Study Group 2


Suman Bhattacharyya, MPSA, ARPS, EFIAP/b·

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OCTOBER 2019 ROUND
Title:     First Blood Drawn
     
Goal:    it was taken during my last Masai Mara trip. Intention was to getting an intense shot showing character of the beast.

Equipment/Source:   shot in Nikon D750 and Nikon 200-500 mm near the talek river. In the morning when we were moving towards the Talek River suddenly saw a pair of water buffaloes being hunted by the Ridge Pride lions. When we zoomed into the scene every available cubs and lionesses are attacking the prey and after securing its death the cubs moved into the feast.  

Technique:   among the clutter of lionesses and their grown up cubs waited for the right portrait to appear. shot the scene with f8, 1/1250 in 1250 ISO with a highlight weighed metering. 

Processing:   processed in PS with soft brush to burn the unnecessary details and another soft brush to sharpen the face of the lion cub. increased the contrast just a little and a slight increase in saturation with mask on for the rest of the picture.


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SEPTEMBER 2019 ROUND

Title:   clown fish habitat 
   
Goal:   in my maiden foray into the unseen world of marine underwater sea space, my initial goal is to find and capture the flora's engulfing the fauna in such habitat.  
 
Equipment/Source:   Hero Go Pro 5 
 
Technique:    1. Shooting - tried to go as near as possible to get the object in focus and separated from background since the Go Pro uses a wide angle lens.
2. Light - tried to put light in front of me or sideways so that absence of strobes doesn't show lack of depth.
3. prior informations - before shooting marine wildlife I read blogs, watched youtube videos which indicated that often marine fauna (in this case the clown fish) do a wiggle dance to increase seawater circulation to their sea anemone hosts, helping the sea creatures breathe, a new study suggests. The findings, published today (Feb. 27) in the Journal of Experimental Biology, suggest the clownfish and sea anemone relationship may be more of a two-way street than previously thought.. So when I saw this particular sea anemone I searched for the clown fish to show the wiggle dance. 

Processing:   
 since sea water acts as a diffuser and make chromatic aberration I used a red filter in post processing and increased sharpening also. the previous month's mentor comment by Rick Cloran helped me a lot while preparing this month's nature shot. Thanks Rick.

  

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Review by Commentator Dan C.

It looks like your dive trip was successful.  You captured an very good nature story with the two clown fish in the anemone.  You even got a bonus with that shrimp on the coral just below the anemone.  Your shot successfully shows both habitat and behavior.

It looks like you paid attention to Rick’s suggestions in processing and selecting which image to present.  This angle of the subject effectively eliminates the appearance of back-scatter, both due to the close proximity and the texture of the background coral.  There are a few areas where the sharpness falls off but not enough to be objectionable or detrimental.  The clown fish are sharp.  Your color correction was spot on with this image.

Pictorially I do not feel you need as much of the surrounding coral to tell your story.  Reducing the background will let you resize to place more emphasis on the main subjects without loosing any story information.  You can also increase the feeling of sharpness by tweaking the structure and contrast to make the image really pop.  In this case I am considering this a pictorial flaw rather than a technical flaw because what you have is still good technically and this suggestion affects the presentation.

N3, T3, P2, E0, Total 8


Review by Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Accurate depiction of clown fish habitat.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good exposure and camera settings. The glimpse of the clown fish would have much more impact if it were larger in the image (wish). ,I suggest cropping some of the background much tighter.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Satisfactory record

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 5



Review by Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Suman, I like your clown fish image and describing it as 'habitat' helps focus attention beyond just the fish. You have caught the two fish curing round in a way most of us will have seen, withe rain life or pictures. So I like the story portrayed.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I too found Rick's review of your August image fascinating! It looks to me as you have taken on much of what he has said and I like the result. One query I have though, is whether the image would be stronger if the sea anemone was less central. I have cropped from the right and bottom to both make the area of real focus larger in the frame and showing less of the 'jelly-fish' looking area on the right, which I find somewhat distracting.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I believe you have achieved your objectives. I naturally prefer my closer crop which I think achieves the objectives, but shows the subject a little stronger in the whole. I knocked 1 point for the crop above, so to repeat that here would be double counting!

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Oh my! This image is vastly superior to your previous one. The time you took to study and work with your gear certainly paid off.

Even at first glance the colorful clown fish sheltering in the sea anemone represents a solid story line featuring the symbiotic nature of these two species. I think the story line is exceptional.


SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your efforts to properly position yourself, and the manner in which you handled the lighting both paid off. This image is well lit and both the clown fish and the sea anemone are clean and sharp. The colors look natural, at least they look like I expect to see them.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The manner in which you left the background in the upper portion of the image slight dark help focus the eye of the viewer on the sea anemone. The angles of the coral at the bottom of the image create leading lines to point the viewer into the image. Personally I would prefer to see the clown fish move a bit more to the right and perhaps a bit of the coral at the bottom cropped by as much as 50%.

This is a fine image.


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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Linda C

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice picture; might have cropped more, especially on the bottom which would make the fish more visible.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Color fine; sharpness does not encompass all of subject.Items around subject somewhat distracting and hard to recognize.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Interest: fair.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 6


Review by Prasad D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Undoubtedly a nature picture.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Could see some chromatic aberrations in the picture. Use Gaussian blur and color blending to clean it up.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice composition and patterns.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 8


Review by Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice to see the colorful fishes in their natural enviroment.

SCORE N (Nature) 3-nature story strong

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Light is good. Corals seem sharp, but fishes not so. It seems, that capture time was too long.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Angel is too wide. It seems, that you have enough space to crop tightly. But unsharpness of fishes would be seen more. Otherwise I would crop the image so, that the fishes would be in upper right third. Now they are barely seen.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7


Review by Dennis A.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a very nice nature photo. I feel there is a story here, but it is not very strong.

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

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I’ve never attempted underwater photography, so I’m not aware of the challenges. Everything looks sharp and nothing is blown out.

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

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The color of the clown fish grabs my attention right off. Personally, I would prefer a closer crop with the clown fish positioned using the rule of thirds.

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

TOTAL BASIC SCORE 7

My name is Suman Bhattacharyya. I've an avid interest in nature & wildlife. I have been taking photos of nature from 2014 but only in 2017 I've taken membership of PSA. I am a member of FIAP (being an EFIAP) as well as RPS (having ARPS). I like all types of nature photos and am willing to commit time to know more about it. Thanks & Regards