Study Group 2


Ken Warning· (C)

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NOVEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:   Beaver Eating Vegatation

Goal:   Driving Seney NWR auto tour road looking for Sunset location when we saw beaver in pond eating vegetation, beaver was busy eating and allowed us to get out of car and photograph it.
 
Equipment/Source:   Nikon D500, Nikor 200-500mm lens
  
Technique:  Photographed handheld, 1/500sec, F8, Iso 400 at 200mm

Processing:   Photo was taken to include entire length of beaver, but ended up cropping to include head only, toning done in LR, some darkening of specular highlights on face and hands.

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:     Little Blue Heron 
   
Goal:    On my first trip to Lake Apopka Wildlife Area in Florida, I found numerous bird activity. I saw this Little Blue Heron catch something (not sure what it is) and captured this shot
 
Equipment/Source:    Nikon D500, Nikor lens 200-500, hand held

Technique:   1/1600 sec, F8, Iso 1000 (Auto Iso), 280/570mm

Processing:  
Tone adjustments in LR, I reversed image in LR

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 Review by commentator Tom S.
Nice image of a Little Blue Heron that is well positioned in the frame and sharp with good exposure. He is holding a crawfish, but it is very small in the frame and while the nature story is good, it is too small to be interesting. So, the solution is to severely crop it to emphasize the story. Here is what I did but you need to do it with a much higher resolution image, since the one I worked with is pretty low resolution. You might try cropping even more to make the crawfish bigger.

N-2, T-3, P2   Total = 7


Review by Larry T.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This image of a Little Blue Heron holding its meal demonstrates a valid nature story. The bird is shown in its preferred environment which enhances the quality of the story. My issue with this story is that the meal is hard to see. While this is not a direct fault of the photographer it still impacts the image. By reference I will note the photo you submitted last month where the snail was clearly visible and thus added emphasis to the visual impact of the story.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The gear you selected is appropriate to capture this image. The use of f8 on that lens is justified as it is known to be sharper at that aperture. The Auto ISO also works well for the changing light angles in that particular wildlife reserve.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You have position the subject well in the frame using the particularly favored PSA position of facing to the left. Additionally you gave the bird room to move by allowing space to the left of the bird. For me the image lacks overall impact due to the fact that the prey is so small and some what hidden in the grasses of the background.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Although the moment of predation was photographed, the picture is still not telling the story.

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

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 picture is reasonable. The main body is prominent. After the proper handling.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by William S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The photo shows the heron capturing a meal which qualifies as a natural act.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image is sharp with a good exposure. However processing the image to improve the color and contrast would be an improvement. I used curves in Photoshop to even out the levels between the darkest and lightest areas and saw improvement in color and contrast (pop). I will try and attach the image.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition is good and reversing the image is a visual plus. The colors are muted and reduce the visual impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Feeding behavior, pretty common

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Love the feather detail and non-competing background, although detailed, does not detract

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Bird makes a nice diagonal line

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
nice catch,

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
sharp image, background would not add points, if anything, that'll be what to choose next time.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nice light, but background less desirable. well

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6

 

 





I live in Menomonee Falls, WI, and have recently retired. I have been actively photographing for over 12 years.  I started by taking field trips to photograph waterfalls in the upper peninsula of Michigan that was being offered by the University of Wisconsin in Waukesha, WI. I still enjoy photographing waterfalls in Michigan, and along the North Shore of Minnesota.  I also enjoy bird photography.  I live less than 60 miles from Horicon Marsh, which is a popular birding area in Wisconsin.  I also try to get to Florida every other year for bird photography.  I will also do some sports, city, and winter photography.

I am a member of 2 local camera clubs, the PSA Wisconsin Chapter, and a board member of the Wisconsin Area Camera Club Organization.