Study Group 2


Adrian Binney, PPSA, LRPS

Click image to enlarge>TOTAL SCORE 10
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OCTOBER 2021 ROUND

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SEPTEMBER 2021 ROUND
Title:    Two Dalmation Pelicans competing
     
Goal:  To capture 2 Dalmation Pelicans inter-acting, whilst in a Wetland Trust centre in the UK earlier this year. The birds are with a fenced area. I would not put this image into Wildlife, but may Nature.

Equipment/Source:    Olympus EM-1X with 40-150 f2.8 Pro lens + 2x converter

Technique:   Taken at 212mm (FF= 424) 1/1,250 f7.1 ISO 200 handheld. Exposure was Aperture priority with -0.7 compensation. Taking single shots, relying on timing.

Processing:    Crop just to landscape shape and process in Lightroom to show detail and control highlights.

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Review by commentator Jan Lee

Nature Story:
This is an excellent nature story. I have seen many pelicans doing exactly this, and it is always interesting to see who gets the fish.

Technical Quality:
The colors are beautiful, and the image is generally well exposed. You did a really good job with the ripples, highlights, and reflections in the water. It can’t have been easy to retain the detail in the birds, and yet so much bright white to work will, but you managed it. You may have over sharpened the pelicans just a little.

Pictorial Quality:
There is a lot of impact here. The image feels very dynamic, and the composition is excellent. The story is clear and unmistakable.

N – 3; T – 2; P – 3 = 8


This Review is written by: Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image shows some interaction between the two birds and thus contains a nature story. As far as a viewer is concerned the fact that this takes place inside a fenced in area makes no difference since the hand of man is not visible.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
For me this issues with the image are technical. First I feel the birds are a bit over exposed as shown by the areas lacking detain on the backs of the two birds. Although you utilized a semi-fast shutter speed of 1/1250 the feathers of both birds la ck any measure of critical sharpness. Perhaps you have a considerable amount of camera motion impacting this image due to the fact that you are handholding the camera. Additionally, the birds may be moving rapidly and coupled with hand holding this could be the source of the visible lack of sharpness. Fast shutter speeds are always the photographer’s friend when shooting wildlife and since your ISO is quite low, you have room to increase ISO to get additional speed.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
While the action features the birds coming together from opposite directions and thus is centered within the frame I would suggest increasing the space between the rear of both birds and the edge of the frame. To me the image just feel too cramped. Maybe just moving one step back would improve the feel of the image.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIA L SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Jodi S.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Your title notes they are competing, but I am confused if the competition is for food or a mate. I do not know anything about these birds and am intrigued. I can imagine sounds of the beaks clashing and likely calls from the birds.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The picture is a bit soft and perhaps slightly overexposed even with the 2 stop drop on the exposure compensation. The features visible on the faces of the birds are not very clear. I wondered if the white coloring simply made t his difficult.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The picture seems to be cropped a bit too much at the top. I was looking for more information about the surroundings of the birds.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Assuming two pelicans are competing, then nature story is strong, However, from the image, it's not evident that two are in contentions. Although both pelicans' wings are slightly raised, a 2.5 is what I'd award on this category.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
subject are sharp and in focus, glad you did use -0.7 adjustment, as white birds are easy to overexposed. well done.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Two pelicans line up in a line, image is not compelling or show impacts. Somehow the arrangement of elements could be more interesting or provoking.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Pinaki S.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice image and to me it is a great nature image.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Under exposed probably to keep the whites in control.
Isn't there a smart metering mode , usually they work well (unless of course the lights are very tricky demanding very wide dynamic range).
Is it possible to take it with that mode and use post processing to fine tune. ?

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The color tone of the birds is less white . I would have preferred a little more vibrancy to the image colors.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Rick D.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Hello, Adrian. You did very well in hitting your goal! Pelicans make very good subjects with their ungainly appearance, yet graceful moves. While I agree, most informed viewers would conclude there is a fish involved, many casual ones may not. Of course, some sort of “dinner” in the photo would have been spot on.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your gear and settings did the job very nicely. I found it interesting that you shot single images and relied on timing. Food for thought!

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It seems to me that many really good photographers often miss the mark with cropping. I am a fan of being a little creative with it and therefore really like your “pano” crop of this photo. I also like the above the horizontal center placement of the subjects. I feel the rippled reflections along with the birds’ physical features create a great deal of texture. It’s nice that you were able to capture an eye of both birds. While I find the exposure to be well done, there does seem to be a bit of overexposure on both birds. Perhaps a small adjustment in LR could be in order. Otherwise, very nice indeed!


NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 9

I am retired (64 as at 2018) and keen to devote more time to photography and travelling. My photography started 40 years ago with a home darkroom and like many, was kickstarted again with digital SLR’s becoming affordable.
I was a Canon man - 5 and 7 bodies, with many L series lenses, but sold the whole lot in 2015 due to weight issues. I now use an Olympus EM1 Mkii with many of their Pro series lenses and don’t regret the move. My core wildlife lens is a 300 f4 prime, which is razor sharp. Used with a 1.4 converter gives a Full Frame equivalent of 840mm - in a recent trip to Costa Rica 80% of my shots were at this reach (birds there are small and other wildlife are very high in the canopy!).
When at home in the UK, I enjoy visiting zoos and bird protection areas, as well as trying to photograph insects in gardens etc. I also travel abroad to enjoy wildlife experiences - Africa and Costa Rica mostly.
I am Secretary and Committee Member at a large Camera Club (Winchester, Hampshire) and enjoy helping to run a large club (200 members). I continue learning a lot from the many excellent photographers (particularly in use of Lightroom and what makes a good image). I don’t use Photoshop. In December I was awarded LRPS - the first distinction level of three awarded by The Royal Photographic Society.