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Janice Rosner (D)

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AUGUST 2021 ROUND
Title:     Catching a snack
  
 
Goal:   To photograph coastal brown bears at the salmon run
  

Equipment/Source:   Sony a1, Sony 200-600 at 200mm, f8, 1/800s ISO400

Technique:   This was taken at Katmai Nat Park where tripods aren't allowed. I was fortunate in that the day was bright overcast so I was able to keep my ISO low and still have enough DoF and speed to keep the subject sharp. I spent all day watching the bears and just had to anticipate when they were going to be successful at catching a fish with their face toward me. The shooting was challenging in that the bears were very dark but there was so much white water. Were I to just expose for the bears, the water would have been blown out. So, I had to make test images to come up with an exposure that would work for both the bears and the water.  

Processing:   Processed in ACR and PS. Mostly I adjusted the exposure, contrast.

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Review by commentator Jan L.
Nature Story:

This is an excellent example of the Katmai bears fishing. It is hard to find a more instantly recognizable nature story. For the bears, this fishing is life itself. For the salmon, avoiding the bears and spawning means life for the species. This image is full of tension and activity without being at all gory.

Technical Quality:

You hit the nail on the head with your overall exposure. Rarely have I seen one of these images that is any better exposed. This is also looks to be tack sharp. Very impressive.

Pictorial Quality:

The pictorial elements are all strong. Not only does the story immediately hit you in the face, but the composition is as close to perfect as can be. I’ve played around with this a bit for fun, and I did not find any other composition that I like better.

N – 3, T – 3, P – 3, E – 1 = 10


This Review is written by: Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There is no question of have a strong and impactful Nature Story. The balancing position of the bear (love the raised paw) the open jaws and the fish hanging between them says everything. The action sells the story and the image.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As you noted capturing such a shot with all that white water would certainly be a struggle. You were fortunate to have some clouds to assist in this matter, but you did a fine job of controlling the highlights. You still have excellent detail in the w ater as well as in the darker coat of the bear. There is a little softness in the fish and a slightly faster shutter may have helped solve that problem. But the fish in the jaws is sharp enough

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Personally I would prefer to see just a slight bit more space between the bear’s rump and the edge, but that is nit-picking. I like the composition with the fish serving as a leading line and the arc of the water serving the same purpose. I would like a better view of the bear’s eye and would prefer him to be slightly more facing the camera but those are wished not demands. This is a nature shot and you have to take what is offered. You have done your job. The extra point is awarded for the impact of the image.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXT RA POINT 1-Exceptional

TOTAL SCORE 9


This Review is written by: Jodi S.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Powerful story that many of us dream of capturing. I plan to go to Alaska in 2022 and while it might be a little early in mid July, I hope to capture a similar shot.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your comments about the challenge of balancing the bear against the white water intrigued me. The bear seems to be a bit overexposed on the shoulder, but all in all, this is an excellent shot. It does appear the point of focus may be the eye of bottom fish. I am not familiar with your camera but wondered if it had eye deterction and therefore moved to that fish.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You captured so much action with great detail. I love the blue green water behind the bear. I did wonder about the lump on the bear's rear but that does appear to be a lump and not a photoshop adjustment gone bad.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 1-Exceptional

TOTAL SCORE 10


This Review is written by: Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good catch!
It would be a better one, if the picture show that bear bite down and hold onto the salmon, though.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
bear seems to be stationary, thus 1/800S, still pretty good sharpness, exposure seems alright, fishes are clearly visible.
However, there're some hot spots of water that are over exposed, could adjust down 1/2 stop.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
image composition is pleasing, and reasonable, main subjects are in good position.

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: Pinaki S.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Wow. It is a very beautiful image. To me this is a 100% nature image.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I love the sharpness and depth of field. However , I wonder what was the exposure mode that was used to take this photo. It seemed that because of high dynamic range for this photo this might be little challenging. Personally I would have preferred a little higher shutter speed and maybe f11+. Nothing to take away from this image this one is very good.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAG E
Beautiful Image , with nice color tones. POV is also fine. Well done.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 9

I’m primarily a Canon shooter though I have recently started using a Sony a6500 when I hike.  For post processing I use ACR and photoshop.  I also have some Topaz products I use occasionally.