Study Group 2

Dennis Hill

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Title:   Western Lowland Gorillas

Goal:   To photograph interaction between Gorillas at Melbourne Zoo
Equipment/Source:     Nikon D7200 Lens Nikon 200-400 f4 VR
Digital Raw file @260mm F7.1 1/400 sec, WB Auto ISO 1000
Aperture Priority Matrix metering
Technique:  Waited till some interaction occurred between male and infant. Took many images.
Monopod used.

File adjusted in Camera Raw PSCC sharpened, cropped, curves adjustment. Layer for dodging and burning.

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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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Review by Commentator Dan C.

Your capture is nice and sharp where it needs to be.  Your story is strong with the interplay between the infant and the adult.  You can almost feel the exasperation and patience of the mother with an active youngster. 

I think the lighting was not on your side here.  The background is extremely bright and brings undue attention to the baboons being in the shade.  You might want to consider brining the exposure into better balance by opening up the shadows of the baboons.  I used the shadow adjustment slider in NIK Viveza to do that in the adjusted version.

N3, T2, P3, E0, Total 8

Review by Commentator Rick C.

I think you have a solid capture in this image. The basic technical aspects look to be handled well for the lighting on the subjects. I think the composition works, though I wish the adult was looking at the infant. I feel you have room to dodge the face on the adult to open it up more without making it look odd relative to the lighting. I would definitely select the greens and desaturate and darken them.

N-3, T-3, P-1 = 7 (N-3 The interaction makes the story even if the adult isn’t looking at the infant. P-1 We need to open up the adult’s face and control the background greens which currently compete for the viewer’s attention.)

Review by Mike P.
This is a perfectly executed image. The relationship between the mother and her infant convey an exceptionally strong emotional display. The lines leading from the infant up to the mother pull the viewer into the shot. The stick adds a wonderful element of color and interest. Wonderful job and a joy to look at.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-1, Total-10
Review by Fran M.
Good sharp capture of the attention seeking by the infant. The baby has been ignored by the mother though. If only she had looked down to see what the infant wanted. Behaviour of the animals is the key, so I appreciate your effort and applaud your choice of depth of field. Just wondering if the background could be toned down though as it is stealing the ‘limelight’, pardon the pun.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Andy H.
Good interaction between the two monkeys. DOF and exposure are fine There is some softness in the image and lack of detail. I find the background colour too strong and bright.  
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, total-7
Review by Maria K.
Wonderful moment and composition. Both faces are in focus but there is some softness/noise in the kid fur. Maybe this is effect of lightening shadows in post. I think background colors could be less bright. I would lower saturation of yellow color. The piece of something behind the kid could be burned a bit more in my opinion.
N-3, T=2, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Bogdan B.
I like the little's sight. A lovely photo.
The eyes of the adult are not Quite sharp. Selective sharpening could help. But the most disturbing is so bright background. I would decrease saturation of yellows and greens and dodge the adult's face.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Bruce F.
Like the interaction! The mother appears with her look “to say not another stick game”. The young one is pleading and is really engaged as it looks up to its mother. All contribute to capturing a “decisive moment”, and a very strong nature story. My suggestions for improvement are to darken and desaturate the background, that bright yellow is an eye catcher and a strong color that draws my eye away from the baboons. Also, that bit of rock on the left side in the sun also should be darkened. I would also lighten the mother’s baboon’s face and the face of the youngster a bit. Subtle adjustments are best here. However, the yellow white background spots need to go, and I would do major darkening and desaturating here. Overall, a cute and engaging moment in the lives of these baboons. The Oakland Zoo has Hamadryas Baboons too. I took some images a couple weeks ago. While in Africa, I have only seen Chacma and Olive Baboons in the wild. The male of this species with its abundant gray hair surrounding its face is quite different than the common species you see. 
N-3, T-2, 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.