Study Group 2

Dennis Hill

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Title:   Gentoo Penguin

Goal:   To photograph wildlife and landscapes at Port Lockroy Antarctic Peninsula.

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D300 Lens 16-35mm f/4 VR Digital Raw File @35mm f/8 1/500sec ISO 200 WB Auto Matrix Metering

Technique:   Image taken late morning, overcast sky, occasional light snow. Image originally taken as a landscape, hence f/8 aperture. Cropped out most of background as I found it was uninteresting. Hand held.

Processing:   File adjusted in Camera Raw LR & PS Image cropped, curves adjustment, layers for dodging and burning. Layer for sharpening.

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Title:   Female King Parrot

Goal:    To photograph Parrots at the Healesville Wild Life Sanctuary 45 miles east of Melbourne. 

Equipment/Source:     Nikon D7100 Lens Nikon 200-400mm f4 VR Digital Raw File @210mm f/5.6 1/125 sec ISO 1250 WB Auto Spot Metering. 
Technique:   Image taken inside Walkthrough Aviary,specializing in Parrots from South Eastern Australia. Took many images of different species but selected the King Parrot as it is difficult to find in the wild. Monopod used with VR as there was low light in the aviary.

File adjusted in Camera Raw LR & PS. Image cropped, curves adjustment, layers for dodging & burning. Adjustment layer for luminosity sharpening.

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Review by commentator Rick C.

I think your fundamental capture is very solid. The primary focus, DOF and positioning for the subject all look good to me. The behavior with the leaf adds to the nature story. The issues I see are largely pictorial. First and foremost is the tonality differential between the parrot and the BG. Unless you could use a fill flash in the field, this would have to be addressed in post-processing by dodging the parrot and burning in the BG in any number of potential ways. The other issue is the branch projecting up behind its head. Unfortunately, that will remain a distraction unless you want to do a second version of the image for pictorial use only. I would, however, be inclined to either add a little space back or to crop the top slightly more to address the current just touching the edge of the frame condition that is there now.

N-3, T-3, P-2 = 8 (N-3 I feel the behavior is sufficient to warrant the full 3 in this instance. P-2 We need to shift the tonality to emphasize the subject and deemphasize the BG. The touch merger on the branch should also be addressed.)

Review by Mike P.
A nice capture of the bird. The soft background was the perfect backdrop to set off its handsome colors. His positioning on the limb creates a good composition that leads the eye through the photo. Although it appeared to be eating a leaf, or at least had its beak open it didn't convey an exceptionally strong nature story.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Les L.
Technically excellent. Sharp focus, good exposure and color.I like the way you muted the background. 
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Butch S.
This is a beautiful image. Background bokeh is nice, the Parrot is very sharp. The Parrot is eating the leaf or something on the leaf. The image is enhanced by the leading line created by the limb. I think a horizontal flip may look better as the limb leads from the upper left corner of the image straight to the Parrot.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Fran M.
For a shot in a sanctuary, you have done well with the background. She's doing something interesting too. There are lots of King Parrots in Qld, where I live, but I have never seen one with an eye looking forward like that. Well done with technical quality too.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, total-8



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.