Study Group 2


Bogdan Bricelj, GMPSA, EFIAP/p

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JULY 2019 ROUND
Title:   Flabellina affinis
  
Goal:   Capturing underwater slug with underwater macro. 

Equipment/Source:   Panasonic TZ-35 in underwater housing, built-in lens at 50mm, macro adapter 165 mm, ISO 100, F4,1, 1/500.

Technique:  Now something new - underwater macro. Just few years ago I didn't know, that it is possible. Then I've found a special holder for my underwater housing and 67mm macro lenses.

Flabellina affinis is a beautiful sort of underwater slug. This one is just 1 cm long. Now I've found such slug for the first time after 50 years of diving. And it has come to a location, where I dive very often for 11 years.

Technically capturing of so small object is very difficult. I had fortune, that it was not in so deep water - on rock just 0,5m deep. But bottom is 2 m deep. You can float near the slug, not need to dive. But the waves are moving you and the camera. It's hard to get and keep the exact focus point. You must use short shutter due to moving of the camera and the slug. With respect to available lightning I couldn't get more DOF. Higher ISO decreases quality of the photo a lot. I've made 700 photos to get 7 good.

Processing:    crop to 100% - 1080 pixels, contrast improvement with highlights, levels and curves, everything in Photoshop Elements, noise reduction and sharpening with Nik.

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JUNE 2019 ROUND
Title:     Killer and Victim 

Goal:   Capturing spider with insect. 
 
Equipment/Source:   Panasonic FZ-50, built-in lens at 420mm, macro adapter, ISO 100, F7,1, 1/500.

Technique:  This spring time is interesting to capture insects and spiders. A little bit harder is finding spider with caught insect. Then you have some technical problems, how to get the biggest DOF and get most of the photo sharp.  

Processing:   rotation, crop, contrast improvement with levels and curves, everything in Photoshop Elements, selective sharpening with Nik.  

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Review by commentator Dan C.

Crab Spiders are among my favorite subjects and this version has a very strong nature story.  Your image clearly shows the predatory nature of the crab spider and the unlucky fly it has captured.

Pictorially the image is well composed and its background works well.  Your soft background flower helps isolate the spider and fly while upholding the story of the shot.

Technically the image is nicely exposed and sharp where it needs to be sharp.

N3, T3, P3, E0, Total 9


Review by Robert D.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Well captured nature moment. I like the action.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Great focus but it looks unbalanced. I would recommend 180 degree flip in both directions. We read from left to right so it will be more comfortable for the viewer. While the background is well out of focus, it draws my attention away from the subject, so suggest crop most of it out. There are a whole bunch of small white specular highlights. These are easily dealt with using the spot healing brush tool. Always do this.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Interesting event

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There is certainly a storey here Bogdan! Well done is capturing this! An excellent Nature image.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the fact that you have placed the spider on a diagonal and have kept enough of the flower to guide the viewer as to the type of flower. The spider is sharm and enough of its target also. The flower is visible enough to understand it, but is out of focus the focus attention on the spider,

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the limited colour palette here - its striking! There is interest in the action captured.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
Cant fault the image.

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 10


Review by William S.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very good macro photography capturing the spider in action.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The spider is sharp and the surrounding colors compliment the main subject. My one suggestion would be to slightly darken the bright edges of the flower petals with a burn tool to focus light more on the spider. I would rate this higher if the spider stood out more from the background.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition is very good.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Bruce F.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
: Strong macro image with the spider with its bee or bee fly victim. The spider in particular is lighted well with sunlight and shows off well.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think I would darken all the sunflower petals on the edge of the frame, on the periphery! And then, light the center of the flower and the bee in particular. All by the use of targeted adjustments—subtle target adjustments. This way the light areas aren’t on the edge of the frame, drawing the mind to these bright areas and away from the subject. Use contrast to your advantage, and have the spider and bee the lightest areas of the image. This would increase the focus on the subject and the impact of the overall nature story.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Only suggestion I have is that you are looking down at them, and this isn’t the strongest or most original view. Looking down conveys superiority to the viewer and the photographer, at eye level you are then in their world, seeing from their prospective.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by W. Smiley
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very good macro photography capturing the spider in action.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The spider is sharp and the surrounding colors compliment the main subject. My one suggestion would be to slightly darken the bright edges of the flower petals with a burn tool to focus light more on the spider. I would rate this higher if the spider stood out more from the background.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition is very good.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Positive nature story as the kill with the predator in focus with out-of-focus flower helps to identify the habitat in which the Misumena vatia aka crab spiders kill. They can change their colour from white to yellow, or from yellow to white, in about 5 to 6 days to match the flower they're sitting on (I also found a greenish one last year). Flies and other insects visiting these flowers are walking right into their trap. These spiders seem to have good eyesight, as they often retreat to the underside of the flower as you approach. Among all types of spiders, a yellow crab spider is one of the rarest.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the only think I would recommend you is testing with apertures like you have used 7.1 so take next show with 8 and then with 9 then 11 and so on to find the best aperture setting for that magic DOF.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the diagonal placing of the spider is an excellent choice on your part. only thing is slight greening of the tail part of the spider which is unwelcome and you need to work on that.

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

TOTAL BASIC 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.