Study Group 2

Bogdan Bricelj, EPSA, EFIAP/g

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Title:  Lunch time
Goal:  Catching a moment of feeding chicks.  

Equipment/Source:  Panasonic FZ-50, 420 mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F3,7, 1/160 s Shutter priority, aditional flash.
Technique:  This is an eight years old photo. I've sent it twice to ND exhibitions. Once it was disqualified and second time organiser asked me to exchange it. Few month ago I've read Rick's article in PSA Journal and decided to show this photo. I know, that ND photos should not show anything made by man. But there are some exceptions. I'm sure, that these little houses are made by man exclusively for birds to easy have chicks. It is a help to the birds, to the nature, so they extend the nature story. I would like to know your opinion. 

Processing:   Contrast correction with levels in Photoshop Elements. 

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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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Review by Andy H.
Thanks for showing us this. I don't do underwater photography so really have no idea how difficult it is.
The image for me is soft but exposure, DOF and colours look good. Composition and impact are difficult to comment on as there is nothing else in the image.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Les L.
For me this is not an impact nature story but the unusual subject makes it an interesting nature story. Technically I like the color harmony including the light blue background. I think the exposure and lighting are well done. I would prefer to see the image off center rather than right in the center of the photo.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Bruce F.
 think that the bottom view looking up into the Compass Jellyfish is more interesting than the top above view you showed in January. The reason is because you see the interesting structures of the jellyfish. Sharpness is excellent. The red jelly against the blue water color scheme is strong and the colors enhance each other. Composition is centered. Yet because of the angle I might have put the jellyfish higher in the frame. If you did that, however, you would crop some of the tentacles, so I am OK with the centered composition. Overall, a visually pleasing image. 
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, total-8
Review by Maria K-L, 3-28
Exposure and colors are correct.
Focus is good.
In my opinion would be great to have a bit more dof to see all details sharp.
I am curious to see what others would suggest for a placement of the subject in the frame.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by commentator Dan C.

I find this version much stronger than the first one you submitted.  It provides a lot more information about the jellyfish yet still retains the compass rose markings that are key to the species.   Your angle also gives an impression of the pumping motion of the jellyfish’s bell that is uses to help it be less at the mercy of the currents.

N3, T3, P3, E0, Total 9


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 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.