Study Group 2


Janice Rosner (B)

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AUGUST 2019 ROUND

Title:  Swan escapes puma
   
Goal:   I was standing on the bank of a small lake where I could see a puma in the grass watching a swan in the lake. I knew the puma was going to go after the swan. I watched as the puma left her hiding place and splashed, not very subtly into the water. The puma swam towards the swan who appeared to be unaware of the puma's presence. I was holding my breathe when the puma, in deeper water, lunged for the swan. The puma was unable to grasp the swan and I have a following image of the swan literally "running on water". The young puma swam to the other side of the lake, slowly got out and shook herself off.    

Equipment/Source:   Sony a6500, 100-400 lens at 400mm, tripod with gimbal head  
 
Technique:   I had my camera on "Hi continuous" shooting. For several minutes I just sat waiting for the puma to make a move. Once she did, I had to follow her in the lens and photographed her actions.

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ACR, adjust grey pt, exposure, PS crop

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Review by Tom S.
It is rare for anyone to see and photograph a puma in the wild actually hunting something, so congratulations. You must have many images of the action from beginning to end, so do you have one that shows the front or side of the Puma? I can only see the back of the head of the Puma, and actually, I wouldn’t know it was a Puma without reading your comments. You need an image taken from some other angle that would show what the animal was and shows more of the Swan.

You didn’t mention the shutter speed you were using but there appears to be slight motion blur, since the animals aren’t quite sharp enough. The swan is bright but not blown out. Good. But the darker area could be lightened a little but be careful and don’t blow out the white areas of the Swan.

It needs to be straightened slightly. It is tilted to the left. Also, you could crop some off the top and left and right side to make the action larger in the frame, but leave room on the right for them to move into. Don’t put them in the middle.

N3, T2, P1, R0 Total=6


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I can see the scene from your description. It's really rare.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The picture is not clear and the color is too flat.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It may be that due to the distance, the main element is not prominent enough. Plus, post-op wasn't good enough. The shutter speed is a little slow.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
As a Nature storyline goes you are not going to get something much better than this. The drama presented by this activity is about as good as it gets. The story line could only be made stronger if the animals were not moving directly away from you and the camera position. For a nature study group presentation I’ll award you a 3

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The camera technique appears to be nearly adequate. While the bird seems to have sharp wings the puma seems a bit blurred and soft. You do not state what shutter speed and aperture you were using but from the appearance I feel that either the shutter is too slow (possible not because of the sharp wings) or the aperture is too low and you lack depth of field. Either could be the case or it could be a combination of both. You stated that there was some time lapse while the cat swam toward the bird, this might have provided you with an opportunity to make an adjustment with the aperture and thus get greater DOF for the actual attack.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You have done well in placing the action on the left side of the image and allowing both hunter and prey to have space in which to move. However, in my opinion the entire image appears to be tilted to the left. I think leveling the image would help.

You have been quite fortunate to capture a once in a life time image. Well done.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
seems to be a good nature act. perhaps if the image was captured from a different angle, would tell a stronger nature story.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
seems soft on edge in general, and noise. Compare with others photo with action, can tell the differences, didn't see any capture parameters, thus can't suggest what will help to make it better.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As the puma move toward swan, a good shoot would try to move to either right or left of the contact point, in order to get a clear view of the attack. Though it shows two objects are close, and some water splash, it's not as depicting as it could be, just my thought.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Ken W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature story of puma chasing swan

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
good exposure and average sharpness.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I am not sure if photo is straight. other wise nicely composed.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Hattie S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
It's a great story you've described and I wish I would be able to see something like that in future. The image was shot behind, it didn't quite able to show the story that you described.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Hard to tell where is the focus landed on, maybe up shutter speed also.

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’m primarily a Canon shooter though I have recently started using a Sony a6500 when I hike.  For post processing I use ACR and photoshop.  I also have some Topaz products I use occasionally.