Study Group 2

Maria Korab-Laskowska

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Title:  White-tailed deer drinking
Goal: Trying to get photo of deer doing something 
Equipment / Source:   Canon 7D markII with Canon lens 70-200 f4 with 1.4 extender
setting iso 640,f8, 1/1250  

Technique:  I spot a drinking deer when canoeing. I have few photos of deer staring at me but then I moved and wait. This shot is backlit but I prefer more natural look of deer than on others.

Processing:   Besides regular raw processing I lighten deer head using Vivenza and darken slightly edges of the image

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Review by Alan L.
Good capture, composition and sharpness. The head is in shadow, however, and there is a bit of a problem with the weed in front of its face. Nicely done however and I do like the rim of light on the antlers.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Les L.
I really like this image. The deer is tack sharp and stands out in the photo. I like the eye contact you captured. Exposure and color are spot on. Photo has emotion and is interesting.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Bruce F.
I think this is one of your better images—good but not great. I do love the eye level view. Good eye shine, showing the light of life. Deer have big black eyes, and you have capture this very well. I do also like that the face is in shadow blocked by the body, adding some reflective light to the eye and face. Compositionally to enhance the pictorial elements, I think I would cropped out the top part of the image. The blurred dark forest being on the top edge draws the eye away from the subject. If the trees and forest are removed, the composition is simplified, making the subject stand out even more. Being blurred I don’t think they are adding much to the nature story. Good position of the animal on the left. With these sugestions, you could place the deer on the upper left third intersection.

I also would have include all the reflection, the rump in the water is cut off. I would have done this in camera, by moving the angle of view down. I do like the position of the deer’s body for it shows feeding behavior. Thus, the decisive moment is captured. Overall, a good image, needs some composition help to move it up.
How do you like your 7D Mark II camera body?
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Andy H.
The story is there and considering you took it from a canoe you did very well. I was going to ask if you used a tripod but you answered my question when you mentioned the canoe. Technically I think its fine. Composition, could you have got the camera lower? I like the water in front and the reflection. The water line beyond the reeds bothers me and if you had been lower this would have vanished. Alternatively could you have cropped to just below this line?
Not sure you need all the area to the RHS.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Dennis H.
Nice nature capture of feeding deer.
Good colour and detail on deer. Head and eye could be lightened more. Would have lightened top of image.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Commentator Dan C.
You did capture a very nice nature story. Technically, it does appear slightly over exposed and flat. I suggest decreasing the brightness and increasing the contrast for better exposure. I used NIK Color Efex Tonal Contrast on this example. You also want to do some cropping to eliminate the road. It is a human element that does not add to any nature story. The crop also better focuses the viewer on the deer. Flipping horizontal further strengthens the story by letting me confront the subject. Flipping also helps the reflections contribute more to the story and the image. Since you can eliminate the road, I did give a 2 on the Nature Story. If the road had been lower in the frame, I would not have been able to remove it without clipping the deer. N2, T2, P2, E0, Total 7

Review by Bogdan B.
It was good to wait until the deer continued to drink. The reflection adds interest, but it's a little bit cut. DOF is good to get background blurred.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9


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.