Study Group 2

Dennis Hill

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Title: Hamadryas Baboon and Infant

Goal:    To photograph interaction between female and infant baboons. Taken Melbourne Zoo

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D7200 Lens Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens. Digital Raw File @400mm f/7.1 1/500sec WB Auto Matrix Metering Aperture Priority.  

Technique:   Waited till their was interaction between female and infant, trying to minimise human elements in images. Took many images.
Hand held.

Processing:     File adjusted in Camera Raw PSCC. Cropped, Layer for Dodging and Burning. Adjustment layer for Luminosity sharpening.

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Title:  Gentoo Penguin

Goal:  To photograph Gentoo Penguin vocalising on Macquarie Island in the Sub Antarctic.  
Equipment/Source:    Nikon D7200 Lens Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens Digital Raw File @280mm f/7.1 1/1250sec WB Auto ISO 800 Aperture Priority Hand Held
Technique:  On an excursion to Macquarie Island came across this penguin. Took many images to try and capture this particular display.   

File adjusted in Camera Raw PSCC Cropped, layer for Dodging and Burning. Adjustment layer for Luminosity sharpening.

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Review by Les L.
Nice image of the penguin. Perhaps by framing him off center you could add a little more interest to the photo. I like the exposure, lighting and focus. Arrangement could be improved.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Mike P.
This shot brought a smile to my face. He looks like he just woke up and is ready for his cup of coffee. I think you did a superb job of capturing this wonderful expression. The soft background is also excellent.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Butch S.
Very nice image. Resolution is great. Background has nice Bokeh. The penguin is engaging in an activity that is known. This activity gives the image an interest grabbing look.

Job well done!
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Louise H.
The penguin seems like he is really vocalizing. The expression on the face is that he is really trying to get his point across. I love the orange color of the beak in contrast to the grey body. The image is wonderful the focus around the eye could be a little sharper however the catchlight would be hard to obtain and the penguin has his eye half closed.  
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by commentator Rick C.

You captured an interesting pose and nice calling behavior. The basic technical aspects all look to be well handled. The subject separates nicely from the background with no distracting elements. The composition is a little on the tight side, but acceptable given the nature of the activity taking place. If you have more in the frame, I wouldn’t be worried about adding back half again as much on the top and right side. Primary focus looks good on the eye and facial area. The DOF is falling off fast in the body / back nearer us. This area could use some additional sharpening limited to just that area.

N-3, T-2, P-3 = 8 (N-3 Good behavior and story value T-2 Side and back nearer viewer could use additional sharpening P-3 nice colors. Composition is a little tight but not unacceptably so for level of activity taking place.)

Review by Manu R.
Nature story is there with the bird showing behavior. Colour of the open mouth attracts attention.details of feathers didn't come out well and the composition is central and a bit boxed I feel.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7



I live in Templestowe, a suburb north-east of Melbourne, Australia. I have been interested in photography for many years but only became serious when I joined a local camera club 8 years ago.

My main interests in photography are nature and travel. I use Nikon equipment D7200 and a number of lenses from 16mm-400mm.

My other interests are travel, motor sport and gardening. My goal in joining the nature group is to improve my photography and learn new skills.