Study Group 2


MJ Springett (C)

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND

Title:    All eyes forward
 
Goal:    I love to follow the duck families as they grow up under adult supervision. Don't you wish your children were so well-behaved to follow with all eyes in the same plane, caught these ring necked duck juveniles out for a swim with mama. 

Equipment/Source:    Canon 70D with Tamron 150-600 at 600mm, 
 
Technique:   Vehicle blind and patiently watching the lake activity
f/16 at 1/750",ISO800 Aerture priority, Spot metered  

Processing:   
Cropped 30% to panoramic to emphasize the long line, Stabilized and sharpened with Topaz A1 

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:   Wet Loon
 
   
Goal:  Document the nesting behavior of a pair of Common Loons. After a torrential storm I was surprised to see one of the loons still protecting her eggs from water and wind. The beaded water droplets show the resistance to water of her feathers and she is lying low to protect both of the eggs beneath her.
  

Equipment/Source:    Canon 70D and Tamron 150-600mm at 600 mm. f/8 at 1/125" ISO 400

Technique:  Handheld from vehicle blind without stopping on a busy road for long to reveal this site

Processing:    Cropped 30% and stabilized with topaz a1 software, also boosted saturation of the eye with photoshop


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Review by commentator Tom S.
Nice, sharp image in spite of the situation you were in. Congratulations for not wanting to reveal the nest to the traffic. The rain drops on her feathers match her white spots. Interesting. Good composition, and nice and sharp. But the first thing I see when I look at the image is that big bubble in the water in front of her beak. I tried darkening it but that didn’t help. Still a big distraction. Do you have any more shots that do not have the bubble?

N-3, T-3, P-2 Total = 8


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The Nature Story of the loon on her nest protecting her young is clearly shown. The water drops on the adult create the visual impression that the weather is at least inclement. While I am certain a true “birder” will understand the dynamics of the image I feel that the average viewer may not fully grasp what is going on. I can easily see this image receiving a score on the low end of the range. I am not going to reduce the score because while I do not believe the image is dynamic I do understand the story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The methods you employed to capture this image appear adequate. I applaud your efforts to keep the site “secret” as in this day and age sites are damages far too often by the curious. While all of this is note worthy I still cannot get past the fact that your angle of view leaves you looking down on your subject and I feel this detracts from the impact of the image. For me this angle produces an enlarged view of the birds back and detracts from the anguish and suffering look on the mother’s face as she protects her nest.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
When viewing the image I feel as if everything is being crammed into the frame. Both the left and the top edges I believe could do with a slight increase in space. As you indicate that this is a 30% crop I’m sure there is room for expansion. While the image is sharp and the colors are appropriate I am still confronted with the extremely large expanse of the bird’s back which in many ways dominates the image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Ken W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice story of loon on nest during a rain storm.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very nice photos of a loon on a nest with rain. The loon fills the frame and is very sharp, including bubles in water and rain drops on loon. Good exposure. I am not used to seeing a loon nest so close to the road.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 3-Excellent exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the way the loon fills the frame.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
I like the detail of the water drops in this image.

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 10


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The pictures gave me a strong sense of the story. I saw the bird guarding its nest.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure normal, focus clear. The depth of field control is reasonable.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 3-Excellent exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The picture is reasonable. The main body is prominent. After the proper handling.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The pictures gave me a strong sense of the story. I saw the bird guarding its nest.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure normal, focus clear. The depth of field control is reasonable.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 3-Excellent exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The picture is reasonable. The main body is prominent. After the proper handling.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by William S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The nature story is good.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The eye, head and mid-body are sharp and acceptable. The exposure is good with no blown highlights. I would add a little more clarity or contrast to try and make the image stand out. I also like luminosity curves in Photoshop.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition is good and the eye color makes the image interesting.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
quite nice a capture, show me even a simple common object, it shows amazing pattern, good one. low on capture helps a lot.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nice low angle capture, good one.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
interesting comp, but enticing image. well done

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7

Photography has always been my go-to activity when I have had spare time. My work as a cell biologist meant that data was recorded on film, developed and printed in a darkroom, and delivered to a principal research scientist. With the advent of digital photography the darkroom work was replaced by Photoshop but little else changed. Upon retirement, I now have time to pursue wildlife, landscape, and especially birds as my photographic subjects. We moved 100 miles north to be near a wildlife refuge that represents the glacial lakes and pine barrens of Wisconsin. We also enjoy the badlands of North Dakota and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.