Study Group 2

Maria Korab-Laskowska

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Title:  winter scene with boreal caribou

Goal:   To capture atmosphere of the winter scene and show environment of caribou.

Equipment / Source:    Canon 7D with EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM
F13 1/320, +0.67 ISO 400

Technique:    It was snowing and I was in the car.
This is older photo. Now I would use faster shutter but I remember I had problem to get focus due to heavy snow.
What focusing technique would you suggest to get caribou in focus in such conditions?

clarity, sharpening using High pass filter

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Title: White-tailed deer feeding  

Goal:    To get photo of the deer when he in feeding in natural habitat

Equipment / Source:    Canon 7D markII, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
1/2500 f5/6 ISO 640

Technique:   Photo taken from canoe in Mont Tremblant Park, Quebec. When the deer noticed me he stared at me for a while.
I stopped paddling and wait quietly until he ignored me.
Handhold and rest on the bag when waiting.

Processing:    minimal: cropping and sharpening

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Review by Mike P.
A lovely shot of the deer. The composition appeared perfectly framed and exposed. The exposure was extra-sharp as demonstrated by the snappy capture of the bee flying between the antlers. Although it had some leaves dangling from its mouth, the image appeared to me a bit static to rate an exceptional.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Les L.
I think this photo provides an interesting nature story.
The fact that the deer is eating in the water does a lot for the image. I like your exposure and color harmony. I would like to see slightly more contrast on the L side of the image through a slight burning of the background. I would prefer that the deer was moved down and back giving him more room in front and giving some consideration to the rule of thirds.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Dennis H.
Nice nature image of feeding deer.
Animal nice and sharp with good colour and detail. Dark areas in background a little distracting.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8
Review by Andy H.
Good activity with the feeding and well timed. Looks to have been taken in strong sunlight which makes the image lack contrast. Good exposure and DOF. Sharpness is a little off, focal point appears to be on antlers. yet settings all look right. Think its just the harsh light. 
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Tota.l-8
Review by Bruce F.
Two aspects of the image are a concern to me. I believe you should have included more water on the bottom of the image. The greatest portion of the deer’s legs aren’t seen because of the water level, but visually they look awkward and appear cut off since you can imagine that they go farther down in the water than what is shown. Secondly, I always believe that the color white is an eye catcher, but sometimes black can be too. Here the black at the top of the image draws the eye away from the main subject of the deer. I would use a targeted adjustment and tone down these areas. The nature story is good, including the action of the deer pulling up the water plants and have his mouth around them. The eye is particularly illuminated showing the pupil and iris. I don’t remember or don’t know of White-tailed Deer being having a hide this red. Maybe, it’s a subspecies that that I am unaware of. Overall, a good capture of nature moment. 
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8
Review by commentator Dan C

I like the story you captured.  Clearly showing the deer in the water feeding has worked well here.

You do have a couple of technical flaws.  It does appear to be slightly over exposed but admittedly that could be due to the difference in the brightness of my monitor and your monitor.  In the adjusted version I did reduce the exposure slightly and used the structure slider in Viverza to add more texture and detail to the deer’s fur.  The biggest flaw is what appears to be a tilt in your image indicated by the lines formed by the foliage floating in the water.  I rotated it as much as I could with your tight crop but it could stand another couple of degrees clockwise.  You might be able to do some more rotation on the original before it was cropped.

N3, T2, P2, E0, Total 7.

Review by Bogdan B. 3-28
You are lucky to come so near a so beautiful deer. The eye is very sharp, but I would prefere a little bit more DOF to get more body in focus. Crop is a little bit too tight.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8
Review by commentator Rick C. - extra

I think the fundamental capture and story here is well handled. The technical aspects for the subject look good to me. I would note that in this case I think your cropping is a little too tight and also has a slight tilt to the left. I appreciate the desire to emphasize the feeding activity, but we will typically want to leave more room for the “virtual” legs, that is the legs we know are there from being able to identify the subject but cannot see because they are behind grass, or in this case under the water. Backing off would also let you add a little more space in front of the deer for breathing room. Keep in mind that this comment relates to showing the entire body as you have. If you were to go for a severe crop into the body, say to show only the shoulders and head, then the issue of the missing legs goes away because e the viewer knows it is an intentional crop. As it is, they will debate on whether you just forgot about the legs.

I think if you look back at the image the tip will be evident just by looking along the belly line. I’m guessing you used the BG shore line to gauge what was level but in this case I feel you need to use the subject itself.

The small insect flying above the head is a plus.



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.