Study Group 2


Bogdan Bricelj, GMPSA, EFIAP/p

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:    Swan's Heart
  
Goal:    Capturing love behavior of swans.

Equipment/Source:   Panasonic FZ-50, built-in lens at 100mm, ISO 100, F7,1, 1/800. 

Technique:   I love love behavior of swan's making shape of heart with their necks. But usually it lasts just few seconds. You must pay attention all the time and you must have fortune to be in right position to see that shape.

Processing:    crop, selective burn of some feathers and other spots on the water, contrast improvement with levels and curves, everything in Photoshop Elements, noise removing with Nik, dodging of some parts of heads. 

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AUGUST 2019 ROUND
Title:     Flabellina affinis on a branch

Goal:   Capturing underwater slug with underwater macro. 
 
Equipment/Source:   Panasonic TZ-35 in underwater housing, built-in lens at 70mm, macro adapter 300 mm, ISO 100, F4,6, 1/500.

Technique:  Another underwater macro. Here is a larger underwater slug then previous month. This was 2 m under water surface, thus harder to dive, sharpen and capture at the right time. DOF area with macro is very narrow.

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

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Review by commentator Rick C.
Definitely an uncommon subject and that adds to the interest value. The subject stands out clearly. Potentially because of its less common nature, if there is behavior, such as feeding, taking place it will not be interpreted / understood by most viewers. On that basis I would rate the nature value as 2, if a strong 2, as the story is not compelling enough to keep the typical viewer involved for an extended period of time.

Technically I feel you have done pretty well for a shot taken underwater. Primary focus can be found on the slug’s front strands, though overall sharpness is less than optimum in my opinion. This may well be due to both the shallow DOF you noted but also any movement by either or both the subject and you. The exposure is nice on the elements and the background is effectively neutral. It is the lack of optimal sharpness that will hold my rating to a 2 as I feel that is critical to the effectiveness of the image. I ran this through Topaz Sharpen AI using the Stabilize option anticipating that much of the issue might be a small degree of motion during capture and the results show significant improvement.

Pictorially I think you have done a good job. The composition is effective in my opinion. Some might like it tightened up, but I feel we often get things too tight on nature subjects. The colors are vibrant and look entirely reasonable, so any color cast due to the underwater conditions and flash lighting has been handled well. I am rating it a 3 pictorially.

N-2, T-2, P-3 = 7 (see the adjusted version using the Stabilize option in Topaz Sharpen AI. Many more of the fronds are now clearly defined.)


Review by Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
absolutely wonderful; had no idea one could capture such vivid colors underwater

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
everything except the top section of slug is perfectly sharp and in focus

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
strong impact on me; as I wrote above, I had no idea such photography was even possible

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
technically near perfect; capturing this image was a thing to marvel at

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 10


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Difficult to capture a story here, but nice find for an environmental portrait.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think your shot this month is better, but still a little soft. I have found macro shots need at least f10 to work, so don't be afraid to experiment with higher ISO.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The bright coloured slug provides a nice contrast to the green surrounds, perhaps cropping would improve impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Another image that I feel is not within my skills to critique.
As a subject I think the story is quite weak.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
While very beautiful and hard to achieve the image, to me, appears to be unsharp and the colours, green especially, appear too heavily saturated. There also appears to be a lot of noise in the image.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The subject is fairly central but I do like the inclusion of the plant and the stem coming from the LH corner.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Interesting nature study of underwater slug on a branch.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As I don't take macro or underwater images it's hard to determine what is a good image. Colours appears a little blotchy and soft.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Would crop more from the top of image eliminating part of the dark area which would emphasise the slug. Good try.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by William S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Your nature story is weak. From what I have read the nature story would probably be whether there are eggs implanted.

SCORE N (Nature) 1-Nature story minimal or contains unrelated hand of man

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The narrow depth of field and the diffusion created by the water makes this a very soft image. The highlights are blown in some areas.


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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition seems textbook but the image is too unfocused to be visually acceptable.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 3


Review by Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
No apparent nature story here. Snail portrait

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nice composition and color exept for low expousure on the ends of the snail which are dark. nice background and color balance

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
lovely colors, and nice compostion. underexposure of subject are impacts of pictorial quality.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Martin P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A basic portrait of a creature I have never seen before.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Bright colourful well exposed image, that I feel lacks critical sharpness. The plant in particular looks very unsharp as we might expect from a macro type shot.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The creature is a little small in the frame. I wonder if a crop would have lost some of the distracting bright and out of focus areas of the plant at least

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5




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.