An engineer by day, EOS World member Calvin Chan celebrates 4 years of dabbling in macro photography and other genres – from shooting spiders to sunrises to birds. 

Calvin Chan delved into macro photography after being inspired by some photographic work he saw online. Occasionally, he would join his friends to shoot landscapes for sheer fun and camaraderie.

EOS World member Calvin Chan

Eventually, he started exploring sports, events and wildlife genres. On weekends, he goes birding with friends to be close to nature. As such, he has an eclectic assortment of images under his belt.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/4 | ISO 250 | 1/1600s

EOS 5D Mark III | F/13 | ISO 100 | 1/40s

Out of all the genres, there are also several memorable experiences. Calvin shares two of his favourite photographic encounters with us.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/9 | ISO 1600 | 1/1600s

The first was shooting a sunrise in Huangshan, China. “I awoke at 4 am to climb Bright Hill Peak in nearly – 9C with my gear. My legs felt like jelly in the subzero temperature. But when the beautiful sunrise greeted me at the zenith of Huangshan mountain, it was totally worth it!” he recounts enthusiastically.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/10 | ISO 100 | 1/125s

Calvin’s other memorable experience was in Bali. “My wife and I set off with a guide and boatman around 5am from Lovina beach in search of dolphins. When we got there, there were so many dolphins within a few metres from our boat. It was a rare experience for us and I’m so glad to have had some nice shots.”

EOS 5D Mark III | F/7.1 | ISO 320 | 1/1000s

EOS 5D Mark III | F/8 | ISO 250 | 1/1000s

Despite being a jack-of-all-trades, Calvin has managed to win the Canon x LTA “After Dark Photo Contest”, Leica and SC Global – “Sculptura”: A Photographic Study of Originality – Photo Competition, The New Paper’s “The Big Picture” contest and Workplace Safety and Health Council’s “Safety Starts With Me” competition so far.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/5.6 | ISO 250 | 1/1250s

EOS 5D Mark III | F/6.3 | ISO 100 | 1/125s

Out of all the genres that Calvin dabbles in, birding has presented the most challenges. “When the bird is in flight, even fast FPS won’t guarantee the shot. You need lots of patience and understanding of the different species before being able to shoot what you have in mind,” Calvin confesses.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/16 | ISO 100 | 5.8s

He uses his EOS 5D Mark III camera with an EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens for bird photography.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/10 | ISO 200 | 25s

For landscape photography, Calvin tries to arrive earlier before the golden hours of sunrise or sunset. “Composition is key to ensure the results you get from the given weather conditions,” he advises.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/16 | ISO 100 | 30s

For general photography, he uses an EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens, and switches to an EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens and Canon twin flash for macros.

EOS 5D Mark III | F/2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/8000s

EOS 5D Mark III | F/25 | ISO 640 | 1/200s

He also carries an EF50mm f/1.4 USMEF70-200mm f/4L IS USM and EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lenses along with a tripod.

Do check out more of Calvin’s photos here: