Study Group 2


Louis Paley - (C)

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DECEMBER 2019 ROUND
Title:    Burning Bush at Golf Course
     
Goal:    to capture these beautiful colored bushes and their reflection  

Equipment/Source:   Sony a6000 with Sony 18-200, F3.5-6.3 lens;, 1/160, F5, 0EV, ISO 320, multi; 66mm equiv 

Technique:    hand-held shot across pond with sun at my back 

Processing:    using LR 6 I cropped and straightened the horizon; and slightly adjusted the lighting, contrast and sharpness. 

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Review by commentator Tom S.

Louis this image is simply not in focus.  Maybe it is motion blur caused by the wind blowing the bushes or the camera wasn’t held steadily enough.  In any case, it simply isn’t sharp.  Yes, the bright red bushes are pretty but not much of a nature story.  The composition is acceptable with the bushes in the top third and the reflection in the bottom third, but the lack of sharpness overwhelms everything.

 N1, T1, P2  = 4


Review by Sylvia W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
While the scene looks lovely, I don't feel that it has transferred across to the picture. Maybe zooming in to focus on just one area or a different angle - get down low, up high, move right or left....this angle just doesn't show the scene to its' full potential.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
From the size of the picture I can't establish if the focus is spot on. It appears soft, but that may be one of several factors.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Consider your mid line - currently it almost cuts the picture in half - placing it on a third would be more pleasing to the eye. Maybe crop some of the top of the picture off as those trees in the background are not part of the "Burning Bush" story.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There is an implicit nature story shown in the changing color of the leaves from summer green to autumn red. Although the leaves are beautiful I feel that in the manner shown there is a only a below average story line. I would be tempted to award a score of 1, but after reading the new posted guidelines I will award a 2

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I’m certain that this image will hold some lovely memories for you of this beautiful fall color and it is important that you take such images as a reminder of what you have seen and where you have been. However the image does not show an understanding of the quality of light, or its position in lighting a subject. I do not find a strong and compelling subject to engage the viewer other than the color red. The settings available on a camera are tools that may be used to create an image and I do not feel they were used creatively. Finally, consider the angle of view from which you take the image. How can this angle be used to create interest?

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
When looking at that presented image the first element that strikes me is the lack of a compelling subject. I feel that if you has gotten closer to the trees and worked with individual leaves or groupings of leaves you would have had a more engaging subject. Perhaps working with the play of light on the leaves (backlighting, rim lighting, or directional lighting) would have created interest or drama. Consider compositional rules such as leading lines, natural framing or the rule of thirds to direct the viewer to what you see as the subject would provide greater strength to the image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
colorful bush and reflection, that is, but not quite strong the nature story you can tell. what prompt you to take the picture, what are the elements that moves you?

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
adequate exposure and light, but composition seems lack of a strong focal point besides the nice reflection of a red wall.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
it's a pleasing image of red, but not form/lines or shapes that depict something, which translate to lack of impact.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 4


Review by Ken W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice colorful image of burning bush with reflections in water.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Reds in sunlight are a little bright (glare?), overall good exposure and brightness. A polarizer may have been able to take some glare off of the leaves in the sunlight.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nicely composed image, impact is average.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great colors, but no story

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Average

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Impact is color red, but very horizontal composition

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5

 

I am a retired environmental engineer and worked for the US EPA for over 25 years.  For the past seven years my wife and I have lived in a retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, USA.  Upon moving here I took a basic digital photo class and fell in love with photography as a hobby.  After three years I decided to up my game by purchasing my first DSLR , long lenses, etc. and began concentrating on USA wildlife photography, primarily birds.

I now use two 24 megapixel Sony mirrorless cameras (a6000 & a6500); multiple zoom lenses (Sony 18-200; Sigma 18-300 macro, 100-400C & 150-600C); and tripod with gimbal head, etc.  

I shoot only in RAW format and use Windows PCs with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and Photoshop Elements 10 for editing and cataloguing approximately 8,000 images.