Study Group 2


Dennis Argo - A

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NOVEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:    Rains over Canyonlands NP
     
Goal:    To capture rain showers over Canyonlands NP. 

Equipment/Source:   Canon 6D, ISO 200, f/6.7, 1/250sec, lens 24-105mm (@24mm)

Technique:    Saw this as we were flying over Canyonlands NP after a rafting trip. Bumped the shutter speed up to eliminate vibration of the small plane.

Processing:    Normal processing for sharpness and clarity using Lightroom and PS


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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND

Title:    Sea lion happy place   
   
Goal:    To capture the wonders of Alaska.
 
Equipment/Source:     Canon 6D, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, lens 100-400mm (@400mm)
 
Technique:    I’ve submitted 2 photos to this study group: 1 wildlife and 1 landscape. I’ve received excellent comments and feel like I’ve learned a lot already. Keep the comments coming.

We were in a zodiac exploring the Inian Islands (Southeast Alaska). We came upon a large group of Steller Sea Lions. We actually heard them first. I took many photos, but this is one of my favorites. This particular seal lion seemed to have a smile on its face. Makes me think it was in its happy place.

Processing:    
Lightroom CC, lowered the highlights and brought up the shadows. Used PS shake reduction detailed in the tips section.

  

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Review by commentator Tom S.

The head of the sea lion is very sharp.  Good work from a moving boat.  Sleeping on rocks is normal sea lion behavior and not much of a nature story.  But you are attracted by its facial expression, so emphasize that by cropping out the distractions and unnecessary stuff.  Crop from all sides to concentrate on the head.  See my adjusted image.

 The color and exposure are both good.

 N-2, T-3, P-2   Total = 7


Review by Martin P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A pleasant image of a seal at rest. It is hard to know how much Seals do this as we only ever see them on wildlife documentaries being active. I am not sure I would say this is strong behavior.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image looks well exposed and reasonably sharp. at iso 100 I might have been tempted to up the iso and try for a slightly higher shutter speed. I did wonder about the anti shake as at 1/1000 i would be surprised if you had shake. Learn to use the sharpening tools to make the most of the sharpness

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The colours of the seal work well against the out of focus background. Shame it appears you cut off his left flipper. I might have tried darkening and decontrasting the background a little to reduce its impact on the shot

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The mandate for the nature aspect requires that the image show animal behavior that is beyond the ordinary. While this is a very pleasing image of a sea lion the behavior is not beyond the ordinary. I’ll grant the smile is interesting but not enough to raise the beyond just a photo of record.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I really like the angle of view you used in that you are shooting at eye level with your subject. This may have something to do with the zodiac but regardless you were in the right position and that is what counts. Camera settings were more than adequate to capture the shot.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
While placing the subject in the center of the image is not generally the most desirable position, in this case it works. Credit should also be recognized for not over processing this image. While it may not be your fault since you were in a zodiac, the background is distracting to me. The addition of the other two animal parts that show on the left hand edge greatly detract from the symmetry and cleanliness of the background. You might have tried to tone down the brown body to help reduce the brightness of it.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Sylvia W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Just lying around doing as seals do - it does appear as if the seal if laughing at an inside joke.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Not enough use of contrast to ensure that the area / subject that you want the viewer to look at pops out of the screen.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice use of depth of field to isolate the subject from the background. I find the partial inclusion of the other seal distracting as it is that part of the image that my eye keeps wandering to.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The sea lion has a vivid form and a strong story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure normal, focus clear. The depth of field control is reasonable.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The picture is reasonable. The main body is prominent. After the proper handling.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9






I think my interest in photography started many years ago when an uncle handed me a Brownie camera.  I was amazed at how it could seamingly capture an instant of time. My first “real” camera was a Konica T3, which I still have. I spent many enjoyable hours in my darkroom developing the negatives and then dodging, burning and playing with different color filters to produce the prints.  I now use Canon cameras and lens, while the darkroom has been replaced with lightroom/photoshop. I enjoy hiking/backpacking, traveling to national parks and photographing nature/landscape/wildlife.