Study Group 2


Prasad Dalvi , PPSA (A)

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JANUARY 2020 ROUND

Title:     Purple Heron in Flight

Goal:   To capture the Morning environmental shot with the bird in flight. 

Equipment/Source:     Nikon D850, 200-500mm Nikor Lens, 1/1600sec, F/5.6, ISO 500.
 
Technique:   Panned along with the Bird to get a shot in flight, Keeping AF C and Focus 9 Point helps lock the focus.

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Minor Crop and adjustment in the Highlights and shadows, Contrast. 
 

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Review by commentator Tom S.

Prasad, you did a good job capturing the heron in flight in nice early morning light.  Good exposure and color and the bird is very sharp.  It is normal bird activity to fly so it is essentially a portrait of a bird, which is a weak nature story.  However, the problem is the heron is much too small in the frame.  It can easily be cropped to make it a much better portrait.  See my adjusted image.

 N2, T3, P2  = 7


Review by Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Sharp image of heron in flight.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Heron is sharp, colors good, DoF is adequate to capture bird and blur background. Tree behind bird is somewhat distracting because of the size of the tree relative to the size of the bird.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Heron's are some of my favorite birds and this is a pretty one. My frustration with this image is the size of the subject relative to the frame. This could have been cropped more to make the subject larger. As it is now, the tree is distracting and its mass overshadows the subject.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image of the heron in flight depicts the story of flight. However, in my opinion this in a very minimal nature story because quite simply birds fly. There is nothing in the image so show purpose of flight such as gathering nesting material, defending territory or something similar. As such it is a weak story line.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Camera techniques used for this capture are satisfactory. All settings contributed to obtaining the desired result.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The bird is placed on one of the left hand fixation points and is facing into the frame as he moves forward. However the image lack dynamic interest as it is simply a bird in flight. The dull day and the brightness of the bird do draw the eye of the viewer.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Martin P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A standard Bird in flight shot, Interesting to understand if a flying bird is a strong story ?. This is standard behaviour in my view so maybe a 2 this time

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The exposure looks well handled, the depth of field does give us a blurred background, with a reasonably sharp creature. Good feather detail is shown

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A very interesting image. the bird "looks" stuck on the image as the contrast, colours and detail of the bird feel at odds with the background which appears to have no light on it at all. This of course could be an optical illusion. I do feel the bird is a littlle small in the frame and I wonder if a slightly tighter crop would help. The bird is positioned nicely in the frame with space to move into

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Common behaviour, but still a very nice capture of the bird in flight.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Focus and sharpness appears to me to be spot on. I do wonder if the shot is a little underexposed.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition looks good, I like that you have included some of the habitat.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
clear and normal bird in flight nature story,

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
bird in flight sharp, though edge of bird show minor ghosting

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
composition good, light good, a bit un-normal subject vs background

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Ken W

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice environmental photo of a purple heron in flight.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good job of panning to keep the bird in focus, and have the background blurred. Eye is sharp.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is good, photo has an average impact

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7

 














I am a committee member of on of the Oldest Photographic Society known as "The Photographic Society of India" and am actively involved in promoting Photography through Training, Photowalks, and Conducting Photography Tours. My major interest is Nature Photography and specifically Macro and Birding. Academically I have an Engineering background and have working experience in the Information Technology field for 2 decades. However, I have committed myself to Photography which is my passion and am pursuing it. 
   
Given an opportunity, I would be glad to be the part of the Study Group and would like to submit my images for critique. I also will provide healthy and productive, positive critiques if needed and be willing to put in the time and follow the deadlines.