Study Group 2

Maria Korab-Laskowska

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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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Title:  Tricolored heron preening

Goal:   to catch any bird behaviour in late afternoon light 

Equipment / Source:    Canon 7D markII
EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM +2x
1/2500 sec; f/10; ISO 800

Technique:    standing on the boardwalk of chincoteague wildlife loop and waiting for birds to come closer but it did not happened so I photograph them from longer distance

Processing:    cropping, adding color contrast and sharpen locally

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Review by Mike P.
In my opinion, you captured the heron in a striking pose. I like the way the neck circles under the features, providing a nice glimpse of the underside of the wings. I also feel that your exposure was good, considering you had to capture the shadows beneath the wings as well as the sunlight on the head, legs and water. I believe that the heron is slightly out of focus. I also believe that you could crop more off the top and side to draw more attention to the bird. I provided a 2 for an interesting but not particular striking nature photo, a 1 in technical due to soft focus, and a 2 as a result of the 2 in nature and 1 in technical quality.
N-2, T-1, P-2, E-0, Total-5
Review by Eran P.
This image was a puzzle at first to figure which way was up! The photo is clear and the Heron is beautiful, but not much going on in the background.
N-1, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-6
Review by Butch S.
The tricolored heron is quite a beautiful bird when in breeding plumage. The image is sharp at its focal point. The nature value is of a moderate value I'm my opinion as the Heron is engaged in preening which is a type of portrait and tells a story that the Heron is either preening or is scratching an itch. My tricolored heron scored a 2 as being a portrait with only a subtle nature story.

I also think that to my eye, the whole image seems to be of soft colors, almost an image in all pastels. I would rather have more contrast. Also, I would try raising the saturation of the various colors of the heron to make them standout.
N-2, T-2, OP-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Louise H.
Love the variety of colors in this image and the lighting on the birds face. I also think the image is very fluid. It takes my eye from right to left and is very pleasing!
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by commentator Rick C.

You captured an interesting preening pose that helps to separate the image from the more commonly seen postures. The exposure on the Tri-colored looks good to me. Primary focus looks good. The depth of field is consistent with a 600 equivalent at F10, but the contrast of the background and yellow vegetation in the foreground seems off, by which I mean it seems too flat given the lighting on the heron. This may be some of the post-processing you did. Remember that we want to keep those adjustments looking as natural as possible and that, at the current time anyway, use of negative Clarity settings has not been approved for nature images). Luminosity, Saturation and contrast are all intertwined. If you boost contrast the saturation of the object increases. Likewise, if you decrease the contrast of an area you will want to decrease the saturation and luminosity for the area slightly as well to keep the relative balance looking natural. I would be inclined to add a little contrast back in but drop the saturation and luminosity of the yellows slightly and see if that may not look more like depth of field falling off and less like a haze was present.

N-3, T-3, P-2 = 8 (N-3 I think the pose is uncommon enough that this has the added behavior factor we are always looking for. P-2 The contrast, saturation, luminosity balance for the background and yellow foreground mass doesn’t look totally natural to me.)

Review by Gregory L., 2-27-2017
Great Heron pose. I have seen many photos of herons doing this. Photo is sharp but slightly overexposed. good nature study.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Manu R., 2-27-2017
Image showing the behavior of the bird adds to nature story. Nice lighting with good details of the bird. back ground with nice patterns shows the environment.
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.