Study Group 2

Manu Reghurajan

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Title:  Housefly

Goal:  Photograph any insect with the natural dew drops in the morning

Equipment/Source:   Cannon 5D MarkIII, 180mm lens

Technique: Camera on Tripod with sun in the background with light reflecting on dew drops

Processing:   Cropped 

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Title:   Cheetahs

Goal:   I was shooting the cheetah cubs playing together from the Safari vehicle in Masaimara. I have been waiting for some interesting action and came across this shot where the heads of the cubs hidden behind the tree with the action left to my imagination..
Equipment/Source:    Cannon 7D MarkII
100-400 Cannon lens

 Shot from Safari Vehicle, f/7.1, 1/640s
Processing:  Basic

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Review by Butch S.
Interesting image. Not sure what the story line is. Technically , I would prefer a bird more exposure The image is sharp and fine. From where I sit, this image leaves little trail of a story. Thus, a Pictorial value cannot be high in my mind.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Mike P.
In my opinion, you have done an excellent job of composing this image. I personally like the way you captured the cheetahs apparently going nose-to-nose behind the tree. I think this adds a strong story element. Technically, as far as I can tell, you have done a nice job of getting a sharp focus and correct exposure. I suspect, after reading your note about "basic" processing, that you had little work to do to make this an extremely enjoyable image to look at.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, total-9
Review by Eran P.
This is a wonderful shot. Definitely deserves an "E" The image quality and composition are spot on. Perfect timing and very creative. This is the type of photo that you might wait all day to capture. The spots on the Cheetah on the left are a little blurry, and I have this same issue when I'm zoomed out and trying to get details on a birds face. 
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-1, Total-9
Review by commentator Rick Cloran
A fun image that is definitely different than most we would see. I don’t think it would typically do well in the nature exhibitions, but it is definitely a keeper. Your technical elements all look good to my eye. I also like the way you have it composed. An excellent piece of seeing.

N-2, T-3, P-3 E-1 = 9 (N-2 With them behind the tree we don’t get to see the behavior that would bring this up to a 3.)

Review by Louise H., 2-2-2017
creative shot. It leaves you wondering what the cubs are up to. The focus is good and while the tree is in the center it isn't the focus of the nature story. good composition 
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

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.