Study Group 2


Haru Nagasaki (B)

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FEBRUARY 2021 ROUND

Title:    Frozen Fall
 
Goal:   The goal is to capture the huge icicle around the fall. The color of icicle change to light blue when the light hit it. The icicle will break suddenly due to vibration of fall or the temperature change. 
 

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D850 ISO125 23mm f/11 1/6
   
Technique:   Chose the 1/6 ss to capture the decent water flow details. 

Processing:     Slight dodge and burn to highlight the main subject. 

Score this image: NO 


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Review by commentator Rick C.
Your basic capture is solid. The nature story is a little stronger here than in the waterfall from last month in part because we have two states of water shown and it also shows the blue of the oxygen trapped in the ice formations. That said, it would not be as strong as the “fur and feathers” that show behavior. However, the occasional exhibition has a nature landscape section and it might fare well in something that specific.

The basic capture is good for the lighting you had at the time. This is one of those instances where we would want to depart from the lighting as it may have been and render the scene with a full tonal range to correct the flat appearance that relates to the lighting. You don’t need to make it look as if it were sunlit as that could look unnatural, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid true whites or improved contrast.

I find the basic composition effective with the ice wall leading the viewer to the flowing fall. There may be some debate on the foreground elements. The main ledge works in my opinion to add enough of an anchor point to establish depth in the scene. The snow covered rock or projection bottom center doesn’t work for me. You cannot do anything with it for nature, but if you process a second version of the image for color (PID) use only, I would be inclined to remove it.


This Review is written by: Rick D.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hi Haru. You certainly have access to some wonderful areas for your landscapes. And you do a great job achieving your goals. You tell an interesting nature story by portraying the blue ice. However, blue ice is not uncommon in many areas.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You settings work well capturing the flowing water. Your technique is good as far as it goes. I assume this was shot with a tripod, although you do not mention it or any other details.I would like to know more, such as the time of day, how much planning did this require, etc.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This photograph does have a certain amount of impact, with the brilliant color and the light vs. dark. Composition wise, my eye is not sure which is the main subject- the blue ice or the flowing waterfall. Perhaps moving to another vantage point (if possible) or a tighter crop would clarify the subject.


This Review is written by: LC B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I think this is a nice image of a frozen water fall, but am struggling to find a story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
While the background in the far right is nice and sharp as is some of the detail in the upper left area, the rest of image is much less so. Detail of the frozen portion of the waterfall is lost and while you have a nice moving water effect on the right, the combination muddies the image up.


PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The lack of sharp focus combined with the moving water creates a cacophony and my eye doesn’t quite know where to look. If the left side were more in focus the line for my eye to travel would be much more defined.


This Review is written by: Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Haru - judging by this and the last month, you enjoy taking images of landscapes and I like this very much. Yes clear nature story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You gave this a wide depth of field and this helps. Slow shutter speed was well chosen for the remaining waterfall. PP work well handled

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A pleasing image and I love the colours in the frozen fall. Whether this would do well in any competitions, is a different matter, but you have created a very ni ce image of this frozen fall.


This Review is written by: Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
the thaw of the frozen lake with the burst captured in slow motion provides me a good nature story emulating life. love the image. nicely captured.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the shadows are pretty deep, a slight opening up would do good to the picture.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Tried flipping horizontally and with a high contrast red filter converted to monochrome and after much deliberation I cropped this image around 1/3rd from right so that the left crash point stays on the blur red waterfall. you may want to take a look that way.


This Review is written by: Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I like such winter landscape, but I can't give more then N2. I'm not sure, whether that on the right are rocks or dam (man made).

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Long shutter for milky water was the right decision.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Usual composition. 


This Review is written by: Nirmalya B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Frozen fall appears to me as author’s personal choice to show a phenomenon of nature than showing a landscape of the place where the fall is a part of the nature. From the description we also come to know how the colors of icicle changes into blue with the fall of light. Personally, I am not very impressed with the frame from pictorial point of view.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Captured with precision.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Discussed the same already I guess.



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JANUARY 2021 ROUND
Title:    The fall waiting for the winter

Goal:    The fall stood still in the forest with morning dim light. It was a late autumn, most of the leaves around have fallen waiting for the winter to come, but the fall was active and powerful to flowing the water. The goal is to highlight the contrast of water stream over dark foreground and background and to capture the texture of waterfall which looks like a silk curtain.  
 

Equipment/Source:     D850 ISO64 14mm-24mm lens, @14mm f/13 6sec. tripod, PL filter

Technique:  Capture the movement of fallen leaves in the water and waterfall by using slow ss.
Take out glare of rocks and greens by using PL filter to enhance the detail/texture of the subject.
Shot with under exposure to produce mysterious mood.

Processing:   a touch of dodge and burn

Score this image: NO


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 Review by commentator Tom S.
Well done, Haru.  I enjoy looking at this image.  You did a good job cutting out a lot of the unnecessary forest and just concentrated on the water and leaves.  The leave swirls make this image much more interesting than if it were just water alone.  Your position almost under the near falls adds depth to the image.



This Review is written by: Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a lovely image of a waterfalls. Not sure how strong the nature story is here.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image is very well presented. The exposure is excellent and the image is sharp through out.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is a very pleasing image. There are a few minor nits I have - on the bottom left the foilage touches the side of the frame. It would be nice to have some space here. Also on the bottom right the water is fallin g out of the frame. Again it would be nice to see a rock to anchor the area or water flowing out of the area


This Review is written by: Dave F.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a good nature story showing the falling water and capturing the leaves in the pond.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I appreciate the artistry on how one can tell a story and set mood. For me I think I the dark mood is holding back the image and I would have opened up the shadows more. The 6 second exposure made the water flow very nice and captured the swirl of the leaves in the pond nicely.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
very nice capture an d very p leasing - just on the dark side for me.  


This Review is written by: Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Beautiful Fall nature scene with slow shutter to exaggerate moving water and leaves. Tells a story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good exposure and framing. Everything is in focus

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Diagonal line on waterfalls gives a dynamic feel. Development have have over-saturated reds and greens; I feel I might back that off just a bit and the color impact would still be there but look more natural


This Review is written by: Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
While this would normally be considered a portrait, I feel the inclusion of the joey in the pouch elevates the nature story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image appears sharp, colour seems accurate.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is a tricky one because of the tail being cropped. I understand why you did it though, to bring the joey closer to the viewer. I think more contrast would perhaps enhance the impact of the image.


This Review is written by: Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I still find it difficult to score nature stories for landscapes. Here I like the swirl of the water created by the slow shutter speed.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I realise that rainforest scenes can be a little dark, but I think the exposure can be lifted a little here. Very nice choice of shutter speed.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the composition of the near part of the waterfall being cropped. Good use of leading lines.


This Review is written by: Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Interesting nature image showing smooth curtains of water entering pool, with fallen leaves and interesting patterns on the surface.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your time, effort, and equipment settings have achieved a very good result.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image has good impact and composition with the curtains of smooth water. Nice background although some areas a little dark.


This Review is written by: Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
It’s a nice landscape image. This location has a lot of possibilities for pictorial imagery. I feel that blurry the water with a slow shutter speed is a pictorial technique and the milky presentation is not how we see falling water in nature. You say your goal is “to capture the texture of waterfall which looks like a silk curtain”, that’s an oxymoron because the silky curtain is devoid of texture. I would have used a faster shutter speed so the water would appear more nat ural. Then, for my story, I would have talked about the erosion in my title, for erosion could be the nature story here. The black rock is fascinating, and since it's so prominent in the image. What is it? Where does it come from? Visually answering these questions would give the image a strong nature story element. I feel you are thinking pictorial and coming from a pictorial point of view.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image has good sharpness and is well exposed, good strong black without loss of detail and the highlights aren’t pure white.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the circle undercut and the way the brown sandy soil at its base has a half-moon shape. This element adds to the composition, creating depth. I would look for a leading line or some gap between the rocks to lead my mind into the image. The black rocks in front are a bit of a barrier and I almost have to leap over them to get into the rest of the imag e. The white-gray area at the top of the image above the main falls is the second brightest area to the water. I would see if I could darken this area, making it grayer, as long as it appeared natural. Or if I when again to this location, I would consider cropping this out or choosing a different point of view. White areas on the edge of the frame are mind distractions. 

My interest in photography started at the same timing of moving to Salt Lake City from Japan in 1998 (as a company assignment). I was so impressed with the colors of rock formations when the sun (sun set/sun rise) hit the object in national parks. Since then, landscapes became my key interest. My life time theme of photography is “the Color”, trying to capture the beautiful moment in nature/landscape.

As for my equipment, I recently switched to Nikon D850 from D700. I am using 3 lenses; 1. 14-24mm, 2. 24-70mm, and 3. 70-200mm telescope lens. I have mostly shot with #2 lens, and started wide lens, #1 last month.

I use Photoshop to brush up images.