Study Group 2

Manu Reghurajan

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Title:   Lynx Spider with eggs

Goal:    Photography of insects in nature with some storyline
Equipment/Source:   Cannon 5D Mark IV camera. 180mm Macrolens

Technique:  Camera on Tripod. 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 1250

Processing:  Slightly cropped and basic adjustments

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Title:   Crowned Crane. 
Goal:    To capture a closeup Portrait of Crowned Crane. 

Equipment/Source:   Cannon 5D Mark IV, 600mm Cannon lens

Technique:  This is shot from the Safari Vehicle. Kept following the birds till got this one isolated in a nice pose. ISO 800, f/9, 1/2000s

Processing:     Basic , Cropped 

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Review by commentator Rick C.

I feel this is a nicely framed portrait of this Crowned Crane. The primary focus and DOF look good to me. There is a slight head turn so we see some of both side of the face and have good eye contact. The whites on the lit side of the face are over. Specifically, the red channel is clipping, costing you some detail there. The blacks are also blocking up a little costing some detail in the black forehead plumes. The background is excellent in my opinion.


N-2, T-2, P-3 = 7 (N-2 A nice portrait but lacking the story value for a 3. T-2 slight clipping in the whites on the lit side of the face and blocking in the blacks on the forehead. The whites are the bigger issue.)

Review by Mike P.
A beautiful shot. I know we're supposed to have a "story element" that depicts more than a portrait, but sometimes, to me, the nature story lies in the beauty of the subject itself. Here, I think you captured it wonderfully. Well composed and sharp focus. I enjoyed looking at this one.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Les L.
Nice portrait of a Crowned Crane. I like you exposure and color development. Nice framing with crane slightly off to one side.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Butch S.
This a real nice portrait. Great colors and sharpness. Nice and clean. Good Job. How far were you from this bird? 600 mm is a lot of glass but int did the job.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Fran M.
The bird looks lovely, and the crest is displayed very well. I like that it is looking straight at us. Not a lot of story though. Good composition and lighting. Well done.
N-1, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Dorothy P-R
The Crowned Crane is beautiful, and well detailed. However, I am not sure that it's a nature story, as much as a great picture of a Crowned Crane. The details and colors are wonderful. It's very sharp, and the eyes certainly are impressive. I just don't see the nature story in this.  
N-1, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Butch S.
This is a well taken image. Good sharpness and Bokeh. Colors are good as is the exposure.

The nature value is not high for me as I do not see a nature story. I believe Crowned Cranes are not uncommon are rare. This image is a great portrait   
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-7

Review by Suman B.
good attempt at nature portraiture. in ps or LR some straightening had to be done. good out of focus blur as well as sharp eyes of the crowned crane with red sack below increases value but cropping a bit downward would in my opinion increases its value and pictorially better. presently it does give an idea that the frame is tilted towards right side.
N-2, T-3, P-1, E-1, Total-7

Review by Maria K-L
Beautiful portrait. Great angle makes an interesting composition. Good exposure and great background Tack sharp image. Side light helps to show texture.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

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.