Study Group 2


Maitham Al-Lawati (A)

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JUNE 2020 ROUND

Title:    Splashing Stork 
 
Goal:    study the stork behavior and get the art work for his action
 

Equipment/Source:     Canon 5DSR - 1.4xIII - 100-400 II 
   
Technique:   1/250sec F/7.1 ISO 320 - 390mm 

Processing:    Lightroom and Photoshop

Score this image: YES

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Review by commentator Dan C.

Your bathing action of the painted stork does provide a good nature story though not as strong as if it was providing interaction between two subjects, whether the same species or different species.  It is still enough of a story to warrant a 3.

Technically it is on the verge of being over exposed but there is enough detail in the back white feathers to say it is properly exposed and any apparent lack of detail in the whites could be attributed to differences in screen brightness.  If you have not already done so I recommend you download the Brightness Greyscale Target available on the Nature Study Groups home page.  The relatively stationary parts of the image are sharp.  The blur of the stork’s wings is not a problem and does help to tell the story capture.  The technical score is a 3 for this image.  If you decide to use this in an exhibition please pay attention to how the exhibition plans to present the image to the judges.  If they indicate the presentation will be by projection, be sure to convert your color space to sRGB instead of the Adobe RGB it currently is.  There are no color problems if shown on a HDTV or on computer monitors.  If shown by actual projections, the colors can look flat if you use the Adobe RGB color space.

Pictorially, I like your getting down low to be at the stork’s level.  It makes the image much stronger than if you had been looking down.  Personally I prefer the image flipped horizontal so I am confronting the subject rather than the subject’s bill pointing me out of the frame on the right.  That is based on the way I read an image.  Since it is a personal bias and potentially a cultural bias on the way people in other parts of the world read an image, I am not deducting any points for pictorial.

N3, T3, P3, E0, Total 9


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A nice image, with (as you comment) behaviour showing. I would think this is enough for full story marks

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your image is sharp where it needs to be and your camera speed still allowed sign of movement which I like. Your PP is "OK", but I do wonder whether you worked on the whole image when adding contrast/texture/sharpening or whatever methods you used, rather than just the bird - I say this as I find the water spray has a lot of detail and thus a tad distracting.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your image has impact, but your crop is very tight. I feel it would be better to include some of the setting of the lake or wherever it was doing this action, to add to the story. It remains though a pleasing image.

SCORE 7


Review by LC B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I’m uncertain of the story you wish to tell with this image. The elongated droplets do create an almost painterly affect, but I think you something more is needed. I feel that adjusting the image to take advantage of the bird’s face, particular the focus of its eye might help tell a stronger story.
 2

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
While the head and eye are in sharp focus, I think that because you’re zoomed so far in, your depth of field is too shallow and thus you lose detail by the time you’re to the wings. I think if you zoomed out to abou t half the distance and increased your shutter speed the result would be a stronger image. I think you did a great job of getting the catch light in the eye. 2

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I feel that because of the slower shutter speed and very close crop the water droplets are a distraction as their numbers/density do not frame the bird but instead compete with the bird for my viewing attention. I also think by pulling back and showing more of the scene as mentioned above, you would improve the overall composition. 2

SCORE 6


Review by Nirmalya B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The photograph speaks more as pictorial than a nature shot to me. Splashing is indeed an act and natural from technical perspective but lack the exclusivity.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically when I look into camera information, I guess the shot was taken as it happened. Shutter speed was not high enough to freeze moment neither slow enough to capture artistic blur motion. Same is true for f stop.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
There are highlighted areas on the wing which became patchy detail less in contras t to the head and beak of the stork. Background highlights are digitally managed but again leaving a non realistic difference between background and foreground luminescence.

SCORE 6


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
splashing storks although make very good action shots but to me it hardly has a dominant nature story. so a 2 in that group.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
using a comparative slow shutter speed helped you to make art work out of the laziness of the feather dusting, but I would advise you to a higher shutter speed as that would help you record the same shot with highlights in control and just a tap at the shadows would reveal the dark details which are black patched in this shot. however you may use the viveza control point mechanism explained by Dan in last months review . which would help you greatly reducing highlights and exploring shadows. also since you did not mention what metering settings you used to which my best guess is evaluative metering, if perhaps you have used cetre weighted metering the highlights would be under control. This technicals fetch you 2. I must also congratulate you to get a sharp image recorded.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
pictorially I would prefer a flipped image horizontally. as then the diagonals are making strong lines for eyes to follow. pictorially another 2.

SCORE 6


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I like birds washing. Usually it's the best with shutter of 1/1000s or less. That makes the drops in the air round. But I like waving of feathers with your long shutter.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The head of the bird is surprisingly sharp. Just some areas of feathers seem to be overexposed.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good panoramic crop. There should be a little more space on the right.

SCORE 7



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MAY 2020 ROUND
Title:    King OF Prey  
 
Goal:     I was in Singapore Zoo when they just brought him and he was looking so sharp on something and I said to myself that its the perfect time to capture his photo from very near distance 
 

Equipment/Source:     Canon 5DSR, Lense 100-400mm, 1/320sec, f5.6, ISO 640
  
Technique:    nothing special 

Processing:   LR + PS to adjust the light and clear some noises and sharp his eye more

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Review by commentator Rick C.
This is a tight portrait of a recognizable subject. It provides information as to some of the physical characteristics of the subject, but lacks the behavioral aspect needed for the higher nature story levels. As a portrait it would warrant a rating of 2.

Primary focus and sharpness look reasonable. The highlights on the top of the head have been pulled back below the actual tonal clipping level, but examination of the channels shows that the detail there has been lost, so it clipped at some point. The feathers in the head may be dirty, but the exposure at which they are showing is a full stop under where they should be. On that basis the technical quality is rated as a 2

The composition places the Eagle’s eye at or near the upper quadrant crash point. However, because of the pronounced beak the Eagle is left feeling crammed in the frame. For a tight portrait such as this it would be more advisable to put the eye closer to the left top crash point and leave room in front of the beak. One of the key requirements for nature image is that all adjustments must appear natural. It is rare that the typical vignette will do that and such is the case here. The darkening is excessive and unnatural in appearance. As such it would result in a significant mark down on score in a nature specific competition. The pictorial rating is 1.

N-2, T-2, P-1 = 5 (there is potential here with reprocessing and recropping)


 

My name is Maitham Al Lawati from Sultanate of Oman. I am 36 Years Old and i started photography and bought my first Camera in 2008. My first camera was Canon 50D and currently I am using Canon 5DSR. I love all kind of photography but recently I decided to specialize in Wildlife and Landscape.
My instagram page is: @maithamshots