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NOVEMBER 2020 ROUND
Title:    Courtship
 
Goal:      I recently visited an islet where sea birds nest,off the coast of Mauritius. While walking along a track, I came across this pair of Brown Noddy (Anous stolidous), with the male courting the female. In spite of the midday harsh light, I decided to take the shot.
 

Equipment/Source:     Sony A 6000 fitted with Sony E 18-135 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens.

ISO 400; 1/640s at f / 5.6
  
Technique:       Shot handheld

Processing:     Lightroom CC. 

Score this image:   YES

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

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Review by commentator Tom S.
Normally, the courtship display of any animal or bird would be a strong nature story, but in this case, we can’t tell that is what is happening.  It is simply a portrait of two birds. I think the bird on the right has something in its beak, but if so, it is out of focus so hard to tell.

The high lights are blown out so the exposure could be better.  The bird on the right is in focus but the bird on the left is out of the depth of field so is not sharp.

The grass on the sides and behind the birds are OK, but the out of focus grass in the front is not good and a big distraction.  

N2, T1, P2, E0 = 5


This Review is written by: Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
You captured the good moment of courtship at right timing. Especially the bird at right is well captured to support the story.


TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I understand that this was a difficult shot with harsh sun light on the birds. The feather of bird on left is blown out highlights. Also I find that the sharpness on the main subject is a bit loose. I am ok with the degree of blurriness of background (hope it deeper blurred), although it is busy background, but I expect to have better sharpness on the main subject.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Pictorially, it is beautiful image with good color balance. However, I do not find "wow" factor on this image. I would crop the sides a bit tight and would also use dodge and burn to to get viewer's eye focus on the main subject.

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

TOT AL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
There is a story but it could be stronger if the display was more evident

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
You mentioned the harsh midday light and Im afraid its just not a good time to expect a good image. The light takes away the contrast and areas become overexposed and dull. Saying that you've produced a good image given the conditions.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the format and the composition. It lacks impact.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 5


This Review is written by: Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
While it is nice to capture 2 birds together, the nature story here isn't strong because of a lack of action.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I live in Australia and have just returned from Lady Elliot Island where there are approx 30 thousand nest ing pairs af these birds. They are difficult to get the exposure right because of the contrasting dark and light colours. You have done well with the exposure, unfortunately only one of the birds is sharp/in focus. f8 and a faster shutter speed m ay have helped on this occasion.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
It's a tricky environment to get an image with impact, purely because of the grassy environment.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 5


This Review is written by: Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature depiction of courting birds in a natural setting.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Unfortunately birds lack a little feather detail, particularly the rear bird. The harsh sunlight hasn't helped your image.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I believe the image could be improved by cropping the top and R/H side and burning in the blown out white areas.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


This Review is written by: Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
you were so lucky to be able to move in so closely to these birds

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
sorry, but the sun's angle really hurt what could have been a great catch. However you did catch to eye of the right-hand bird, everything was nice and sharp.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
very interesting image which tells a nice story.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-A verage exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6, 7


This Review is written by: Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature story with courtship.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image appears over exposed in the bright sun. Use of a polarizing filter would have reduced some of the harshness. I always put the polarizer on if I try to shoot mid-day.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The over exposure could be somewhat compensated by pulling down whites and highlights and reducing the luminance of the green. That would improve the pictorial quality of the image.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6



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OCTOBER 2020 ROUND

Title:    Back from the brink of extinction 
 
Goal:    The purpose of this image is to show an endemic bird in Mauritius which was on the brink of extinction.

The Pink Pigeon (Nasoenas mayeri) is a species of pigeon in the family of Columbadae endemic to Mauritius.. By the mid-1970s, the species had plumetted to a single population of 20 birds. Just 12 Pink Pigeons remained in 1986 and in 1990 there remained only 9 birds.

with the help from organisations across hthe world, an intensive conservation programme starting with captive breeding set up in 1976, followed by the first wild releases in 1987. There are now nine sub populations with a total of 470 wild Pink Pigeons.

In the 2018 Red List update, it was down listed from Endangered to Vulnerable, building upon the success of 2000, when it was down listed from Critically Endangered to Endangered.
 

Equipment/Source:   Nikon 7200 DSLR fitted with 70-300mm Nikkor telephoto lens.  
   
Technique:    Shot handheld. ISO 400, 280 mm, f/5.6,1/200s.

Processing:   Lightroom

Score this image:   YES


Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

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Review by commentator J.D.
Nature Story (N): Regretfully in this photograph, there is almost no nature story other than the beautiful colors of the bird. Score: 1

Technical Quality (T): Overall the technical quality is a slightly above average. One suggestion would be when using a APS-C sensor is to have your shutter speed 1.5 times (in this situation) 300 which would have raised it to 450. Handholding makes this even more essential. Score: 2

Pictorial Quality (P): Although I liked the photo of the bird because of colors of the bird, there were obvious items that could have been better starting with not cropping so close that the feet of the bird were cut off. Effective dodging and burning would have made a dramatic impact on this photo. Score: 2

Exceptional (E): Due to the above limitations, there was no reason to add a point. Score: 0

Scores: N 1/ T 2 / P 2/ E 0/ Score = 5


Review by Janice R

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is a nice portrait of this pigeon but the nature story is weak.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
In my opinion the bird was well exposed with good DoF and adequate shutter speed to render a sharp, detailed image. The colors of the bird are gorgeous so in my opinion you did a good job with the color. The problem with this image is the bright, chaotic background that distracts from you beautiful subject.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is a nice portrait of this bird with interesting detail though the busy backgro und detr acts from the bird.

NATURE SCORE 1-Nature story minimal or contains unrelated hand of man

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 5


Review by Diana R.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The photo itself is a photo of a perched bird but the information that you provide on the bird makes for a stronger nature story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The pink pigeon is well-exposed and sharp. Photographing a bird in a tree with a bright sky behind is always challenging.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Again it is hard when a bird is in a tree with lots of branches but you managed to get a fairly clean shot.

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

TECH NICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 6


Review by Kathleen T.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
How wonderful to record this rare site. Kudos on a rare nature story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
A nicely exposed subject with crisp details. Looks like you caught it just fluffing it's feathers! The upper right corner glare does distract.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
you do not mention if you cropped the image I would like to see more of the feet and branch and less of the upper right corner . This would serve to better frame the bird in the branches. The photo seems bottom r ight hea vy if you moved the bird up in the photo it might balance out.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


Review by Charlie Y

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
wonderful capture, thanks for sharing information of Endangered status of the bird!

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
image seems to be sharp on bird, especially on the pink legs and tree branches around it, other elements in the image not so sharp and fuzzy with ghost edge.
Would suggest checking the focus point actually used,

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image subject is clear, but background got too much distraction, including overexposed light source, which will compete with viewer attention. Suggest darken those areas, in LightRoom, there're adjustment brush would be quite helpful to those situation, take out some highlight would enhance this image.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 1-Inadequate composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 5


Review by Larry T

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I feel that you are fortunate to have captured a rare bird and have done so with an image of great clarity. However, to me this is little more than a photo of record---although it is a quite good record shot. The story seems limited to a bird looking quite serious and thus not a compelling nature story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Certainly no one can claim this is not a sharp image. The detail in the feather and the clarity of the eye is stunning. I am a bit disturbed by the overexposure of the sky in the background but assume you were shootin g through the trees and the bird was primarily in shade. Over all the image looks crisp and clean and since the bird fills so much of the frame and it such a compelling subject they sky is fairly easy not to notice.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
As mentioned above the sky remains a troublesome bother but the real problem is the clipped talons on the feet. This is an important photo of record for a rare species and I firmly believe that care should be taken to get the entire bird. I generally would not like the vertical branch that is on the left and blocking part of the bird, but the rare nature of the bird makes me a bit forgiving in this instance.

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7


Review by MJ S

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
No story just a portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
top of head and back of neck whites are blown

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Heavy branch behind the bird is distracting

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


Review by Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Strong verbal story, but hard to portray the idea of returning from extinction with a portrait shot ... But then I really don't know how to do that. Perhaps if I were more familiar with the bird photographed, beyond noting it is very different from anything I had ever seen.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
well captured, good lighting and processed to show detail of feathers

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
nicely cropped and colorful in the pink hue of the feathers

NATURE SCORE 2-Natu re story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8

I am from Mauritius, a tiny island between Madagascar and Australia, in the Indian Ocean. I am 64 years old and teach biology in a high school. I have been practising photography as a hobby since the last 10 years. I started with a Nikon D3000 which was later upgraded to Nikon 7200. Since 2018, I acquired a Sony A 7 II mirrorless camera along with 28-75 mm, 50 mm f 1.8 and 70-300mm lenses.

For post processing, I use Lightroom CC and I am  also learning to use Capture One 20 for Sony.