Study Group 2


Kim Hesley (C)

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JUNE 2020 ROUND

Title:    Playful Does 
 
Goal:    I did not really have a goal. This was an unplanned moment in the backyard where we used to live. It was more of a lucky shot.
 

Equipment/Source:  Nikon D5000 shot on full auto. f5.6 1/500 ISO 360 at 200mm
   
Technique:    Shooting quickly to capture a unique moment.

Processing:   from raw, cropped, but otherwise no adjustments. 

Score this image: YES

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

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Review by commentator Tom S.
The playful deer make for an average nature story, but interesting.  The fourth one in the middle is mostly hidden by the one behind so it makes for a bit of confusion to even tell what is going on.  The big problem is they are in the shade so they don’t stand out as much as they should.  You should brighten them up a little and increase contrast to make them more prominent. See my adjusted image.  I also cropped it to make the deer larger in the frame.


Review by Pamela L.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A little too dark, perhaps to increase the ISO or bring up the exposure in Photoshop

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
great composition

SCORE 7


Review by Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good story of the interaction between the young deer.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This was on full auto and you're letting the camera make all the decisions. Cameras don't always get it right. Here the image is underexposed. Aperture and shutter speed are fine but the ISO could have been set higher to lighten the image. Recovery is possible in post production.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice group and well composed. The image just lacks impact.

SCORE 5


Review by Tom K

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Cute image with the prancing deer.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
There should be better separation between the deer and the background. They are all about the same mid-tones and blend together.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
There are many distracting black lines (trunks) that compete with the deer. The 4th deer is hidden behind the middle deer and that is also distracting.

SCORE 4


Review by Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Interesting nature depiction of interaction between does.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Due to the low light levels a little hard to see much definition on animals.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image lacks impact due to low light levels. I feel the image could be improved by cropping foreground and righthand tree.

SCORE 5


Review by Malena K

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Love seeing the fawns playing

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good picture

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I would recommend bringing shadows down and maybe crop in some.

SCORE 7



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MAY 2020 ROUND
Title:     Honeysuckle 
 
Goal:     To work on my close up skills.
 

Equipment/Source:     Nikon D5000 with 18-55 zoom @122 f5.6 1/400 ISO 200
  
Technique:    Getting in as close as possible using manual focus and settings to show shallow depth of field while keeping flower details sharp and appropriate exposure. 

Processing:   None other than resizing for upload.

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

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Review by commentator Tom S.

Your image needs to be cropped to emphasize the flower and remove the distractions around it.  The image is a little flat, and can be improved a lot by increasing the contrast.  That will enrich the yellow color and darken everything else and will make the flower really pop.  You can readily see those changes in my adjusted image. However, as a nature image it is a portrait and doesn’t have a strong nature story.  Also, your image is in Adobe RGB (1998) color space and it needs to be in sRGB, which is the standard for the web.  That will ensure that we will all see the same colors. 

 N2, T2, P2, E0  = 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Welcome to the Nature 2 Study Group.
If I may I would like to suggest that you carefully read the guidelines by which an image will be reviewed and they are a bit different from just posting a picture about nature.

The image you present is an image of a natural subject. However, there is not a clearly depicted nature story line. This is just a photo of a flower. To earn a high score some sort of storyline must be shown. It is difficult to earn a top score for a scenic style image. If this flow showed a blight infection, or even being heavily chewed by insects it would have a story line. As it is presented it does not earn the low score because the hand of man is not evident. It does not earn the high score because there is no story.

You should read the reviews of other images in your group and look how the story line is developed to provide a guide for your future images.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image shows no serious technical flaws. The exposure is adequate and no highlights are overexposed and detail is retained in the shadow areas. The aperture was deep enough to keep the flower in focus but not shallow enough to effectively soften the background. The shutter speed was adequate to prevent any motion due to the wind or camera movement.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As presented this is a suitable image for a catalogue of flowers. The image is centered probably fore ease of focusing rather than design. There are a number of distracting elements throughout the image. T he most egregious of these is the blurred yellow flower in the upper left corner. However the dominate green leaves on the right edge and the leaf in the lower left corner and not doing any favors for the overall impact of the image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE:  6


Review by Haru N.
Beautiful shot with good color balance. I like the degree of blur of background. leafs on the right is distracting the sight from the main subject, I feel.  

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I wanted to understand the flower better, the way its bloom, etc.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
good color balance.
a bit loose in sharpness in the flower.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the leaves on the right is prevent me to focus on the main subject.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Welcome to the Nature 2 Study Group.
If I may I would like to suggest that you carefully read the guidelines by which an image will be reviewed and they are a bit different from just posting a picture about nature.

The image you present is an image of a natural subject. However, there is not a clearly depicted nature story line. This is just a photo of a flower. To earn a high score some sort of storyline must be shown. It is difficult to earn a top score for a scenic style image. If this flow showed a blight infection, or even being heavily chewed by insects it would have a story line. As it is presented it does not earn the low score because the hand of man is not evident. It does not earn the high score because there is no story.

You should read the reviews of other images in your group and look how the story line is developed to provide a guide for your future images.


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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image shows no serious technical flaws. The exposure is adequate and no highlights are overexposed and detail is retained in the shadow areas. The aperture was deep enough to keep the flower in focus but not shallow enough to effectively soften the background. The shutter speed was adequate to prevent any motion due to the wind or camera movement.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As presented this is a suitable image for a catalogue of flowers. The image is centered probably fore ease of focusing rather than design. There are a number of distracting elements throughout the image. T he most egregious of these is the blurred yellow flower in the upper left corner. However the dominate green leaves on the right edge an d the leaf in the lower left corner and not doing any favors for the overall impact of the image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
What a nice POV on this honeysuckle blossom. I think it really shows off the intricacies of the blossom. Subtle nature story of spring.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
exposure is good, there are no shadows on the blossom which would detract, I think you made a good choice of DoF which keeps the flower in focus and nicely blurs the background. Color balance seems good.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE< br>I like this composition and the petals in the lower left right corner which provides a nice counterbalance to the flower. I find the pinkish stem and the out of focus spent blossom in the upper left distracting.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
wonderful portrait of a flower; excellent job w/o a macro lens; must also have been a calm day because everything is so sharp

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I only give this a 2 because there were a few hot spots behind the flower which was a little distracting; slightly moving to left or right might have eliminated the distraction

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
composit ion and impact were excellent; I wish that I could do as well

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Welcome, Kim. Nice flower portrait. A bug or other insect would have created a bit of a story.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Sharpness looks good, as does the colour.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
There are a few distracting elements that don't add to the image, so some cropping and/or a change in your camera position may have helped.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Pretty flower and green-yellow colors, but not much story to the image.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Detail and texture of the flower is soft and not very apparent. perhaps a tripod and side-lighting would have captured more. Not much contrast in the image

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very pretty. If the flower were placed a bit more off-center it would create a more dynamic i mage.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 4


Review by MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I think a portrait

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Inadequate depth of field to show all of flower subject in a single plane

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Leaf in left lower corner is distracting and bokeh could be stronger (more blur)

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
very pleasant image, but not much a nature behavior one, thus a 2

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
proper exposure and sharpness, would suggest a f/6.3 or f/7.1 for better DOF.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
image could use some more crop to get rid of upper left distraction, or darken it a bit. to bring viewer focus to middle.

SCORE P (Pictorial Quality) 2-Average composition and imp act

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6

 

My name is Kim Hesley and I am an amateur photographer.  Currently, I work at home in the Title Insurance industry.  I started taking pictures over 40 years ago in high school.  I took classes and worked on the school yearbook and paper learning black and white darkroom techniques.  During and right after high school, I worked in photo retail for several years. 

I have always loved shooting outdoors challenging myself to get an image as close to how my eye sees the scene as possible.  Since the transition to digital, I am finding the ability to edit very useful in correcting horizon lines, exposure and other minor errors.  I am also intrigued with doing artistic editing and have been experimenting in that area. 

Before digital, I shot with a Nikon FM and a 28-80 short zoom.  I used Fuji 200 film almost exclusively.  I now have 2 Nikon D5000’s; one with an 18-55 short zoom and the other with a 55-200 zoom.  I use Adobe Elements for my software. 

We recently moved to a coastal town with a large art community in anticipation of retirement and I have become involved with the local Art Center in my spare time.  Being around so many artists and photographers is very motivating and uplifting.