Study Group 2

Les Lincke

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Title:  Immature Night Heron

Goal:    Photographing on a quiet visit to Ding Darling Wild Refuge.

Equipment / Source:  
  Nikon 810 w/ 28-300 mmAt 300 mm. ISO 400

Technique:  Hand held 

Processing:     Lightroomed w/ clarity, saturation, noise reduction. 

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Title:   Turret Arch

Goal:  To capture some good early morning images at Arches NP.

Equipment / Source:   810 w/ 25x85 mm lens at 72 mm. 1100 ISO 
Technique:  1/30 sec. at f 8.0

Processing:   Used Viveza for the first time.

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Review by Mike P.
A nicely composed image that suffers from overprocessing. As a friend told me, sometimes less is best. It appears over-saturated, creating an almost garish and unnatural appearance to the rocks and sky. You also have a halo effect around the edges of the red rock against the blue sky. This could be over-sharpening or perhaps you to remove the chromatic aberrations. I also think this is more of a fine art image. While wonderfully composed, it doesn't have a lot of nature oomph. I think if you dialed back your processing to present a more natural look you'd have a much more attractive image that would be suitable for framing.
N-2, T-1, P-2, E-=0, Total-5
Review by Butch S.
I just got back from the Canyon Lands. All is beautiful.

Did not see the Turret Arch but it looks like something from a dream.

Be that as it may, to my eye the image seems to be over-sharpened when enlarged Also, against what I saw of the Iron deposited strata,this image appears to be a bit over saturated.

I think that the image would improve with less sharpening, as the image would not look as crystalline as it does.

When I was presented with such beautiful images at Canyon Lands, I wanted to sharpen and saturate further. But after looking at these images I realized that less is more in regard to adjustments. 
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Gregory L.
Your photo is a great composition but its doesn't have a nature story as it is just a landscape. The image is over processed with the halo around the entire rock and the sky color is not natural looking. The top right side shows degrading of the image.  
N-1, T-1, P-03, Total-5
Review by Louise H.
I love the colors you have captured with the arch it is beautiful. When I opened the image to critique it did appear out of focus, Overall the image is very good.  
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8
Review by Commentator Rick C.

The composition is tight but works for the subject. Primary focus and DOF both look reasonable to my eye. The exposure also looks OK, but the saturation is way over the top for a nature subject. Was this from an HDR bracket? Most of the HDR software has a bad tendency to over saturate. If it was from a bracket, try using Lightroom's merge to HDR feature or Photoshop's similar feature. In Photoshop, don't tone map the image, just save the 32 bit file and then tone map that in either Lightroom Develop or ACR. You will get much more natural looking results. Mcphun's new Aurora HDR program also does a very good job. Unfortunately it is only available for Macs currently.

N-2, T-3, P-2 = 7 (N-2 The story is there in the erosion but not to a behavior level. P-2 Way over saturated for a nature subject. Watch putting your name in when it shows that prominently.)

Review by Manu R. 12-27-2016
Liked the Compostion and the concept. Exposure is bringing out the texture of the rocks well. I feel Over saturation and sharpening has affected the image 
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

I live in Ft. Myers, FL. and Blowing Rock, NC. I am a retired business executive who travels extensively and enjoys photography as one of my many hobbies. I also participate in the PSA Travel Study Group. I look forward to being involved in this nature group.