Study Group 2


Linda Chubb - A

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND
Title:     Let's get close 
     
Goal:    To take picture of grasshoppers mating. Stopped by a place along the roadside to take a picture of a barn and it must have been mating day as there were hundreds of grasshoppers in the field. I had never seen Yellow grasshoppers before so this was exciting for me. 

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D80 w/28-300 Lens

Technique:  1/250 Sec., F6.3, ISO 125 

Processing:     Paint Shop Pro; cropped image.

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:     Butterfly Nectar Treat 
   
Goal:    Capture butterfly drinking nectar
 
Equipment/Source:   Nikon D750, F5.7, ISO 1000, 1/320, Nikon 28-300 lens
 
Technique:   Hand held; took picture from various views

Processing:   
Used Smart Photo Fix in Paint Shop Pro 8

  

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Review by commentator Dan C.

Your nature story is good and you achieved your stated goal.  You not only captured the female monarch butterfly drinking nectar, you captured it on a potential host plant as well.

Technically it comes across as over exposed and on the verge of being washed out.  This relatively easy to correct but be sure you have optimized you monitor’s brightness.

Pictorially those bright areas in the background draw attention from the butterfly.  That will be partially resolved when you adjust the brightness of the image.  You can further reduce the distractions by cropping tighter to the butterfly and milkweed to remove some of the distracting picture area.  When the cropping is combined with the brightness adjustments the aphids on the milkweed become more noticeable and add to your nature story.

N3, T2, P2, E0, Total 7


Review by Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very nice butterfly image. Its a portrait without any activity.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Overall a little fuzzy with some lack of sharpness but probably the best that can be achieved with the lens you used. A crisp image can be better obtained using a dedicated macro lens with a ring flash. Stack image technique is also very good but may be difficult if you subject moves. Depth of field is a problem with any close up work. Would also recommend a tighter crop. This will make the subject dominate the image and restrain the viewer from roaming around the bright irrelevant parts.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good from a distance

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hi Linda - I find taking butterflies challenging! Background needs to be clean and uncluttered and there is so much to get in focus. Yours here looks pleasing at first view, with the rest of the image broadly sympathetic colours to the butterfly. As to a story, test it is feeding and sort of clearly doing so enough, but not a compelling a story enough for more than 2 I feel.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The sharpness lets it down - I think you need to have been at right angles to the butterfly. f5.7 won't give much DOF, especially if you were near the 300 range of your lens.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Ideally, there should I think be a plain background ideally materially out of focus, so the cluttered nature here again lets the image down for me.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Linda, first of all welcome to the study group. your picture for this month albeit pleasant lacks many qualities which you would have to muster over repeated practice. first of all the choice of subject. having a rare butterfly drinking from the flower nectar would have given you added value.

SCORE N (Nature) common behavior

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
secondly, use a tripod and shoot when light is falling on the subject from your behind initially. use flash with high aperture (to give depth) which would make the background dark thus creating separation between subject and background. while the closer wings are sharp but the distant wings are un-sharp. this is common mistake while shooting macro. one good thing you have tried to capture it sideways which should be tried always for getting that parallel lens plain depth we call depth of focus.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
pictorially there isn't any impact found since almost every thing you shot (flowers, buds etc.) are sharp and highlights are way distracting as well as shadows aren't showing details.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Prasad D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE


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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Seems soft on the wings... could have increased the f stop to f/8.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE


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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I like butterflies. This is something special with these patterns and dots on the body.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Whole image is a little bit unsharp. I advice you better two layer macro lenses like Hoya PRO.
Image is also overexposed and partially burnt out.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is good. It could be a little bit tighter crop. Background is a little bit distractive.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Dennis A.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice picture of a monarch. However, the story is not very strong.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The back wing looks out of focus. You don’t say what focal length you used or how far away the butterfly is. The leaf behind the back wing looks sharp, so my guess is that you need a little faster shutter speed.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I would like to see a slightly different angle. Maybe move a little to the left or from above if it would let you do this.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6

I’m a retired Legal Secretary who moved back to Austin, Texas, the first of this year.  I’ve been interested in photography going back to trying to take action shots at my son’s soccer games with a Pentax 35mm camera.

When I retired, I moved to Sun City, in Georgetown, Texas, where there was a great Photography Club.  We entered PSA competitions on a Club basis.  We also had Club competitions and critiques on an individual basis.   I have also participated in a few outside competitions.

I later moved to Galveston, Texas, where I lived for two years before returning to Austin.  While living in Galveston, I took two Birding classes and became very interested in my current interest in “Birds.”  Galveston was a wonderful place to see many bird species.

My present goal is to improve my photography and go on some trips with birding/nature groups to places outside of Texas.  I currently use a Nikon D750.  Taking pictures really excites me….I love this hobby!!!!