Study Group 2


Robert Davis, QPSA (B)

Click image to enlarge

Upload Next Round's Image and Description
OCTOBER 2019 ROUND

Title:   Spoonbill walking 

Goal:  Studying the behavior of shorebirds at High Island Texas. This Spoonbill was walking along a tree branch using its extended wings to balance.  

Equipment/Source:   Canon 5D3. 500 mm f4 + 1.4 extended. Wimberly head. Gitzo tripod. 1/500.f8.ISO 800

Technique:   The birds nest on an island. I set up my equipment on a viewing stand and observed the scene for a long time until this bird came along. There are many Egrets and spoonbills around so it is hard to cath one isolated image. 

Processing: 
 PS CC 18. Texture and contrast. 

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

  Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)














Upload Next Round's Image and Description
SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:   It is mine
 
   
Goal:   Watching beach activity with birds feeding and competing for food.  
  

Equipment/Source:    Canon 5D 100-400. Hand held.

Technique:  350mm f11 1/500 ISO 400  

Processing:   PS 

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

   Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by commentator Dan C.

The tug-of-war between the brown pelican and the bull provides a strong nature story.  The story is enhanced by both birds appearing to be juveniles.

Technically you appear to have an overall yellowish colorcast.  This can easily be corrected using auto color in Photoshop.  The image gives the appearance of being an enlarged portion of a capture that covered more area.  This impression comes from a lot of pixilation when the image.  The pixilation is even more pronounced when the image is viewed full screen instead of just 100% in Photoshop. You also appear to have some bald areas around the pelican where sand detail appears washed out.

Pictorially cropping out some of the sand above the pelican focuses the attention on the pair better.

N3, T1, P2, E0, Total 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Clearly there is a struggle for survival shown as these two birds play tug-of-war over some source of food. This is a strong nature story line.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This image was taken in both bright and harsh sunlight as shown by the bold and distinct shadows. Shooting in this type of lighting makes it extremely difficult to capture whites without burning them out and that is one of the issues in this image. Additionally the entire image even when enlarged appears to be a bit on the soft side and there is no area that demonstrates true sharpness. I also would suggest shooting from a lower angle so that you are not shooting down on your subjects. If you shoot closer to eye level your subjects would look more powerful and dramatic.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition is solid with the subject positioned on two of the fixation points. The use of the diagonal line adds an element of tension and drama to the image. The image may be strengthened by cropping some of the negative space off the top of the image This would have the effect of drawing more attention to the action of the image. While it may be the monitor, or the small size of the enlargement the image appears to be a bit over saturated and maybe a half stop over exposed.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Robert - your image makes me smile. A fun image, but also a good one. Clear story, no question!

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You used f11, delivering a wide DOF and enough speed to keep the 2 birds sharp. You could crop to 19:9 ratio to remove more ground which doesn't add to the image of story. I also would question whether you can darken to the ground, which is the brightest part of the image and thus a distraction.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A strong image with interest/humour! I cant deduct anything again

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
Extra point deserved for being and taking an image with an amusing story - my perceived faults are correctable if agreed.

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 9


Review by Linda C

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great story of birds fighting over food.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I found the color of the beach and the color of the birds to similar. Also, it looks like the birds eye on the left was filled in and above the face of the bird on the right is some flaw.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A fun and interesting shot.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
although a good nature story making element is in it but lacked the impact.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
too much light is disturbing the frame. processing is also not proper as eyes of the left one is showing marked blue and shadows are showing imperfect dodging.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
diagonal framing does issue action which is not showing due to vey high lights encountered

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Prasad D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Captured in the nick of time. Struggle for booty.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Dennis A.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature picture showing behavior.


SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It looks unbalanced and a little too orange. It also it looks like the birds have been incorrectly selected and dodged.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the cropping with birds the only object in the picture. The composition is good, but it would have a little more impact if it was from a lower angle with a shallow DOF.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Sorry, I don't see clearly, what the birds have in beak.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Resolution of the image is not 1024x768. It's too small to see the technical quality. I think it has lack of sharpness and some parts overexposed.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Crop is a little bit tight on both sides. There should be more image on the bottom and a little bit less on the tom

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5

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.