14 February 2023

Nostalgic Value of some of my first Bird Images

Much more than just pressing a shutter button at sunrise…

African oystercatchers Blougbergstrand Cape Town Vernon Chalmers Photography
African Oystercatchers at Sunrise : Blougbergstrand, Cape Town

In crisp morning light (about 10 years ago) I was privileged to be in the esteemed company of two of my photography seniors – my late friend Joseph Inns and Robert Johnson – at the time the chairman of the Tygerberg Photographic Society (TPS).

The African oystercatchers and Little egret were also some of the first bird images that I have ever photographed with an entry-level Canon DSLR camera at Bloubergstrand. Arriving before sunrise on this beautiful sunny Friday morning we were greeted by the majestic presence of Table Mountain across the bay, the oystercatchers, egrets and a few other distant sea birds.

I marvelled in these gentlemen’s discussions about light, location and opportunity. There was no real mention of camera gear or how to extract the best value out of camera and lens, just to focus on and enjoy 'what’s in front of you'.

This memorable morning concluded with more enlightened discussions over a sumptuous breakfast at the Ons Huisie Restaurant in Bloubergstrand.

Indeed a highlight in my own development as a photographer.

Canon Equipment / Settings
  • Canon 700D APS-C DSLR Body
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3-5.6 IS Lens
  • Av Mode: f/5/6 @ 250mm

Original Post-Processing
Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Little Egret Blougbergstrand Cape Town Vernon Chalmers Photography
Little Egret at Sunrise : Bloubergstrand, Cape Town

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