Study Group 2


Todd Grivetti (B)

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DECEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:    Willow Leaves 

Goal:   To capture the last of the fall colors in Colorado's high country. I did a 14 hour road trip back in October and covered over 300 miles through Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand County, Summit County and Clear Creek County.  

Equipment/Source:    Canon EOS T3 with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens.

Technique:   Camera Settings: ISO 400, exp. time 1/30 sec, f/5.6, focal length 55mm close up in low light.

I stopped along the roadway on Guennella Pass south of Georgetown, CO on my way up to Mt. Bierstad, one of Colorado's 14'ers. I was shooting the light on the mountains to the south of this willow covered meadow and when walking back to my car, I spotted this grouping of willows. The colors were so rich with reds and golds as this was the last good weekend of fall color in the mountains, that I wanted to get a good close up of the colors in the leaves. This is a hand-held shot at about 3-4 feet away and zoomed in at 55mm. 

Processing:    Using LR, I cropped the top down about 1/8th to really focus on this grouping of leaves. Although I have my camera set to Landscape in "picture style", I opted for Adobe Landscape in post, which really brought out the deeper tones of red, gold, yellow, cranberry and oranges. Using the light slider controls; no exposure change, contrast +15, highlights -1, shadows +3, whites -38, blacks +7. I did not change any effects or add sharpening or noise reduction. 

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NOVEMBER ROUND

Title:    Denali Moose
   
Goal:   My overall goal for this trip was to capture the wildlife in Denali in their native habitat. This was an unexpected 4 day trip back to Denali NP after being drawn for the road lottery for 2019. This Bull was one of two I captured during this specific shoot, but this one is the only one that came down to the roadway.  
 
Equipment/Source:   Canon EOS 7D MarkII - set at 10fps
ISO 2500
Tv 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
Lens: Tamron SP 150-600 mm Di II VC at 226mm
Manfroto 055 Aluminum tripod with 322RC2 friction ball head.   
 
Technique:   Driving into Denali NP, we saw several cow moose along the road way and then came upon this guy up on the hill. with a light drizzle, I was able to set up the camera on the tripod fairly quickly and had the camera set in Aperature priority with auto ISO.

It was cloudy and slightly drizzling. I tracked him all the way down to the roadway and he ended up within 40 yds of me. Prior to shooting, I have my cameras set up in the second set of programable modes and have my landscape set to the max sharpness for each photo. I shoot 99% of the time in Landscape mode.  

Processing: 
  Using Lightroom, I first ensure that the photo is set to how the camera was set - Camera Landscape. This allows the picture to automatically capture the same colors, light, textures, etc. of what I saw in the field.
In the Light sliders: Exposure not changed; contrast -20, highlights -100, shadows +32; whites +11, and blacks +26;
No changes made in the Color sliders;
Effects: Texture +19 to bring out the fur and texture of it being wet. Clarity 0, Dehaze -6
Detail sliders: Added a slight amount of Noise reduction +17 due to the higher ISO.
Optics: No changes to lens correction or Chromatic aberration.

By doing this, and using the histogram in both the camera and then in lightroom, there is little change and it helps keep the image balanced better, however, this adds a little extra darkening to the image. 
  

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Review by commentator Tom S.

Welcome, Todd.  Glad to have you in the study group. 

Nice moose portrait.  Moose are pretty dark and the dull light makes him even darker.  It wouldn’t hurt to brighten him up a little while leaving the surroundings alone.  He is facing to the left, which is good, since we read books and photos from the left.   Again, it is a portrait and doesn’t tell a nature story but it does show his environment.  I recommend that in the future, you convert your images to sRGB before uploading them.  That is the web standard.  If you use ProPhoto RGB, it gets converted automatically by browsers but you may not like the colors, so to be sure what the image looks like, convert it to sRGB yourself.

 N-2, T-3, P-2   Total = 7


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
To score high in the nature category the image must do more than show the ordinary behavior of the subject. In this case you have a fine portrait of a exceptional specimen of a bull moose. The image show little more than that. I will award a two, in part because of the regal pose, but would not be surprised to see others award a 1

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The camera settings appear adequate for this capture. Focus seems sharp even at f5.6 as you even have single hairs on the rear of the animal in focus. The relatively soft light seems to have reduced the dynamic range so that even the shadow areas have adequate detail. The colors are rich enough and appear natural. Your angle of view leaves you at eye level for this large animal and the fact that you have eliminated the sky also works in your favor.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition you chose enhances the portrait feeling of the image especially since you have placed the subject in the center of the image. I would prefer a crop that off sets the moose slightly to the right to remove him from the center and reduce the static feel of the image. As presented the first thing that draws my eye is the bright spot on the flat of the antler. I would tone that area down so it is not so bright. As you noted your processing technique left the subject a bit on the dark side. Thus the subject seems to blend into the image. I would slightly brighten the moose and leave the landscape as it is. I’m glad you did not oversaturate the colors. Finally I would sharpen the subject. Try the Lightroom sharpening settings set to Amount 40-50, radius .5 and detail to 90 or higher. Remember the high ISO automatically softens the image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very nice, sharp portrait

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Color balance is good. Focus on eye is sharp though nose is a bit soft. I think if you had stopped down another stop whole animal would be sharp. The highlights are on his "hump" and his horn, more light on his eye and nose would improve the image. It is difficult to capture dark animals like this with bright background. Often you have to overexpose the background to get good exposure on the subject.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A nice, environmental portrait

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A good photo shoot is not easy, as your bull shot is rare. The composition and the post-production are perfect. But I don't see the story.

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

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 8


Review by Ken W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice photo of a bull moose in the field.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good focus(Good detail on moose and surroundings. Good exposure, and color

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very nicely composed photo, Good photo

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Sylvia W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Lucky you - being drawn as a road lottery winner. What a great spot to head to - I'm off there next May and hope to capture images like this.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I love the muted tones of autumn which show throughout the image. Processing through lightroom has been well handled and allowed the subject to stand out.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The moose fills the screen and gives nice impact - I feel that it needs a little more room at the bottom of the image as it appears to have had its feet cut off - no where did you mention cropping in your list of adjustments, so I assume that you shot the picture this way.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Big in the frame bull moose, but no apparent story

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the sharpness

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Like the three quarter view and antlers make this a trophy image

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
nice looking moose, would be better if head/eyes got more light on them.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
even with weather condition, seems horn and grass got enough light, too bad the head and eye are not well light as them.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nice and tight layout, not much to improved upon.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6

I am a passionate photographer, shooting primarily Landscapes, Nature and Wildlife photography. Living in Colorado, has great opportunities to capture some of the best photographs in the country, and the Rockies always provide a spectacular backdrop.

As a photographer I have taken insights from the professionals whom I admire, such as Ansel Adams, John Fielder, and Thomas Mangelson. Their works inspire me to be the best I can be.

I shoot Canon EOS Rebel t3 and t6 and carry the followin- lenses: Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II; Canon EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 II USM; Tamron SP 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 USD Di, and a Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DiII VC HLD. Being mostly self-taught, I continue to learn every time I am out shooting. I joined PSA to gain more knowledge, develop further relationships with other photographers and to enhance my photography in order to be able to begin competing more and entering art shows. This is a true passion for me and I am glad to be a part of PSA.