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Martin Patten, QPSA (B)

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Title:    Fighting Foxes
 

Goal:   We were watching some foxes who frequent a local wood. We were just hoping for some nice behaviour shots and were lucky enough to observe a dominance wrestle 

Equipment/Source:   1dxII with 300 2.8 and 1.4x 1/400 F5.6 Iso 320 

Technique:   Hand held, manual mode, lowish shutter as they were generally moving slowly or sitting.. until this happened.

Processing: 
Crop, sharper, levels, curves, contrast adjustments, darkened the background and a few distractions a little 

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Review by commentator Tom Savage

Nature Story – You captured good action that tells the story of fighting for dominance. The eye of the left fox being visible increased the strength of the image. The fox on the left has most of the long hair off its tail.  I wonder what happened to cause that. N3

Technical – Color is good and exposure is good. The white on the foxes is not blown out.  It is not as sharp as it should be because of motion blur, especially noticeable on the lower part of their bodies and the tails. When shooting small wildlife, never assume they will always move slowly and use a relatively slow shutter speed.  I always try to use at least 1/1000.  T2

Pictorial Quality – The foxes form a triangle which increases the interest, and their teeth showing and the open eye adds impact, but the lack of sharpness is a big distraction.  P2

N3, T2, P2 = 7


Review by Larry T.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The pair of foxes wrestling for dominance shows a strong behavior trait not always seen and thus completes the storyline requirement of nature images. I will note the bonus of catching an eye for both of the foxes even thought one is a bit harder to see---it is still present.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It would seem that you sort of fell into the trap is using a slower shutter speed because the subjects were moving “more slowly” and then when the action started it was just not fast enough. Since your ISO is really pretty low (320) I would suggest setting it a bit higher, even 640 should be handled quite easily by your camera model and that would get that shutter speed up near 1/1000, a better speed for wildlife. I will note the motion blue is really only visible in the tails.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In this instance, with the symmetry of the image I like the fact that the foxes are in the middle. Their mirror like profiles work perfectly. While you states that you darkened the background I assume you meant overall. Generally, I like the tone of the background. However, I am drawn to that large black hole behind the fox on the left. Since in real life, our eyes can see into the hold and see some shadow detail I would use the adjustment brush to just bring a tiny bit of detail into that shadowy hole so it would not be so solid black.

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

Total: 7


Review by Sylvia W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
You have allowed the viewer to enter the picture with the fox on the left making eye contact. Showing the underbelly of one of the foxes allows us to start to make up a story in our head. Maybe she's protecting her cubs? And with the fur missing on her tail, we can see that she’s had to fight before.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice depth of field and with the foxes standing out nicely from the background. Both subjects are nice and sharp. Maybe desaturate the green a little as it quite domineering overall in this picture.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like that both subjects are in the middle of the picture allowing them both room to move. The large amount of darkness in this image is distracting and appears to have no definition in the middle - maybe a higher ISO would have allowed you to capture some information in this area.

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

TOTAL SCORE_____ 7


Review by Ken W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very good capture of two foxes fighting

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Overall exposure and sharpness are good, however the white area around the fox to the right does not show detail. Good eye focus on fox to the left.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very good composition and impact with both moutns open and teeth showing.

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

TOTAL SCORE_____ 8


Review by Prasad D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I love your instinct in this specific picture. The foxes are at it. The action captured is excellent.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image is sharp and with good contrast.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition makes a Triangle and both the foxes are diagonally posed.

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

TOTAL SCORE_____ 9


Review by Charlie Y.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
nice capture!


SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE


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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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

TOTAL SCORE_____ 7


Review by MJ Springett
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great story. I think perhaps the fox on the right won the battle as the left fox has a chewed tail

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Love the sharpness

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This image certainly has impact and composition is central, but the subject is well represented

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

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
A fleeting moment well-caught

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

TOTAL SCORE_____ 10












I started out with my photography as a teenager. I studied photography at school shooting with a fully manual camera and doing all my own processing of my B&W images in my school dark room.   Once I left school I only dabbled in photography as I had lost access to the dark room so my photography took a back seat whilst work took over.

In 2009 my Daughter went to University and when inquiring what I was going to do with all my spare time I was told "Get a hobby Dad" so I went out and bought my first digital SLR.  From the first time i looked at my images on the back of my camera I was hooked.

I am a get it right in camera kinda guy who shoots all types of images from wildlife to landscape and street to portraiture trying to deliver quality natural images with very little editing.

I live close to London which makes it difficult to get access to exotic wildlife, but I do my best in the country I live in.

As a photographer I felt I wanted some goals to aim for so completed my LRPS. my CPAGB and started entering the British Photographic Exhibitions and have recently achieved my BPE2* (50 accepted entries) and am well on the way to achieving my BPE3 (100 Accepted)

I recently (November 2018) started my FIAP and PSA journey and am very pleased with my progress so far having already won various medals and my proudest moment winning the FIAP blue badge for 23/24 acceptances in a recent salon.