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Saswati Chakraborty (A)

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JULY 2020 ROUND
Title:   The Kill  
 
Goal:    We were on safari at Masai Mara in the early morning hour. We were lucky to witness a buffalo kill by the Talek River pride females just on the bank of the river near Hippo pull. After the kiss of death the feast began. By that time the leading hunters took a break allowing the other members to test the flesh.Unfortunate death of the grazing buffalo influenced my emotion on the other hand the full pride had stomach full of lunch was very satisfying. 
 

Equipment/Source:   Nikon D 500, Nikon 200-500mm,   
  
Technique:    Handheld shot at f:7.1, s:1/320 Sec, ISO 800, F:240mm 

Processing:   Slightly cropped, adjusted shadow and highlights, contrast and sharpness selectively through PScc 2020 

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Review by commentator Dan C.

This is a strong nature image with a good story.  The cubs in the image show that the higher-ranking lionesses have had their fill, further contributing to the story. The rocks add additional story value since most people concentrate on the savannahs and not on the escarpments, kopjes, and the rocky banks of the various tributaries of the Mara River. This makes the story strong enough to be a 3.

Technically the exposure is excellent as is the sharpness.  Your subtle adjustments allow me to award a 3 for your technical score.

Pictorially I like your minor cropping to concentrate on the pride.   If you enter nature exhibitions this should do well

N3, T3, P3, E0, Total 9


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I nice capture at Masai Mara (I have entered one from there this month too). A clear story of a family of females with their kill. So story 3 points.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Timing this sort of shot is challenging as there are so many of them! I think these shots are best when the animal has looked up to rest or lick themselves and you have done this with the one facing the camera at the rear (appears to be looking directly at you which is great). This is more important that the less good facts that some are moving an d are th us a little distracting (in their body positions). Your image is sharp and clear to me. I cant fault anything technically.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The fact you are looking down so much is a pity. It creates a feeling of being an outside viewer with no engagement. I may not have expressed that well and there is obviously nothing you can do about it.
Still it is a well captured image and deserves a 3 for Pictorial, but to me, not a perfect 10 score. Thank you for posting this.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 9


Review by Rick D.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hello Saswati. I can relate with your mixed feelings about this event. The nature we all love necessarily has a brutal side. It could not work otherwise. This excellent image shouts the truth of nature!

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your technical expertise is easy to see. I nailed the edits including the very good crop. Exposure and sharpness are right on. You seem to be very prepared for whatever you happen upon. Good job!

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This shot is loaded with imp act! The eyes of two lions are returning the viewer’s gaze. The bright red blood works well against the prevalent earth tones. A cover shot for any wildlife hunter’s magazine!

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 1-Exceptional

TOTAL SCORE 10


Review by Nirmalya B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The photograph shows feeding behavior of lion pride in it's natural ambiance and definitely demands full nature story score.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I find no flaws in camera setting with aperture 7.1 to cover the whole pride in focus, Shutter speed 1/320 to freeze minimal movement during feeding and ISO 800 which I believe generated from Auto ISO set up by camera.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is a beautiful capture indeed from any perspective. The contrast betw een the eye of the dead buffalo and eyes of the hungry lion pride set up the story board, drooping blood from the mouth of lions adds the drama.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 9


Review by Dave F.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Interesting image and yes depicting feeding time of a kill.


TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Not sure the image is sharp, hand holding the camera at the focal length of the lens. 1/320 of a second is a bit slow especially if one of the cubs turned their heads – might have upped the ISO to get a faster shutter speed. The lighting is nice with the cool tones of the background and the warm tones of the lions.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think your last image was far more interesting of the jackal – more interesting and unique as opposed to seeing another bunch of lions eating on a kill.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 6


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
It is nature story, but over the years I don't like these bloody scenes.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Sharp and good lighted image.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I miss the head of buffalo to recognize it. Composition and crop is also good.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

T OTAL SCORE : 9


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
devouring a morning kill by the entire pride of a keystone species as well as an apex predator is a good nature story. It shows a behavioral aspect of the keystone species and thus earns a 3/3. Remember without keystone species our equilibrium of ecosystem would be greatly affected or can be destroyed altogether. The uniqueness of the picture is the absence of the single male presence but lots of cubs and mothers can be seen. Without the Male Lion's presence the pride is also capable of hunting on its own. It has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1996 because populations in African countries have declined by about 43% since the early 1990s. Lion populations are untenable outside designated protected areas. Although the cause of the decline is not fully understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are the greatest causes for concern (wiki stats).

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically I would deduct a single point as the differentiation between mothers and cubs could not be produced enough for a learned person to make a judgment. (As a well-informed person needs to be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation - according to the PSA nature guideline). See Lion cubs have faint spots often which may still be seen on the legs and under parts like their belly which in this case is hardly noticeable. A selective contrast adjustments done in viveza using control points (single / group) would help you bring out the story value better (A kill by adult femal es & sub -adult cubs). And since you did not mention your metering choice which I best guess is either matrix or spot (construed from the lumen value of the picture), I would advise you to go for a highlight based spot metering since it helps to keep the highlights in control and gets the shadows too.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
pictorially this layout seems better as it lays the fierce yellow eyes on the upper right crash point with the sub-saharan background noticeable helps its story value. It's interesting that the blood looks so prominently red which keeps the eye on that point with a throw around the picture.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 9


Review by LC B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I think this image tells a good story, but that the animals are too aware of the your presence.
 (2.5)

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This image is well focussed and I think the hues and saturations are well done. The only exception to this is the blood which while useful for storytelling purposes is so bright it becomes a distraction from that story. (2.5)

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think the composition of this image feels almost staged. I feel this is because the most arresting part of it are the red blood areas. I think by toning those down ever so slightly, my eye would be more drawn to view the entire image and what each cat is doing. (2.5)

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8

 

Photography was my hobby since childhood but it turned into a passion since I had my first analogue SLR in 1993, a Vivitar. Then I upgraded to a second hand Canon FTB in 1998, and then got my first Digital SLR the Nikon D80 in the year 2008, which marked the onset of my photographic exploration. Currently I am a proud and religious Nikon user, owning the D850, D750 and D500 cameras. 

I was mostly inclined towards capturing people and places of my country India, which provides a wide diversity in ethnicity, culture and livelihood of people to work on.

I have ventured in almost every genre of photographic expression, be it people and portrait photography and recently even wildlife for the last three years, exclusively capturing Indian and African wildlife sanctuaries.

I have completed EFIAP through participation in international salons across 59 countries with more than 150 international awards in between 2014-2016. I was also awarded BPSA in the year 2019.

My work "ESCAPE VELOCITY" received Gold Medal in EGYPT INTERNATIONAL PHOTO CONTEST in 2015.

My series “FLOWERS THAT NEVER BLOOM" received Silver in Editorial/Photo Essay, Gold in People/Children, and 2nd Place winner in People in TIFA 2017.