Study Group 2


Martin Patten, QPSA (C)

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND

Title:   Tiger eating
 

Goal:    To capture a tiger with prey.... Whilst in my local zoo :)

Equipment/Source:    Canon 1dxII Canon 100-400

Technique:     Shot through glass, hand held, 1/1600 f5.6 @iso1250

Processing: 
  Darkened, added clarity and texture, added vignette

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:   Sisters Bonding
 
   
Goal:   I often visit my local zoo and never see the lions doing anything but sleeping. I was determined to get a shot at my recent visit as they were the most active I have seen them. I notice the standing Lioness moving towards her sister and was lucky enough to capture this greeting / bonding behaviour of them butting heads/licking each other.
  

Equipment/Source:    Canon 1DX II with 100-400

Technique:    1/320 F5.6 shot through glass hand held.

Processing:  Darkened/de contrasted the background/foreground. Adjusted levels, sharpened

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Review by commentator Rick C.
I feel the behavior you captured is well associated with the cat family and, as such, conveys a clear nature story. Perhaps not as strong as had you been able to capture the actual mutual grooming with the tongue licking the other sister, but still sufficient to warrant a nature score of 3 even if it is a weak 3. Interestingly, both exhibit the ears back cautionary signal indicative of being willing to accept the other’s attention, but warning against being overly aggressive in applying it.

The overall technical quality is excellent. The exposure is very solid for the lighting present. Focus and sharpness are on the money. The depth of field is appropriate for the subjects and action taking place and leaves little to no competition from the environment. The image has a lot of punch from the contrast. I am rating the technical quality as a 3.

While tight, I feel the composition is effective because of the positioning and interaction of the subjects. There are no distracting elements other than the small highlight specks surrounding the lionesses and the viewer quickly realizes they are insects. I am scoring the pictorial quality as a 3.

N-3, T-3, P-3 = 9


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There is a solid nature story line demonstrated by these two cats. The almost hostile expression on the face of the cat on the left and the “plea” or begging appearance of the cat on the right show a dynamic between the two cats. While this may be a personification on my part, I still feel it exists and as the viewer of this image I get to interpret it. As presented I feel there is an adequate story line. The downside of this presentation is the environment itself. The grassy area in the foreground certainly does not look like Africa and thus lends a fake feeling to the image. This type of environment can be an issue when photographing animals out of their natural environment.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
For shooting through glass you have created a remarkably sharp and clear image. I also feel you have achieved an appropriate angle of view as you are not looking down on your subjects. The exposure is appropriate and the background is controlled so that it is both out of focus and yet retains detail.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You have created a solid composition with the cat on the left on the two left fixation points and then a connection is achieved by a diagonal line created by the posture of the cat on the right. Additionally the cat on the right rests on a right side fixation point. Your crop is also effective.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Clear and strong story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Setting all seems fine to me. You did well to find some clean glass. The image is sharp well exposed and has good tones. Good DOF.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the simple composition and it has impact due to subjects and good technical qualities.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice nature study showing bonding behaviour between sisters.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You've captured a good image particularly hand holding that equipment and shooting through glass. Good colour and definition on lions with eyes clear and sharp where visible.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image has good composition with nice background. Foreground a little distracting with white speckles.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice portrait of the two cats, the behaviour component not strong enough for the 3 points. Could be a challenge to get in a zoo environment, they seem to be snoozing whenever I visit a zoo.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Shot appears sharp and well processed, maybe a little too dark in the background. I like how you've captured the insects flying around the cats.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Well composed, central positioning seems appropriate for the pair engaging with one another.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
wonderful nature photo and story, especially through the glass

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
wonderful in every way: if possible to improve by catching catch light in standing lionness' eyes; very distracted by white dirt/dust near animals in the background, which I think could have been removed in post.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
excellent composition, tells a wonderful story, and has great impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
wonderful in every way, especially when forced to shoot through zoo glass.

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 9


Review by Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Typical lioness behavior of bonding by this social big cat. Not sure that the tongue out of the standing lioness adds to the head rubbing behavior. It appears that she is pretty much indifferent to her sister’s affection. Thus, I think the moment is good, but because of the lack of affection of the standing lioness and a tongue lick of her own lips, the moment doesn’t come off as the decisive one, or a one that best shows the affection between two lionesses.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Shooting through glass is very problematic and I don’t try it. The results are usually not worth the effort. However, your lionesses are very sharp, and so are the flies swirling around them. I commend you on the sharpness of the subjects, well done through glass.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The highlights in the grass are a distraction for me. Under this diffused light, the grass highlights should have been minimal. Was the grass wet or the highlights caused by shooting through glass? The Dark background with a hint of green vegetation helps both the lioness stand out and adds a bit of habitat that could be absent in a zoo setting.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8



I started out with my photography as a teenager. I studied photography at school shooting with a fully manual camera and doing all my own processing of my B&W images in my school dark room.   Once I left school I only dabbled in photography as I had lost access to the dark room so my photography took a back seat whilst work took over.

In 2009 my Daughter went to University and when inquiring what I was going to do with all my spare time I was told "Get a hobby Dad" so I went out and bought my first digital SLR.  From the first time i looked at my images on the back of my camera I was hooked.

I am a get it right in camera kinda guy who shoots all types of images from wildlife to landscape and street to portraiture trying to deliver quality natural images with very little editing.

I live close to London which makes it difficult to get access to exotic wildlife, but I do my best in the country I live in.

As a photographer I felt I wanted some goals to aim for so completed my LRPS. my CPAGB and started entering the British Photographic Exhibitions and have recently achieved my BPE2* (50 accepted entries) and am well on the way to achieving my BPE3 (100 Accepted)

I recently (November 2018) started my FIAP and PSA journey and am very pleased with my progress so far having already won various medals and my proudest moment winning the FIAP blue badge for 23/24 acceptances in a recent salon.