Study Group 2


Dennis Hill, PPSA (B)

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SEPTEMBER 2021 ROUND

Title:  Antarctic Reflections
  
Goal:   Goal to photograph Antarctic Scenery.  

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D300 Lens 16-35mm f/4
Digital Raw File @ 27mm ISO 200 1/400 sec f/11 WB Auto Matrix Metering Aperture Priority

Technique:   This image was taken from ship's deck in Paradise Harbour which is close to Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsular. Image taken mid morning. Hand held.

Processing:     
Image processed in LrC Adjustments made to Contrast, Blacks, Whites, Vibrance, Clarity. P.S. Image cropped. Layers for Dodging and Burning. Luminosity Layer for sharpening.  

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AUGUST 2021 ROUND
Title:    Warthog

Goal:   To photograph wildlife in the Serengeti N.P Tanzania

Equipment/Source:   Nikon D7100 Lens Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Digital Raw file @140mm ISO 320 f/6.3 1/400sec WB Auto. Matrix metering. Aperture Priority

Technique:  Image taken late morning from safari vehicle, overcast sky. Not many Warthogs seen. Hand held.

Processing:    Image processed in LrC. Cropped, adjustments made to contrast, shadows, blacks, whites, vibrance, clarity. P.S. Image rotated, layers for dodging and burning. Luminosity layer for sharpening.

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Review by commentator Tom S.
This image does not have a color profile.  It needs to be sRGB, otherwise, viewers might see weird colors.

This is a portrait of a warthog just being a warthog.  Weak nature story.  It needs to be doing something other than just eating. N2
The exposure and colors are good and natural, but there is a weird thing with the focus.  The warthog’s tail and tusks are sharp but the eyes and ears are not so the depth of field is very shallow with the focus seeming to be on the tusks. In nature photography, the critter’s eyes must be in focus.  T2

Pictorially, it is OK.  No distractions, and the hog is facing to the left.  P3

N2, T2, P3. E0 = 7 


This Review is written by: Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
You captured the good moment without motion blur. I am not sure why the warthog is bending needs - there is no description to mention it.
In terms of nature story, it is end up being a portrait of warthog and does not demonstrate the strong nature story in my eyes.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I guess you select the right camera setting - the main subject has reasonably sharp, no motion blur, and detail is well captured.
Since the color of background is similar to the color of main subject, you might want to use bigger f stop to blur the background more. That way you can highlight the main subject more I think.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is beautiful pictorial image.
The main subject is in center and simple composition.
The eye and face is well captured.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Eric N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a good portrait of the warthog grubbing for food. The color of the grass is true to the area where the image was taken.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The detail of the fur is clear showing very sharp focus. The tusks of the animal are sharp as well The foreground is sharp and the background begins to blur appropriately. The exposure provides a great deal if detail that makes the image more interesting.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition of the image is appropria te for the portraiture of an animal.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
For those who have never seen a warthog on its knees, you have perfectly captured the way these animals feed. Warthogs feed on their front knees, closely cropping the new green grass shoots. This unique feeding technique is the nature story. I don’t need to include more habitat to tell this particular story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The diffused light is helping you here to show the warthog’s skin, tusks, and hairy body well. Thus, the exposure and sharpening are very well handled. I have no complaints about the technical factors of this image.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
One area I would work on is the warthog’s eye, making it stand out a little more. I would blow up the entire area around the eye, and try painting with a very small brush, under the overlay blend mode, with very low opacity and flow settings, and try to light the cornea areas of the eye. Whitening the areas on both sides of the pupil. The 16 x 9 framing also works here empathizing the animal's body length. You have slightly more room in front of the warthog than behind, so positioning the subject within the frame is excellent. There also is enough environment to show what kind of grass areas this animal prefers to feed.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 9


This Review is written by: Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a nice image of typical warthog eating behaviour. Warthogs will commonly kneel on their front legs to graze. I would like to give this 2 1/2 points.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Images well exposed, colors are reasonably accurate, the warthog is sharp and the background somewhat out of focus. The hair around the warthog appears to be marginally too sharp (I should talk - I habitually oversharp my images). Again I would like to give this 2 1/2 points so I'll balance this with nature and giv e nature 3 and technical 2.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The position of the warthog is good left to right. Vertically it is a bit to centered.I would consider crop either more off the bottom (and leaving more on the top) to give a sense of vast distances behind the warthog or off the top (and leaving more on the bottom) to create a distance to the animal. Also I would encourage you to darken the background. The area behind the warthog is brightest area in the image.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Rick D.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hi Dennis. This is an animal that I have seldom seen captured in a photo. Very interesting and lots of texture! I’m not exactly sure what the subject is doing and your narrative doesn’t explain this pose. Is the warthog feeding?

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your gear and technique worked very well. The image is tack sharp while you shot hand held. Well done!

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In my view, if this shot was taken to complete a kind of “life list,&rdquo ; then it accomplishes that goal. Otherwise, this photo lacks impact. There is no cool tone to balance all the warm tones. Of course, being nature photographers, we can be limited by what nature provides. However, I do not find that particular pose is attractive. Perhaps another pose of the same animal would have shown better. For instance, with the front legs straight and the head higher and slightly turned towards the camera. As it is, a much tighter crop resulting in a head portrait would highlight the unusual and very wild effect of the head itself. That would magnify what impact there is, which in this case is totally in the head.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 1-Inadequate composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Dave F.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Not a strong nature shot, although interesting with the warthog’s front legs bent and on the ground unfortunately not much going on

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
image appears to bee sharp and color seems true - yes overcast light and looking a bit flat. The 80-400 mm lens is a great lens and I use it a lot for sports.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Regrettably this shot is, and I hate to say it, just a photograph of a warthog and not much else going on. Your image from last mo nth of the baboons was far better.

NATURE SCORE 1-Nature story minimal or contains unrelated hand of man

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 5



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.