Study Group 2


Suman Bhattacharyya, MPSA, ARPS, EFIAP/b·

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JULY 2019 ROUND

Title:   Look at the Eye
   
Goal:    Vision is the most important sense for birds, since good eyesight is essential for safe flight. Birds of prey like this kingfisher have a very high density of receptors and other adaptations that maximise visual acuity. The placement of their eyes gives them good binocular vision enabling accurate judgement of distances of fish under the water. The eyelids of a bird are not used in blinking. Instead the eye is lubricated by the nictitating membrane, a third concealed eyelid that sweeps horizontally across the eye like a windscreen wiper. The nictitating membrane also covers the eye and acts as a contact lens in many aquatic birds when they are under water. When sleeping, the lower eyelid rises to cover the eye in most birds.

I got lucky while I was shooting in burst mode in the bird hide this kingfisher let me see its nictitating membrane.
 
Equipment/Source:   used my tried and tasted D750 with 200-500 nikon. 
 
Technique:    used f6.3 for the narrow DOF and 1/2500 for the quick capture and to compensate used 400 ISO. shot in burst.

Processing:   
 lightened the shadows and dowsed the highlights only

  

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JUNE 2019 ROUND
Title:   tiger tiger burning bright
     
Goal:   in the sweltering heat (110F) in the Tadoba Tiger reserve I went on to find the ferocity of the tigers. but due to such heat and almost no water present in the forest as every water body dried up, I came back with the beautiful tiger busking in the end of days light  

Equipment/Source:  used my D750 with Nikon 200-500 lens from my safari vehicle to look for the closest portrait possible  

Technique:   chose the lowest angle of view possible in the safari vehicle. used a f9 aperture with 1/4000 shutter and a 640 ISO. wanted to bring out the sudden movement of the mighty beast in flicker of a second. used the f9 aperture to keep details with a tad background in focus as well as a bit high ISO to keep up to the falling light of the evening. 

Processing:   just processed the raw image with a subtle clarity levels


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Review by commentator Dan C.

The story is there and I enjoy it.  I do feel it is more than a “Here I am” shot but that might not be true with a person who is not that mythical “Well Informed Person”.  Unfortunately that includes too many judges now-a-days.  That is the reason I gave it a 2 and not a 3 for nature. The image has two elements that do the elevation. First - the color-cast is indicating time of day and coupled with the sky reflections, says late afternoon.  Second – the tigers location shows that unlike many cats, the tiger likes water.

Technically it is pretty good.  You have good exposure and appropriate sharpness.  Your choice for the triad was on the money.  You may want to consider opening up the shadows on the tiger’s face and leg just a tad so they remain shadow but reveal a bit more detail.

Pictorially the lighting highlights the tiger very well. Your choice to include the far shore of the pond was good as it helps place the tiger in its environment.

N2, T2, P3, E0, Total 7


Review by Adrian B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
You have caught the majesty of this great beast, looking relaxed but looking directly at you. The question I am asking myself is, 'is doing nothing a story'? I conclude not enough of one.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It is sharp and in soft light - but I am uncomfortable with the fact that its body is going right across the width of the image, with its head looking directly forward, albeit on the right third.
We are taught that we read images from bottom left inwards - so, I feel for me, the composition would work materially better if its head was on the left. I keep starting with the piece of water left of its body and get somewhat lost in the image. There should be more space to the right of its head and less left of its rear.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is a 'pleasing' image but not striking. The core interest is from the majesty of the animal, rather than anything it is doing or photographic technique IMHO!

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by William S.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice portrait. Sunning may be a natural behavior of tigers but it ranks low in comparison to more active behaviors associated with this animal.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The focus point seems to be slightly behind the front leg rather on the head/eye making that area a little soft.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The warm colors seem to dominate in the image. A little reduction in the red saturation and a closer crop removing some of the tree shadows on the left might improve the image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Bruce F.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I love this image. The composition is super with the circle framing around the pond of water. In addition, the tree reflections in the top left circle your mind back to the body of the tiger and to its face. The tiger is well position in the bottom of the frame, and the 16 x 9 framing format works extremely well with the subject and how you included only the pond and laying tiger. Some might be thrown off this non-traditional framing and placing the tiger on the bottom of the frame. However, I think it works extremely well with the way the tiger’s long body is laid out.
Two items that I think could improve the image and add impact and drama are contrast and lighting the eyes a bit. Overall, the tone of the tiger’s fur, is a little on the dark side, and I would brighten it up with a target adjustment, just a ½ or 1/3 stop of brightness. I would also brighten the eyes a bit too. The key is to be very subtle, and use contrast as master painters used to lead viewers to the subject. This would make the tiger even more of a focal point, the brightness would draw the viewer to the tiger and its eyes. To its soul, and give it more of that “Tiger, Tiger burning bright, where thou eyes see.”
With these two adjustments, you would have an extra point for excellence.


SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE


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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE


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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Robert D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Interesting picture of the tiger cooling off. Good eye contact. Average nature behavior.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good focus. The foreground is underexposed and the featureless background is overexposed. I would suggest crop as much as you can from the top and the left. Processing in Aurora 2019 may help to equalize the exposure

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
interesting capture. Moderately difficult capture

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Bogdan B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The written story can't be read from the photo itself. It's a portrait image.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Unsharp foreground is distractive.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I would choose a tighter crop with less foreground, background and left.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Prasad D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Lovely picture of a relaxed Tiger at the end of the Day. The golden ambient light adds value to the image. The calmness in the eyes of the Tiger is visible.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A lovely sharp picture. The ISO mounted to 640 as the Shutter Speed used here is 1/4000sec. I may have used half the shutter value 1/2000sec as can see the Tiger relaxing and at ease. With that the ISO could have dropped down giving a much better result.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is good with the environment visible and the serenity of the moment is quite visible.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


 

My name is Suman Bhattacharyya. I've an avid interest in nature & wildlife. I have been taking photos of nature from 2014 but only in 2017 I've taken membership of PSA. I am a member of FIAP (being an EFIAP) as well as RPS (having ARPS). I like all types of nature photos and am willing to commit time to know more about it. Thanks & Regards