Study Group 2


Robert Davis, QPSA (A)

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AUGUST 2019 ROUND

Title:    Boobies Strolling

Goal:    Nature tour of the Galapagos. Encountered this couple taking a stroll in the bush

Equipment/Source:   Canon 5D 100-400 zoom

Technique:   Handheld 400mm 1/400 f7 ISO 320 Pattern metering

Processing: 
 PS. Slight increased contrast

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JULY 2019 ROUND
Title:  Ready to strike  
 
   
Goal:    Capturing an image of this Texas rattlesnake. I was walking down a track to a bird blind on a Texas ranch when we stumbled upon this rattlesnake who immediately coiled up and started to make a rattling noise. He seemed as startled as we were. We retreated and the snake quickly disappeared.
  

Equipment/Source:   Handheld Canon 5D. 100-400 zoom @ 400. 1/500. f8. ISO 400  

Technique:   Settings were in the camera on auto. Took 3 shots and retreated 

Processing:    PS. Slight sharpening.

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Review by commentator Tom S.
Nature Story – This a normal thing for a rattlesnake to do when it feels threatened. A portrait of a rattlesnake and a good one. N-2

Technical – You were so close and at f8 that not all of the snake is within the depth of field. Only the head is sharp. Also, the white parts on the right side are blown out. T-1

Pictorial Quality – Great angle! I am glad you thought to get down on the ground to photograph the snake instead of looking down on it. The background is far enough away to not be a distraction. It is good that he coiled and posed for you rather than just running away. P-3

N2, T1, P3 = 6


Review by Larry T.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There certainly is a threatening nature story to this image. Capturing a rattlesnake ready to strike (you) in my book qualifies as a serious nature story. Maybe could be better if he was striking with his mouth and fangs showing, but there is no deduction for not having captured that pose. This is absolutely excellent. Well done!

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
For starters I applaud your presence of mind to get as low as you did and to do so quickly. Additionally at only 1/500 you have no camera shake in spite of your racing heart rate. I could nit-pic and wish for greater depth of field but what you have presented helps to focus the attention of the viewer on the snake’s head which is where the action is. Unfortunately the image runs a little bit hot (overexposed) and this can be seen in the whites on the snake’s body. I do not think you can solve this issue in post short of cloning and that is not allowed.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The overall composition works well for this subject and the perfect centering of the subject simply adds power to the scene. I also like the background presentation and the colors, at least for me, work nicely.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Ken W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I think that the snakes tongue makes the nature story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice detail in the snakes head, the tip of the tongue has a slight blur on it, 1/500 may not have been a fast enough shutter speed. Great angle for the shot, you must have gotten low for the shot.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good composition, there are some burned out highlights in some of the snakes scales. Overall a good capture considering the unexpected circumstances.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Gang Z.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is the perfect piece, and in such a short time you have captured the snake's dynamics. It looks at me and burns people. I was scared off by it. Like it was right in front of my eyes.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This picture is accurately exposed. The 100-400mm lens is a good virtualization of the foreground and background. The body is clear. The depth of field is under control.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The snake in the picture is centered, and the picture accounts for 2/3 of the area, which is a good visual impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Prasad D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image seems a bit overexposed on the right side of the scales.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
An image has been over sharpened and Overexposed in some areas.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 1-Inadequate exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Its well tightly composed image

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Isabella Z.
SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think the snake is not sharp enough first of all, but since it's in motion so I guess it's hard. Second I think probably during the post processing, you adjusted the highlights and shadows too much so that the whole snake (or the whole picture) looks flat or fake - the picture doesn't have the feeling of nature light.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the way you put the head of the snake in the middle of the picture.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Sylvia W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Ensuring that the tongue on the snake is out elevates this image from a basic picture of a snake to the next level.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Overall a good depth of field ensuring that there is no distracting elements in the background. Unfortunately you have some blown highlights on the body of the snake which has let this image down.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 1-Inadequate exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Centering the snake's tongue draws the viewer into the image. The snake is sitting boldly in the middle of the image and makes quite an initial impact to the viewer.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Hattie S.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Wow, I would probably freak out seeing the snake instead of taking 3 shots! Very nice shot and up close and personal. I'm wondering where did he tuck his tail?

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
All setting looks perfect, nice composition which feels like the snake is right in my face.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE


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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Linda C.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Picture does not reflect much of an impact.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Color composition does not attribute to impact. Not sure if the stripes were shadows, focus inconsistent in different areas of the subject.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 1-Inadequate exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Low impact resulting from color composition and basic pose

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Charlie Y.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
lucky you, got 3 shots in, rare square at shot, and it's charged up.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
if possible, crop out the bottom of blurred stoned.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
good shot

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by MJ Springett
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good story

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice depth of field, low viewpoint, hope you used a telephoto

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Not something I would hang on my wall, but well done

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
Extra point for nature story

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 9

Bob Davis was born in Johannesburg South Africa and educated there and in London, Edinburgh and New York. He has retired from being a surgeon in Houston Texas for many years. After the busy years of hard work, he joined the Houston Photographic Society and is now its President. He is fascinated by all forms of photography especially nature. He mainly utilizes Canon equipment and is trying hard to keep up with recent software advances.