Study Group 2

Maria Korab-Laskowska

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Title:   Yawning Black Bear

Goal:    When spending time in University rescue/shelter I saw huge back bear who was quite active. I was trying to get shot of his action without hand of man. I think he was Yawning but he was very much interested in me(or rrather my big lens)

Equipment / Source:   Canon 7D Mark2, lens Canon 300 f2.8

Technique:  spending some time waiting for the shot

Processing:  cropped, some tonal contrast, burninning on edges , lighten eyes.

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Title:   Grey Wolf Running

Goal:   Get attantion of wolf to photograph him when he is approching

Equipment / Source:  Canon 7DmarkII, lens Canon 300 2.8, 1/8000, f/4 ISO800

Technique:  I spend night in the Omega park and came before sunset on the boardwalk where wolfs could be seen.
I had with me treats for them.

The angle was not always good but on this photo he was running over a hill and I was laying down on the boardwalk to reduce angle from the above.

Processing:  Cropped a bit from the right side, darken front edge. Using NIK Viveza lighten a bit left eye.
Sharpen only the wolf

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Review by commentator Rick C.

I can’t honestly say would know that he is running, but the raised paw does speak to definite motion. Your primary focus looks good to me. The DOF is reasonable for the conditions, but if you look closely at the upper left corner you can detect the crosshatch pattern of chain link fencing and the straight upright object then gets assumed to be a post (rightly or not). If you burn in that background a bit more, you might be able to avoid a viewer picking up on that fencing pattern. The exposure for the wolf looks to be handled well in general. There does to be a small area that is near clipping on this left shoulder (our right) but pulling back a bit on the highlights should fix that. This is where I would do it with an adjustment brush confined to just that area rather than pulling back on the highlights in general. I like the open mouth and intent gaze. It helps the viewer interact with the subject in my opinion. I think the off-center composition is appropriate and helps maintain a more dynamic feel to the image. I have no issues with the open area (negative space) being on the right side of the frame. The wolf’s “weight” helps to pull the viewer back into the frame in my opinion.

Given the fencing, I’m assuming this was in a game farm setting and that you were separated from the wolves by some form of barrier. Other than that, I would have a serious concern about your being in an uncontrolled environment with wolves when you had “treats”.

N-2, T-3, P-3 = 8 (N-2 The active pose helps to add interest to the image but does not raise it to the level that a more behavioral (e.g., two wolves interacting, etc.) situation might.)

Review by Andy H.
Well seen, we must always be prepared to change our goal, nature is often chance, just being in the right place, right time.
The story is there. Technically you gave yourself a difficult shot but, in my view, handled it well. Exposure of a white subject against dark water in a bright lit shadowy scene, tough. You've managed to get all the detail without blowing out the whites. I might have tried to reduce the DOF to concentrate on the head. With the water moving the reflection was always going to be difficult. Could you have achieved a lower viewpoint angle?
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Dennis H.
Well captured image of arctic wolf. Good colour and detail with eye sharp and clear. Well composed image with interesting lighting effect.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, total-9

Review by Bogdan B.
You have got a portrait of a beautiful animal. It's face is very sharp. I would expect a little more DOF. The most distractive is the shadow on the animal. Reflections are not good due to the waves.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Mike P.
An excellent capture with, to me, a strong story element of the wolf running toward you. Nice, soft background and good framing as it trotted through the brush. Think I would frame this one and hang on the wall of my office.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-1, Total-10

Review by Dorothy P-R
Beautiful picture great DOF and image you captured. I can feel him moving in for the hunt. What a beautiful looking animal. I love the darkening of the grass, and the way you captured his movement. His mouth open, dirt on his fur, and teeth showing make this just such a great image. I don't know if you would maybe need a little more space in the front, but I really like what you captured.  
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Fran M
The angle of the approach of the wolf had made the image dramatic - as if he is hunting you. Excellent use of depth of field to isolate the subject from the background. Fantastic exposure, and speed settings. Great crop. Well done.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Butch S.
This is a nice image with good focus, DOF and exposure. In my opinion this image is more of a portrait than an image which tells a nature story. Thus, my Nature score is not as high.

Also, I cannot see why your cropped to give so much dead space on the right. Thus I did not give a high score for Technical Quality.

Finally, Pictorial Quality is affected by the preceding values.

In my view the image is better than a 6 but the scoring method given yields such a score. Your image is much more than a snapshot.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Les L.
Good image of the wolf and really like your recognition of the rule of thirds. Also like the muted background. My suggestion would be to burn the background to give stronger emphasis to the subject wolf.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7




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.