Study Group 2


MJ Springett (C)

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JANUARY 2021 ROUND
Title:    Antelope Antlers   

Goal:  We love to visit the North Dakota Badlands and photograph the various wildlife residing in the
Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The prairies are home to many pronghorn and this photo is an example of the older males with horns.   
  

Equipment/Source:    Canon 90D with 150-600 G2 Tamron Lens
1/100" @f8 ISO 400 

Technique:   No special technique just driving the roads and using the vehicle as a blind 

Processing:    Cropped slightly and burned foreground foliage with a neutral gray layer mask

Score this image:  YES


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NOVEMBER 2020 ROUND

Title:    Jumping Cranes

Goal:   Every year in our area, the greater sandhill cranes gather before migrating further south. Every year I am entrenched in my jeep awaiting their flights into the roost site at sunset or leaving the roost site at sunrise. The dancing shots are my favorites, minor disputes over a piece of food or teaching the young ones the skillful art of the flamenco, get my shutter flying.

Equipment/Source:    Canon 70D Tamron 150-600 Lens 1/1000" at f/8 ISO 400

Technique:    Waiting in the cold jeep for action to occur, Camera preset for action to occur

Processing:   
Cropped, stabilized with Topaz Sharpen A1 software, dodged and burned with neutral gray layer in photoshop

Score this image: YES 

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Review by commentator Tom S.
This is probably a courtship dance so a strong nature story except the birds are not interacting with each other, so hard to tell if it really is a courtship dance.

The birds are in focus, well exposed and the color is good, but the grass around them is crunchy, so over sharpened.  The way to solve that problem is to duplicate the image in Photoshop and sharpen the top image in Topaz AI then Select/Subject on the Photoshop menu bar.  Then put a mask on that layer.  Then the only thing sharpened is the birds and not the grass.

The bird in front is fine, but the action of the bird in the back is partially blocked by the front bird.

N2, T2, P2, E0 = 6


This Review is written by: Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
You capture the right moment at right timing. This is pleasant image to watch overall. I like 2 cranes spread its wings, one on the ground, the other is about to landing.
I can take that 2 cranes are enjoying the moment. This is fun image to watch.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I feel a bit unnatural looking background, the way it is blurred, and the texture of feather of the birds. I am not sure that it is due to postprocessing or because of the shot itself.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is good, centered the main subject. I would crop the bottom part just a bit to have more space on the top side but that is minor point. The image has good impact with dynamic gesture of the crane.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image has a good story with the action between the two birds

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Settings all seem fine to me. High shutterspeed essential in these situations and I would always sacrifice ISO for more sutterspeed. Sharp well exposed and good DoF. Good tones.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It's a strong image and suits the square format. Separation or no separation Im torn in this case. Good composition but could have more impact. Could you have got a lower view point?
NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There is always a story with an action shot with 2 birds.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
All looks sharp and well exposed, but I'm wondering if some artefact has been created in the editing software. It's almost like the sharpness is manufactured rather than achieved in camera.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
There is a nice background that could only have been improved perhaps by shooting from a lower position, and that's not always possible.

NATURE SCORE 3-Na ture story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature depiction of interaction between cranes in a natural setting.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice colour and feather detail on birds. Eye clear and sharp on forward bird. Well captured image.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image has good impact and composition. Blurred background enhances birds.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Exc ellent c omposition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 9


This Review is written by: Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
very strong nature story; a shot worth waiting for!

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
your exposure was excellent; caught a catch-light in the closer bird; most of the feathers were sharp and in focus

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
it might have helped to make this image excellent if it were a little brighter and with a touch more contrast.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure< br>
< strong>PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature story and nice patience waiting for the shot.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Well exposed and framed. The birds need to be separated from each other a bit, not overlapping, in order to fully capture the setting. Taking multiple shots at high shutter speed is a good way to catch the fast-moving action and with several tries, you should be able to select one shot with good subject separation.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Well processed for detail, color and exposure . Pictorial quality suffers somewhat for not being able to see each bird clearly.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 7



















Photography has always been my go-to activity when I have had spare time. My work as a cell biologist meant that data was recorded on film, developed and printed in a darkroom, and delivered to a principal research scientist. With the advent of digital photography the darkroom work was replaced by Photoshop but little else changed. Upon retirement, I now have time to pursue wildlife, landscape, and especially birds as my photographic subjects. We moved 100 miles north to be near a wildlife refuge that represents the glacial lakes and pine barrens of Wisconsin. We also enjoy the badlands of North Dakota and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.