Study Group 2

Louise Hesse (B)

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Title:   Reptilian Texture  
Goal:   to capture wildlife and came across a lizard sunning itself
Equipment/Source:    Cannon
Technique:    Hand held

cropping, contrast

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Title:    Colorado River Duck

Goal:    capture wildlife along the Colorado River

Equipment/Source:  Canon 60D 
Technique:   Hand held 

Processing:    Cropping 

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

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Review by Butch S.
This is a nice clear image of a mallard. There is little story told here, more a portrait , hence a Nature score less than ideal. The image is sharp with fine feather detail. Technically OK. But I would mark down for lack of a story for a Pictorial score
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Mike P.
As far as I can tell, you technically did a good job with this image. The duck, I believe, is in sharp focus and the exposure appears on target. In my opinion, the image falls short in the area of composition. Personally, I wish there was more to this than simply a telephoto capture of it floating on the water. Could I suggest looking at a way to put it in context, such as interacting with other ducks, a portion of the environment that would establish its setting or give it more of a framework.
N-2, T-2, P-1, E-0, Total-5
Review by Manu R.
That is nice portrait of the duck. Patterns depicting the flowing water, nice details of the feathers, sharp focus and catch light on the eye all adds value. A little bit more space around would have improved the composition, I feel. But then it is personal perspective.. 
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Eran P.
This is my first attempt at critiquing an image. I was reluctant at first but was encouraged to do so..whole point of joining the study group! I like the image because the subject and background are crisp and clear. The Drake is beautiful, especially in the sunlight. The Nature Story could use more detail ( I'm working on that as well) 
N-1, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Gregory L.
Nice portrait of a mallard duck. The photo is nice and sharp, good exposure. The angle could of been lower, looks like it was taken at a high angle. The photo has no nature story value, its just a portrait and the whole scene suggest it's not a wild duck or wildlife setting.
N-1, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by commentator Rick C.

In general, you have made a nice capture of this male Mallard. The primary point of focus looks good and the head is reasonably sharp. On any animate subject, we want the eyes and facial features to be as sharp as possible. I think just brushing some added sharpness in using the Sharpen tool in either Photo shop or Elements would let you improve on this a bit more. Remember to set the blend mode on the tool to Luminosity and dial back the opacity to about 15%. You want to just brush the sharpening in a little at a time. Check the controls for the tool. There is a “Protect Detail” box in the last three generations or so. Check that to keep from getting sharpening artifacts. Your exposure looks good. There is a small amount of clipping in the brightest tail feather, but nothing I see as critical. The composition is reasonable but a little on the tight side. Don’t be afraid to leave some added space in front of your subject to allow for movement. The clarity of the water is a nice plus as we can see the feet.


N-2, T-3, P-2 = 7 (N-2 since it is fundamentally a portrait with little added nature story, P-2 It can use a little more space in front of the subject and a little more sharpening on the head and face.)

Hi! My name is Louise Hesse, I live in Las Vegas, NV and really enjoy getting outdoors. 

I love wildlife and nature photography! 

I am looking forward to learning from my fellow photographers.  I have been a member of our local camera club for about 6 years and PSA for 3. 

I really  am in awe of the beautiful images I have seen and aspire to be as good!