Study Group 2


Bogdan Bricelj, GMPSA, EFIAP/p

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FEBRUARY 2020 ROUND
Title:    Flamingos Meeting    

Goal:    Observing behaviour of flamingos.
 
Equipment/Source:    Nikon P900, built-in lens at 1000 mm, ISO 100, F5,6, 1/640, tripod

Technique:   In a small national park in Italy sometimes you can see flamingos from a distance. Technically it's not easy to capture them. Usually they don't come closer to the path. And Photographer can't come closer, because of fences and water channels.

On this cloudy day our waiting was awarded with a 15s long sequence of loving scenes between two of them. And mainly without ducks and other flamingos in the near. This month's photo is the first one in a series.

Processing:    crop, selected shaddows, desaturation of blue, contrast improvement with levels everything in Photoshop Elements, noise removing and sharpening with Nik.

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JANUARY 2020 ROUND
Title:     Heart of Blue-tailed Damselflies 
  
Goal:    Capturing of water insects mating.

Equipment/Source:    Nikon P900, built-in lens at 1000 mm, ISO 100, F5,6, 1/800.

Technique:    On a photo trip we were looking at water insects. This pair stayed on a grass for two minutes.
 
Processing:    crop, highlights, selective burn, contrast improvement with levels and curves everything in Photoshop Elements, noise removing and sharpening with Nik. 

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Review by commentator Tom S.

 Good catch of damselflies mating.  Strong nature story.  Also, the composition is good and the sharpness is good.  The colors are acceptable, but I think the wings are not visible enough.  The background can be lightened and the wings darkened so they show up better.  Some of the grass at the top can be cropped out, since it is unnecessary.  See my adjusted image,

 N3, T2, P2  = 7


Review by Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice capture of mating behavior of damselflies

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice color balance and adequate shutter speed to capture the action. The focus seems to be on the blade of grass as the bottom fly ins't as sharp as the grass and the legs of the top fly also are not as sharp as the grass.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is somewhat weighted toward the left of the image and the large. bold blade of grass overpowers the subjects somewhat.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
While the mating act is normally a strong nature story in this case I do not believe that it works. While I understand the nature and technical aspects on an image should be scored separately I feel that in this instance the soft focus or clarity of the insects gets in the way of viewing the image. For me this is especially true for the lower insect that seems so blurred that I cannot grasp what is happening.



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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Macro work under the best of conditions seems to always come down to using proper depth of field. Using a lens at an aperture of 5.6 will make it extremely difficult to obtain sharpness front edge to back edge of a small subject and keep the subject razor sharp. Insects with all their spines, fine lace wings and body hairs can make quite stunning subject when they are absolutely sharp. In this case they are not.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition, with the use of a partially diagonal line adds a bit of interest to the subject. However, the wings of these damselflies become lost in the background. The color of the background and the flies is too similar and thus they do not stand out. I know that many photographers that photograph small insects will place a portable background behind the subject (it does not have to be close—even several feet will work). Perhaps this would create some separation between subject and background.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Martin P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A strong moment captured at just the right time.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image appears to have been shot in quite challenging light. This has led to some areas being blown out and some areas being quite contrasty. Sharpness appears to be ok but isn't outstanding. The background is nicely diffuse with good use of depth of field

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 1-Inadequate exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image works reasonably well with the angle of the plant working well with the angle of the insects. I do find the red area in the bottom right of the image slightly distracting

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nature story evident, well spotted.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image appears very soft. I'm not sure if it's due to heavy cropping, or maybe you needed a faster shutter speed to deal with the huge 1000mm zoom.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 1-Inadequate exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition looks reasonable for this subject. Unfortunately the lack of image quality severely reduces the overall impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
rare opportunity, and nicely framed. thanks for sharing

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
sharp image throughout,

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nice captured heart shape, isn't it wonderful
How close are you? photo shown only 125mm, not even full length of P900, would it be better to extend full then don't have to crop in that much?

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Ken W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice photo of damselflies mating.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The focus was just a little soft in areas (Wings on upper insect). A faster shutter speed and more depth of field would have been helpful. The exposure is good.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The portrait orientation works well for the photo. You may have been able to take a little more off the top of the photo.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6







 






Biography

Bogdan Bricelj was born in the year 1958 in town Jesenice, Slovenia. He graduated at Faculty of electrical engineering in Ljubljana. He was working for 9 years in steel factory as service engineer. Since the year 1990 He’s manager and co-owner of a computer company.

He was learning the art of photography and developing of black and white photos in the photo school in primary school. After that he passed over to slides. In 1973 his first slide was accepted on a state exhibition. More than thirty years he had an ordinary Praktica without any electronics on all his journeys. 

He bought his first digital camera in the year 2004. All these years he uses compact cameras with large zoom. In his opinion photographer is more important then the camera like driver is more important than the car. Although digital photography allows a lot of possibilities of photo modifying, his photos are as much as possible pure representation of the moments captured. He prefers to make photos of nature: animals, flowers and landscape. He also likes macro and underwater photography. His other preferred theme is sports, especially outdoor sports like skiing, ski jumping, kayak and swimming. Mostly he goes photographing together with his wife Danila. 

In the year 2005 he joined to the photographic club Fotografsko drustvo Jesenice. He’s sending his photos to many exhibitions worldwide. Until the end of the year 2018 he has got 226 awards. Until now he has made 29 exhibitions of his own. In the year 2018 he has got title EFIAP/p and in 2019 GMPSA as the first Slovenian photographer. 

He was the president of photographic club since 2009 to 2017. In these years the club was first or second most successful club in Slovenia.

His photographs were published in many Slovenian and foreign books, magazines and other publications. He has written also four articles for PSA Journal. He’s especially proud, that also National Geographic has published his photos.