Study Group 2

Andy S. Hayes, ARPS, EFIAP

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Chital Drinking

Goal:    To capture images of wildlife near water. Hoping for a visit from a tiger.
Equipment / Source:  CANON 1DX, 200-400mm f/4 IS USM, Ext, ISO 400, 540mm, f/5.6, 1/800sec 
While looking for elusive tigers we waited by a waterhole where some Chital Deer were coming down to drink. The tigers remained elusive so I set about photographing the deer next to the water. I caught groups of varying numbers and this lone stag. I noticed the reflection and spent some time trying to get images with reflections.
The tiger was very elusive that day and didn't turn up!

Cropped, sharpened. The surrounding soil was very orange and had to desaturate to stop what looked to the eye like a colour cast.

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Review by commentator Rick C.

Nice technical work on making the capture. If you look super close on it the near fore leg knee and back inside knee of the far rear leg have very small areas where the detail clips. I don’t see these as actual issues, but if you want to recover them the red and green channels are clipped so you would need to apply the blue channel to those on a copy layer, change the blend mode to luminosity, add a black mask and then paint the revision in just in those areas. I’d drop the opacity to around 65% and the result should look totally natural. Yes, that type of adjustment would be allowed. It fixes a capture problem, and is not an alteration of the observed situation. That said, it is a lot of work for something that probably wouldn’t be an issue unless you went for a larger print. Everything else looks good to my eye. The symmetric composition is a little static, but I don’t see a practical alternative and do feel that the symmetry is nice in that it gets the viewer to find things they might overlook. By that I mean you don’t really appreciate the antlers until you see the reflection of them and then that reference point helps you to separate them from the bank on the actual deer. Good job.

N-2, T-3, P-3, E-1 = 9 (N-2 I feel there is not enough behavior here to warrant the 3 level. That said, the image is very enticing and does warrant the bonus point in my estimation.)

Review by Butch S.
This is a wonderful image. The reflection is an attention getter. The image is sharp and nicely exposed. You have captured a beautiful animal set off by the surrounding scene.  
Andy, you have done real good.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-1, Total-10

Review by Mike P.
This is a beautiful image and wonderfully composed. I like how you captured it in the water, and especially the great reflection in the water. Your processing was also good as you de-saturated the orange soil. Also, you had a sharp focus.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Les L.
I presume you took this picture in India. recently spent time there also and didn't see a tiger but saw a few deer. Good image and I like the reflection.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Fran M.
How lovely. Love the colours; beautifully framed in the shot; good story. Fantastic.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9



I was born in Prestwick, Scotland and travelled to many parts of the world with my father who was in the Royal Air Force. Now living in historic village of Fettercairn in Kincardineshire, Scotland with my wife Hilary and 'Smokey' the cat. Semi retired construction industry owner and business consultant. Grampian representative of the Royal Photographic Society, member of Brechin Photographic Society. (Est 1888), Dundee Photographic Society and a Scottish Photographic Federation Judge. Much of my photography was aviation photography but about 10 years ago I returned to Wildlife photography, mostly in Scotland, but with trips to Kenya and India.