Study Group 2


Haru Nagasaki (B)

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JANUARY 2021 ROUND
Title:    The fall waiting for the winter

Goal:    The fall stood still in the forest with morning dim light. It was a late autumn, most of the leaves around have fallen waiting for the winter to come, but the fall was active and powerful to flowing the water. The goal is to highlight the contrast of water stream over dark foreground and background and to capture the texture of waterfall which looks like a silk curtain.  
 

Equipment/Source:     D850 ISO64 14mm-24mm lens, @14mm f/13 6sec. tripod, PL filter

Technique:  Capture the movement of fallen leaves in the water and waterfall by using slow ss.
Take out glare of rocks and greens by using PL filter to enhance the detail/texture of the subject.
Shot with under exposure to produce mysterious mood.

Processing:   a touch of dodge and burn

Score this image: NO


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DECEMBER 2020 ROUND

Title:    Bare root tree in autumn
 
Goal:   The goal is to show the toughness of the tree even in the circumstances of erosion - the tree is standing still supported by the strong root even after the strong storm or the erosion of river. The tree keeps surviving while the season changes. It demonstrates the strength of nature. 
 

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D850 ISO64, @18mm f/13 1/2 sec. tripod
   
Technique:   Using the wide lens, I emphasized the main object, the bare root tree, as a foreground. Created several reading line to arrive at the tree. I filled the frame with 3 layers - reflection in foreground, silky stream in mid-ground, and beautiful colored trees in background.
Lighting - diffused light from forest, which helps to capture the detail of the tree.

Processing:     Increased contrast in PS. 

Score this image: NO


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Review by commentator J.D. McClung
Nature Story (N): This is a photo which shows the difficulty in having a good nature story in the Nature Division when you have a landscape photo. When attempting to emphasize the “bare root” tree in foreground, it is a very difficult task. 

Technical Quality (T): The settings, by being very good, actually make this photo much better. 

Pictorial Quality (P): “Burning” the base of the tree and then “dodging” the individual roots slightly might have been a better approach.


This Review is written by: Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a nicely composed fall scene. Although the title says the image is about the roots, they are dark and don't catch my eye as much as the brighter leaves.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The Dof is good and the shutter speed seemed adequate to have the image be sharp. Overall, the image seems dark to me. I know this is in the forest but I'm thinking that it could be brighter. It appears a bit muddy.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is a nicely composed image wi th a col orful depiction of fall.  


This Review is written by: Diana R.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
To me this is a landscape photo with a limited nature story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The exposure, color palette, sharpness and depth of field all seem excellent

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
To me this is not a compelling composition. I find the tree leaning out to the left and the small area of stream to the left of that don't improve the image. This is a beautiful scene but perhaps a slightly different perspective would help.


This Review is written by: Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I’ll be up front and note that landscapes are difficult subjects if the goal is to get top level scores. I say this from experience, however that does not mean I’ve stopped submitting landscapes, just appoint of information for you. Personally I think you may have the making of a nature story. However for me this image does not carry the story enough to merit a top score. The issue is mostly composition. Which I will review below.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Technically this appears to be spot on. The exposure is solid and the image is sharp and crisp. I think the contrast is brings depth to the image but I might increase the black point to enhance the trees on the far side of the river. The colors are rich and saturated but not overdone.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
For me the nature story and the pictorial value are the flaws in the image.
As a nature story, I feel if you are trying to tell the story of the tree that perhaps this would work better as a vertical. While I see the roots and the tilt of the tree the story is the tree trying to hang on. Thus I want to see more of the tree in a precarious position as that would carry the story. As it is, I don’t know if the tree is surviving or is dead. I think this same issue also impacts the nature story. As the image stands, I would crop about an inch from the top to remove that single bit of grey sky in the upper right corner.


This Review is written by: Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
even though it is a portrait, it is fantastic! The scene is so beautiful and realistic

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
this image is technically perfect with the contrast, leading lines, soft water, while the tree pops

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
very good, but bothered somewhat because the tree looked like it was falling out of the frame; perhaps including a little more of the scene left of the tree would have reduced that distraction


This Review is written by: Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Lovely autumn scene!
Skillfully stated the nature story line through the years.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nicely done with 3 layers, exposure of light, nice and even.
feel the black point could be adjusted to light up some more of details, my suggestion.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
composition is pleasant, and effective.
personally would crop out the bright leaves on right edge, or darken it, to direct focus more back to tree root, your main center of intent. 


This Review is written by: Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice, peaceful landscape.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Focus on tree root and leaves at base seems a little soft. Slow exposure on the water give a pleasant effect, but is not the main focus.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The tree mound seems to block my vision of the rest of the photo with no leading or following line or place to land in my visual path.


This Review is written by: Edward X.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The story is very strong which is a bare root tree. But if it is me, I will take the photo with bigger aperture to get more bokeh for the background. This way, the tree is surely the main theme, not everything is competing each other for an audience to see.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Great colors and light, except I prefer more softer contract.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Vanishing point compose, great job.


This Review is written by: Dave F.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice interaction between the water and the tree holding on

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
good exposure and DOF and nice movement of the water. Colors of the leaves appears to be right on and not overdone.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Of some of your other images of this area I enjoy this one the most. You have the trees in the background and the colors of the leaves and then in the foreground showing the force of the water going behind the leaning tree. Nice job.    

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.