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Diana Rebman (C)

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Title:    Great Egret Bathing

Goal:   I have photographed many Great Egrets but usually they are in flight or hunting/fishing. One day in the Pantanal, I saw this Great Egret bathing. For me this was a first. I wanted to capture the act of bathing as well as the elegance of the bird as it seemingly enjoyed its dip in the cool water.  
 

Equipment/Source:   Nikon D810, Nikon 300mm f4 PF lens with 1.4 teleconverter
f8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400, EC -0.3
   
Technique:   handheld sitting down on a boardwalk along the pond

Processing:   standard camera RAW adjustments, B&W conversion using Nik Silver FX Pro, minimal cropping

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Review by commentator Tom S.
If you hadn’t told me the egret was bathing, I would think it was after a fish, but in any case, lots of action. The nature story is moderately strong in that the bird is doing something other than just posing for you. N2

Technically good. Good exposure and in focus. You caught the action. I think the blacks are a little too dark, and if they were lightened slightly, we would be better able to see the ripples. But that is my personal taste. T3

It is interesting but a little confusing that the bird’s head and neck seem to be disconnecting from the body and wings. Nice reflection. P2

N2, T3, P2, E0 = 7


This Review is written by: Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a unique image of an egret. I have never screen an image of egret bathing though I have seen many birds bathing.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the exposure is very good, the whites are bright without being blown out. The eye looks very sharp. DOF works to show the bird in focus and the shutter speed freezes the water drops.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The bird is well position left to right. I like the head on 1/3 of the way from the left. I struggle with the crop . While understand your desire to show the reflection, it creates a huge negative space below the bird. I would have experimented with crops that created more of a panoramic image by removing some or most of the reflection.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: Pinaki S.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I feel that this image does not care to tell a story but just showcase the beauty and elegance of the Egret. All images need not need to tell a story or be dramatic.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Converting it B&W was a good idea . EC -0.3 may have enhanced the effect.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Beautiful image. Making it B&W was good idea. I wonder how the color one looked. Great work.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TEC HNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: Eldon E.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great capture of the egret bathing in its natural habitat with no distractions in the image.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The positioning of the bird in the frame is good with the eye on the left thirds line and the tall feathers on the right thirds line. If the reflection in the pre-cropped image extended a bit beyond the tips of the reflected feathers I would have left them in. Going to B & W was a good choice with the distinct contrast between the bird and the water.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The frozen water droplets, particularly over the back of the neck and in the air, help tell the story and the action happening. An excellent photo like this tends to hold my interest.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 10


This Review is written by: Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature capture of Egret enjoying bathing in a natural setting.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Egret has good definition with the shutter speed used. Eye clear. Head and wings appear a little disconnected with dark area in between. Some white sections appear to be blown out a little.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image has good impact with interesting water droplets especially around head. Reflections add to the composition.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature sto ry strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I feel that the black and white presentation helps the artistic feel of the image, but reduces the strength of the nature story. For humans, color is realism, black and white an abstraction. If entering in pictorial, the black and white form is a plus, but not for a nature competition. Otherwise, the moment captured is very strong with the water rolling over its head and the breeding plumage feathers standing straight up.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The subject is sharp; the eye well de fined. The exposure is excellent. The dark background makes the white egret subject stand out. Technical elements are outstanding. Excellent choices were made with the -0.3 exposure compensation, the high shutter speed of 1/2500, and a good aperture selection of f8 to render enough depth of field.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In your description, you mention that you cropped the image. I hope that you have the entire feather reflection in your original raw file. Having the reflected white feathers touch the bottom of the frame is a slight distraction to the viewer’s mind. A small point, but one that prevents the image from greatness.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: Dave F.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice image. I am not sure that this makes a strong nature story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Exposure well done and nice and sharp focus - nice stop action as the water droplets are frozen and appear to be sharp

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I wish that the reflection of the feathers was more complete and not cut off at the bottom of the image.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Exc ellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8

 

I am an avid amateur wildlife photographer. Having recently retired from my practice as an anesthesiologist and relocated to Portland from CA, I am looking to connect with other nature photographers.  For about 10 years I participated in camera clubs in the SF Bay area. I am indebted to these clubs for all of my initial learning about photography. Since then I’ve participated in numerous workshops and classes to hone my skills.  

My goal is to push my photography to the highest level possible so I greatly appreciate any constructive feedback. For more about me or to see more of my photography and awards, please check out my website www.dianarebmanphotography.com or follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/drebmanphotography