Study Group 2


Haru Nagasaki (D)

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JULY 2020 ROUND

Title:     Foggy Balanced Rock
 
Goal:   To show foggy Balanced Rock with light and shadows 
 

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D700 ISO200 70mm f8.0 1/30 Tripod
   
Technique:   Choose the foggy late afternoon, wait for the sun to hit the rock barely and capture the moment. Sun illuminated the area partially and rocks reveals from the fog.   

Processing:     Cropped, increased contrast.

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JUNE 2020 ROUND
Title:     Mutation - Natural Bouquet
 
Goal:     To present nature mutation, cherry blossoms bloom directly from main stem. Also the flowers bloom from one place which looks as if natural bouquet. By changing to B&W, I wanted to present evanescence of flowers.
 

Equipment/Source:     Nikon D850 24-70mm lens, ISO400 1/200 f/7.1 Handheld

Technique:  Morning shot with raking light. 

Processing:   Cropping to highlight blossoms. increase contrast.

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Review by commentator J.D.
Hi Haru. As a fellow flower photographer I appreciate the difficulty of this shot. Regretfully, the nature story doesn’t jump out with a lot of impact. This is probably due to a number of issues with the photograph. Most glaring would be when a photograph has limitations, color usually will help where going to B&W becomes very high risk.
From a technical side, hand holding this photo might not have been the best decision. Did you have a tripod with you? If you had, you could have changed the Aperture to f16 or f18 (this will result in a much lower shutter speed) and had better depth of field. I would also recommend when taking shots like this, especially flowers, to try the following: be on a tripod, use the timer to eliminate camera vibration, and take your hands off the camera after pushing the shutter button.
My main objection with this photograph is the cropping. I don’t this this photograph lent itself to good creative cropping. Every photo needs an excellent crop and if the subject is being difficult, as this one was in its environment, sometimes it is better to do the “photographers dance” – move left, move right, stand taller, etc. Sometimes, it is better to just move a few feet away and find a better subject. After all, I’m sure those weren’t the only cherry blossoms on the tree


Review by Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
a little weak in the nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent photo

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
great composition


Review by Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Without the information you supplied I would have found it difficult to see the story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically I think the settings are all fine. DOF is surprisingly narrow given the aperture. Possibly the distance from the subject created the narrow DOF.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image for me is very strong, well composed and full of impact. One criticism is the light area on the left hand side. I realise that you cant crop it but you could tone it down.


Review by Tom K

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
For me, this doesn't seem to tell much of a story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
personally don't like the flowers on the left of the frame. The bark on the top is just a black spot without any detail. There is nothing to balance the tilt of the flowers on the right. I find the flowers to be very soft. There is a bright line on the lower left of the frame which looks out of place.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In the nature/wildlife category, black and white doesn't seem to be appreciated much. I don't see a lot here for me.


Review by Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I think this is interesting that the blossoms are growing out of the trunk. However, if I didn't have that narrative, I'm not sure I would know that. I believe it's an interesting nature story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In my opinion this is technically well done. The subject is well focused and DoF is appropriate to maintain sharpness on the the subject. On my monitor, the black and white execution is well done with a good tonal range.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Although I love the blossoms and tonal range of the image, this composition doesn't work fo r me. In my opinion the flowers are too far over to the left side. The diagonal line of the "bouquet" leads my eye to the right but there is noting to go to there. I think a different crop could solve this. 


Review by Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
wonderful B&W, certainly a nature protrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
very good; not quite sharp, perhaps due to wind movement

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
beautiful, unique


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Not really an obvious story here without the explanation, but a nice image. The conversion to mono makes it less obvious to me that it is a cherry blossom.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good use of depth of field showing varied textures, enhanced with the black and white.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Not something I would think of converting to mono, but pictorially it seems to work.


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
As for mutation, it's not clear as the image translate, wish I'd learn more to comment on that.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
1) part of the image seems crisp and sharp, but not other areas. Would suggest use f/11 or up, to gain better depth of fields. use f/7.1 does not get the job done right, Further, with D850, should be able to push ISO higher than 400 without sacrifice quality.
2) middle right bright, obvious over exposed, would suggest darken it and shows better to viewer.
3)

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
over seems ok, however, I'd deal with the over exposed area, and crop out the left intrusion to strengthen the image. Also, the image seems to be heavy on the left and not balanced as a whole, though some minor element is presented on the right, but did not assert enough weight. 


Review by MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Lovely image, would love to see color version

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
sharpness is acceptable

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I would have cropped on the right, the tiny lichen distracts from the flower subject

 

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.