Study Group 2

Les Lincke, PPSA

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Title:  It's Mine
Goal:   To get some bird action shots at Ding Darling NP, Florida.
Equipment / Source:  
D500 w/ Tamron 150-600 mm 

Technique:   Used tripod. f6.3 @ 1/1000; ISO 400  

Processing:    Cropping and PS high Pass sharpening.

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Title:    Limpkin
Goal:  Liked this image of the Limpkin because he had his natural food in his bill and was wadding through the mud.

Equipment / Source:   D5oo w/ 150-600 mm @ 360 mm.

Technique:   1/750 @ f 8.0; tripod.

Processing:    Normal Lightroom.

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Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by commentator Dan C.

The image does have a good nature story in that is shows behavior and tells more about the Limpkin than just here I am.  The leg up with mud showing on the foot is a strong element of that story,

N3, T3, P2, E0, Total 8

Review by Suman B.
Seeing this extant species from the Aramidae family is a thrilling experience and that too with its habitual food at its beak - the apple snails. true to its name the limping can be felt with its intended walk. I felt privileged to see this extant species which so much looked like the cross between ibis & spoonbill. May be a male as can be assumed from its rather large body. interesting to see the plumage as it is clearly identifiable. seeing the white markings on its plumage so definite must be an adult male.
credit to you for getting one spotted outside its cover in the open which is a rare phenomenon. also the picture shows another habit of this bird which is in the process of opening of the lid of the snail and eating inside with its tweezer like bill. 3 for a nature story. pictorially I would opt for a 2 as the catch light is missing from its eyes. Technically a slight vignetting in my opinion would help this picture attention wise. 
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-1, Total-9

Review by Andy H.
Good story. Exposure, colour and DOF fine. Like the early light colour. Compositionally a little high in the frame. Possibly cropping the mud would help.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Dennis H.
Good nature story with bird and catch. Nice lighting and colour on bird. Image appears a little soft around head and neck. Feel image could be improved by cropping bottom to remove distracting elements.  
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by bogdan B.
It's fine to capture the bird with food. Image is sharp and has good lightening.

I would leave some more space on the top or better crop some unsharp bottom and some on the right. Maibe it would be good to flip the image.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Bruce F.
Excellent nature story with its food in its beak. I think I would have lighten its eye, making it more visible and so it would stand out more. Like the front side leg back and pulling mud out with, a little detail but adds to the nature story value.
I think you waterline isn’t straight and make the Limpkin position look like its leaning forward or about to fall over. Straighten this technical issue would help composition and set the scene as we expect it to be.
Soft warm light brings out the brown feathers nicely. The exposure is perfect.
Not sure what sharpening technique you are using since you only say “Normal Lightroom”, I think you could get a tad more detail and crispness with the proper use of sharpening.
I am glad you used a tripod…Yeah!
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

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.