Study Group 2


Prasad Dalvi , PPSA (A)

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NOVEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:    Parakeets

Goal:  On my 1st visit to Bharatpur was keen on shooting migratory birds. But to my surprise observed these Parakeets in a hollow of a tree peeping in and out. Probably there were two hollow openings and the rose ring necked Parakeet suddenly peeped out while I was concentrating on shooting the feral Parakeet in focus. The lovely morning light enticed me to capture this image. 

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D850, f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 100, 200-600mm Lens 
 
Technique:  Used Spot metering as was concentrating on the Parakeet coming out of the hallow surrounded by textured tree with lot of wilderness in the background. 

Processing:    
Minor corrections in shadows and the colors in Photoshop.
 

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND
Title:   Longhorn Beetle Mating
 
   
Goal:    Capture Beetles Mating

Equipment/Source:  Nikon D5300, 35mm Prime 1.8 lens, No flash

Technique:   f 5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO 250

Processing:   Color correction

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Review by commentator Tom S.

 Very nice capture of mating beetles and very strong nature story.  The beetles are sharp and separated from the soft background.  The exposure is good, and their position in the frame is good.  The angled branch they are on makes it more interesting than a horizontal branch would be.  Good work.

 N-3, T-3, P-3, E-1   Total = 10


Review by Martin P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A well captured image of the critical moment between 2 fascinating creatures.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Whilst the creatures are well exposed and mostly sharp I can't help but feel that a narrower aperture would have given you a greater depth of field thus giving you more in focus.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I am enjoying the angle of the branch and the position in the frame of the creatures works very well to create a nice overall image. I am struggling with the powerful and distracting green blobs in the background. I am wondering if these were created in the colour correction process

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The act of mating is clearly an animal behavior that is beyond normal activity and thus qualifies as a solid subject for this category. The “action” feeling is increased by the position of the upper beetle and gives a more dramatic feel than if both creatures had been in a horizontal position. The positioning of the antennae adds to this feeling. While you are not responsible for these positions you were the one who captured them and that works for this image.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Clearly your camera settings worked fine for this image. I would have been tempted to increase any or all of the settings. The 5.6 seems shallow for DOF but it worked the same can be said for the 1/80 second but apparently the action was not fast and furious so it worked. The same can be said for the ISO. Clearly you know your gear and beetles and what you used worked. Colors are nicely saturated and your background is adequately out of focus. The 35 mm lens did very well in handling the background.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like your choice of crop but may have moved the subjects slightly to the left. Having them positioned against the green helps the subjects to pop out of the image and add drama. I do not know if you angled the camera or rotated the image in post but the diagonal line of the branch adds a great deal of drama to the image as diagonal lines are more dramatic than horizontal.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Sylvia W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The added bonus - those two little eggs that you can see between the two bodies. This really adds to the story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It appears a little out of focus - this could be because your shutter speed is quite low - only 1/80s. A possible increase in ISO would have delivered a faster shutter speed and possibly eliminated this problem.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good use of depth of field and situating yourself to allow for no distractions in the background or foreground. This allows our eyes to focus on the subject of the photo and not wander.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
an outright winner this one. shot in ambient light conditions is always tough but you produced a winner this time. an excellent nature story. however I felt the lack of a story line in your submission is reducing the warmth of the image. We can't be everywhere but the story provided in your submission helps us to gauge the situation better.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent technical approach this time showing your grasp of the subject. Perfect positioning parallel to the plane of the subject and good crisp focus thus obtained. Finishing is also at par. Only thing I am confused with is the two spots on the egg being laid the rear of the mating beetles. Contour lights nicely controlled which gives good effects too. Another thing for you to notice is the top-right corner of the branch which is out of focus whereas the below-left branch is well into focus. Overall excellent approach.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
pictorially very impressive. Left to Right approach, beautiful subdued green spots in the background, nice balance as well as colour tones achieved. Good Effort

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
I was keen to give you the elusive 1 yet the two anomalies sighted are the cause I couldn't award that.


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The picture is vivid and the image is strong.

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

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.