Study Group 2


Dennis Hill, QPSA (B)

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NOVEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:    Sea Lion Pup
  
Goal:   To photograph Sea Lions on Auckland Island Sub Antarctic Ocean. 

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D7200 Lens 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Digital Raw File@165mm f/8 ISO 1600 1/640 sec WB Auto Matrix Metering

Technique:  Taken late morning, overcast with some light sleet falling. Lots of sea lions & pups on the beach. Took lots of images from a small rise overlooking the beach. Selected this image as sea lion pup has quite an appealing look. Hand held.
 
Processing:   
File adjusted in Camera Raw. Image cropped and adjusted in L.R. with Tone curve adjustments. P.S. Layers for Dodging & Burning. Luminosity layer for sharpening.
  

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND
Title:     Topi
   

Goal: To photograph Topi in the Masai Mara Kenya   

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D7100 Lens 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Digital Raw File @98mm f/6.3 ISO 320 1/250sec WB Auto Matrix Metering

Technique:   Taken late morning from safari vehicle. Waited until Topi exhibited some unusual behaviour. Topis can sometimes be found standing on mounds looking for predators. They are very fleet of foot.
Hand held. 

Processing:    File adjusted in Camera Raw. Image cropped and adjusted in LR Tone curve adjustments. P.S. Layers for Dodging and Burning. Luminosity layer for sharpening. 

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Review by commentator Dan C.

This is nicely done and does have an interesting story.  The mud (or possibly the dung the Topi uses to mark its lek) encrusted on the Topi’s horns add to the story.  While not dynamic, the behavior is new to many viewers and that enhances the story.  It is definitely more interesting than the iconic shots of the Topi standing on a mound.

Pictorially the lighting and position of the Topi places emphasis on the antelope’s behind, not where the action is taking place.  Flipping the image horizontally places the focus on the activity.  I also recommend cropping to reduce the space behind tge Topi as shown on the attached adjustment.

Technically the exposure and sharpness of the subject is good.  I do find the grasses a bit bright so maybe you needed a bit more selective burning in that area. 

N3, T2, P2, E0, Total 7


Review by Prasad D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
An attempt for a portrait of a topi seems common.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good attempt

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The subject seems to centered and would have been better if a wider environmental shot was taken

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This presents a lighter hearted side of a nature story as it is has an almost a comical feel to it. While the action is not dramatic but clearly shows the issue the Topi has dealing with environmental pests.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The technical aspects appear to be will handled. There is adequate DOF, you have a clear eye, the image is sharp and appears natural and exposure is accurate and not over exposed, which could be easily done at this time of day.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I feel the composition is effective and the image is partially offset with more lead space to the right than to the left. While it is an almost centered image it gives the feel of not being directly centered. Overall the image works well as a ortrait of the Topi.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Dennis A.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature/wildlife pic. However, not sure what the story is.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Looks sharp, good DOF and nothing blown out or clipped. However, some detail seems to missing in the shadows.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This image almost works with being in the center, but there does not seem to be enough action to hold my attention. It also looks like it has a really fat front leg.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Linda C

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Odd shot of animal.

SCORE N (Nature) 1-Nature story minimal or contains unrelated hand of man

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Dark areas on face and hind end. Legs in front look like a tree as they are so close together. Eyes dark.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Uncommon shot, however, not very impactful.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Unusual portrait. Scratching of animals is usually not very desirable by photographers.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Animal good lighted and sharp. Grass seems me to bright.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Normal composition

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Dennis - I'm afraid I don't find this image particularly striking or interesting. Yes, she is scratching itself, so it is doing something and as such this is a story, but I don't find it interesting enough to hold attention for long. Her head is in shadow.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your animal is sharp but the lighting and lack of interest lets it down

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
For reason above - not an interesting or striking image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
They graze for a while and then rest and chew their cud before continuing feeding. These antelopes can go without water for long periods of time only if they have access to green pastures. If green grazing is not available, the topi must drink daily. seeing the greenary behind the topi suggests this nature story,

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
good sharp image separated from its background. I suggest you to use the highlight based metering system to get a better exposure as the sub Saharan sun is showing its colours in highlights.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
please take a chance to flip the image horizontally and assess its impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7



I live in Templestowe, a suburb north-east of Melbourne, Australia. I have been interested in photography for many years but only became serious when I joined a local camera club 8 years ago.

My main interests in photography are nature and travel. I use Nikon equipment D7200 and a number of lenses from 16mm-400mm.

My other interests are travel, motor sport and gardening. My goal in joining the nature group is to improve my photography and learn new skills.