Study Group 2


Dennis Hill, QPSA (B)

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JULY 2019 ROUND

Title:  Sub Antarctic Scene
 
 
Goal:   To photograph scene showing typical behaviour of juvenile elephant seals at Macquarie Island in the Sub Antarctic.

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D7200 Lens Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 V.R. Digital Raw File @80mm F/11 ISO 500 1/400sec WB Auto Matrix Metering)

Technique:  Taken late morning showing Juvenile Elephant Seals surrounded by Gentoo Penguins.
Hand Held.
 
Processing:    
File adjusted in Camera Raw. Image cropped and adjusted in L.R. Tone curve adjustments.
P.S. Layers for Dodging & Burning.
Luminosity Layer for sharpening.
  

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JUNE 2019 ROUND
Title:    Hamadryas Baboon Wrestle
   

Goal:   To photograph Hamadryas Baboons at Melbourne Zoo

Equipment/Source:   Nikon D7200 Lens Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR Digital Raw File @400mm f/7.1 ISO 640 1/500sec WB Auto Matrix Metering  

Technique:    Taken mid morning, had trouble with harsh side lighting. Waited till Baboons became active. There are about 30 in the exhibit. Two of this small group decided to wrestle in the dust. Took lots of images. Monopod used.

Processing:    File adjusted in Camera raw. Image cropped and adjusted in LR. Curves to tone down harsh lighting. PS layers for dodging and burning. Luminosity layer for sharpening.

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Review by commentator Rick C.

From a nature perspective I feel the image shows interaction effectively although the reason for it is not readily apparent without your explanation. The two individuals that are entwined provide the key element, while the onlookers (judging panel?) provide context. I felt the extent of the interaction was sufficient for the full level 3 score even if the viewer cannot immediately say whether they are playing, fighting, etc.).

 

Primary focus and sharpness both looked good to me. The issue, as you have already noted, is that the lighting leaves the key actors in less than optimal lightness relative to the ancillary subjects. Your adjustments are reasonable. I don’t think simple dodging would be entirely effective. If you want to gain more on the wrestlers, I think you will have to try tone mapping the image (single images can be tone mapped just as an HDR bracket might be), and then using a mask or other blending means to open them up while keeping the lighting on the other elements realistic.

Pictorially, the composition is a little tight given the nature of the wrestling, but I don’t find it objectionably so. The lighting and light balance does throw the viewer’s eye over to the secondary subjects on the right side and that does weaken the effectiveness of the image. Visual interest and tension would be a little better if the baboon whose face we can see was looking back at its wrestling mate. The fact that the other baboons are watching the contest is a definite plus as their visual line helps to steer the viewer back to the main two.

N-3, T-2, P-3 = 8 (T-2 The nature of the lighting unfortunately shifts the viewer’s attention away from the core actors. Tone mapping and masking may alleviate this to some extent.)


Review by Janice R.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I like the composition with the two baboons watching their friends tussle. A very relatable image.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very nice lighting on the two baboons watching. Unfortunately, the two creating the action are in shadow and their faces aren't visible. Good focus and DoF

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Because of the lighting, the subject really seems to be the two baboons watching the wrestling and not the wrestling baboons.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Prasad D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE


SCORE N (Nature) 2-basic shot--no 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) 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Andy H.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A positive story of interaction between the group.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your settings all seem fine to me. Lighting always a problem in countries with strong sunlight. Taken earlier late in the day can help or spotting a group in some shade. You did well considering the conditions. I sometimes put the camera down and just enjoy watching the interaction.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A nice group shot with some interaction. The image does have impact. Capturing the eyes of the group gives the image feeling.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Rich F.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image shows interesting behavior of the baboons. Not sure if the image conveys wresting, though. More of an embrace??

The two distance baboons are looking at the wrestling pair, which adds to the interest. Unfortunately the larger wrestling baboon is looking away, as if he/she is not interested.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The exposure and adjustments are well done, as is the crop. The left baboon of the 2 in the back has something pink on its chest/stomach area. Not sure what that is but since this is a nature image, you can not remove it.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Never everything works well, though tail of the right most baboon is cropped and as I said the large of the two wrestling babboons is looking away.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Natalie M.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I like this story. Not only have you captured the action, you have also captured the onlookers.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It appears to be nice and sharp, and the colours appear natural.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
My only recommendation would be to perhaps lighten up the two baboons fighting as this is where the main action is.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8



I live in Templestowe, a suburb north-east of Melbourne, Australia. I have been interested in photography for many years but only became serious when I joined a local camera club 8 years ago.

My main interests in photography are nature and travel. I use Nikon equipment D7200 and a number of lenses from 16mm-400mm.

My other interests are travel, motor sport and gardening. My goal in joining the nature group is to improve my photography and learn new skills.