Study Group 2

Manu Reghurajan

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Title:   Lions 

Goal:    To capture lions in the natural surroundings in Masai Mara
Equipment/Source:    Cannon 5D Mark 4, Cannon 600mm prime lens

Was in the Safari vehicle following the movement of two male lions. Captured this frame with one lion in close up with the other moving far behind.

Processing:  Basic

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Title:  Spider and prey
Goal:  to capture the image of the Garden spider in action

Equipment/Source:   cannon 5D Mark III, 180mm Macro lens

Technique: Camera on Tripod and waited for the action

Processing:   Cropped and basic adjustments in contrast

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Review by Andy H.
Achieved your goal, another good insect shot. You haven't given us settings so difficult to critique. Nice and sharp where needed. The RHS and main body is a little out of focus. Background well diffused. Like the web lines.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8
Review by Dennis H.
Very good nature story of spider with prey. Good colour and detail on spider. Background accentuates image.
Well captured.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, total-8
Review by Bogdan B.
I don't see the prey very good, but spiders eyes and front legs are perfect clear. The background is blured enough. 
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Maria K
You got everything here.
Strong nature story, excellent dof, nice background.
Placement of the spider is very good and diagonal lines of web make interesting image.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Bruce F.
Excellent nature story and a superb macro image. I would try to identify the spider. Nature images should be educational. If you want to submit it in the future to competitions, you’ll need to name the spider. Composition is very good. I like the off center placement—low and to the right. I might have tried to use a golden spiral overlay to see if moving the spider just a tiny bit even lower and to the right more would give more power to the composition. Love the light! The background is diffused and has pleasing colors. I would adjust the darker green spot down, above and to the right, a small amount by reducing contrast. Small adjustments can have powerful visual effects.

You don’t share your camera settings, thus, I might have used a slightly smaller aperture. This would bring in focus most of the spider web strands on the left side into sharper focus. You need to becareful with this not to sharpen up the background.
Overall, one of your best nature macro shots.  
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by commentator Dan C.

I have a fond weakness for Spider images.  You did a good job with this Argiope.  The leg markings indicate this is the Banded Garden Spider, not the more common Black and Yellow Garden Spider.  The underbodies of both appear very similar so the leg markings are key.  Your capture clearly shows the spider wrapping the prey by pulling silk from its spinnerets with its two hind legs.  The web shows nicely and the out of focus background is clean of any distractions.

While the capture you have is excellent, the story can be made even stronger by cropping and resizing the image.  The loss of some of the web does not hurt the story but the activity of pulling silk from the spinnerets to wrap the prey becomes more obvious.  That would have gotten you the extra point.

N3, T3, P3, E0, Total 9

I am a Civil Engineer working in the construction field in the United Arab Emirates since 1995. I am passionate about photography and actively pursuing it since 2012. Photography has opened my eyes into the beautiful world of nature. The interest in nature led me to research more on the natural history of insects.

I spent my days amidst nature during my young days in my native place in Kerala, India. I believe my love for nature stems from the fact that in my growing years I was surrounded by nature and I am able to share my vision through the art of photography.

I use Canon 5D Mark III, a 180mm f2.8 macro lens and 100-400mm f4-5.6 lens for nature photography. I use photoshop for the post processing.