Study Group 2

Maria Korab-Laskowska

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Title:   Wounded Arctic Wolf

Goal:    My first goal was to photograph action, but when I saw this wounded wolf I changed my mind and was trying to make his portrait with nice light. In this scene I was also liking the reflections in the water.

Equipment / Source:   Canon 7D Markii, lens 70-200 f4, 1/320 f/9 ISO 500

Technique:  This is a safari park so the biggest challenge is to get an angle without distractions from the car. Usually I am opening doors and standing higher.

Processing:  cropped, sharpen locally, darken grasses in the background

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Title:   Colony of Northen gannets

Goal:   To show environment and how big the colony is 

Equipment / Source:  Canon 7D,Lens Canon 16-35
iso 400, f/22 ss 1/400

Technique:   I climbed the tower and used the widest lens I have.

Processing:  straighten horizon and sharpened.

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Review by commentator Rick C.

I think you framed the shot well for your stated goal. It’s hard to assess sharpness with the birds that small, but the nearer birds look a bit soft at 200%. That may just be a matter of a bit more capture sharpening. You are clipping in the red and green channels on many of the birds. Sampling showed a lot of values like 255, 254, 252. At those levels, detail is all but gone. That by and of itself could be the reason for the softness I felt existed. This is a situation where I think you might have had to go to a bracketed exposure and HDR style blend to hold detail everywhere given the extreme range of contrast between the birds and the deep blue of the see and green of the firs. All that aside, this is just the type of shot you would want for an essay or program on the Gannets to give the viewer the sense of the scope of this massive breeding colony.

N-3, T-2, P-2 = 7 (N-3 There is a definite nature story present. T-2 The slight clipping in the whites. P-2 The slight apparent softness on the nearer birds.)

Review by Mike P.
This is a wonderful image and definitely captures the vast colony of birds. Excellent depth of field and composition. I love the way the white birds line the entire beach.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Butch S.
Wonderful nature interest. Technically all seems we'll. The focus is sharp and the colors are believable.

Pictorial value is great.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Dorothy P-R
Its a good image, but honestly my eye went of the edge of the brown area where the birds are. I like the idea of showing the incredible number of the birds, but did not really strike me. The colors are good and composition as well. I just don't know if I had not read your information I would have known these were all birds and the story.
N-1, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-5

Review by Fran M.
Interesting to see the scale of the colony. Not much story though, so perhaps not the choice if you were entering a nature competition. Good technically.
N-1, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Les L.
When the image pop up on my screen I was immediately impressed. The scene of white birds leads the viewers eye immediately into this panorama. I like the blend of green to white brown to blue. This may not be an outstanding nature photo but I think it is an outstanding landscape.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8




My photographic interests started in Maryland, 2002, when I joined the National Institute of Health Camera Club. After moving back to Montreal in 2004, I joined Lakeshore Camera Club.

I am using a Canon 7D camera and the following Canon lenses: 24-100L IS f4, 70-200 L IS f 4, macro 100 L2.8, 17-35L f2.8, 300L IS f2.8, extenders 1.4 and 2.0. My post processing workflow includes Bridge or Lightroom, Photoshop CS5 and NIK and Photomatix software.

I came into photography with a love for nature and a passion for the outdoors. My photographic interests started in 2002, and since then I photographed many subjects, ranging from environment and architecture to animals and sports. In 2009 I graduated from a Commercial Photography Program at Dawson College in Montreal. I organize photo tours and workshops and enjoy sharing my regional knowledge and passion for photography.