Study Group 2

Les Lincke, PPSA

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Title:  Mating Moccasins
Goal:   Walking through the swamp I came upon these 2 moccasins mating while they were on the move. It was 'aim and shoot'. The nature definition says the story telling value must be considered so I am submitting this image on that basis but I wish the overall image was sharper.
Equipment / Source:  
D 7000 w/ 8-300 mm lens at 300 mm.

Technique:   Ready no, aim and shoot.  

Processing:   Cropped, clarity, lightened, sharpened, noise reduction, chromatic aberration.

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Title:     Looking Down, Seeing Up
Goal:   Capture reflections by Looking Down , Seeing Up and at the same time 'looking down, seeing down.

Equipment / Source:    D7000 w/ 18-300mm lens

Technique:   shot at 1/350, f 5.6 at ISO 1100

Processing:    LR and PS

Comments/Scores (N,T,P,E, Total)

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

Review by commentator Dan C.

The image is put together well and shows good seeing.  The image meets your intent but the nature story is weak.   Technically you need to use a bit of burning or other method of selective darkening on the two bright logs at the top of the image.

If you do decide to use it in competition, remember not to include your name.  That will result in a disqualification.

N1, T2, P3, E0, Total 6

Review by Andy H
Unusual image but I believe it satisfies the definition of nature. Im sure Dan will explain. Problem is, do I see sawn log ends? HoM.
Exposure is fine, Sharp where necessary, good DOF. for me there is too much clutter and Im not sure what Im being asked to look at. Composition and impact not working for me.
N-1, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-5

Review by Bruce F.
It’s too busy for me as a pictorial. I think you need water with less debris, so the reflections are clear and distinctive. I think the color saturation is strong, especially the deep blue water which complements the green foliage around the pond or bayou. (Too strong perhaps)?

I think this could work for a nature image, telling the story of decay and the biological factors governing life in and around a bayou or swamp. Then, the pictorial elements would factor as high.

I am really disappointed in your title. It’s not a nature title, but a pictorial one. After all, this is a PSA Nature Study group, and there is a whole definition on nature within the PSA website, and titles should tell the nature story that the image is visually communicating to the viewer. I don’t mean to be harsh or negative, but you have been in this group long enough to make the effort to know what are good nature titles. Perhaps, because you aren’t competing, you don’t think you need do nature titles.

Also, while I am at it, I find your technical descriptions very vague, “PS and LR” doesn’t explain much or help the person giving the critique. I have commented on this issue before.
Your improvement is directly related to the amount of effort you put into any individual task. 

N-2, T-2, P-1, E-0, Total-5

Review by Bogdan B.
Yes, the blue sky is good. But everything is without an order.
N-1, T-3, P-1, E-0, total-5

Review by Suman B.
seeing the nature story you are trying to emphasise I will always try to appreciate the fact that you are trying out new frames from the situation you get. you may try to flip the picture horizontally which will give the log more emphasis as then it will move diagonnaly the opposite direction. pictorially a good attempt. colour are perhaps a bit oversaturated. 
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Georges D.
Technically the picture is well exposed, with the focus on the trunk in the foreground.
It is really nature in the wild.
However, there is a lack of point of interest to drive our eyes through. It looks a little bit messy with stacking pieces of wood mixed with branches. The reflection on the water would have been more interesting with less things lying in the water.
N-2, T-2, P-1, E-0, Total-5

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.