Study Group 2


Bogdan Bricelj, GMPSA, EFIAP/p

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NOVEMBER 2020 ROUND
Title:  Bloodthirsty on Yellow flower 2  

Goal:  Capturing very small spiders on beautiful flowers.

Equipment/Source:    Panasonic FZ-50, built in lens at 420mm with macro adapter +3, ISO 100, F10, 1/640s, handheld. 

Technique:    I know a place near my home, where every spring I can find beautifull yellow flowers with small spiders. This is 1 cm wide with legs open. They change color like cameleons to adopt the color of the flower. This one was in defense position, when I have come with my camera near.

Processing:   crop, contrast improvement with levels and curves, everything in Photoshop Elements. 

Score this image: YES

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

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Review by commentator J.D.
Nature Story (N): This commentator thinks of himself as a “bug” photographer and is conscious of the difficulty in taking photos of insects, particularly spiders, that will score well iin competitions due to a lack of a significant nature story. The title implies a bloody battle taking place but we actually have for a nature story is “spider on flower”. Score: 1

Technical Quality (T): It was obvious from looking at the photograph that the camera settings were spot on. Well done! Score: 3

Pictorial Quality (P): Cropping! Cropping! Cropping! Cropping is the dilemma all photographers have to contend with and this photo did not lend itself to an excellent crop. Try to avoid “center cropping”. It will almost always come back to haunt the photographer. Score: 1

Exceptional (E): Due to the above limitations, there was no reason to add a point. Score: 0

Scores: N 1/ T 3 / P 1/ E 0/ Score = 5


This Review is written by: Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Because the subject isn't photographed in the act of catching spiders, this is an interesting portrait of the defensive behavior you described.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
color balance is good and shutter speed and Dof are adequate to render the center of the subject sharp. It doesn't bother me that the elements of the flower are not sharp, this is, in my opinion, a nice touch that further highlights the subject.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is a compelling image o f this i nsect who was looking right at the camera. The intensity of his eyes make this image.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Diana R.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I find the nature story is fairly strong especially the fact that the spider changes color to blend with the flower. It would be stronger if you identified the spider and told me why they are found in flowers in the area.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the narrow depth of field with focus on the eyes. The exposure seems good.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the composition with the spider placed in the upper third of the flower.

NATURE S CORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 9


This Review is written by: Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
what's the name of this spider? any chance I might learn something. What does it mean by 'defense' position?
If the 'defense' is documented and supported, this may be very well be a '3' in nature. Also, have you capture the spider in other color before? On that note, I'm assign it a 3, based on 'defense' and 'change color'

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Of all the colors, yellow is hard to capture and render it natural.
this image's yellow color seems just fine. both background flower and spider. good work.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nice pattern and position of the spider in the frame, even that it's in the middle. no comments here.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This small spider perched on a yellow flower has some interest and eye appeal. Clearly the spider in on the flower in search of a meal, however this activity does not come across in the image. You state this is a defensive position, so perhaps you nearness as prompted this position but until of read your description I merely thought the spider was walking across the flow.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Both the spider and the flower appear reasonably sharp and the exposure has left no apparent over or un der expo sed sections. Your camera settings are adequate to make this capture.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I applaud your placement of the spider within the frame and like how the curve of the upper legs mirrors the curve the center of the flower creating a visually pleasing composition. I especially like the crop of the flower which I believe has a creative feeling to it.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Kishore S.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The defensive posture of the spider against intrusion of its territory is eye catching. It is a strong story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure is good and the picture ids relatively sharp.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is good.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TO TAL SCOR E 7


This Review is written by: MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Defensive posture and excellent macro

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good depth of field and sharp throughout

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like this but overwhelming yellow

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 8








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OCTOBER 2020 ROUND
Title:     Fairy Tale River 3

Goal:   Capturing a beautiful river with excellent lightening from the corner.

Equipment/Source:   Nikon P900, built in lens at 35mm, ISO 100, F7,1 3s, tripod, grey filter.

Technique:   I've found a beautiful river with moss coatings on the rocks.

Processing:   crop, selective burn, contrast improvement with highlights, levels and curves, everything in Photoshop Elements. Sharpening and noise reduction with Nik Collection.

Score this image: YES


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Review by commentator Dan C.

You managed to create a nature story here by showing the rocks that create the cascades and by selecting an area where the rocks are covered by moss, features that add to the story.  Use of slow shutter speeds for flowing water is controversial for nature images but I feel it is a valid technique to show motion.  There is a thin line between where is the time sufficient to provide the story value or the time where it becomes a creative technique.  I feel the shutter speed here is more on the creative side than on the story telling side. It is worth a strong 2 for the nature score.

Technically your exposure is good.  Exposure for white water is difficult and easy to wash out but you managed to maintain texture.  The sharpness is good on the rocks and moss. This has prompted me to assign a 3 for technique even if the shutter speed was too long for an effective nature shot.

Pictorially the image is well composed.  The bits of red fallen foliage provide a nice touch of color on the foreground rock.  While the slow shutter speed is a bit long for nature, it is effective as a pictorial element. Definitely a 3 for pictorial.

N2, T3, P3, E0, Total 8


Review by Alex C.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I really like this shot a lot. Water flowing through a stream like that really is the essence of a nature landscape shot to me.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically this is a great shot. I like the long exposure to really let the flow of the water have an impact in the image. The focus seems a touch off, maybe tweak the depth of field a touch.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition in this image is great. I love that you can really feel the flow of the water based on how you captured it in the frame.< br>
< strong>NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 1-Exceptional

TOTAL SCORE 9


Review by LC B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I think this is a pretty shot and that you captured the space well. I think the story aspect could be improved by an additional object/subject.


TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically you captured the water well. The depth of field is a wonky though as the leaves and detritus aren’t in focus in the fore or mid ground.


PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think the composition would be improved by including more of the water to the right. A more panoramic/wide crop would enhance the total scene and allow my eye to follow the water from top left to bottom right.


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

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Yes, a waterfall must be a nature story and I like many aspects of this with some doubts as stated below.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Is it all in sharp focus? I find the leadings rock and indeed some other areas "clear" in that one can see what is there, but the areas don't shout out to me as being sharp enough. Im surprised as you say you have used external sharpening software, but the fact remains in my opinion.

The degree of water smoothness is a personal choice and is rarely right or wrong. I like your choice because detail can be seen in the flowing water, but do wonder what a slightly faster speed would look like, with a tad more detain then visible. Your choice though is not "wrong".

I do ask myself is the shadows on the far bank should be lightened a tad - there is much to enjoy there, but currently is too shady

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Ignoring the technical matters above, I like your image and is very pleasing to the eye.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 7, 8


Review by Nirmalya B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This appears to be a beautiful riverscape but moderate nature story in my view.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good slow shutter shot though shutter speed is not mentioned. Moss green rocks are well exposed with good depth of field.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice pictorial shot overall.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excell ent comp osition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8

Biography

Bogdan Bricelj was born in the year 1958 in town Jesenice, Slovenia. He graduated at Faculty of electrical engineering in Ljubljana. He was working for 9 years in steel factory as service engineer. Since the year 1990 He’s manager and co-owner of a computer company.

He was learning the art of photography and developing of black and white photos in the photo school in primary school. After that he passed over to slides. In 1973 his first slide was accepted on a state exhibition. More than thirty years he had an ordinary Praktica without any electronics on all his journeys. 

He bought his first digital camera in the year 2004. All these years he uses compact cameras with large zoom. In his opinion photographer is more important then the camera like driver is more important than the car. Although digital photography allows a lot of possibilities of photo modifying, his photos are as much as possible pure representation of the moments captured. He prefers to make photos of nature: animals, flowers and landscape. He also likes macro and underwater photography. His other preferred theme is sports, especially outdoor sports like skiing, ski jumping, kayak and swimming. Mostly he goes photographing together with his wife Danila. 

In the year 2005 he joined to the photographic club Fotografsko drustvo Jesenice. He’s sending his photos to many exhibitions worldwide. Until the end of the year 2018 he has got 226 awards. Until now he has made 29 exhibitions of his own. In the year 2018 he has got title EFIAP/p and in 2019 GMPSA as the first Slovenian photographer. 

He was the president of photographic club since 2009 to 2017. In these years the club was first or second most successful club in Slovenia.

His photographs were published in many Slovenian and foreign books, magazines and other publications. He has written also four articles for PSA Journal. He’s especially proud, that also National Geographic has published his photos.