Study Group 2


Charlie Yang (C)

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JUNE 2019 ROUND
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MAY 2019 ROUND
Title:   Egret Pose 
 
Goal:   In April, a chance to be in Houston area, took the time to visit High Islands for the birds, to capture some images hard to get in my home town.

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D810, 200-500mm lens, ISO 80, 1/1000S, tripod. Note: it caught me off guard, as we're leaving, it did this pose again. 
   
Technique:    surprise to see so many birds posing, took a while to settle down to focus on a group of birds close enough that I can observe and watch the pattern. So one egret, start to do this stretch like pose, and try to capture it as its stretch peak, but it went fast, on the third such pose, I got a sequence of shots in, and select this one. Although I'd like to select a darker background, but can't be too choosy right?

Processing:  Light room, adjust light, exposure, try to darken background several different way, but settle to this, 

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Review by commentator Dan C.

You captured a nice nature story that shows some of the courtship behavior of the male Great Egret.  The fact that he is on a branch shows it is early in the courtship period.  Your capture also shows the long breeding plumage tat develop early during the breeding season.

Technically the image is well handled, with good sharpness and good exposure though the whites at the base of the egret’s neck are on the verge of being blown. A selective use of a structure brush should restore the feather detail without changing the exposure

Pictorially the two white specs in the background are distractions.  I also do not feel the near square presentation is the best choice.  Cropping to a vertical, being careful not to clip any of the breeding feathers, provides a more pleasing presentation.  The cropping also gets rid of one of the distraction white spots.  Unfortunately the one behind the breeding feathers remains a problem.  I do not know what options you had in your own position but pay attention to your backgrounds and edges as well as the main subject and move if possible.

N3, T2, P2, E0, Total 7


Review by Larry T.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Simply said, the image of a great egret male preforming his mating ritual in full breeding plumage certainly demonstrates a more than adequate story line.

In response to your note, the great egret will repeat this pose over an extended period of time, maybe even days, until it secures a mate. Some will continue this behavior even after securing a mate almost as if bragging about his success.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It would appear that you had an ideal day to make this capture. Even though the day was some what bright (ISO 80) you were able to handle the whites quite well without burning any of them out. You did well in framing and capturing this image as they behavior can be quite sudden. Your shutter speed froze the action quite nicely. You do not mention the aperture setting and I feel that this may be contributing to the slight softness of the bird’s neck. The breeding plums appear quite sharp as do some of the twigs on the far left. Thus I feel that perhaps an increase in aperture would allow for a sharper bird.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In that this is a nature image and sometimes you do not have bright light I can excuse the overall flatness of the image. However, I would prefer if the image was cropped into a ore vertical format. On the far right, in the background is a blurred white bird. I would crop in from the right, eliminating this spot. I would likewise crop some off the left eliminating about half the space between the edge and the white feathers. While I am not deducting for this, I would prefer if the eye was a bit more visible and dominate.

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

Total: 7


Review by Robert D.
My favorite place! While there is an abundance of birds at this site, it is very difficult to get an outstanding, perfect picture. The bird’s legs are obscured, there are several very white, out of focus, blobs of other birds. The background is busy and distracting. A vertical crop may help to eliminate some of this and better match the pose. It is a good idea to explore the area to find a relatively quiet spot, set up your equipment so that all you need is for a single bird to come within the space you chose. Use a portable chair and a balanced gimbal and have a LOT of patience!

SCORE N (Nature) 2-basic shot--no nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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

total: 6


Review by Bogdan B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Unusual pose of the bird.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-basic shot--no nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think the image is a little bit overexposed.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I don't like central position. The image should be cropped on the left. I miss some part of the legs.

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

Total: 5


Review by Adrian B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I have seen many Egrets (of various types), but never doing this pose, so I find it interesting! Perhaps it only does this in breading season. So I find it an interesting image and as such, has enough of a story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
My initial though was that it wasn't fully sharp, but on closer look, the eye and spread feathers are fully sharp. It is the area at the bottom of the neck that worry me. The same area plus the under-side of the neck is very bright - so I would tone these down. By so doing, I believe it would stop the eye being drawn to these areas and more to the head and spread feathers.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Because I haven't seen an Egret do this before, it strikes me positively. You mention the background - I believe it is dark enough and the narrow DOF helps hear.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 3-Excellent composition and impact

Total: 8


Review by Suman B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Except for the perspective I loved the image. lovely pose captured and in good sharpness. overall nature storywise is good which however mayn't be successful in the competitions.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
sharpness is missing at eye level.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 3-Excellent composition and impact

Total: 8


Review by Bruce F.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is typical egret breeding behavior. The square or 6 x7 format was a good choice here. Sharp with whites holding detail, noise minimal, so technical aspects well handled. Nik’s Viveza tool could be used here to darken the background. I also would darken the light white circle areas in the mid-frame area, especially the one close to the right edge, which I assume to be other egrets in the background. My goal would be even out the background and make it so there were no visual distractions.
Overall, a strong nature story, with storytelling behavior, captured well.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 3-Excellent composition and impact

Total: 8


Review by Prasad D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice plumage picture. An action generaly seen during breeding period.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-basic shot--no nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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.