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Martin Patten, QPSA (D)

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Title:   Pelican Landing

Goal:    I have lots of Dalmatian Pelican shots in flight, landing etc.. but I never feel they show the environment. I wanted to see the comments where I have deliberately included the lake, mountains and the Island they nest on for context

Equipment/Source:  Canon 1dx II with 70-200 F2.8 at 200mm

Technique:   Captured the bird in flight at 1/1250 to freeze the motion and used F7.1 to blur out the background while still keeping enough detail for the environment    

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  Levels, sharpened, dodge and burn 

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Review by commentator Rick C.
I feel you have a solid image in this capture. The star has good impact and solid detail showing. The landing posture adds to the interest value. We get a chance to see it in the context of the roosting island and the birds there are defined just well enough to allow us to identify them without becoming a distraction. The eagle in the distance adds another element to the story. Credits aside, the activity depicted is relatively common and as such I feel that the nature story remains at the 2 – environmental portrait – level albeit a strong 2.

The technical qualities all look good to me. Technical quality is rated as a 3.

I feel you have arranged the element in the capture very effectively to tell the story at multiple levels depending on how much the viewer wishes to think about the content shown. The impact is solid and the viewer has plenty to keep them involved. The visual structure is pleasing. Pictorial quality is rated as a 3.

I feel there is enough interest value shown to warrant the E-1 additional point.

N-2, T-3, P-3, E-1 = 9


Review by Pamela L.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Excellent composition with the background of schools of Pelicans that completed the nature story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent technique to bring in the details of the wings, but also kept the blurry background.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent composition with the background of schools of Pelicans that completed the nature story.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice action shot and environmental portrait combined.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The pelican looks sharp, and the image well exposed.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like that you have included the environment. The separation between the single bird and the colony creates depth in the image. I think it's well composed.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Excellent capture of pelican landing.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Pelican shows good colour and detail on wings and body. I feel the head is a little soft with lack of detail.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image has good impact but could be improved by cropping the top to remove distracting bird in righthand corner.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There is a good story and I like the way you have included the environment. Some more of the mountains would have made it stronger. The point of impact with the water would also have helped, in my view.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically all seems fine. Could you include the ISO in the technical info.
Image is sharp and well exposed. The good light has reflected under the wings to give good detail.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like your intention to show more of the environment and it helps me understand better than a close in shot. You have good separation of the bird from the background. The choice of aperture has given the bird impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Caught in action. Good capture and background just enough to see the context of where the bird is without being distracting

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice framing and focus. Nice soft background indicates appropriate f-stop

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice blue and white scene with bright yellow-orange for highlight. Flying bird in background and hazed island of resting pelicans is good contextual setting.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE: 9


Review by Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This image shows a pelican in a nature setting. The image shows the pelican about ot land in water with its feet extended just before hitting the water. The background birds are interesting showing the natural setting.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image is well exposed. There is detail in the birds feathers though an area just below the head appears to be slightly overexposed The colors are realistic and there is sufficient room below the bird as it lands.

The orange in the bill and eye look natural.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The pelican is well placed in the frane thought I would like to see the picture flipped left/right. Might not work - I always try both ways. The birds wings are extended fully nad this works well.



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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Excellent nature story. I think you accomplished your goal of including the environment as well as showing a flying pelican in the process of landing. I wonder if showing more of the reflection and less of the mountains would have strengthened the pelicans as the subject rather than emphasizing the total scene. I think the landing pelican is beautiful and the light on it is excellent. The one small dark flying bird heading away towards the mountains is a visual distraction for me, that why regardless I would crop it out. Since you don’t have the mountain peaks anyway, I think cropping down and taking this bird out would help the visual strength of the image, by keeping the mind within the frame and stop it from wandering up and out there.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent sharpness and exposure. As mention, the light on the flying pelican is excellent. A great choice of time of day to shoot. Overall, though, excellent control of the technical factors.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I might consider toning down the roosting pelicans on the jutting out piece of land, just a bit, and maybe also reducing some contrast there, so they blur out a bit more and darken them too a little so the landing pelican might stand out even more. One prominent thing my mind is drawn to is the landing pelican and since it’s at the bottom of the frame, the balance of the frame is off; it’s heavily weighted toward the bottom. Thus, my ideal composition would be to include more of the reflection and less of the mountains, so the landing pelican does seem so bottom-heavy of a subject within the overall frame. Including its reflection would remove some of this bottom heaviness feeling, and lift the subject up a bit, creating better balance and harmony within the frame.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE - 8


Review by Malena K

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image tells a story. I can see all the pelicans on the island. And enjoy the front view as the pelican is landing.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image is sharp. I know this isn’t an easy shot as I’ve been to a nesting pelican island via a boat and they are flying everywhere

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition & impact is good.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8
















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.