Study Group 2

Manu Reghurajan

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Title:    Robberflies

Goal:    To Capture Robberfly image in Natural Habitat showing specific behavior 
Equipment/Source:   Cannon 5D Mark IV, 180mm Macro

Technique:  Camera on Tripod. Searched our backyard in Kerala for two hours to find this procreating pair.
f/8, 1/100s

Processing:  Basic

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Title:   Robber fly with prey
Goal:  Capture the image of a Robberfly with prey with nice details and clear back ground

Equipment/Source:  5d Mark 4 Cannon
180mm Macro lens

Technique:  Looked for the robber fly in suited perch . ISO 800, 1/2500s, f/8

Processing:    Basic

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Review by Commentator Rick C.

A nice shot all around. I think you pretty much nailed this one. I see only two smallish nits. I would crop to a more paneled presentation. I don’t think you need as much on the bottom and the pose says it isn’t flying soon. If you look close, you can see small traces of the sharpening in the segments on the abdomen. This is not a factor until it comes down to medal or honor selection, but it could sway a judging panel the wrong way at that point. I think you could just run a normal noise reduction like you did for the BG and then block it with a black mask and only paint it in where the grit shows on those abdomen sections. Excellent work.
N-3, T-3, P-3 = 9
Review by Dorothy P-R
This is an excellent image - with sharpness and detail. I love seeing the small detail even on branch they are standing on. The color is wonderful. The exposure and depth of field are very good as well. I think you certainly nailed this image.  
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Les L
Another great macro Manu. Have to give this a 3 for its' narure story. Technically I think the image is perfect: exposure, focus, color. I would suggest some recognition of the crash points and reposition the fly more off center. Nice job.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8
Review by Mike P.
You continue your pattern of generating outstanding macro photos. This, like your others, is perfectly focused and exposed. I also like how the composition of the branch leads the eye from one side to the other and obviously directly to the insect. You also captured a strong nature story with one insect devouring the other.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, total-9
Review by Butch S.
This is a great image. The detail of the insects is exquisite. Nice background Bokeh. Colors looks realistic and appropriate. Great Nature story,. Technically all is good. The composition is very good. Nice job!
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0. 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.