Study Group 2


Dennis Hill, QPSA (B)

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FEBRUARY 2020 ROUND
Title:      Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby with Joey
   

Goal:   Goal to photograph Rock Wallabies at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary 40 miles east of Melbourne. In the wild in Victoria they only exist in two small locations with less than 30 in each location. The recent bushfires have wiped out 70% of their habitat .

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D7100 Lens 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Digital Raw file @165mm f/7.1 ISO 800 1/1250 sec WB Auto Matrix Metering  

Technique:   Took lots of images trying to capture female with joey. Taken mid morning. Hand held. 

Processing:    File adjusted in camera raw. L.R. Image cropped and flipped. Adjustments including tone curve. P.S. Layer for Dodging and Burning. Luminosity layer for sharpening.   

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JANUARY 2020 ROUND

Title:      Sacred Kingfisher
  
Goal:    To photograph Sacred Kingfishers at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary 40 mile east of Melbourne

Equipment/Source:   Nikon D7200 Lens Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR. Digital raw file @400mm f/5.6 ISO 800 1/800sec WB Auto Matrix Metering  

Technique:   I have been trying for a long time to take images of Sacred Kingfishers in the wild. Unfortunately they tend to make nests in the river banks too far away for a good image as they are a small bird. With the arrival of a new male at the sanctuary I've finally been able to get close enough to the birds. Took 100's of images over a couple of visits during the mornings. This one I liked as it was just taking off. Hand held.  
 
Processing:    
File adjusted in Camera Raw. Image cropped and adjusted in L.R. P.S. Layers for Dodging and Burning. Luminosity layer for sharpening.
  

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Review by commentator Dan C.

Thank you.  This is a new bird for me.  Reading up on it shows me you have an excellent capture. I was interested to see its diet is pretty varied, not only including fish but insects, crustaceans, small rodents and reptiles.  I guess size is relative as to what is small since it is generally 19-23 cm long. The pose of the kingfisher preparing to take off provides a strong and appealing nature story. 

Technically the exposure and sharpness of the subject is good.  The turquoise areas are excellent and you managed to hold good feather detail in the white collar.

Pictorially your cropping has been effective.  I like you having it face left so I confront and interact with the subject.  It helps me connect with the image instead of just see the image.

N3, T3, P3, E0, Total 9


Review by Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great shot just before takeoff

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Sharp and focussed. Handheld too !

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice image just too much dead space IMO

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Prasad D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Lovely gesture captured just while about to fly.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Should have had higher shutter speed to freeze the action. Cropping may have increased the noise in the frame.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Neat composition. seems to me as if it is cropped for composition. The Kingfisher is a very agile bird and we need to be ready with our composition if it is perched on a branch anticipating its next move. The closeup gives a better impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Dennis A.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature pic. I’m not sure it has a strong story though.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nothing blown out or lost in the shadows. It does look a little soft. I think it could use a little more contrast as well.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
To me it would have been better to be higher, not looking from under the limb. Or, to catch it a half a second later after it had lifted off the limb.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I like this Dennis. Yes a 'bird on a stick" - but to me, there is enough action to cope with the story line requirements. I would suggest you ad "taking off" to your image title to perhaps lead the viewer to know what its doing

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very sharp and clear. if there is any more image on your original to its left, I would add some to stop the somewhat cramped feel to the image.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very easy to see and admire a nice bird, but overall the image to me feels like an 8 rather than 9 - too tight a feel helps to add some negativity to me.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Interesting pose at taking off.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Sharp image. Some feathers around the eye would need some more selective sharpening.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The crop is for me too tight. At least it would need some more space to fly in.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
the moment just before the kingfisher is going to take off is a good nature action shot. worth a 3

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
very balanced tones only point of concern is a bit clipping of the highlights around the neck.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
flipping won't do any good to this image. it's perfectly poised.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Linda C

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great capture of Kingfisher.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically great except that the crop was a little tight.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Great picture capturing the Kingfisher looking at something and ready to fly off.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

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.