise improvement
  • CF Card / Dual memory card slots

Please Note
: This article is not a Canon EOS 7D Mark III rumor, but as a current user of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I have certain expectations (wish list) of possible specifications and features of a Canon EOS 7D Mark III DSLR camera should there be such a camera.


Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List / Requirements
Different Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight photographers users will probably list all sorts of required / improved functionality that they would like to see added to a possible Canon EOS 7D Mark III - especially now after the early 2016 release of the Canon EOS 80D and the more recently released Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

My Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List is based on personal preferences and will most likely be quite different for many current Canon EOS 7D mark II photographers around the world.

Other photographers may want to see 4K video, faster frame rate and a few other enhancements - below is my Canon EOS 7D Mark III wish list for my own Birds in Flight photography. 

I personally have no issues with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's battery life,10 fps or AF / AI Servo tracking performance. 

My Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List Specifications (compared to Canon EOS 7D Mark II)
  • 24 - 28 Megapixel Sensor (20.2 MP) 
  • Dual DIGIC 8 Image Processors (Dual DIGIC 6) 
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (ISO 100-16000) 
  • AI Servo AF III+ Focusing / Tracking System (AI Servo AF III) 
  • 65-point AF system with 25+ AF points at f/8 (65-points / limited AF point coverage at f/8) 
  • Broader AF Point spread across the sensor 
  • Deeper Buffer / 40 - 50 RAW for continuous shooting (31 RAW) 
  • Wi-Fi / NFC and Bluetooth (none) 
  • CFast & SD Card Slots (CF & SD Card slots) 
  • 3.2" LCD touch screen (3.0" LCD non-touch screen)

Read / Rumor: Canon EOS 7D Mark III Coming with Dual Digic 8 Image Processors

New Canon EOS 7D Mark III Rumors & Announcement Updates
New Canon EOS 7D Mark III Rumors & Announcement Updates

I'm in no real hurry for adding a possible Canon EOS 7D Mark III to my Birds in Flight Photography gear - the possibility is very exiting, but before then I would more than likely replace my Canon EOS 6D with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and wait for the new Canon EOS APS-C flagship announcement (possibly later in 2018).

Article: Vernon Chalmers

Images: Images on this page with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens  / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens : Image: Vernon Chalmers


Canon EOS 7D Mark II Resources / Birds in Flight Photography Gallery View

Two Cost-Effective Canon Lenses for Birds in Flight Photography View

Birds in Flight Photography View

History of Canon Cameras / General Photography

History of Canon Cameras / Photography: Online Listings
The 'Kwanon' - Prototype
Image Credit: Canon Museum
Listing of online links to Canon Cameras and related photography history

Canon Camera Museum
Canon Camera Museum

20 Years of Canon EOS - The Digital Picture

20 Years of Canon EOS - The Digital Picture

Canon History Timeline - Canon Europe

Canon History Timeline - Canon Europe

The History of Canon - Canon Global

The History of Canon - Canon Global

Canon EOS - Wikipedia
Canon EOS - Wikipedia

Canon Inc. - Wikipedia
Canon Inc. - Wikipedia

The History of Photography - Free PDF Downloads & Links
The History of Photography - Free PDF Downloads & Links