Study Group 2

Bogdan Bricelj, MPSA, EFIAP/g

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Title:     Lynx Washing

Goal:    Capturing behaviour of Lynx.
Equipment/Source:  Panasonic FZ-50, 420mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F4, 1/500s Shutter Priority, handheld, sunny.  
Technique:   One more photo from Bavarian Forest. It's interesting to see such cat-washing at Lynx. There was not enough place on the watch to get rid of all the bushes.

Processing:   Crop, contrast correction with levels and curves in Photoshop Elements.

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

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Review by commentator Rick C.

For the lighting you had I feel you nailed the exposure. Primary focus looks to be on the foreleg that is resting on the moss-covered rock. There seems to be a slight softness in the face, but I can’t be certain as I couldn’t get the small image to expand so that I could download and see it at magnification. If there is softness, it would be due more to the F4 aperture than motion blur. You already noted the crowded nature of the habitat. We could discuss things like cropping down from the top, etc. but at the end of the day I feel it is too cluttered to keep this from being a competition image. That said, capturing a Lynx in the wild and getting an image this good is a feat in and of itself. The grooming behavior is a nice plus.

N-3, T-2, P-2 = 7 (N-2 The grooming is behavior, but for the type of image I feel the habitat actually adds a fair amount to the total story related in the image. T-2 The slight apparent softness in the head and face. P-3 Centered composition with some distracting elements that could be removed while improving the composition.)

Review by Mike P.
Nice capture of the lynx washing its face. Good overall exposure. The focus on cat appears soft. Also, the different leaves, limbs, sticks and colors create a bit of a distracting jumble, though I know you were fortunate to get a shot of the lynx in any place.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Les L.
I like this colorful, well focused photo of the Lynx. It does have some nature action with him washing. I would suggest cropping top and bottom to get a closer view of the cat. To bad his head isn't more upright to get a better view of his face.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Fran M.
Actually, I think the thicket in the foreground adds to your story. It's like we are peeking into a secret bathroom. It's a very relaxed cat, just going about it's business, and completely ignoring your presence. 
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Dennis H.
Good nature image of lynx washing face. Nice colour on animal. I feel by cropping the top and bottom of image and burning in distracting elements on left hand side would feature the lynx better. 
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Ken W.
Nice image of a Lynx cleaning its paw. Good sharpness, and overall exposure. I like the overall scene with the snow in the background, but the top of the image could have been cropped a little to allow the viewer to see more of the Lynx, and more easily see the tongue. 
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Hattie S.
I love wild cats. Love seeing the cat behaves just like a domestic cat. Looks like the cat is a bit out of focus, where the focus seems went to the leaves at the front of the cat. 420mm definitely not easy to focus in my opinion.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

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Title:  Deer going Up

Goal:    Capturing deer on pasture.

Equipment/Source:    Panasonic FZ-50, 420mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F4, 1/500s Manual, handheld, sunny.

Technique:   On a trip I have seen a deer with some hints on the pasture. They were on sunshine with dark forest in the background.

Processing:    Crop, contrast correction with levels and curves in Photoshop Elements.

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by commentator Dan C.


The animal is in motion and that helps elevate the nature story above the Here I Am level.  You might want to consider opening up the shadows, especially the background.  That will elevate the nature story even more by providing better information about the habitat.  It will also help separate the antlers from that dark background, Opening up the shadows will also make the image easier to view by reducing the harsh contrast.   My example used the NIK Viveza 2 Shadow Adjustment slider for that.

N2, T2, P3, E0, Total 7

Review by Dennis H.
Good capture of deer walking uphill in dappled sunlight. Nice set of antlers on animal. I feel the image could be enhanced by cropping the top, flipping the image and lightening the background.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Hattie S.
Nice composition, natural color tone. The lighting on the head is a little bit harsh, but nice background of the forest. The image will have more impact if the deer happened to turn its head, being alert. Nice capture.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Suman B.
morning light shown on the stag is soothing. no clear understanding of the nature story is reducing its value. also the documentary value is reduced due to the hoofs not getting into the picture. the cobweb behind indicating the deer coming out in the open for grazing raises its pictorial value. otherwise a here I am shot.
N-1, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-5

Review by Bruce F.
I like the low raking light on the foreground grasses, for it adds a bit of contrast and interest. The diagonal line created by the hill to adds intensity to the image, conveying and implying motion. The dark forest background complements the strong side lighting, by having light against dark, each strengthening the other. The light on the face is strong and bright, capturing the light of life in the deer eye. The winter pattern of leafless limbs and pine leaf tips also breaks up would be an entirely black background. Very good overall image; I think one of your best. My only concern is that the nature story isn’t strong enough to rate it exceptional and it might not compare well with other more dramatic nature images in competitions.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Georges D.
A nice composition of the photo, with a diagonal starting from the lower right corner. The deer antlers are very well lighted, with a dark background and it seems that it is the main point of interest of the picture, together with the head. I would personally try two modifications using Lightroom: (1) lower the clarity slider of the foreground to make the grass out of focus so as to avoid being distracted by the few spots on the grass, and (2) with a gradient filter make the background darker so as to avoid seeing some of the branches at the uper right corner.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8


Bogdan Bricelj, MPSA, EFIAP/g, was born in Jesenice in Slovenia. He graduated at Faculty of electrical engineering in Ljubljana. He was working for 9 years in steel factory Zelezarna Jesenice as service engineer. Since the year 1990 he’s manager and co-owner of computer company 3BM d.o.o. Jesenice.

He took his first photograph when he was five years old. When his parents were away from home, he used his mother’s camera to take a photograph of his younger brother which stood in the middle of the kitchen holding a knife in his hands. After developing of film, his mother wondered when she had taken that picture. He learnt the art of photography and developing of black and white photos in the photo school in the primary school. After that he passed over to diapositives. In 1973 his first diapositive was accepted on State exhibition in Nova Gorica.

More than thirty years he had on all his journeys an ordinary Praktica without any electronics. Gradually he bought a flash, macro rings, one broad-angled objective and two teleobjectives. Most of all he took pictures on trips and mountain tours. Primary he was attracted by small flowers and wild animals. The growing up of his daughter was also one of his favourites themes. When he was young he was experimenting a lot with taking snaps of »moon surface« until his lunar module exploded.

With introduction of digital cameras he started to occupy himself with photography more professional. He bought his first digital camera in the year 2004. He has realised that compact digital cameras have many advantages with respect to classic ones. He has found many new options which were not possible by using classic cameras: sharp photos with perfect depth sharpness, high magnification without objective changing, good macro photography, immediate photographs viewing, faster reviewing and sorting of snaps.

The previous knowledge of photography helps him a lot when testing new cameras and advising, recommending and instructing of their customers how to work with digital cameras. His presentations of digital cameras on Craft-fair in Jesenice and in Photographic clubs were accepted by interest. In the year 2005 he affiliated himself to photographic club Fotografsko drustvo Jesenice. At the end of the year 2008 he acquired the photo title Candidate for Master of Photography from Photographic Society of Slovenia. In the year 2010 he’s got the title PPSA and in the year 2011 he has got the title EPSA. The same year he’s got also the title EFIAP. In the year 2013 he received the title EFIAP/s, in the year 2015, his EFIAP/g and in the year 2017, MPSA. He had 17 exhibitions of his own. From 2009 to 2017 he’s been president of fotographic club Fotografsko drustvo Jesenice.

His photos

Since he has started to take pictures in digital technique, he does not use any other technique. All of his photos are taken with compact digital cameras, mostly with his HP-945 and Panasonic FZ-50. He knows cameras quite good and for that reason he always tries to get out of cameras as much as possible. The knowledge about camera efficiency enables him to get few unsuccessful shots. He expanded the efficiency of his camera by adding teleconverter, macro lenses and filters. Although digital photography allows a lot of possibilities of photo modifying, his photos are as much as possible pure representation of moments captured in the nature. Of course, some of the photos are a little bit beautified by contrast. He makes some cuttings somewhere, especially where he could not approach near by animals. Sometimes it is good to remove disturbing branchlet or reflections of camera¢s lenses from the shot. But it is very strange to him to modify background and various montages. That doesn’t seem to him a real photo.

He prefers making photos of nature: animals (macro, birds, wild animals), flowers and landscape. He captures also underwater photos. The other preferred theme is sports, especially outdoor sports. Compact cameras are there as good as SLRs. His most successful sport photographs are dog’s races and ski jumps.