Nature Study Group 2


Diana Rebman (B)

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JANUARY 2022 ROUND

Title:   Adult Brandt's Cormorant just finished feeding juvenile
 
Goal:   Summer 2017 I was fortunate to visit a Brandt's Cormorant rookery along the CA coast near Carmel. This adult had just finished feeding the juvenile. I liked the juxtaposition of the adult and juvenile showing differences in appearance, color, eye color as well as the begging position of the youngster. The almost non-existent nest is present on the rocky outcropping with the ocean in the background.
 

Equipment/Source:   Olympus E-M1MarkII
Olympus 300mm f4 lens with 1.4 teleconverter
f5.6, 1/1250 sec, ISO 640, EC +0.7
   
Technique:   
I was able to position myself on cliff opposite the rookery but close to eye level. There was lots of activity in the rookery so I had to wait for a moment when these two birds were isolated from the others.

Processing:   
Standard camera raw adjustments. In photoshop minor noise reduction and sharpening.

Score this image:   YES


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OCTOBER 2021 ROUND
Title:    Great Blue Heron flying in front of wild iris

Goal:    I wanted to capture this Great Blue Heron flying in front of these yellow wild iris. I was delighted to catch the wing dipping into the water. My question is: is the background too busy and distracting?  
 

Equipment/Source:     Nikon D500, Nikon 500mm 5.6 PF lens 

Technique:  Handheld, f5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 1400, EC -0.3

Processing:    Standard Camera RAW adjustments, mild NR with Topaz

Score this image:  YES

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Review by commentator Rick C.
A nice clear capture with added interest because of the wing position and interaction with the surface of the water. While it shows behavior, flight is relatively common and does not raise the story level above a 2 for me.

The technical quality is excellent. The technical rating is a 3.

Pictorially, I would look for more room in front of the Heron to allow for movement given the strong implied right to left speed. The BG is reasonably well blurred and does not disrupt the viewer’s ability to separate out the Heron. The yellow flag iris do constitute a slight visual distraction but also help in providing habitat information. The wing tip touching the water is the compelling aspect and elevates the image to a pictorial rating of 3 in spite of the few minor issues.

N-2, T-3, P-3 = 9


This Review is written by: LC B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice sharp flight image: the wing in water helps create a bit more story than a typical flying shot.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
have no comments/thoughts for how to improve the image technically. I think the focus and levels are all good.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
think you could make the image and story even stronger if you flipped it horizontally so the bird is moving left to right and then if you can adjust the crop, have a tiny bit more negati ve space on one side than on the other. Play around with more on the left and see if you like the “leaving” look and play around with more space on the right and see if you like movement of the bird/viewer’s eye across the image.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I like to photograph herons. In flight they are still better. And the wing in water.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Sharp bird, sharp eye, background blurred enough.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composition is vertical centered, that I don't like. You can crop the image on the top. If you have enough place on the bottom, it would be still better with more 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: Marian B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great location shot of a Great Blue Heron in a wetland environment.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent bird in flights image of a Great Blue Heron. The bird is sharp from bill to feet to feathers.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The yellow iris in the background are a little distracting, you may want to tone down the yellow, or pull the crop in closer on the bird to eliminate the yellow. If you have the space, you may also want to add a little mor e space in front of the bird.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 9


PERSON WHO WROTE THE REVIEW: Bhattacharyya, Suman
NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: beautifully captured heron shot. good clean capture. for story value it is showing animation which warrants a 2 out of 3 but a weaker story rather.
TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: tac sharp, perfectly timed, good clean image. lovely textures shown. the 5k-5k match worked perfectly. I would go for 3 out of 3 for the technical excellence since you got that hand held. extra points awarded. I would love to get a shot like that.
PICTORIAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: nice movement inwards the frame. won't hesitate however to crop some part from the top as I feel the place below wings needed space.
NATURE SCORE: 2 - Nature story of average strength (portrait) TECHNICAL SCORE: 3 - Excellent exposure, color balance and sharpness PICTORIAL SCORE: 2 - Average composition and impact Extra Point awarded: 1 - Exceptional 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