Study Group 2

Les Lincke, PPSA

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Title:  Anhinga With Nesting Supplies

Goal:    Get action pictures at a rookery.

Equipment / Source:  
  Nikon D500 w/ 150-600 mm lens

Technique:  Hand held 

Processing:     Crop, debate, noise reduction and sharpen.

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Title:   Red-shourldered Hawk Chick

Goal:  Just happenned upon this hawk nest.

Equipment / Source:   Coolpix P520 @ 1/1600, f6.6 w/ ISO 400
Technique:  Hand held

Processing:   Cropped, sharpened and burned background.

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Review by Mike P.
You found a delightful subject! I think you got a perfectly exposed and focused image. I also like the way the image is composed, with the chick nestled in the nest and looking to the right. To me, the image is more of a portrait and lacks a strong story element.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8
Review by Eran P.
Just my personal opinion, but I think burning the background took away a little bit of the nature look of this image. Great shot otherwise.
N-1, T-1, P-3, E-0, Total-5
Review by Butch S.
A nice image of a raptor chick. The image is sharp where it needs to be sharp. To me the, image is of the portrait type.. Without showing an interaction with its environment in an interesting way, the nature score is moderate. The technical aspects are good. The pictorial value is average in my opinion.  
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Louise H.
very nice capture! I love that the baby hawk still if fuzzy. The catch light in the eye is nice the focus around the eye maybe a little soft. Overall a very nice image 
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by commentator Rick C.

You captured a nice shot of this chick> I like the way you have it composed. The exposure may be a tad hot on the top of the chick’s head, but overall I think you handled that well for the lighting present. I also like the fact that the chick’s head is turned so that we see the profile completely. I would normally try shifting the effective lighting balance in post-processing by darkening the surroundings slightly and lightening the chick’s face slightly. When darkening the background, I would also need to drop the saturation and contrast for those areas to keep things in a relative balance. At a minimum, I would use the didge tool to lighten the chick’s eye so that that part of the face shows a little more clearly. I can’t be 100% certain, but on the two monitor I work from the main point of focus seems to be on the leaves behind the chick and at F6.6 the DOF falls off too fast to hold the head sharp. Most focusing systems are contrast detection and so that would make sense given that the leaves are more contrasty. If you have a way of checking the actual point of focus used, it may be worth a look. In any event, I would run the sharpening tool over the face and eye to see if you can’t make that a touch crisper.

N-2, T-2, P-3 = 7 (N-2 A nice juvenile image but lacks the added behavioral aspect to take it up to a 3. T-2 Seems a bit back focused to me , eye and face need sharpening.)

Review by Gregory L 2-27-2017
Great subject. Good composition. Fair nature story.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Manu R. 2-27-2017
Hawk chick in the nest is a rare subject in it's natural surrounding. However the back ground and foreground are crowded with distractions.
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.