Study Group 2


Richard Fisher· (B)

Click image to enlarge

NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE FEBRUARY 2020 ROUND



Upload Next Round's Image and Description
NEXT ROUND
Title:     
 
   
Goal:   
  

Equipment/Source:    
  

Technique:  

Processing:   

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

   Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)



Upload Next Round's Image and Description
JANUARY 2020 ROUND

Title:   Fox Fight   
   
Goal:     I had these two foxes placed on an island and they were running around, interacting and eventually got into what appeared to be a fight dominance. It was very enjoyable to see this interaction and I wanted to capture it.

Equipment/Source:   Nikon D850 with motor drive which was smoking from all images I captured. I wish Nikon had upgraded the camera to CF Express so I would not have occasionally filled the buffer. Lens was an 80-400 (that was all I had). 
   
Technique:   I hand held this camera and followed the action.Since everything was basically midtones, I took a quick meter reading, set the ISO to 2500, F6.3, and locked in a shutter speed of 1/1600 to freeze the action.

Processing:      
I processed the image first in the develop module of LR and then imported it into PS. I used the first two steps of the 3 step sharpening process (I find that the find process the 3rd step creates over sharp image in IMO so I skip it), I darken some bright areas in the water, applied luminous masks to the image to give it "punch" and slightly lighten the foxes.

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

   Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by commentator Dan C.
The nature story is good showing the interaction between the two foxes. Your description of the location has me worried. It sounds like Minnesota Wildlfe. While that venue does give good potential for images, there has been concern about their treatment of the animals. Game farms and animal rehab facilities can provide good opportunities to photograph animals you would otherwise not have access to. Just be sure the game farm is more concerned about the welfare of their animals and preservation of those species than making money from those animals or breeding those animals for commercial use.

Technically your image has good overall exposure and sharpness. You froze the action well. The dark areas are a bit blocked up so the leg of one fox is lost in the belly of the other fox. A little shadow adjustment can help there but it did cost a point in Technical.

Pictorially I like your vertical format but liked it even better without the tree trunk on the right. To bad it was that location they chose for their battle.

N3, T2, P2, E0, Total 7.



Review by Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Striking action shot. A terrific moment.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good but does not look very natural. The light was not good.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Its a pity that one cannot see any eyes or details of the face. It certainly shows the action but I wish you had been able to move enough to the left to include these features. This is very difficult to do in the heart OF THE MOMENT

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7
Review by Prasad D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nicely depicting the conflict between the two Foxes.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The fighting stance of the foxes are clearly seen with the paws of one fox hurting the other and the other fox in agony. The jaws are visible. overall a sharp and impressive action captured.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is good. However the image shows some noise to me. The branches in the background seem to disturb the main focus from the foxes.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6
Review by Dennis A.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very good. Shows a strong story with the foxes fighting/playing.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Everything is sharp with nothing blown out. The foxes have nice separation from the background.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good framing and timing of photo. The only thing I would like to see are eyes of one or both foxes.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8
Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Well captured Rick! Clearly a strong story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The foxes are well captured in nice light with all parts sharp and clear view of their mouths & teeth. Background is out of focus (obviously good), particularly the pond and rear bank. The branches which you couldn't do anything about are a 'feature' and these detract during the first initial examination of "what am I looking at here?". Full 3 points for technical

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I have to drop a point for the cluttered look with the branches - as said you could do nothing about this! Your image remains an interesting one and accordingly, for me the point drop, should be in not getting the extra mark. I enjoyed looking at it.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9
Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This fox fight has good and seldom seen nature story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Foxes are very sharp and image is good lightened.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Branches behind are a little bit a distractionl

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8
Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
perfect nature story as it is showing behavioral aspect of the foxes. nice shooting.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
average exposure since the dark zones showing lack of dark details. also the artifacts showing in the top right corners of the frame. also you must be having other shots which are more parallel to the film plane.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the right side tree trunk puts a visual block which is helping the image with a L composition.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8
Review by Linda C

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The interaction between the wolves provides a good story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technical aspects of this photo are not of a high standard. Looks like ISO should have been higher as there are dark spots in wolf's body and the sharpness is soft.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Interesting picture but lacking sharpness.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7











Rich could be described as a modern-day Renaissance man. Though now retired from Kraft Foods (2012), he is trained in the sciences with a PhD from UCLA in Molecular Biology and has earned an MBA from the University of Chicago where he specialized in Finance, Marketing and Statistics. In addition to his analytic side, Rich is artistic as demonstrated from his photography. 

During his tenure at Kraft Foods his career spanned such diverse areas from Physical Chemistry and computer simulation to Marketing Analytic (last brand positions were Director of Analytics for the Cheese & Dairy Business Unit and The Pizza Company). As head of Analytics Rich was responsible for forecasting volumetric and financial impact of changes in marketing spending and price changes. 

Rich has been a member of the Garden Photographic Society (GPS) since 1997 and the Riverwood Nature Photographic Society (RNPS) since 2002. In GPS he has held numerous positions such as newsletter editor, president, competition chair, DPI coordinator and Treasurer. In RNPS he has been Outing and Program Chairs, and Vice President of Competition. Rich has been on the board of CACCA, Chicago Area Camera Club Association, since 1999 and Rich has been Treasurer for most of his tenure on the board except during his term as president, 2014-16. In addition, he has been additional roles as the information manager and coordinator of speakers and judges. 

On a personal note, Rich lives outside Chicago with his wife Jane and their delightful Golden Retriever, Denali. Both Rich and Jane love to travel and are planning their 23rd trip Africa.