Study Group 2


Louis Paley - (C)

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OCTOBER 2021 ROUND

Title:   Buzzing Bee

Goal:  I purposely set my speed slow enough to catch the wing movement, while keeping the animal sharp. This bee was grazing from one flower to another when I captured it.
 
Equipment/Source:   Sony DSC RX10 IV mirrorless "bridge" camera hand held very close to bee.
 
Technique:  Focal length of 50 mm (24-600 mm lens); Shutter of 1/640; Lens at 7.1 F; ISO of 1000; hand held

Processing: 
 LR 6 used to crop, adjust contrast, sharpness, and to tone down a few bright leaves and branches.

Score this image: YES

  

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SEPTEMBER 2021 ROUND
Title:   Eagle Flying Out of Nest
     
Goal:   The Eagle's nest was far away and up high (around 150-200 yards) and I wanted to catch the bird coming my way so I could catch the face and have a catch-light in the eye. It took hundreds and hundreds of shots until I finally caught this one.

Equipment/Source:   Sony A6000 mirrorless, cropped camera with a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary lens on a tripod with remote shutter release

Technique:   shooting and waiting while the bald eagle parents flew in and out of their nest to feed the chicks. I shot hundreds of shots with parents in the nest, on a nearby branch and flying; Finally I got a shot with a parent flying into the sun and towards me.

Processing:   used LR 6 to crop and adjust sharpness and color tones.

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Review by commentator Tom S.
Louis Paley – “Eagle Flying Out of Nest”
Louis, it is good to find out you are a very patient photographer. Good for you.  However, I am afraid that a flying eagle is just a bird being a bird so not much of a nature story.  Can you see the nest?  There would be a strong nature story in getting parents feeding the chicks.  N2

Good color and acceptably sharp but the white head is blown out.  I am not familiar with Sony mirrorless cameras, but my Olympus mirrorless allows me to put the histogram on the viewing screen so I can watch for blown out highlights.  If you don’t have the visible histogram, see if your camera allows that. T2

Good composition with plenty of space for the eagle to fly into, and it stands out from the tree.  P3

N2, T2, P3, E0  = 7 


This Review is written by: Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is images shows an eagle leaving a tree or flying by a tree. An eagle flying is an interesting image but not a great nature story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The wings of the eagle are well exposed and the colors look natural. The head is a bit over exposed, no feature detail and the both eye and beak are slightly soft. It looks like the focus was on the rear half of the body.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The eagle is well positioned in the frame. The tree is too cl ose of the bird and adds clutter to the background. A cleaner background would have helped this image as the eagle gets lost in the background.

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: Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Your patience has paid off capturing a Bald Eagle leaving nest.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Eagles head, lower body and L/H wing lack feather detail. Some dodging and burning would improve the image.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Unfortunately the background distracts from the impact of the flying eagle. I would crop more from the lower part of the image.

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

TECHNICAL SCOR E 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Kathy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Great patience to wait for him to take flight! However, without the nest in the shot; this is a ‘here I am’ image not really telling a story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The eagle is not in focus. The image could also benefit from more DOF, as there is no separation from the bird and the branches. You did not mention the mode or settings you chose. If I were to try this image (and it’s not easy!), I would choose f/4-f/8, @ 1/2000, ISO 200 or less since it seems th e sun is right on him. And then adjust from there. The lower the f stop, the more DOF and separation from the background you may be able to achieve. And a super steady hand to track the flight!

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Composing for rule of thirds works in that the bird is flying into the image. But not much story here for impact.

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: Dave F.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Eagle flying out of what nest? Nice shot and good capture but as far as a nature story it had some potential if there was a nest.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The head looks a bit over exposed and the shadows could have been opened up a bit. The shutter speed appears to have stopped the action of flying – good

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I appreciate the image, why, because you took the shot in its natural environment. I just recently say a stunning pho to of an eagle but when I inquired about the background of that shot I was told that the person cut out the background because it was “distracting” and placed a fake background. Not a true nature shot. Your shot is natural and although the branches in the background are a bit distracting for me it shows the environment.

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

I am a retired environmental engineer and worked for the US EPA for over 25 years.  For the past eight years my wife and I have lived in a retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, USA.  Upon moving there I took a basic digital photo class and fell in love with photography as a hobby. 

After three years I decided to up my game by purchasing my first DSLR , long lenses, etc. and began concentrating on USA wildlife photography, primarily birds.  I began using Sony mirrorless cameras (a6000 & a6500); multiple zoom lenses including Sigma 100-400 and 150-600s with tripod with gimbal head, etc.  Then my right should gave out and the doctor told me to lighten the load.  I will now shoot with a Sony “bridge” camera, the Cyber-shot RX10 IV (24-600mm zoom). 

I shoot only in RAW format and use Windows PCs with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6for editing and cataloguing approximately 8,000 images.