Study Group 2


Mike Patterson

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JUNE 2018 ROUND

Title:    Mallard Lift-Off  
 
Goal:   To capture mass lift-off at Bosque del Apache NWR  

Equipment/Source:    Canon 7D Mark II, 100-400 mm lens.
Technique:   Stood on road and shot lift-off of mallards at 300mm, ISO400, f 5.6 at 1/2000 second. 

Processing:   Minimal processing in Lightroom. 

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MAY 2018 ROUND
Title:  Cranes on ice     

Goal:   During a visit to Bosque del Apache NWR, I spotted this flock of sandhill cranes walking across a frozen pond. I thought it showed an interesting part of their life and the often very cold conditions they must survive in.  

Equipment/Source:   
Canon 7D Mark II, 100-400 mm lens shot at 248mm, f/13, 1/640 second at ISO800 due to the early evening light.
 
  
Technique:   
Handheld.

Processing:   Lightroom adjustments  

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Review by commentator Dan C.

You did capture the story you were going for.  You have given the sandhills adequate room to fly.  Your choice to panel the image is good but a bit less space above the cranes would add to the feeling of height to the pair.

Your story is decent but the pair would work together better if there was not as much separation as you have here.

N2, T3, P2, E0, Total 7


Review by Les L.
I think this has an interesting nature appeal to it. I find the birds a little soft and noisey but like the exposure and sunlight highlighting the birds.
N-3, T-1, P-1, E-0, Total-5


Review by Hattie S.
Great lighting. It does tell me story about how crane live (in a group) and standing on ice definitely interesting. The image could use more sharpness, probably the handheld, high f stop value, and higher ISO are the facts for that. Imaging 100-400 lens is not very light. The left and right cranes at the frame are cut right at their beaks, wondering if your did any cropping or not. A bit more room might help the composition.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7


Review by Ken W.
Very nice nature story, consider darkening the grasses in top of image. Focus slightly soft. 
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7


Review by Fran M.
Love the lighting, and so many cranes on ice. I wonder what they were doing there??? Interesting behaviour, pleasant image. Well done.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6


Review by Dennis H.
Interesting capture of cranes on ice. Image appears a little soft. Nice lighting on birds.  
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7


Review by Butch S.
From the nature standpoint, I think that there is a nice story told here.

Technically all looks satisfactory.

The Pictorial value would, in my opinion, be higher if the image was zoomed in to give a close up view of these beautiful birds.

Mike, can you provide any info on your shot location as I would like to consider it for a trip to take care of one of my bucket list items.
N-2, T-3, P-2, e-0, Total-7


Review by Butch S.
From the nature standpoint, I think that there is a nice story told here.

Technically all looks satisfactory.

The Pictorial value would, in my opinion, be higher if the image was zoomed in to give a close up view of these beautiful birds.

Mike, can you provide any info on your shot location as I would like to consider it for a trip to take care of one of my bucket list items.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-6





I am happily retired after a career in journalism and the non-profit sector. I reside in San Antonio but spend about half my time at our family’s small ranch in the Texas Hill Country where we raise angora goats, sheep and rocks. We have ample whitetail deer, wild turkey, a variety of songbirds, an occasional coyote or two and many wildflowers and native grasses to photograph.


I’ve been photographing most of my life but am finally able to devote more time to increasing my skill. A lot of my photography is of ranch and livestock scenes. However, I’m interested in pure nature photography, especially landscapes, and these are the shots I’ll be posting to this study group.

My wife and I travel a bit, primarily to the Southwest and West, which is where I especially enjoy shooting. My equipment is definitely on the budget end – a Canon Rebel and several different Canon lenses and filters. I process everything in Lightroom.

The study group can be very beneficial to me by seeing and learning from the excellent work of others as well as the insightful comments and critiques about my own photos.