Study Group 2

Dennis Hill

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Title:   African Buffalo 

Goal:    To photograph buffalo at close range, Serengeti N.P. Tanzania.

Equipment/Source:     Nikon D300 Lens Nikon 200-400mm f/4 V.R. Digital Raw file @400mm. f/5.6 1/200sec ISO 200 WB Auto Aperture Priority Matrix metering. 
Technique:  Taken from safari vehicle on road. Monopod used.

File adjusted in Camera Raw PSCC.
Cropped, tone curve adjustment. Layer for dodging and burning. Adjustment layer for luminosity sharpening.

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Title:  Hamadryas Baboon Family

Goal:    To photograph interaction between Baboons at Melbourne Zoo.

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D7200 Lens Nikon 200-400 mm f/4 VR Digital Raw file @240 mm F/6.3 1/640sec ISO 1250 WB Auto Aperture Priority Matrix Metering.   

Technique:   Waited till I could see some interaction between family group. Monopod used.

Processing:    File adjusted in Camera Raw PSCC cropped, tone curve adjustment, layer for dodging and burning.
Adjustment layer for luminosity sharpening. 

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Review by commentator Dan C.

No problem with this zoo shot.  The zoo cooperated nicely by providing their animals a realistic habitat.  Your arrangement of the family group tells a strong nature story.

Your exposure and sharpness are good.  I do not know what was cropped but it might have been a bit too tight at the top where you clipped some of the mother baboon’s hair.  Yes, it is a nit pick but sometimes that can make a difference if you decide to use it in a competition. If you did crop from the top, I suggest adding some of the space back, unless of course putting that part back would reveal the zoo habitat.

N3, T2, P3, E0, Total 8

Review by Andy H.

Great image really like the composition and the interaction between the family.
Technically, for me, this image is spot on. Lovely detail good DOF and sharpness. One criticism is the crop at the top and LHS are a little too close for me.
If only the adults had opened their eyes and looked towards you!
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, total-9
Review by Bogdan B.
Dennis, you have got very pretty monkeys. it's good to have the family. I miss just a little bit of hair of mother.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8
Review by Bruce F.
A powerful image of a baby within the arms of its mother with another juvenile baboon engaging with the mother and the infant. This visually creates a strong nature story. The face of the infant is priceless, adding to the impact of this image. In my opinion, there are two elements that detract from the image. First is the tight framing, the mothers head is touching the top of the frame, ideally, you want to leave more room here, and with a zoom lens, you should have been able to do this with easy. Secondly, there are some bright light circle behind the mother’s head. These should be darken and blend into the background as a step in post-processing. Technically, the exposure is good, although I might add a half of stop of light to the whole image. I have feeling it was a very dark cloudy day. Adding this little bit of light would help and improve the image. The image has a natural feel, no hand of man is shown. Without knowing that it’s a zoo image, it could have easily been taken in the wild. That’s a plus.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8
Review by Suman B.
nice family portrait. is just that I would appreciate if you could add a bit of space top and in the left. So tight...instead of making a 1:1 crop you may opt for a 3:4 crop ratio. shallow dof makes the outer rings of the family unsharp which you may need to correct. face of the junior is really beautiful. love it...good capture mate.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-1, Total-9

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.