Study Group 2


Prasad Dalvi , PPSA (B)

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MAY 2020 ROUND

Title:     Egret with Fish

Goal:   To capture the Egret with a fish

Equipment/Source:    Nikon 850, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, ISO 125  
 
Technique:   Spot Metering as the egret was to small for the frame.

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Cropping and some color correction in Photoshop 
 

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Review by commentator Rick C.
The feeding behavior is clear and the behavior warrant a rating of 3.

The exposure is reasonable for the flat lighting, however there is room to improve the white and middle tones in post processing. Primary focus looks reasonable thought the head of the egret seems slightly soft, so there may have been some motion that could not be countered even at 1/1250. The ground area appears to have been over sharpened to the point of being crunchy. The technical rating is 2.

The central positioning of the subject is less than optimal compositionally after post processing is completed. More problematic, however, is the second egret immediately behind the main subject as it constitutes a significant visual distraction. The pictorial rating is 1.

N-3, T-2, P-1 = 6


Review by Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Egret with fish - typical behaviour for an egret though I wonder why the egret was on land. Don't they normally eat fish where they capture them in the water? I am a bit confused would like to understand the behaviour better.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure is good, the white feathers have details and are not over exposed. The grass looks naturally green, a bit dark but necessary to ensure that the white features are properly exposed. The focus appears to be sharp .

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The egret is below the dark band above it's head and the egret has plenty of room to move with in the frame. However the second egret behind the subject is distracting. moving slightly to the right or left would have removed this merge.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hello. Your image is well captured and displays a clear story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically, I can not fault either the image as cropped or your PP. I very much like the light.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It is a great potty that the time when the bird chose to grab the fish was when there was another bird in the background and that ruins it for me. Or to better say, it stops the image being a great one, making instead a 'pleasing' one.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Kim H.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE


SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The detail and exposure are good, but the blurred egret right behind the subject is distracting. The background depth of field could be less blurred.

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 BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Tom K

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature shot of a bird feeding.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nicely focused with good bokeh and enough depth of field to have the bird in focus.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The white out of focus bird in the background is a major pictorial issue with me. I think it is also better as a vertical crop.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Well timed image with the egret holding the fish.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good exposure, not easy with the white bird. Good DOF, Sharp where necessary The egret in the background is a distraction especially as it intersects the main birds head.The sudden change of sharpness is also disturbing for me. I would have waited for the other bird to move out of shot and tried a lower angle for the shot.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 2-Average exposure color balance and sharpn ess
< br>PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The crop has been necessary to try to get the bird bigger in the image but its still lack impact. The distraction previously mentioned affects the composition.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice capture of egret with fish.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Bird appears a little soft lacking feather detail. Some areas a little blown out.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Bird has impact but background egret detracts from image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The white egret, with fish, clearly demonstrates the nature story of meal time.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
While the image nearly sharp the body of the egret lacks critical sharpness and detail in the feathers. Exposure and color saturation are adequate. There are several issues I have with the image. The first is the unfortunate inclusion of the second egret that is positioned directly behind the head of the subject. This is the single greatest flaw in the image. I do feel that it could have been avoided by stepping tow or thre e steps to the right and then shooting back toward the left. This would change your angle of view and would move the second egret away from the critical portion of the background. While I realize the mealtime happens quite rapidly being consciously aware of backgrounds could help prevent this unwanted clutter when in the field.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image almost has a perfect background other than the light blue/grey area at the top on the right. You appear to be shooting at nearly eye level with the egret, and while this is a good thing, in this case if your camera was slightly higher you could have overshot the egret and eliminated the blue/grey area. I do not feel you could crop it due to the lack of space above the head of the egret. Overall the image is pleasing and carried impact.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Ave rage com position and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Malena K

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good capture of the egret with a fish and telling of the story on how they survive and hunt their food.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure and sharpness is good.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Could you have moved slightly before taking the shot? The egret in the background is distracting.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Todd G

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
You have captured the Egret with a fish. Very nice capture of the fish in the bill and the apprehension of the time to swallow dinner is pending. This grabs the viewer as the Egret is intently anticipating the finale of the catch.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good dynamic range between the foreground and the background. The color layers in the background add the depth to the image and the bokah effect of the Egret in the background is nice. I would have liked to have see it either forward of the bird in the foreground or behin d. The h ead and beak makes it appear it is coming from the foreground bird. Exposure ig good and the head and bill are sharp. There is some blurriness along the upper aspect of the neck along the curve as well as the upper back.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nicely composed with enough space in front of the Egret to insinuate forward motion.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Pamela L.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Strong story

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Great image, sharp and crisp

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent composition and impact, however, I will move a little to avoid the white egret at the back, to focus on the fish.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Catching a fish in the beak of a wading bird is a good strong nature story. I think you accomplish your goal. Several items distract from the nature story values. One the merger with the other egret in the background. Unfortunately, the other one’s white feathers are directly behind the face, beak, and fish within the beak of your subject. Timing is always critical. Seeing a potential merger before taking the shot would have helped here—awareness of your shooting surroundings.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Second, there is some dark or black ghosting along the top of the subject egret. Like you tried to make the background lighter, but your selection was off. There is also some noise in the background of the top area of the image. Overall, because of the amount of cropping I feel that your image is lacking in crisp sharpness. Please include what lens you used in your image information, that is helpful for us reviewers.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A 4 x 5 frame is OK. The positioning of the subject on the left half works. I might consider reversing the image and have the subject on the right so the viewer comes into the egret face with the fish in its beak first. The merger is problematic. Hopefully, you have a frame later or earlier in the sequence when the back egret was off to the side or not in the frame.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quali ty) 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7

 














I am a committee member of on of the Oldest Photographic Society known as "The Photographic Society of India" and am actively involved in promoting Photography through Training, Photowalks, and Conducting Photography Tours. My major interest is Nature Photography and specifically Macro and Birding. Academically I have an Engineering background and have working experience in the Information Technology field for 2 decades. However, I have committed myself to Photography which is my passion and am pursuing it. 
   
Given an opportunity, I would be glad to be the part of the Study Group and would like to submit my images for critique. I also will provide healthy and productive, positive critiques if needed and be willing to put in the time and follow the deadlines.