Study Group 2


Dennis Hill, QPSA (B)

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:   Cautious Gentoo
 
 
Goal:    To photograph Gentoo Penguins at Danco Island Antarctica

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D300 Lens Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 V.R. Digital Raw File @ 80mm f/5.6 ISO 200 1/1000 sec W.B Auto Matrix Metering

Technique:  Image taken midmorning. Gentoo penguins come to this island to breed. There was quite a lot of penguin activity. Took lots of images, thought this one was interesting as the penguin was fairly cautious before jumping. Hand held. 
 
Processing:    
File adjusted in Camera Raw. Image cropped and adjusted in L.R. Tone Curve adjustments. P.S. Layers for dodging and burning. Luminosity layer for sharpening. 
  

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AUGUST 2019 ROUND
Title:    Dik Dik
   

Goal:   To photograph a Dik Dik in an interesting pose Serengeti NP Tanzania

Equipment/Source:   Nikon D300 Lens Nikon 200-400mm f/4 V.R. Digital Raw File @ 360mm f/4 ISO 200 1/500 sec WB Auto Matrix Metering

Technique:    Taken late morning from safari vehicle on road. Came across 3 Dik Diks on a patch of burnt grass. Was able to take a number of images before they took flight. Thought this one was unusual. Monopod used.

Processing:    File adjusted in Camera Raw. Image cropped and adjusted in L.R. Tone curve adjustments. P.S. Layers for Dodging and Burning. Luminosity Layer for Sharpening.

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total

   Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by commentator Tom S.

African antelope of all types like burned areas because of the new growth of grass, and because of that, predators are frequently seen around burned areas. Too bad you didn’t see and photograph some big cat/Dik Dik action because that would be a very good nature story. This image is a nice portrait but not a strong nature story, even though it is looking back at you. The exposure is good, and the placement in the frame is good, and the whole animal is sharp. Good work.

N2, T3, P3, E0 Total = 8


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
She noticed you, looked back, as if very alert, as if very curious appearance.

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 MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
More portrait and certainly a butt shot

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Sharpness good and nice depth of field

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 BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This image of a Dik Dik looking back over its shoulder toward you demonstrates a story line showing that the animal has been alerted and is ready for flight. I fell it is a solid story line but not exceptional


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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You have managed a good pairing of the D300 and the200-400 lens along with adequate ISO , shutter and aperture to capture this image. The f4 has helped give a partial blur to the background which helps to provide separation between the Dik Dik and the background. Although you state you were in a safari vehicle you do not appear to be looking down on the animal as the image has an almost eye level feel to it which is the proper position.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You have created a solid composition and the vertical position works well for this subject. I do feel that the image is a bit over sharpened giving an almost pixelated look to the animals. Hide. Perhaps the luminosity layer you used for sharpening was a bit too much.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
nice clean and sharp image of dik dik, congra,

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
well execute capture, amazing clear,

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
a simple portrait, color tone nature and pleasing, not much I would suggest to change.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Hattie S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice portrait of the deer with perfect posture.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
From shooting to processing, all very well done.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Beautiful color, tac sharp.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Ken W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice portrait image of a Dik Dik looking back. No action to qualify for a strong nature story

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent exposure and sharpness.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Great technical image, and good eye detail, however I don't get excited about butt shots even with head looking back.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7



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.