Study Group 2


Suman Bhattacharyya, MPSA, ARPS, EFIAP/b·

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NOVEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:    Hyena Flying with Kill
   
Goal:    in the morning visit to the Mara, we were blessed with fine golden yellow sunlight coming out of the rain clouds atop. my goal was simple - to capture some wildlife in that golden yellow light and we were fortunate to find this beautiful hyena flock stealing from the Lion's kill.
 
Equipment/Source:    this time I went in with a Nikon D500 as it have a XQD card option for getting faster FPS.
 
Technique:    when I sighted this immediately switched to a lower angle from the back seat of the vehicle to get a personal viewpoint. shot with Nikon 70-200 lens in a crop format turns it into 300 mm. shot with f8 with 1/1000 in 800 ISO. 

Processing:   
  not much to do as the immediate capture is good. a bit of sharpening done in PS and a slight darkening of the surroundings in NIK.

  

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND
Title:     First Blood Drawn
     
Goal:    it was taken during my last Masai Mara trip. Intention was to getting an intense shot showing character of the beast.

Equipment/Source:   shot in Nikon D750 and Nikon 200-500 mm near the talek river. In the morning when we were moving towards the Talek River suddenly saw a pair of water buffaloes being hunted by the Ridge Pride lions. When we zoomed into the scene every available cubs and lionesses are attacking the prey and after securing its death the cubs moved into the feast.  

Technique:   among the clutter of lionesses and their grown up cubs waited for the right portrait to appear. shot the scene with f8, 1/1250 in 1250 ISO with a highlight weighed metering. 

Processing:   processed in PS with soft brush to burn the unnecessary details and another soft brush to sharpen the face of the lion cub. increased the contrast just a little and a slight increase in saturation with mask on for the rest of the picture.


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Review by commentator Tom S.

This is one of those images that tells a good nature story without showing you the story.  If possible, keeping the blood on her chest brighter and in focus would add to the story.  Too bad she wasn’t looking right at you instead of looking down.  The face of the lioness is sharp but the ears are starting to be out of the depth of field.  I think it would be better if her whole head were sharp and of equal brightness.  Her body seems to be really light, almost white.  Is she really that light or did you brighten her?   I have never seen a lion that light. 

 N-3, T-2, P-2   Total = 7


Review by Martin P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A powerful and shocking image of a creature most people like to think of as cute and fluffy

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The face looks well exposed and sharp but I feel the editing has negatively affected the image

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Whilst I think the face is well photographed and presented, I am feeling like the obvious editing has negatively impacted the image. The editing feels very obvious and heavy handed. Even a fully black background might have helped.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The nature category requires a strong subject with behavior beyond the normal activities of the subject. There is little doubt that you have achieved this. The mouth covered with fresh blood clearly tells a solid story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This image carries an almost studio portrait quality to the image. The choice of metering for the highlights made all the difference in this image as it dramatically helped to dim the background, the time of day and the already low light also helped achieve this. I am amazed that you were able to blur the bodies behind the fact as much as you did with an aperture of f8 but it certainly worked. Working to select this single face in the clutter of the action was an excellent choice.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your processing technique worked quite well. The use of a soft brush to add blur to the background and the sharpness of the muzzle both certainly add to the drama of the scene..

Over all, for an nature animal story without peak action this is about as good as it gets.



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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Sylvia W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
What a enjoyable image to view - thank you.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The use of vignetting is subtle and has been used to great effect. I feel the face could have a little bit more lightening to give it just a bit more 'POP".

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice impact, imagine if the lion had been looking straight down the barrel of the lens - now that would have learnt a 10!

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Gang Z

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The lion stands out as the main body and has a strong sense of screen.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure normal, focus clear. The depth of field control is reasonable.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The picture is reasonable. The main body is prominent. After the proper handling.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

 

My name is Suman Bhattacharyya. I've an avid interest in nature & wildlife. I have been taking photos of nature from 2014 but only in 2017 I've taken membership of PSA. I am a member of FIAP (being an EFIAP) as well as RPS (having ARPS). I like all types of nature photos and am willing to commit time to know more about it. Thanks & Regards