Study Group 2


Ken Warning· (C)

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:     Little Blue Heron 
   
Goal:    On my first trip to Lake Apopka Wildlife Area in Florida, I found numerous bird activity. I saw this Little Blue Heron catch something (not sure what it is) and captured this shot
 
Equipment/Source:    Nikon D500, Nikor lens 200-500, hand held

Technique:   1/1600 sec, F8, Iso 1000 (Auto Iso), 280/570mm

Processing:  
Tone adjustments in LR, I reversed image in LR

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AUGUST 2019 ROUND
Title:   Limpkin Feeding on Snail

Goal:   I was photographing birds in flight when I noticed 2 limpkins by the shore. I started photographing the limpkins and was able to capture one with a snail.

 
Equipment/Source:   Nikon D500 on a tripod, Nikon lens 200-500mm  
  
Technique:   I was setup for birds in flight and forget to change settings ISO 400, 1/2000 sec at F5.6

Processing:   Tone adjustments LR, Smart sharpening in PS

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Review by commentator Dan C.

The snail in the limpkin’s bill successfully gives this image a good nature story instead of being just a “Hear I am” shot of the limpkin.  The ripples in the water add to the story by showing it is a recent catch.  So do the wet feathers on the limpkin’s head and neck and trapped between the nail and the bill.

Pictorially the composition is good.  As usual for me, I did look at it reversed horizontal and do like it better that way.  As presented, the body is heavy and dominant.  Reversed I find more emphasis placed on the snail and the weight of the body helps keep me in the image.  I admit that feeling is due to the way I look at an image, entering on the left and scanning right.  A person entering right and scanning left could have a different feeling.  Which is best could actually depend on the target audience.

Technically the image is adequately sharp and properly exposed. 

N3, T2, P3, E0, Total 8


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The shell in the beak is better than usual feeding. You can hardly believe, how the bird can crush it in such long beak.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Whole bird is quite sharp due to proper DOF and the backgroun is blurred and steady.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good composition axcept of format, which is a little bit strange - not 3:2, not 4:3 and not 1:!.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very good nature shot reflecting natural behavior.
Very good exposure and sharpness. Good eye,


SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Great equipment and settings

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Pleasing image , almost exceptional

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Linda C

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Image tells a story.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice color and sharpness. Would have liked to see total shadow and a little more cropping on top.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice picture but fairly common.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Ken - A nice image. The shape of the snail is very clear, with a good gap in the Limkin's beak.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
How honest! But your image hasn't suffered through using 'birds in flight' settings. The main subset seems well lit and sharp. I like the clean background, but with other interest in front of the bird.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The lighting and sharpness adds to the quality to my eye. But not quite strong enough for the extra mark.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9


Review by Dennis A.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A nature/wildlife picture. There is a story here, but I would not know what it is without the description.


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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice and sharp. A smaller DOF would help though.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
For me I would like to see the complete reflection the bird in the water. I also wonder if it would work better if it was flipped vertically.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Suman B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
limpkins feeding on apple snails is a good nature story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
did you used flash? I presume so. good segregation from background and good ahrp image caught with action. also catchlight in eyes is good. excellent

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
except the fact that an action is recorded do not find pictorialy beautiful.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Very strong nature story value with the snail in the beak of the Limpkin. Water with vegetation slightly above the water helps set the environment.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technical execution perfect and flawless, sharpness excellent, exposure and light handled brilliantly from a technical aspect. Great and beautiful selective focus by blurring the background water.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Square frame format works well, and is an excellent choice. For the subject, more space within the frame to look out, rather than behind the bird adds to the pictorial values. Overall, a beautiful well executed nature image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
No flaws...

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 10

I live in Menomonee Falls, WI, and have recently retired. I have been actively photographing for over 12 years.  I started by taking field trips to photograph waterfalls in the upper peninsula of Michigan that was being offered by the University of Wisconsin in Waukesha, WI. I still enjoy photographing waterfalls in Michigan, and along the North Shore of Minnesota.  I also enjoy bird photography.  I live less than 60 miles from Horicon Marsh, which is a popular birding area in Wisconsin.  I also try to get to Florida every other year for bird photography.  I will also do some sports, city, and winter photography.

I am a member of 2 local camera clubs, the PSA Wisconsin Chapter, and a board member of the Wisconsin Area Camera Club Organization.