Study Group 2


Janice Rosner (B)

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JUNE 2019 ROUND

Title:    Barn swallow chicks being fed

Goal:  I stood under this old building for quite sometime watching the activity of the swallows. I wanted to capture the feeding behavior I was watching   

Equipment/Source:    Canon 7d, Canon 100-400 at 365mm, f5.6, 1/250, ISO 400, tripod
 
Technique:  Stood watching the birds for about an hour, shooting both the chicks in the nests and the parents flying

Processing:   
ACR, added some clarity, vibrance and increased the whites slightly 

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MAY 2019 ROUND
Title:   American Dipper with Catch
 
   
Goal:   To capture American Dippers in flight while they were hunting for food.
  

Equipment/Source:   Canon 7D mark II, Canon 100-400 at 400mm,

Technique:   I walked out close to the creek where the birds were and sat and watched them fly back and forth from the shore and dive into the creek. While they were flying and diving, I tracked them through the lens.

Processing:   ACR, enabled profile corrections and cropped.

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Review by commentator Tom Savage

Nature Story – It is good that you got the dipper flying close to the water.  It shows the bird’s habitat.  However, because the bird is pretty small in the frame, the prey isn’t very visible and not identifiable.  It is a good idea so go try again, since you know where they are fishing.  N2

Technical – You didn’t say what shutter speed you used, but it was fast enough to stop the bird but not the wings.  That can be good or bad depending upon your taste, since the blurred wings show motion.    The light is very flat and the bird dark without details. Brighten the whole image a little. The bird isn’t as sharp as it should be but be careful of sharpening halos. T2

Pictorial Quality – The dipper is in a good location within the frame, but the small size of the bird relative to the frame reduces the pictorial quality.  Cropping the image to reduce the size of the area around the bird would help, but I don’t think the bird is sharp enough to tolerate being enlarged much . P1

N2, T2, P1 = 5 


Review by Larry T.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The presentation of the dipper flying lover of the water in search for food does present a story line of sorts but I do not feel that the story line is strong. If the bird were “dipping” or carrying some type of food it would enhance the storyline. As is, to me, it is just a bird in flight.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As presented the bird is properly frozen in flight and appears to be adequately sharp indicating that the proper camera setting were used. However, the snow or ice, I assume that is snow or ice at the top of the frame) appears to be slightly over exposed as the detail is lacking. I do not see glare on the water surface so I am guessing that the day was somewhat overcast or at least it was not terribly bright. It would have been helpful if you had provided the camera settings.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
While monochrome is a valid format, in this case I do not feel that it works. The even tones of the bird and the water are to similar and the bird does not stand out. Generally the eye of the viewer is drawn to what is light, bright and sharp and as such my eye is drawn to the ice or snow at the top of the frame. You indicate that the image is cropped but I feel that that the lower third of the image could be removed without diminishing the composition. The removal of that much of the water would also have the secondary effect of drawing more attention to the bird.

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

total: 6


Review by Sylvia W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
To me the title of this picture tells me that the Dipper should have some food in its claws or beak. This is not the case.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Not a lot of contrast in this image making it flat. As our eyes are always drawn to the lightest part of the image, I keep finding myself looking at the ice.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I feel that the bird is lost in this picture. Maybe try cutting off the bottom third which would eliminate those black spots and little chunk of ice - would make for a better composition. I like that you have the bird flying into the picture giving it room to move through.

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

total: 5


Review by Ken W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a nice photo of the bird with a small fish. However, the bird is a small part of the photo, and so this is more of an environmental photo.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Due to the small size of the bird it is difficult to evaluate focus, exposure is good, an it would not be expected to have color in this season with a dark bird.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
composition and inpact is satisfactory.

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

Total: 6


Review by Prasad D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The Image seems overexposed for the waves...Request you to kindly mention the Time of the day and the Metering mode...

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Here the Spot metering Mode would have worked. The Bird is too small for the image and Seems Soft on focus as it seems out of the range of the Lens. For Birding I generally use these settings on my Nikon Camera...(You can check what are the Cannon equivalent. Try it next time you attempt Birding...
Shutter Priority Mode,
ISO Auto
Focusing Area Dynamic 21 points
Drive Mode Continuous or AFA
Burst Mode High.
Metering Mode Spot in case the bird is small for your frame. For large Birds you can use Centre Weighted

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The Compositional value of Proportions need to be corrected by cropping.

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

Total: 4


Review by Charlie Y.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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: 6


Review by MJ Springett
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Story is not clear to me, as the bird is too small in the frame to see the prey

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think this image needs an exposure and contrast boost to separate the bird from the water

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is good but needs more clarity for impact

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

total: 5

I’m primarily a Canon shooter though I have recently started using a Sony a6500 when I hike.  For post processing I use ACR and photoshop.  I also have some Topaz products I use occasionally.