Study Group 2


Prasad Dalvi , PPSA (A)

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JULY 2019 ROUND
Title:   Multitasking Beeflies
 
   
Goal:   To capture the mating Beeflies

Equipment/Source:  D5300, 90mm Tamron Macro lens

Technique:   F/16, 1/200, ISO 100

Processing:   As a beginner in PP in PS used Cropping with Color correction, and Burning the background to bring attention to the subject.

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JUNE 2019 ROUND

Title:    Greater Cormorant with Catfish
 
Goal:    To capture the Greater Cormorant while catching a fish. Its difficult to judge where this bird will come up from with his booty. And as he comes up he will gulp the fish in no time. There is no time to think or adjust your shot and parameters. The hydra on the bird shows how difficult it is for the bird to clean its prey before it gulps it. That was the opportunity when I could click this shot. Poor fella...before it could clean its booty another cormorant sitting on the edge flicked the catfish from this birds mouth.

Equipment/Source:   D850, Nikkor 200-500mm Lens, Handheld.
 
Technique:  f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISo-64, Spot Metering.

Processing:   
Opened up some shadows on the fish. increased the vibrance and dodged the cormorants eye in PS CC.
 

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Review by commentator Dan C.

This is a very strong image with a good nature story.  The hydra adds to that story.  I hope you were also able to continue the story and capture some images of the second cormorant stealing the catfish.

Technically the exposure is good.  The cormorant is adequately sharp but the catfish seems a bit soft.  F/5.6 may not have given you enough depth of field.  You might be able to selectively sharpen it.  manipulated to make it softer.

Pictorially your composition is good and the main subjects are well isolated.

N3, T2, P3, E0, Total 8


Review by Robert D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great moment and action. You have to work quickly to capture this. Well done.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good technique given the circumstances but from a photographer’s point of view, the highlights on the head are blown out and there is no detail in the fish. You could try to process this in Aurora HDR which works on a single image.
Interesting subject


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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very interesting scene

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
An interesting and well captured image Prasad! The storey line is clear (to the point of time captured) Well done!

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You obviously had your camera set up ahead well. And your reactions are quick! The bird and fish are sharp where matters. The background is nicely out of focus where the bird's head and fish are, helping these to stand out well.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the well (or whatever it is) on the bird's face and fish, helping to tell the storey of having just risen from the water. I also like the bird's expression - i'm not sure if he is looking at the bird just about to take his prize! An interesting image with blues and greens and darker at the foot of the image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by William S.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a good nature story, you clearly captured the action of your goal. It is interesting how the vegetation covers the water which probably makes it difficult to see or fish.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
would prefer to see more detail in the shadows of the fish and the highlights on the head of the bird. If this was shot in RAW there is a lot more detail available, or curves and saturation layers in Photoshop can help bring it out.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The pictorial quality of the image would benefit from more postprocessing.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Bruce F.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
: Strong and vibrant nature store, the hydra plants on the beak and face defines the action as a moment just after the underwater catch. This increase the nature story value.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Sharpness on the eye and face of the bird is good. Nice shallow background. I would try to blur the background even more in post-processing, by lowering contrast, or applying a Gaussian blur filter, targeted on the background hydra plants.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition and framing are good with more room in front than behind. I think I would lighten the catfish’s head and eyes. They are very dark now and faced the wrong way as to the sun angle. A target adjustment with the adjustment brush in Camera Raw or with Nik tool like Viveza would work here. Ideally, you would want the bird to be facing into the frame, not slightly away as in this image. Since these moments happen in a flash of an eye, this is a subjective and minor factor. However, I would watch the cormorants and try to anticipate their behavior and how they would come out of the water. I would then use this pattern, if any, to position myself so that I could get the bird looking within the frame and not slightly away.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Bogdan B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I know, how hard is to capture cormorant with a fish due to short time before swallowing.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Some aditional sharpenning should be necessary on the bird's eye and fish.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good comosition and nice enviroment with the plants on the water.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Suman B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
beautiful picture. loved the action. definitely a positive nature story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I would request you to use higher aperture value than 5.6 which is the minimum in nikon 200-500. use a greater aperture like 8 and above and you will be amazed with the results.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
you need to either get a profile shot or a head on but in this case it is neither.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
the action of the capturing fish by the cormorant which shows how they are physically enabled to eat big fish than other birds.

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 8














I am a committee member of on of the Oldest Photographic Society known as "The Photographic Society of India" and am actively involved in promoting Photography through Training, Photowalks, and Conducting Photography Tours. My major interest is Nature Photography and specifically Macro and Birding. Academically I have an Engineering background and have working experience in the Information Technology field for 2 decades. However, I have committed myself to Photography which is my passion and am pursuing it. 
   
Given an opportunity, I would be glad to be the part of the Study Group and would like to submit my images for critique. I also will provide healthy and productive, positive critiques if needed and be willing to put in the time and follow the deadlines.