Study Group 2


Prasad Dalvi , PPSA (A)

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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:    Mating Beetles 

Goal:  To capture the mating Beetles   

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D850 90mm Tamron Macro Lens Speedlight 910 Flash
 
Technique:   f/8, 1/125, ISO 320, 90mm

Processing:    
Cropping for composition. Highlights adjusted and color correction using Adobe Photoshop.  
 

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JULY 2019 ROUND
Title:   Multitasking Beeflies
 
   
Goal:   To capture the mating Beeflies

Equipment/Source:  D5300, 90mm Tamron Macro lens

Technique:   F/16, 1/200, ISO 100

Processing:   As a beginner in PP in PS used Cropping with Color correction, and Burning the background to bring attention to the subject.

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Review by commentator Tom S.
Nature Story – Good nature story of the mating flies. P-3

Technical - The fly to the right is sharp but the one on the left is soft. You used f16 but being very close, you don’t have much depth of field even at that aperture. You need to move to the side so the flies are parallel to you and in the same plane. T-2

Pictorial Quality – Nice angle of the joined flies, but the bright green of the plant they are on is very distracting. Reduce the brightness of the green and brighten up the flies slightly. P-2
P3, T2, P2 = 7


Review by Larry T.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The two mating beeflies ( a sight few will ever see) carries a strong nature story line. The mating process is clearly visible and dramatic.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image is generally quite sharp (although the wings of the right beefly are nearly invisible) . Color rendition appears accurate and they are complementary and thus make the picture more pleasing. The camera settings are generally adequate but either greater depth of field or a faster shutter may have been able to save those missing wings.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Pictorially this is a pleasing image. The diagonal line formed by the position of the two beeflies adds dynamics to the image. You effectively darkened the background to bring out the flies. I would suggest that since the subject is mating that darkening the bright greens on the left would draw more attention to the left fly. I would also selective brighten the fly on the left so that it matches the brightness of the one on the right.. If possible, I would add a bit of space at the top of the image as the left fly feels a bit cramped in the image.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Isabella Z.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE


SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure and color is fine and I like the color of green and yellow. However I think your focus point is off. Currently I can see the flowers on the left is super sharp but the beeflies are not sharp enough.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE


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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Sylvia W.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Capturing the two Beeflies side on has given us the story you were looking for.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Overall the image is quite dark and could benefit from some lightening. This could have been achieved in camera by choosing a higher ISO.

SCORE T (Technical Quality) 1-Inadequate exposure color balance and sharpness

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Both flies appear to be a little soft. Once again a higher ISO could have ensured a sharper image. I like the diagonal placement of the flies, but the background is quite distracting.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Hattie S.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Wow, what a capture of the action. Great nature story.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-positive nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You have pretty slow shutter for flies that moves like that. I would use set auto ISO, but make sure have higher shutter speed to avoid motion blur. The f/16 aperture is making teh background more sharp then it necessary. I would suggest to set the aperture wider. The background is quite disturbing due to the aperture. Also could try to move around to see if you can get better background (providing the flies are still there doing it)

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The motion blur not helping witht the picture quality. Nice com

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Linda C.
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Story good

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Fairly difficult shot. Composition, sharpness and color very good. I like that the one plant the subject was feeding from was sharp.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Interesting and high impact shot.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 9

IF APPLICABLE, WHY DESERVING OF EXTRA POINT FOR EXCELLENCE
Difficult scene to capture

SCORE E (Exceptional) 1

GRAND TOTAL WITH EXTRA POINT 10


Review by MJ Springett
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good story

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Sharp good color

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Background is distracting

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6

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.