Study Group 2


Edward Xu (D)

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JUNE 2021 ROUND
Title:     Appetizer

Goal:   On June 2019, I went to Flushing Bay to shoot sunrise and blue hour, I happened to spot this blue heron. It was fishing. I realized the fish it caught was so small.

Equipment/Source:   Nikon Z6 FTZ converter Nikkor 200-500mm 
  
Technique:  ISO 100 500mm, 1/500sec F5.6

Processing:   A little bit Lightroom

Score this image:  YES

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Review by commentator Tom S.
Having a nature critter getting food is always a good nature story even if the food is small.  N3

The bird and log are too blue but the water is OK.  Also, the bird is a little too dark and the dark tail of the bird blends with the dark shadows. Reduce the blue and brighten the bird up.  The bird and the action with the fish are sharp. T1

There is nothing to distract from the action so simple and to the point.  Good.  The little bit of gold in the water is also good.  Plenty of room around the heron and circle in the water so doesn’t feel cramped. P3

N3, T1, P3, E0 = 7


This Review is written by: Rick D.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hello Edward. This is fine capture of a feeding Great Blue Heron. They are beautiful birds that almost always make good subjects. There is a nature story here, albeit a very common one.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I would like to know exactly what processing was done on this image. The entire photo is very overly saturated and is all blue. Were you trying for a certain effect or was there an error prior to submission? For whatever reason, the result is a very un-natural photograph.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Besides the amount of saturated blue (there is basically no white on the heron at all), I would like to see a slightly tighter crop on the right side. This would bring the image into a better balance. And as just an afterthought
(and this is entirely my personal opinion) I wonder what impact the full reflection would make on this photograph.


NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 1-Inadequate composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 4


This Review is written by: Eldon E.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image tells a partial story but it’s difficult find it interesting since the the catch is so small as to be in indistinguishable.


TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The photo has an over-possessed look with the fringing along the edges of the bird and narrow color spectrum of mostly saturated gold and blue.


PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It’s an interesting photo from an artistic point of view with the almost metallic colors on the bird and log but not so interesting from a nature standpoint.


NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
An image of heron fishing is interesting but rather common. THis image, other than time of day, does not add anything unique to the collection of million such images.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The heron is sharp and the expose seems good. IMO the color balance is shifted to far towards the blue, too much IMO. The imeg looks half color and half blue toned.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The bird is well positioned on the log with plenty (too much) room to look into the frame . The water circle is nice to draw my eye.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 5


This Review is written by: Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Strong nature story of a Blue Heron in the process of catching a fish. The angle of the bird and the overall viewpoint chosen are good and help the story. The ripple adds a bit of interest to the composition as well as showing that you capture a decisive moment.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Here is where this image falls apart. There is a complete lack of feather detail. The bird has that airbrush look of overprocessing and/or just not enough quality pixels to present a good image taken in the blue hour light. The image has the appearance of a painting. I would have positioned myself so the low angled sunlight was coming over my shoulder, and hitting and illuminating my subject. Appears that you are capturing the shadow side of the egret. Thus, it’s dark and almost a silhouette and lacks detail.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The inclusion of the bird’s shadow enhances the composition. However, the black shadow on the top left portion of the frame is a distraction. Again positioning, to exclude extraneous elements is so important to the final result.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Dave F.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice nature story - what is holding this back is the underexposure for me

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You say that the image was post processed a “little bit Lightroom”. For mee I think you could have done more in Lightroom with the exposure and temperature.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nice timing of the capture and good framing of the image. Unfortunately for me there are other issues holding back on this image to rate is higher.


NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 5

  • 1985-1986 Manager of Amature photographic group in Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages, Guangzhou, China
  • 2015-now group leader of North American Photographic  Association (NAPA) Wechat group 6th group(500 People)
  • 2017-now founder of Wide Angle Photographic Group (Wechat group)
  • 2017-2018 Member of Taiwan Photographic Association in Greater New York
  • 2017 Won trophy for photographic competition of Dragon Boat Festival hosted by Sing Tao Newspaper(New York)
  • 2018 Won trophy for photographic competition of Dragon  Boat Festival hosted by Sing Tao Newspaper(New York)
  • 2018 Won trophy for photographic competition with a theme "What Lunar New Year Meant to You" hosted by Queens NY
  • 2017-now Member of Flushing Camera Club
  • 2019 Third Place of the picture of the year from Flushing  Camera Club(Group B)
  • 2020 Second Place of the picture of the year from Flushing  Camera Club(Group A)
  • 2017-now Member of PSA.
  • 2019 My picture "Bald Eagle" is "Accepted" in the  competition hosted by Rising Star Photographic Association  in New Jersey