Study Group 2

Dennis Hill

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Title:   Giant Petrel

Goal:   To photograph Petrel on beach. Auckland Island Sub Antarctic Islands.

Equipment/Source:     Nikon D7200 Lens Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, Digital Raw file @400mm f/8 1000sec ISO 1600 WB Auto
Aperture Priority Matrix Metering 
Technique:  Taken from small ridge above beach. Light sleet began falling as I took some shots. Hand held.

File adjusted in Camera Raw PS & Classic Cloud.
Cropped, layer for Dodging & Burning. Adjustment layer for Luminosity sharpening.

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Title:   Crowned Plover

Goal:   To photograph Plover before it moved. Taken Tarangiri N.P. Tanzania.  

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D300 Lens Nikon 200-400mm f/4 V.R., Digital Raw File @300mm f/5.6 1/800 sec ISO 200 WB Auto Aperture Priority Matrix Metering

Technique:   Taken from safari vehicle on road mid morning. Monopod used. 

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

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   Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by Commentator Dan C.

While it is still called a plover in a lot of areas, officially this has been changed to Crowned Lapwing.  The open bill shows it is calling so it is more than just a “Here I Am” shot.

Your exposure and sharpness are good.  My only suggestion is to flip horizontally so the bird is on the right and more importantly facing and calling to the viewer.  That adds a bit more to the story and would elevate my 2 for Nature to a 3.

N2, T3, P3, E0, Total 8

Review by Andy H.
Another great image this month. I didn't give 3 for story as not a lot happening. Technically I like the exposure, not easy in these places, colour and sharpness. The DOF is spot on for me giving that lovely diffused background. Nicely composed on a rock or termite mound.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, total-8

Review by Maria K-L
Well done portrait.
Great focus, dof, background, very nice light and good detail.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Bogdan B.
Perfectly sharp and exposed image, good DOF, blurred background. I would just dodge around the eye a little bit more.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Bruce F.
Strong nature portrait. I like the open bill; it seems to be panting in the mid-morning heat, adding a little to the nature story value. The slightly left of center placement, the choice of a vertical format, the rock base, and the clean background all make this a successful and artistic nature image.
For improvement, I think I would have light the black feathers a bit, so you could see a little feather detail, and I would have darkened the beak shadow on its breast. Maybe, added a little saturation to the yellow part of the eye, just a bit though. 
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Suman B.
straight looking into the eyes of the lapwig creates a sense of belonging with the little bird. with its open beak I sense a little urgency on its part. however looking out of the frame kills the pictorial value just a small bit. overall an acceptable image.

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.