Study Group 2


Dennis Argo - A

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND

Title:    Sea lion happy place   
   
Goal:    To capture the wonders of Alaska.
 
Equipment/Source:     Canon 6D, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, lens 100-400mm (@400mm)
 
Technique:    I’ve submitted 2 photos to this study group: 1 wildlife and 1 landscape. I’ve received excellent comments and feel like I’ve learned a lot already. Keep the comments coming.

We were in a zodiac exploring the Inian Islands (Southeast Alaska). We came upon a large group of Steller Sea Lions. We actually heard them first. I took many photos, but this is one of my favorites. This particular seal lion seemed to have a smile on its face. Makes me think it was in its happy place.

Processing:    
Lightroom CC, lowered the highlights and brought up the shadows. Used PS shake reduction detailed in the tips section.

  

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

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:   Acadia NP stream 
     
Goal:    To capture the wonders of Acadia NP. A place we really enjoy visiting. 

Equipment/Source:   Canon 6D, ISO 50, lens 24-105 at 24mm, 1/4second

Technique:    This is a trail I have hiked several times. However, his time it had been raining so I decided to skip walking on wet rocks and just take its picture. I set up my light-weight backpacking tripod, locked up the mirror and used a 10second delay.

Processing:    Lightroom CC, HDR merging of 3 photos 1.5 stops apart, added a little clarity, a little vibrance and desaturated a few clicks.


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Review by commentator Dan C.

The rain has really created a nice scene for you.  The wet surfaces, the way the water has enhanced the colors of the foliage all contribute to a pleasing nature story.  It is showing environment well and the captured story is suitable for a 2 for the nature score.

Technically I cam find no issue even when viewed full screen on my 27” IMAC.  Your use of HDR was effective and well done.  You did not indicate your t/stoo but the 6.7 I found in your EXIF data gave you a surprisingly good depth of field.

Pictorially you have a nice visual flow through the stream.  Looking at the splashed in the lower left corner, I do feel you needed just a bit more space at the bottom.

N2, T3, P2, E0, Total 7


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hi Dennis - Your Acadia NP stream certainly looks a truly lovely place: the question is, does you picture result in a strong Nature image. I don't think so. We can imagine the whole setting with a small stream among tall trees in a gorge (I think) - but the stream occupies a tiny fraction of the image and the total environment isn't shown.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Cant fault the execution or development of what you took.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
For the reasons stated above, the image doesn't to me have enough impact, particularly because the stream is so small.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A very pleasant and calm landscape. Good leading diagonal line. Nice water flow.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The overall flatness could be enhanced by increasing contrast and some sharpening

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Pleasing landscape

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Prasad D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice nature shot.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good effort of an HDR Image.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice composition

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Linda C

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice overall picture but I find no story to it.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Lighting, color and sharpness good. Like texture of flowing water.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is a common landscape picture.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
that rain rejuvenated nature can be seen in the picture. lush greenery amidst rocks are a sight to watch.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
excellent sharpness with colour balance

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
only thing I would have asked is the flipping of the image horizontal so that the negative space to flow the eye.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Kind landscape.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice warm colors, large DOF.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
From lover perspective water would be seen more. I don't like, that water flows out of the picture in the left corner.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
When participating in a Nature Study Group the first requirement is the make certain that the image features a solid storyline. In you stated goal you note that you are trying to “capture the wonders of Acadia NP.” While this is admirable, by itself it lacks a storyline, unless the viewer can figure one out. The closest I can come to finding a story line is perhaps erosion, but even that is not shown in a meaningful manner. The stronger your storyline the higher your score will be. For example in Acadia between Sand Beach and Hunters Head is a rugged, rock-strewn shore carved by wind and water over millions of years. A well composed photo showing these feature to advantage would give you an excellent storyline.

SCORE N (Nature) 1-Nature story minimal or contains unrelated hand of man

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In creating this image you used your gear to advantage. The low ISO, slow shutter and I assume a fairly deep aperture did an excellent job of taming the water and creating a mood. The image is properly exposed and the sharpness is adequate.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
For me this image lack impact because the majority of the image is just broken and bare rock. When I view the image the captivating portion is in the lower left hand corner where the running water has been blurred. It is the only bright spot in the image and draws my eye. Unfortunately, the direction of the flow leads me directly and immediately out of the image. I feel you would have a much stronger image (pictorially) by just showing the lower left corner . In my opinion, the HDR effect evened out the image by stripping it of both shadow and highlights and thus removing any drama. However I will note you did the HDR processing quite well.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5

I think my interest in photography started many years ago when an uncle handed me a Brownie camera.  I was amazed at how it could seamingly capture an instant of time. My first “real” camera was a Konica T3, which I still have. I spent many enjoyable hours in my darkroom developing the negatives and then dodging, burning and playing with different color filters to produce the prints.  I now use Canon cameras and lens, while the darkroom has been replaced with lightroom/photoshop. I enjoy hiking/backpacking, traveling to national parks and photographing nature/landscape/wildlife.