Study Group 2

Bogdan Bricelj, EPSA, EFIAP/g

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Title:  Compass Jellyfish 2

Goal:    Getting some more photos of jellyfish.

Equipment/Source:   Panasonic TZ-35 in underwater housing, 25 mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F4, 1/250 s Auto exposure on underwater program, WB underwater.

Technique: Two month ago I entered a small Compass Jellyfish to the group. Many of you would like to see a side wiev, but I haven't got any. Here is a bottom wiev. I believe, it's something quite different of what you have expected.

Processing:   Contrast correction with highlights, levels and curves, removing some reflexes with spot healing brush, everything in Photoshop Elements. 

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Title:  Two Geese Flying
Goal:    Catching birds flying

Equipment/Source:  Panasonic FZ-50, 420 mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F6,3, 1/800 s handheld Shutter Priority, WB auto.
Technique:  In a small birds natural park in north Italy, you can see many different birds. I have tried to get some good photos of them flying. I like these because of their colorful beaks and legs

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

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Review by Mike P.
I believe you achieved a very sharp image, especially for capturing birds in flight. The exposure looks fine. I also like the composition, and the way you've left space on the left side for them to fly into. I do feel it would be stronger if they birds were separated, rather than touching in the image. I also think the nature story element isn't especially strong. In my opinion, the image depicts two birds flying, rather than anything that is impactful or distinguishable from similar shots.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Eran P.
I have this same problem with wings in motion..they are a little blurry. Anyone out there with suggestions? I have tried all settings on the camera, and without fail you have this great opportunity and the wings are blurry! The image is a bit plain with nothing in the background. I definitely like the color of their legs and beaks. What species of goose?
N-1, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-5
Review by Butch S.
It looks like you took this image at sunrise or sunset as the geese look to be lit by warm light. My preference when taking pictures birds to crop as much of the image that does not contribute to the story being told. I would like to see a much closer crop of your image which would give a closer view of the geese. The nature story is of moderate value as it is more of a portrait of the geese in flight as compared to the geese interacting in a visible way.  
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Gregory L.
Nice composition of the geese in flight. Color is good but sharpness is soft. Its hard to get the focus point on the head with flying birds, it would have been nice to get the head sharp on the closest ones head.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Louise H.
Beautiful coloring of the geese love the orange! The focus is good and the composition of the shot gives the birds room to fly, nice image 
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Commentator Rick C.

You don’t say what time of day this was. I feel that I see some warmth to the lighting, but there is also a color cast that has crept in as well. The basic focus looks reasonable. I like the wing position of the upper, lead goose and really appreciate the fact that the lower goose’s head is up against the shadowed wing underside rather than partly in and partly off. I feel that helps. The composition is a little out of center, but I feel you can move it out even further to help with the visual tension in the image. I’m also picking up on some grain or grit in the sky. Was this a big crop out of your source file?

I ran a correction for the color cast but left the warmth in the lighting rather than going for a total neutralization. I also ran noise reduction on the sky Using Neat Image and the Blue Channel as a mask to keep it off o the geese. Lastly, I cropped the composition to something that I think has a bit more visual tension in it while still leaving the geese plenty of room for flight. See what you think. 

N-2, T-2, P-2 6 (N-2 Nice flight shot but not much more relative to nature story. T-2 color cast and grain in sky.  P-2 go to a slightly more dynamic crop.)

Review by Manu R., 2-27-2017
Nice freeze of the flying birds. Red legs and beaks adds value. Over lapping and dull sky are the slight pull back
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7


Bogdan Bricelj, EPSA, 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 and in the year 2015, his EFIAP/g. He had 17 exhibitions of his own. Since 2009 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.