Study Group 2

Mike Patterson

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Title:     Zion waterfall

Goal:    To capture a dramatic image of this waterfall in Zion National Park in Utah. The white water streaming down the red stained cliffs appeared to me as a wonderful show of the power of nature to shape the landscape.

Canon T2i Rebel, 55-250 lens, on a monopod.

Shot at ISO 200, f/10 at 1/500 second. Worked to capture the essence of the waterfall and avoid the trees and debris at the base of the cliff.   

Processing:    Processed in Lightroom. Made adjustments to brighten and add contrast. Used adjustment brush to tone down bright area on the lower right. 

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Title:    Snow Geese Dogfight
Goal:   Taken at Bosque del Apache. I like the way the snow geese seemingly float through the air. To me, they resemble an aerial dogfight.

Equipment/Source:   Canon T2i, shot with Tamron lens at 500 mm, ISO 400, f6.3 at 1/1250 seconds

Technique:   Watching the snow geese near sunset. Shot as they lifted into the air.

Processing:  Lightroom general adjustments, including sharpening.

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Review by Commentator Dan C.

The aspect of Dogfight you were after does show with this image.  Flight helps provide you nature story here.  Some viewers may feel you have too much base but I feel that helps with your story.  Unfortunately, seeing the most prominent geese from the rear weakens that story.

N2, T3, P2, E0, Total 7

Review by Dennis H.
I would have liked to have seen more detail and separation of the flying birds. Image appears a little soft. Would have cropped bottom of image.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Bruce F.
I think you were enamored with the moment because it really connect with you emotionally. That’s great! That’s what makes photography such a powerful medium. I would encourage you to look at Artie Morris images of Sandhill cranes; he has perfected the blast off at Bosque Del Apache. He has a guide that helps you be in the right place and the right time. If you go again, I would purchase this. I don’t think it’s too expensive. Bosque Del Apache is a magically place, and my goal there would be to capture some of this magic. 
N-2, T-1, P-1, E-0, Total-4

Review by Maria K-L
Nice scene and light. Nature story is 2.
It is good that birds are in focus and background is not.
Having said this I would like to see all birds sharp what is not the case.
Maybe local sharpening could help. Also the light part of the birds is lost.
Geese are amazing to watch and shoot but to get really attractive photo one needs to make many shots hoping for interesting pattern. It is also good when they are not overlapping.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Bogdan B.
It's seen the good light at the capture. But it's hard to get an order at flying birds. Here are mostly captured from the back, some flying to the right, overlaping with one another and with mountains in the background. I see also the nearest birds are a little bit soft.
N-2, T-2, P-1, E-0, Total-5

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.