Study Group 2


Robert Davis, QPSA (A)

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JULY 2019 ROUND
Title:  Ready to strike  
 
   
Goal:    Capturing an image of this Texas rattlesnake. I was walking down a track to a bird blind on a Texas ranch when we stumbled upon this rattlesnake who immediately coiled up and started to make a rattling noise. He seemed as startled as we were. We retreated and the snake quickly disappeared.
  

Equipment/Source:   Handheld Canon 5D. 100-400 zoom @ 400. 1/500. f8. ISO 400  

Technique:   Settings were in the camera on auto. Took 3 shots and retreated 

Processing:    PS. Slight sharpening.

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JUNE 2019 ROUND

Title:     Feeding Flamingos

Goal:    On a tour of the Galapagos Islands we encountered these beautiful Flamingos feeding with a side to side head motion. They are very pink because of their crustacean diet.

Equipment/Source:   Canon 5D. 100-400 zoom

Technique:   One has to stick strictly to designated paths so it was difficult to frame the shots but sometimes one gets lucky. Handheld Therefore 1/1000. f 11, ISO 500. Pattern metering.

Processing: 
 Standard PS. Slight increase in saturation and sharpening 

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Review by commentator Dan C.

The two flamingoes do work together to provide a good nature story.  The front flamingo shows the motions of searching for food but more importantly the rear flamingo enhances the story by showing the flamingo actively filtering out water from the crustaceans it has caught.

Technically your overall exposure is good but you need to do some selective darkening on the backs of the flamingoes to restore feather detail.

Pictorially I wish you had a little more separation between the two birds but also recognize that had you moved you may not have captured the filtering action.  Your use of a vertical presentation was effective.

While it does not have any real affect on a monitor, you may want to consider converting the image to the sRGB color space if it is going to be used with digital projection.  Digital projectors are optimized for that color space and when it projects an image that is in the wider space of Adobe RGB it tends to flatten the colors when it sees tones it cannot display.


N3, T2, P2, E0, Total 7


Review by Prasad D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
These elegant birds are a pleasure to watch and capture. A lovely capture depicting the feeding process of the flamingoes on the shallow wetlands. The Algae keep these birds coloured Reddish Orange.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Only thing bothering me was why such high shutter speed for a relaxed moment of these birds.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice Composition however, for me its not an impactful image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A pleasing image Robert, but I do not find any story particularly compelling here - they are feeding yes, but there is nothing unusual going on. Most views of flamingos show this feeding technicque.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-basic shot--no nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The birds are sharp and well lit. I am drawn to the white are of the leading bird and this area could I feel be darkened a tad, to stop drawing attention to itself.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice reflections and lighting. This makes it a pleasing image, but not striking. They are too central within the frame.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by William S.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I think that this qualifies as a natural act for flamingos


SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image is reasonably sharp but slightly over exposed with blown highlights. I like the diagonal lines formed by the position of the birds, the reflections, and the vertical lines formed by the flamingo’s legs.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The reflections add an abstract quality and the leading lines add impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Bruce F.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The nature story is strong here capturing the feeding of the Flamingos. This is typical behavior and feeding method for flamingos—as they are filter feeders sifting the water for miniature crustaceans. Thus, the nature story is present; yet, it is not remarkable.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image appears to have adequate sharpness and depth of field to include both birds. I do think the color saturation on the Flamingos is a little overboard, I would tone the saturation down a bit. Their pink feathers appear slightly oversaturated from the natural color in this lighting, especially the neck and head areas.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Vertical framing a good choice. There is a merger that detracts from the overall success of the image. The leg of the second bird is growing out of the head of the first or foreground bird. Thus, I would choose another image in the sequence where this merger was absence. The reflections add pictorial impact and I like the slight wave action. These factors add value and strengthen the overall nature story and pictorial impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Bogdan B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice feeding of the pair.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice and colorful image. I just don't know, whether the colors are natural.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A little bit too tight crop.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Suman B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
the flamingos are searching for food but couldn't be seem to catch one in the frame you have uploaded. would love to award another point if there was some food in the long beaks.

SCORE N (Nature) 2-basic shot--no nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
behind the birds there are dusky-yellow spots in the water which I think is the result of the over saturation of the entire image. need to control that so that picture looks natural. also in my view you could have taken the shot in lying position which would greatly enhance the picture.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
pictorially the merging of the birds is a distraction. you could have taken a different angle of view to show them.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6













Bob Davis was born in Johannesburg South Africa and educated there and in London, Edinburgh and New York. He has retired from being a surgeon in Houston Texas for many years. After the busy years of hard work, he joined the Houston Photographic Society and is now its President. He is fascinated by all forms of photography especially nature. He mainly utilizes Canon equipment and is trying hard to keep up with recent software advances.