Study Group 2


Charlie Yang (D)

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JUNE 2020 ROUND
Title:  Bee at work @Spiderwort    

Goal:   Native wild flower Spiderwort is blooming, looking for bee/butterfly activities.   
 

Equipment/Source:   Sony RX10M4, Aperture Priority, f/11, 1/250, ISO 1000 
  
Technique:   hand held, looking for target, level up, burst mode, Bees are fast, keep on back and forth follow a bee with sac in view.

Processing:  minor cropped, LR adjustment, shadow, textual, clarity

Score this image: YES 


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Review by commentator J.D.
Hi Charlie. You have a fine photo and a very nice nature story. When you mix the colors with the excellent background colors and a good nature story, life is good.
You might have taken your shutterspeed up a bit to get a little sharper photo since you were hand-holding (raise your ISO just a bit. At best shooting bees is very difficult because they rarely stop moving for more than a second or two. Next time drop down to F8 to help your shutterspeed. I finally gave up on shooting bees in Aperture and now shoot in Manual. Try following the light when you shoot bees. It will let you have a better fstop for depth of field, a higher shutter speed, and a lower ISO.
Overall you have a wonderful photograph but the noise is hurting it. Learning how to use your camera to reduce noise will start with “following the light”. Then learn how to master the art of reducing noise. There are some very good noise reduction programs available. In the past, the story was to buy new glass before a new camera. Now the story is to keep your software updated for the latest noise reduction.
Still, a fine photograph with wonderful color and a terrific nature story.

Score: 7


Review by Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Capture the right timing of bees activity. Well done!
>From nature story point of view, it is ordinal activity by bees and not strong enough to show "nature story". But I admire your patience to capture the right moment.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Color balance and lighting is good enough.
Background blur is also good.
Texture of petal and fur of bee is well-described.
Only the critique is sharpness of the main subject. I feel sharpness on the bee is a bit loose.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition: it is nice balanced bees and flowers. But to improve, I would ask myself "do I need the flower on left?" and if I cannot find the reason to exist, then I would try cropping aggressively to see it increase the impact of the image.
This is itself a beautiful pictorial image, but to give Wow impression, I would take a different approach.

SCORE 7


Review by Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Catching a bee was a difficult task you set for yourself and in my opinion, you pulled it off! I think this is nicely composed and demonstrates the pollen collecting behavior well. nature score=3

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In my opinion, this image was well done technically. On my monitor the color balance is good, the DoF is appropriate to get all of the bee and flower in focus (although the stamen look a bit soft) and the background is nicely blurred and not distracting. Technical score =3

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In my opinion this is a well compose d image. For me the element in front dis distracting but that is the only issues I see with the pictorial quality. score=2

SCORE 8


Review by Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
wonderful nature image - 3

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I loved the soft image of flowers, but feel that the bee should have been tack sharp; I don't know if that was possible, or if it was your intention. However, unless you did not have enough light, it would have been improved if the shutter speed was raised substantially. - 1

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
beautiful and moving image - 3

SCORE 7


Review by MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Mostly sharp

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Lovely colors and good composition

SCORE 9


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a nice shot Charlie, even though the behaviour is common. Had you captured the bee in flight, where we would be able to see it loaded with pollen, I would have awarded 3 points.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
1/250th of a second is generally a bit slow to capture bees, and as a result I think the eye is a little soft. Colour and exposure both look good. 2 points.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition is also good, and the colours complement each other to enhance the impact.

SCORE 7


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MAY 2020 ROUND
Title:    Marsh Marigold in dusk
 
Goal:    Just before the 'stay in home' order. This nature preserve is a fen area, looking for the early flora, besides the skunk cabbage, I'd like to capture some sign of real spring in Chicago, a real color, real flora. Next the the little stream, something yellow caught my eyes. back up, and here it was, floating in the water, the Marsh Marigold. It's wasn't a lot, but I'm happy with what I found. Spring is here.

Equipment/Source:    Light gear Nikon D5300, 10-20mm @13mm, 1/50s, ISO 800, A-F/16, handheld,  
   
Technique:    With Stand on two stones in the cold water, I crunch down as low as I can, and stead the shot. I know it would be easier with a tripod, but I know if I see color, it would be in the water area, too sensitive to bring and post my tripod there. 

Processing:  Some adjustment in LR, crop, level, exposure, contrast, h/l, shadow, vibrant, then just let the morning light do the talking. 

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Review by commentator Dan C.

You have included enough habitat in this image to provide it with a nature story, something that is not easy with botanical subjects.  Most are essentially “Here I Am”.  The story is good enough to earn a 2 with this image but not quite strong enough for a 3.

Technically the image is sharp and the marsh marigolds are properly exposed. Yellow can be a hard color to expose properly but you did well here.  Your shadows are a bit dense and opening them up slightly brings out more information about the habitat and the structure of the plant’s leaves.  The blocked shadows result in a technical score of 2.

Pictorially the composition could be stronger.  That batch of sky at the top right is definitely not needed.  I recommend cropping it out and resizing like I did in the adjusted version I have attached.  The need to crop results in a point pictorial reduction for a score of 2.

N2, T2, P2, E0, Total 6


Review by Rick D.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hi Charley. I am fairly new with the group and believe this is my review of your work. I certainly understand your eagerness to get out and hit that old shutter button! Me, too! I really like the bright yellow and green against all that earth tone. The colors really jump out at the viewer!

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As I said above, the brilliant colors of the marigolds really carry this image. The image appears to be sharp.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I’m glad that you included your precarious balancing act you endured in order to get this shot. I was going to suggest getting lower in order to raise the subject higher in the photo, but I now know that was not possible. As you know, being a nature photographer means we have to use only what Mother Nature gives to us. You did well to stay dry! That being said, I would like to offer some suggestions (and I do mean suggestions, as my thoughts are mine only and many other photographers may have other ideas.) I would like to see this shot with a tighter crop, eliminating the dull, gray sky. Also, because of the environment you were in, the abundance of water reeds makes for a busy image. Once again, a tighter crop would reduce that undesired look. As I was not there, I do not know if the reed lying in front of one of the blooms could have been removed. I hope that the coming days will open more opportunities for you to get out and shoot!

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very static image

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very busy image multiple lines leaning in very direction out of the picture. I would suggest cropping around the colorful flowers to keep the viewers attention on one subject in its environment

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
as above

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SC ORE 5


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Charlie, you have shown us a water based plant in its environment - thus I understand the nature focus. You have not presented us with a close up which would just be a flower portrait. As to your image showing a story, yes because of the environment included there is sufficient for a 2 from me.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your flowers are sharp and you have a wide depth of field so the environmental areas are clear or clear enough to help the story. Its a pity there is a twig in the lower right.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Unfortunately it is a messy image with lots of vegetation everywhere plus the above mentioned twig - all this affects the viewers enjoyment!

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Prasad D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good attempt

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Shallow DOF needed

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Too much clutter

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Portrait of a flower. I'm not sure, whether a green spot on the top middle is a hand of man.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image is not sharp enough. Dul sky would be better to crop out.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 1-Inadequate exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Many sharp branches in the background are distractive. It would be better to use aperture more open.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL BASI C SCORE 4


Review by Saswati C

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The bright yellow color of the Marigold is eye catching, but the background is filled with distractions. The effort is encouraging.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As the subject here are the Marigold flowers, rest of the elements in the background are of minimal importance. So the aperture should be the biggest in light of the concerned lens, so that the background gets blurred.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpne ss

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The whole frame gets equal importance, hence the subject loses its significance.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I would term this as a Here I am Shot. Not much nature story can be seen from the picture. If you are interested to capture SPRING why not concentrate on it only?

SCORE N (Nature) 1-Nature story minimal or contains unrelated hand of man

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
using a wide angle which already have a great dof you used f16 and to compensate used 800 ISO. too many technical s gone awry. rather a shallower DOF would have helped you to concentrate on the flower / colour as your intended goal

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposur e color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
either shoot it from absolute top or use a direct pov .

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Nirmalya B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The habitat of Marsh Marigold has been well captured as it grows in wet woodland, fens and ditches mostly. I consider it a moderate Nature story.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically I am not sure why you need to reduce your aperture to f 16, which boost up your ISO at 800 at a shutter speed of 1/50s! You could have taken the shot at f 8 even allowing enough details with 1/50 shutter speed and at a lower ISO.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Pictorially the pattern and arrangement of yellow and green attracted my vision which in my consideration added value more as an abstract than a story telling nature photograph

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6



I love to travel, and travels bring back pictures and memories, that’s one of the reasons I join PSA, to take better pictures and learn what to adjust afterwards. Just start to learn the capabilities of LR and PS, and things some of my club friends can do with them just simply amaze me. 

Nikon D5300, D810 are my main camera, and still learning what they can do, and it's fun to walk around to take different pictures at different time and under different light. 

My other pastime is golf. Hope to play out 50 states PGA courses. 

I live in Schaumburg, Chicago suburb, looking forward to get some fun experiences with Nature.