Study Group 2


Haru Nagasaki (C)

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JUNE 2021 ROUND

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AUGUST 2021 ROUND
Title:     Sinking Trees - Reflection

Goal:    Due to unextraordinary snow last season, the lakes has overflowed with meltwater. The trees used to located around the shore now sink underwater and the branches are under the water.
On the other hand, that created a beautiful symmetric reflections of new greens. My goal is to capture the symmetric reflection of a branch touching the water. I used the trees as a frame and highlight the reflection for attention.  The life of pink carpet is very short - no more than a day - since the petal lost the color easily in the water. 
 

Equipment/Source:     Nikon D850 @56mm f16 5sec. ISO31 tripod

Technique:  Used long SS to smoothing reflections. 

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Dodge and burn in PS
Brighten up the main subject and darken down the background.

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 Review by commentator J.D. 

Nature Story (N):  Regretfully, there is a limited nature story at best in this photograph, but it is severely damaged when the center of the photograph is blown out.  
Technical Quality (T):  Due to the center of the center being blown out, the technical quality of this photograph cannot be properly evaluated.  

Pictorial Quality (P):    While this photograph has a very significant opportunity to show off the pictorial quality but when the center of the photograph is blow out, that opportunity is lost.

This Review is written by: Eric N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The colors of the image are great. The sunlight coming through the canopy brightens the target area nicely.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The exposure was a bit dark where the reflection needed to be seen.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The lack of contrast between the focal point and the reflection made it difficult to to sense the image was attempting to show the reflection. The only area where the reflection was clear was at the base of the trees that framed the image.  
This Review is written by: Diana R.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I find the nature story to be weak.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think the image would benefit from greater depth of field and faster shutter speed. Some leaves appear to have been moving so are not sharp in the photo. Perhaps a greater shutter speed and f stop would have helped. The leaves in the center of the photo appear blown out.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the framing using the trees. My attention is drawn to the center of the image however that part of the im age isn't sharp.  
This Review is written by: Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
the nature story is clear, as a portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the exposure is fine in every way (color balance etc), except the sunken tree leaves are not sharp; the focal point seems to be well in front of those trees, along the line of the two trees in front.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
this image did not move me, sorry
This Review is written by: Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice capture of a landscape

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
highlighting and it looks like a sharpening of the reflected image actually has pulled the reflection forward as a foreground element in the composition and hence lost the "sinking" or distance quality I would have expected

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
My eye is drawn to the bright leafy area, which I think was intended to be a reflection, but it looks like a tuft of greenery that somehow reaches forward.T he framing with tree trunks is good, but the detail of above/below water is lost.

My interest in photography started at the same timing of moving to Salt Lake City from Japan in 1998 (as a company assignment). I was so impressed with the colors of rock formations when the sun (sun set/sun rise) hit the object in national parks. Since then, landscapes became my key interest. My life time theme of photography is “the Color”, trying to capture the beautiful moment in nature/landscape.

As for my equipment, I recently switched to Nikon D850 from D700. I am using 3 lenses; 1. 14-24mm, 2. 24-70mm, and 3. 70-200mm telescope lens. I have mostly shot with #2 lens, and started wide lens, #1 last month.

I use Photoshop to brush up images.