Study Group 2


Linda Chubb - A

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AUGUST 2019 ROUND
Title:     Goldenrod Crab Spider Seeing Dinner
     
Goal:    Capture close up with telephoto lens 

Equipment/Source:   Nikon D750 18-300,  F/5.6, ISO 125, 1/60, taken in Harrisville, Michigan

Technique:   Hand Held.  I took this picture many times in an effort to get a sharp picture.  At first I didn't even think it was a spider as I couldn't identify 8 legs.

Processing:    Crop, Sharpen

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JULY 2019 ROUND

Title:     Territorial Dispute
   
Goal:    To get a unique action shot of the bird interacting
 
Equipment/Source:   Digital Raw File Zoom 18-300 @ 300, F5.6
 
Technique:  Casually looking for unique shots among 100's of birds

Processing:  Cropped, sharpened


  

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Review by commentator Tom S.

Nature Story - Very nice nature story of the conflict between two roseate spoonbills and a great egret. N-3

Technical – Nice depth of field.  All the birds are in focus, and your shutter speed is high enough that the wings are not blurred.  Good.  But it is too bright overall.  You can reduce that so the far background and birds are slightly darker, and reduce the bright leaves in the foreground even more.  Also slightly increase the dark parts of the birds so as to increase contrast. Finally, run the Photoshop sharpening brush over the birds to very slightly increase their sharpness to make them stand out.  See my adjusted image below. 

The spoonbills are very red during breeding season and having bright sun behind them. T-2                        

Pictorial Quality – Nice balance with the tall egret and spoonbills below it.  No wasted space in the image, but it is not good to be looking at the back of the egret.  Would be a much better shot if you had been able to get a side view of the birds. P-2

N3, T2, P2 = 7


Review by Ken W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice nature story with an egret landing in the spoonbills territory.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
There is good sharpness in the egret feathers, but the spoonbill is slightly softer, good overall exposure and color.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I would have liked to see a little more separation betwenn the spoonbill on the left and the egret, but we are able to see the open beaks on both spoonbills.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Gang Z.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a very storyline photo. From your photo, I can see the bird arguing.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure normal, focus clear. The depth of field control is reasonable

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The shooting angle is slightly insufficient and does not allow the bird in front to reveal more parts if the camera moves some to the right. The area of the main body will be larger. This is my personal opinion, but maybe the shooting time is not allowed. In addition, the color of the screen is slightly flat. It would have been better if we had done it later.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Prasad D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Spoon Bills guarding their territory from the encroaching Egret.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The Image seems shaken up a bit.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 1-Inadequate 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
While there is a story line shown in this image (the squabble of species) I do not feel it is a very strong one. This is largely due to the angle of view used to capture this image. I’ll explain that more in the technical section that follows.



SCORE N (Nature) 2-basic shot--no nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically the camera settings seem to work well. You do not indicate the shutter speed, but it was clearly high enough to stop the action. You also managed to control the whites on what appears to be a fairly bright day. Additionally your choice of fstop worked well to soften the background. The major issue is with the composition. In most images the eye will be drawn to the lightest and brightest part of the image. In this case the white egret. However, the egret is shown from a rear view and its eye (a most important piece in wildlife photography) in nearly invisible. While the eye of the main spoonbill is visible they are so over shadowed by the brightness of the egret that they become secondary in the image. While I realize that you may not be physically able to move more to the left to make the egret more parallel to the camera position perhaps you could have waited until the battle turned to a more suitable angle.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The crop of the image shows that you understand basic composition. You have tried to work with, you have the egret on the left fixation points and you have tried to crop for impact. However, the final consideration is visual impact and this cluttered image, do to the position of the birds just does not work.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Isabella Z.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very vivid!

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I personally think the picture is a little bit over exposed. The details of the while area on the birds are kinda missing. Also the saturation of the pic can be increased a little bit in my opinion

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think the picture is shrinked in a weird way. Not really sure it's due to the post processing or the PSA website.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by sylvia W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A positive interaction between the birds draws us into the story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice depth of field ensuring that the background is not distracting in any way from the birds. There is definition in most of the wings, however the white neck and left wing appear to be blown out and they have lost definition.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
That pink contrasts nicely with the green and really is quite eye catching. I would suggest that a step or two to your right may have separated the middle bird's beak from the white wing and this would have had more of an impact. I know this is not always possible, but something to consider for next time. I like that the white wing is separated from the head.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Hattie S.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice nature story of how the birds interact. Great cature the motion.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The focus seems set at the tree leaves in the front in stead of landing on one of the birds. My guess is that they moved pretty fast, since the white bird shows movement. I don't have issue of that motion blur on the white bird, but would like to see the focus point is on the bird's eye on the right.

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 7


Review by Charlie Y.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
is it from High Island, TX? nice capture,
not sure what they argue, 2 v 1?

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
bit soft on focus on eyes. might be due to max of 300mm,

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 MJ Springett
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great story and birds interacting.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
No whites are blown and good depth of field to include all the birds against a blurred background, great work

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I would hang this image on my wall, well done

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
Well done

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 10

I’m a retired Legal Secretary who moved back to Austin, Texas, the first of this year.  I’ve been interested in photography going back to trying to take action shots at my son’s soccer games with a Pentax 35mm camera.

When I retired, I moved to Sun City, in Georgetown, Texas, where there was a great Photography Club.  We entered PSA competitions on a Club basis.  We also had Club competitions and critiques on an individual basis.   I have also participated in a few outside competitions.

I later moved to Galveston, Texas, where I lived for two years before returning to Austin.  While living in Galveston, I took two Birding classes and became very interested in my current interest in “Birds.”  Galveston was a wonderful place to see many bird species.

My present goal is to improve my photography and go on some trips with birding/nature groups to places outside of Texas.  I currently use a Nikon D750.  Taking pictures really excites me….I love this hobby!!!!