Study Group 2

Bogdan Bricelj, EPSA, EFIAP/g

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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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Title:  Compass Jellyfish

Goal:    Getting some more photos of jellyfish.

Equipment/Source:    Panasonic TZ-35 in underwater housing, 25 mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F4, 1/320 s Auto exposure on underwater program, WB underwater.

Technique:   This summer it was the first time, that I've seen small Compass Jellyfish. There were just two specimens. They were 2 – 3 cms large. The see moves them quickly, so they are wery hard to capture and still harder to make good photos. In next visits I couldn't find any.

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

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Review by Les L.
I have never done this but I imagine it's difficult. While your image is simple I like the color and recognizing that it's underwater, there's good focus. Good job.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Andy H.
I have no experience of underwater photography so not really qualified to comment.
>From what you say and what I see you have achieved your goal. How often do we see something different but only for a fleeting moment. Good exposure, colour, sharpness and DOF. The image has impact, for me.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Maria K.
Good colors and symmetrical composition works well for this subject I think.
I would like to see more dof. From your description of the situation I would suggest faster shutter :1000 for example and f 11) compensating with higher ISO
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Dennis H.
Good capture of jellyfish. Nice lighting with good detail and colour.
Background enhances image.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8
Review by Bruce F.
The image shows a lot of the top of the jelly fish, practically nothing else. The viewer can’t really get a good look at the tentacles. If you know what you are looking at, you can barely see a few tentacle tips below the jelly fish. This is the main objection I have with this image. A view from the top isn’t the most flattering, it condescending and has a superior feeling, where the subject is subjugated. Without the tentacles the subject is difficult to identify. Thus I would prefer a view at eye level, where you can see the tentacles hanging down and with a glance the viewer can readily see that it’s a jelly fish. This aspect of the image hurts the nature story, because you have to tell the viewer what is the subject. Maybe experts would know, but not the average viewer. Yet, the image does shows the top of the jelly extremely well and overall has excellent exposure. I also believe the center placement of the subject works since the top of the jelly has those radiating lines. From your description, I understand it’s a difficult subject to find and capture as a photograph. The viewer sees only what’s contain in the image and the average viewer won’t know visually what they are looking at
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8
Review by commentator Dan Charbonnet

Your composition is good.  This is one case the central placement was appropriate. It must have been a thrill to be able to photograph this in the wild.  Maybe one of these days you will get a chance at a full grown version.  Your shot does show the characteristic marking on the bell nicely.  The lack of clarity of the water has obscured a lot of details that would have elevated the image above a nice to have record shot.  Seen from the top the pattern on the bell does give enough information to be able to identify the subject but that is about it.  More story value would have been provided had the tentacles around the edge of the bell been sharp and more discernable.  Even stronger would have been a side angle to show the main central arms.

N1, T2, P2, E0, Total 5


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.