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Bogdan Bricelj, MPSA, EFIAP/g

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Storks in nest

Capturing a storks family in nest.

Panasonic FZ-50, 420mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F9, 1/640s Shutter priority, handheld.
A photo friend from a nearby town told me for a Stork family nesting in their town. I have gone there two times. This is one of the best photos.

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

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Title:   Proud on the Edge of the Forest

Goal:   Make use of locations for wildlife photography.   

Equipment/Source:   Panasonic FZ-50, 350mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F3,6, 1/800s Shutter priority, handheld.

Technique:  This is the first photo from our vacation on island Cres in Adriatic Sea. I expected a lot of underwater photos. But comming to the location we have found some deer paddles. They were not very shy as I'm used to. It was possible to photo them also during the day sunlight. This was one of the most beautiful.

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

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Review by commentator Dan C.

The animal itself is magnificent but the story is not strong.  You do have some story by showing the habitat but other than that it is a “here I am” shot. 

I would like to see its eye stand out a bit better.  That would remove the slight feeling I get that the head is slightly out of focus.  It would also add life to the image.

Your foreground rocks are a bit hot.  I recommend selectively burning  down the brightness in that area.

I do not mind the feet being hidden.  You have enough space hidden by the rock foreground that the feet would still be in the image if not hidden so you are not clipping the “virtual”

N2, T2, P3, E0, Total 7

Review by Andy H.
What a magnificent beast and being able to get close during daylight has given you a good opportunity.
Unfortunately theres no action or interaction so I see it as a 2 for the story. Looking at the shadows it would appear to have been taken in strong sunlight and this is causing a lack of contrast and the image looks a little flat and the colours are also affected.
On my screen the image is looking a little soft and the composition, in my view, lacks impact.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Dennis H.
Good nature image of deer with well displayed antlers. I feel the detail on head and eye a little soft. I think the image could be improved with more visibility of the animals feet.
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Review by Bruce F.
The eyes of animal are so important; they need to be clearly seen and with a catch light. This shows that the animal is alive and through the eyes the spirit comes through to the viewer. I cannot clearly see the eye on the side that’s facing the viewer. This area needs to be lighten, so the eye can be clearly seen. I would make this adjustment in post-processing. I do like the framing, and the line of rocks in the foreground gives a solid base for the image. The slight angle of the deer helps too. The light horns are placed nicely against a dark green foliage. Instead of center placement of the subject, I might have placed the deer more on the right side to create more tension within the composition. Strong daylight lighting, this accounts for the dark face and the lack of detail in the flank of the animal. With a face and eye properly adjusted, this would add to the nature story giving life to this magnificent male deer. 
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Review by Suman B.
a beautiful image as if time stood still. i would've loved to see more of the background. highlights are burned at the feet. image should have been toned down. and the point of focus should've been on the eye. in order to enhance the colour of the antler entire image got a saturation boost. if you could just tone down the highlight and saturation of the background the subject would stand out. and with more background thrown in may be a beautiful frame also.
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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.