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Eric Notheisen· (C)

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SEPTEMBER 2021 ROUND

Title:   Below the Falls
    
Goal:   The goal in taking this image was to capture the silkiness of the water as it went over the rocks. I had been in this area several times and waited until I had relatively good light and some greenery to add to the image.

Equipment / Source:   Nikon D700, Nikkor 35-70mm lens, 4 stop ND filter, Tripod

Technique:  I set my tripod as close to the edge of the river as possible. Exposure mode was Aperture Priority. My focal length was 70mm, fstop was f/16, shutter speed was 2 seconds. Metering was spot.

Processing:  I used LightRoom and Photoshop for the basic editing adjusting black and whites to create the broadest dynamic range possible. I then used Topaz Denoise AI and Sharpen AI to finalize the process.

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AUGUST ROUND

Title:   Mama I'm Hungry
    

Goal:    This was taken in the Maasai Mara of Kenya. I was surprised to come upon this group of lion cubs nursing from the lioness. Capturing it helped make the trip.

Equipment / Source:   Nikon N2020, 70-210 Lens at 200mm, Ektachrome 100. Other details were not captured.

Technique:  Hand held from a truck. The photo safari guide pointed out the lioness from a distance.

Processing:  Scanned using an Epson 550 scanner. Cropped in Photoshop prior to spotting and then to Topaz DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI

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Review by commentator J.D.

Nature Story (N):  Excellent nature story.   It is always wonderful to see lion cubs feeding.  Score: 3

Technical Quality (T):  Although this photograph shows camera settings that were close, they did not overcome the problem of depth of field as seen in this photograph.  Score: 2

Pictorial Quality (P):    Sadly, what is really an excellent photograph, the overall pictorial quality is hurt badly by two things.  1. With a higher shutter speed, the photograph would probably have been sharper (hand-holding almost always requires a higher shutter speed).  2.  With the weeds/grass in the face of one of the cubs and the weeds/grass being blurry it works against having an excellent photograph.  Sadly, being in the back of a vehicle leaves little opportunity to move to a better position.   Score:  1

Exceptional (E):    This photograph is undeserving of the extra point for being exceptional.  Score: 0

Scores: N  3/ T 2 / P 1 / E  0/   Score = 6


This Review is written by: Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Thank you for sharing, Eric.
I think you did a good job of capturing the nature story.
After reading your description, I realized that it is nursing from the lioness. It would be better to show lioness in the frame - it makes the story stronger.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It has reasonably good sharpness on the main subject, however, it lack of contrast and it does not show the true colors of the scene in my eyes.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It would be better to show lioness in the frame.
The grass overlap on the face of lion cubs is distracting my eyes.


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: Diana R.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The cubs are clearly feeding so I think that is a nature story. To me it would be stronger if I could see more of mom.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
To me the technical quality of the image is challenged. Much of this is that it was taken quite a while ago and then scanned. The one lion cub is fairly sharp, the other is quite soft.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
To me the lack of sharpness and the weeds in the way definitely impact this image.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 4


This Review is written by: Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
absolutely beautiful capture!

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the lighting and colors were very good; the cubs' faces were very sharp, but the mother's body was totally out of focus and blown out. Sorry

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
magnificent capture; so touching and moving

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and imp act

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nursing/feeding story is strong and cubs are very cute. I miss seeing the head of the mother, however, to complete the story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
To me, the framing is off. While I appreciate the attention to the cute cub face, it's not immediately apparent what the cubs are doing until I realize they are near the body of the mother, not a rock or grassy matt. I would like to have see the mother included in the image

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Pictorial impact i s lowered for me because of framing that excludes capture of the mother's head.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 1-Inadequate composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6







 


I grew up on the South side of Chicago and entered the U.S. Air Force right out of High School.  I wanted to figure out what I wanted to do in life. After 22 years and numerous changes of station around the world My wife and I settled in the Denver, CO area. I was working in IT as an ecommerce/web developer. The company moved us to Charlotte, NC in 2001. In 2018 I retired from all active employment and returned to my hobby/avocation photography.

My photography interest include Travel, Nature and Photojournalism.  Although I have several digital cameras, I have drifted back to my first love medium and large format film cameras.

I am currently Vice President and Webmaster for the Charlotte Camera Club. I also coordinate the Nature Division submission for the club and I became Director for Nature Division Interclub Competitions.