16 June 2021

South Africa Living Using a Vernon Chalmers Image Without Permission

South Africa Living Using a Vernon Chalmers Table Bay Nature Reserve  Image Without Permission

It came to my attention that South Africa Living at https://southafricaliving.com/best-things-to-do-in-milnerton/ is using a Vernon Chalmers Table Bay Nature Reserve Milnerton, Cape Town  copyright image without permission.

When visiting the South Africa Living website the Vernon Chalmers Table Bay Nature Reserve Milnerton, Cape Town image is located on the URL listed above page on the South Africa Living Website (Milnerton)

Table Bay Nature Reserve Milnerton, Cape Town Image Used by South Africa Without Permission
This is the Table Bay Nature Reserve image that was taken by South Africa Living without permission from a Vernon Chalmers website in Cape Town, South Africa.

South Africa Living also changed the original Vernon Chalmers .JPG file from hiding / deleting a section where the known Vernon Chalmers Copyright was clearly identified on the image

South Africa Living Using a Table Bay Nature Reserve Milnerton Image Without Permission
South Africa Living Using a Table Bay Nature Reserve Milnerton Image Without Permission

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15 June 2021

Variety of Birds in the Table Bay Nature Reserve

Levaillant's Cisticola Diep River Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
A still foggy, but with some really good early morning sun coming through. I took a brisk walk to to the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island just after 10:00 this morning.  Lots of grey herons and yellow-billed ducks on the small island. They've spotted me early enough to make a hasty getaway. 

I noticed the resident water thick-knees out on the small island. This is quite unusual for them as they are generally found on the adjacent mainland side of the river flowing through the reserve. Nevertheless it was very good to see them.

I also noticed (for the first time) an African swamphen walking quite casually on the Milnerton Golf Course. Took a long range (record) shot. The bird lovers over at the Birdlife South Africa Facebook Group was kind enough to provide me with the correct species identification. Many of them was surprised about the swamphen walking around quite casually on the open grass banks.  

Back against the Diep river, close to the wooden bridge, I was was fortunate to photograph Levaillant's Cisticola at close range.

Birds of the morning:
  • Levaillant's Cisticola
  • Cape teal ducks in flight
  • Cape Shoveler duck in flight
  • Cape Teal duck in flight
  • Yellow-billed ducks in flight
  • Speckled pigeon in flight
  • Water thick knee
  • African swamphen

Cape Town Location
Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Milnerton

Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Manual Mode: Auto-ISO: 250 - 800
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 - 1/3200
  • AI Servo: Case 1: Wide Zone
  • 10 fps High Speed Continuous Mode
  • Handheld

Post-Processing
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 9.4: Cropping. Colour correction / noise reduction / lens profile correction


Cape Teal Ducks in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Cape Teal Ducks in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Cape Shoveler Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Cape Shoveler Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Cape Teal Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Cape Teal Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Yellow-Billed Ducks in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Yellow-Billed Ducks in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Speckled Pigeon in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Speckled Pigeon in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Water Thick Knee Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
Water Thick-Knee Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

African Swamphen Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright
African Swamphen (Record Shot) Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

10 June 2021

Pincushion Flowers using Autofocus and Manual Focus Override

The objective of this post is to show the ability of a macro (and many other lenses) to manual focus while in camera / lens AF Mode.

For these images I focused from four different distances with my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens - while just hand holding the camera / lens and after 'locking focus' with the AF focus I just turned the front focus ring (for further fine-tuning). For optimum focus / sharpness results it's recommended to use a tripod - but, not always possible (in limited time / space).

In my upcoming Macro and Close-Up Photography Workshop I will demonstrate the Canon Extension Tube EF25 II on various non-macro lenses.

With Canon EOS 70D / 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens: f/8 ISO 400 (Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash).


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Pincushions flowers using AF and Manual Focus Override
Canon 100mm Macro Lens - AF Focus with Manual Focus Override

Pincushions flowers using AF and Manual Focus Override
Canon 100mm Macro Lens - AF Focus with Manual Focus Override

Pincushions flowers using AF and Manual Focus Override
Canon 100mm Macro Lens - AF Focus with Manual Focus Override

Pincushions flowers using AF and Manual Focus Override
Canon 100mm Macro Lens - AF Focus with Manual Focus Override

Grey heron and small birds | Table Bay Nature Reserve


Grey Heron in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton Photo Vernon Chalmers
With a slight over the sea and the Diep River I  took the relatively short hike to the Table Bay Reserve, Woodbridge Island just after 09;30 this morning 
Still quite wet underfoot I scanned the reserve and was greeted with a few white-breasted cormorants, reed cormorants, Cape spur fowls and quite a few grey herons. 

Overhead was a fly past  of one of the black headed herons, yellow-billed ducks, a pied king fisher and an abundance of small birds (Cape sparrows / Sothern mask weavers, Southern red bishops  and Levaillant's  cisticolas). 

Birds of the morning:
  • Grey Heron in flight (first two images)
  • Southern red bishop female
  • Levaillant's  cisticolas

Cape Town Location
Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Milnerton

Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Manual Mode: Auto-ISO: 250 - 800
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 - 1/3200
  • AI Servo: Case 1: Wide Zone
  • 10 fps High Speed Continuous Mode
  • Handheld

Post-Processing
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 9.4: Cropping. Colour correction / noise reduction / lens profile correction


Grey Heron in flight Closer Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton Photo Vernon Chalmers
Grey Heron in flight Closer Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton

Southern Red Bishop Female Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton Photo Vernon Chalmers
Southern Red Bishop Female Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton

Levaillant's Cisticola Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton Photo Vernon Chalmers
Levaillant's Cisticola Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

07 June 2021

Glorious Bird Photography Morning | Table Bay Nature Reserve

African Spoonbill Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
African Spoonbill Table Bay Nature Reserve
Another glorious morning along the Diep River, Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island . This morning I was greeted by the black-headed heron, the Cape spurfowls, quite a few grey herons, yellow-billed ducks, Egyptian geese and an African spoonbill or two.

A Cape bulbul poked his head out from the reeds and I had an opportunity to see the Cape teal ducks and yellow-billed ducks frolicking in the early morning sun.

Birds of the morning:
  • Afican spoonbill
  • Little egret in flight
  • Cape teal duck in flight
  • African sacred ibis
  • Pied crow
  • Perched Cape bulbul

Cape Town Location
Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Milnerton

Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Manual Mode: Auto-ISO: 160 - 1000
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 - 1/3200
  • AI Servo: Case 1: Wide Zone
  • 10 fps High Speed Continuous Mode
  • Handheld

Post-Processing
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 9.4: Cropping. Colour correction / noise reduction / lens profile correction


Little Egret in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Little Egret in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Cape Teal Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Teal Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

African Sacred Ibis Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
African Sacred Ibis in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Egyptian Goose in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Egyptian Goose in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Pied Crow in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Pied Crow in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Perched Cape Bulbul Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Perched Cape Bulbul Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

06 June 2021

Bird Photography in the Table Bay Nature Reserve

This is the view from the Table Bay Nature Reserve close to Woodbridge Island, Milnerton. I often refer to this area as the ‘Hidden Urban Treasure’ of local bird photography. I've created some of my best images here over the last 10 years. The location is approximately 2.5 km’s from Woodbridge Island.

The best place to park should you want to visit the reserve is Woodbridge Island (next to the Milnerton Canoe Club) and take a walk along the Diep River to the Reserve (with the entrance opposite Milnerton High School).

Table Mountain / Reserve Image
Notice the small channel of water to the right. There is a small island with the Diep river flowing towards the right – opposite the Milnerton Golf Course. On any day there will be an abundance of birds on the small island (i.e. African spoonbills, grey herons, pied kingfishers, cormorants, ducks, geese, various small birds and the rare sight on occasion of the night heron).

Birds images: Grey heron in flight / Water thicknee in flight / Pied kingfisher

Table Mountain View From the Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton Photo Vernon Chalmers
Table Mountain View From the Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton


Water Thicknee in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton Photo Vernon Chalmers
Water Thicknee in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton


Perched Pied Kingfisher Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton Photo Vernon Chalmers
Perched Pied Kingfisher Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Milnerton



04 June 2021

Birds in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Levaillant's cisticola Table Bay  Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Levaillant's cisticola Table Bay  Nature Reserve
On my morning walkabout to the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island I was greeted with slightly windy conditions, but otherwise a crisp early morning with various bird species in the reserve.

The Cape spurfowls were there, but as usual took of on my arrival, a couple of grey herons, many ducks and geese. The Levaillant's cisticolas were frolicking in the early morning sun and I was fortunate to photograph at least one of them.

Birds of the morning:
  • Levaillant's cisticola
  • Yellow-billed duck
  • African darter
  • Egyptian goose
  • Blacksmith lapwing

Cape Town Location
Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Milnerton

Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Manual Mode: Auto-ISO: 160 - 1000
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 - 1/3200
  • AI Servo: Case 1: Wide Zone
  • 10 fps High Speed Continuous Mode
  • Handheld

Post-Processing
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 9.4: Cropping. Colour correction / noise reduction / lens profile correction.


Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

African Darter in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
African Darter in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Egyptian Goose in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
African Darter in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Blacksmith Lapwing in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Blacksmith Lapwing in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

03 June 2021

Table Mountain | Cape Town Views from Signal Hill

Table Mountain | Cape Town Harbour | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town Stadium

Spent a glorious day at the V&A Waterfront and Signal Hill with Karen Donaldson.

Visit to the V&A Waterfront earlier in the day.

Perfect June weather for an outdoor walkabout. Blues skies, great company, a good lunch and do what we love most - taking pictures of our beautiful city, mountain and surroundings.

Images / Views:
  • Table Mountain
  • Cape Town Harbour
  • V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Cape Town Stadium, Green Point

Canon Equipment / Settings:
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Av Mode: f/11 / ISO 100 / 1/60s
  • Handheld

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Table Mountain Cape Town view from Signal Hill Vernon Chalmers Photography
Table Mountain Cape Town view from Signal Hill

V&A Waterfront view from Signal Hill Vernon Chalmers Photography
V&A Waterfront | Table Bay Cape Town view from Signal Hill

Cape Town Harbour | Table Bay view from Signal Hill Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Town Harbour | Table Bay view from Signal Hill

Cape Town Stadium Green Point view from Signal Hill Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Town Stadium Green Point view from Signal Hill


01 June 2021

Woodbridge Island birds after the rain

Southern Masked Weaver Table Bay Nature Reserve Vernon Chalmers Photography
Southern Masked Weaver Table Bay Nature Reserve
After Monday's rainy conditions Tuesday morning provided me with quite the opposite conditions around the Diep River, Woodbridge Island. Apart from a blanket of winter clouds covering Table Mountain the overhead and light conditions were fair
to good for bird photography - what I would call ISO 400 - 640 light. 

I took a walk into the Table Bay Nature Reserve looking for the Cape spurfowls. I spotted a few, but they were too far and flew off immediately on my arrival. Interestingly, I did see the resident black-crowned night heron, but again, he flew off and quickly disappeared in the bush on the reserve's small island.

Birds of the morning:
  • South Masked Weaver
  • Fast flying rock pigeon
  • Yawning king gull

Cape Town Location
Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Milnerton

Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Manual Mode: Auto-ISO: 400 - 640
  • Aperture: f/5.6 - f/6.3
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 - 1/2000
  • AI Servo: Case 1: Wide Zone
  • 10 fps High Speed Continuous Mode
  • Handheld

Post-Processing
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 9.4: Cropping. Colour correction / noise reduction / lens profile correction.


Rock Pigeon in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Rock Pigeon in Flight Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Yawning King Gull on the Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island
Yawning King Gull on the Wooden Bridge, Woodbridge Island

Egyptian Goose Diep River  Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Egyptian Goose in Flight Diep River Woodbridge Island

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View


Kelp Gull attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island

Kelp Gull in Flight Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography
Kelp Gull Woodbridge Island
'Ducking and diving....'

Kelp gull attacking the resident grey heron. Notice the heron ducking lower and lower - Little island / Woodbridge Island. Quite unusual to witness this. This was repeated about 5 times before the kelp gull left the battle zone.

Cape Town Location
Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island, Milnerton

Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Manual Mode: Auto-ISO: 400
  • Aperture: f/5.6 - f/6.3
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 - 1/2000
  • AI Servo: Case 1: Wide Zone
  • 10 fps High Speed Continuous Mode
  • Handheld

Post-Processing
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 9.4: Cropping. Colour correction / noise reduction / lens profile correction.

4 Consecutive Frames - Kelp Gull vs. Frey Heron

Kelp Gull Attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography 1
Image 1 / 4: Kelp Gull Attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island 

Kelp Gull Attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography 2
Image 2 / 4: Kelp Gull Attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island

Kelp Gull Attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography 3
Image 3 / 4: Kelp Gull Attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island

Kelp Gull Attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography 4
Image 4 / 4: Kelp Gull Attacking Grey Heron Woodbridge Island

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Sample Images

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Sample Images
Close-Up, Birds in Flight And Fashion Photography Sample Images

The popular 70-300mm focal length lenses are for many photographers a very versatile range for relatively close wildlife and other nature / general opportunities.

Although I use my 400mm lens extensively for birds in flight I often use the 70-300mm focal range for flowers, insects and on occasion, birds in flight.

The non-L version of this lens (the newer EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens) of which I have briefly tested is also a very sharp, and cost-effective lens with fast Autofocus for moving subjects.

Years ago I had the older EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens - at the time it was OK, but image quality and Autofocus speed not as good as the newer version II lens.

I use the 70-300mm focal length mostly on my trusted EOS 70D / EOS 6D with and without the Canon Extension Tube EF25 II - to enable a closer minimum focus distance for close-up subjects.

Herewith a few images and website links to some professional / consumer reviews of said lens (note all these are with the L version)

Lens review links>>

Close-Up Flower: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens (Canon Extension Tube EF25 II)
Close-Up Flower: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens (Canon Extension Tube EF25 II)

Close-Up Flower: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens (Canon Extension Tube EF25 II)
Close-Up Flower: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens (Canon Extension Tube EF25 II)

Close-Up Flower: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens (Canon Extension Tube EF25 II)
Close-Up Flower: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens (Canon Extension Tube EF25 II)

Sandwich Tern in Flight: Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Sandwich Tern in Flight: Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Little Egret in Flight: Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Little Egret in Flight: Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Pied kingfisher in Flight: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Pied kingfisher in Flight: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens


Fashion Photography: Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens


Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens with Extension Tube
Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens with Extension Tube

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens : Different Focal Lengths Test View

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens: Professional / Consumer Reviews View

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