Study Group 2

Les Lincke, PPSA

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Title:    Gopher Tortoise Entering Burrow
Goal:  Catch tortoise entering burrow

Equipment / Source:   Nikon 7000 with 18-300 mm lens, handheld

Technique:   shot at 1/180 sec. at f 6.7, ISO 400

Processing:    Std. Lightroom

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Title:    Changing Seasons

Goal:   To catch the seasonal color change in No. Carolina.
Equipment / Source:  
  Nikon 810 

Technique:    Tripod

Processing:    Misc. in LR

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Review by Commentator Rick C.

I think you accomplished a lot of what you set out to do. There is a nice sense of the Fall change captured here. The basic technical aspects look pretty good to me. There is a slight warm cast to the image. I think it works for the trees and leaves on the rocks, but I would push the white flowing water back to neutral at a minimum. I did flip the orientation on the image left to right and found that using the river as a blocking diagonal rather than a leading line, as it is now, resulted in a stronger composition for me.

N-1, T-3, P-2 = 6 ( N-1 While there is definitely a nature story in the changing of the seasons, I don’t feel it is compelling enough in this image to warrant a higher nature rating. P-2 The slight color cast was a drawback for me other than in the trees.)

Review by Dorothy P-R
The changing of the season is seen by the leaves laying in the water, on the rocks. I like your picture, however, I think the picture seems to have a yellow hue, that could maybe be lessened. The water flowing over the rocks leads you down the water. I think the sky is does not add to the picture, it's too plain and white. Maybe if you had cropped out the sky would have been better.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Mike P.
This is a good composition with the lines of the river leading into the image. I also like the slow focus that presented a smooth, velvety texture to the water. In my opinion, the colors are overly saturated and the white balance off with too much of a brownish tint. While this was a nice landscape shot, I didn't find a strong story element, based on the criteria of what defines a nature shot.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Butch S.
This is an interesting image. The silky, soft water combined with sharply focused rocks and trees gives an interesting look.

I like the image but scoring it is not easy since the image has such a strong artsy component. I don't know if the Nature category allows for such. I have read that blurring the background in post processing is a no no. So is blurring the water OK because you can do it with the camera via shutter speed choice? I don't know. I find so much about the rules for Nature not based on rational thinking. For example, you can have a composite image such as using HDR to handle the over exposed sky. But you can't simply replace the sky with another sky. Both ways the sky is more like that seen by the photographer even though the camera can't handle high density ranges.

But all of that aside, I am going to score the image as if all is OK.   
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Fran M.
Lovely colour study of the waterfall-rapids. Long exposure was a good choice to show the water movement. But, I would like to have seen your camera settings provided in your information, as we have an opportunity to learn from each other in this group, and I can't from yours now. One small issue, the water looks like it is flowing up hill for some reason. I wonder if it would look better flipped left to right.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

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.