Study Group 2


Nirmalya Bhattacharya (A)

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AUGUST 2021 ROUND

Title:     The Wrestlers 
   
Goal:    Capturing the emotion of fighting Topi males in Masai Mara savanna. 
 
Equipment/Source:      Nikon D7200, Nikon 200-500mm, 

Technique:    Handheld shot from safari vehicle. f:5.6, S:1/1600s, F:410mm, ISO:560

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Cropped unwanted environment, Brightened and opened up shadow selectively.

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Review by commentator Rick C.
The behavioral aspect is clear and compelling. Nature story value 3.

Primary focus looks to be midway on the right Topi’s body. DoF is holding adequately throughout. There is a little noise visible in the background. While not overly objectionable, applying something like Topaz DeNoise would both fix the noise and adda bit of extra sharpening which would offset some of the dust being picked up around the heads. The lighting was flat and that is reflected when one looks at the histogram. This issue here is that even though “true” to the lighting in a relative sense, the current rendition does so at the expense of some nice pop easily obtained by utilizing all of the potential tonal range. The lack of full use of the potential tonal range holds the image back for me. Technical score 2 (see my adjusted version)

The framing is very tight, but given that the implicit direction is toward the center as the two Topi spar, I feel you can get away with it. The one nit is that white object top center, which should be burned down a bit more. Pictorial rating 3.

N-3, T-2, P-3 = 8


This Review is written by: Adrian B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A very clear nature story here well done.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your image is sharp where needed, with adequate depth of field and your chosen speed looks good to me, with clear evidence of the tussle helped by dust coming from the ground but not obscuring the animals.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your image is made stronger by the clear eye of the far male - this lightens the scene with two quite dark animals. It is a pity there is a bird (egret perhaps centred above the p air - it is in a light band and you may therefore "get away" with reducing the highlights a tad in that band. But still a 10 score image from me. I wish I have both experienced the occasion and taken the image.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 1-Exceptional

TOTAL SCORE 10


This Review is written by: Bogdan B

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Top action - battle with good ND story.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good colors and tones. Image seems a little bit soft and noisy.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Goof composition. White stone in the middle in background is a little bit distraction. You can burn it a little.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 8


This Review is written by: LC B.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice nature story capture. Having the visible clear eye adds to the drama.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The image looks a wee bit hazy to me: and not just the dust cloud area near their hooves. Mainly the rump of the left hand bull, but other than that the rest of the image is sharp. The white object in the upper area of the frame is a bit of a distraction, but what can you do. The lighting is pretty flat and thus colors also are a bit flat. These are nit picky items though that you ma y want fuss with in another post session.


PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I’m left wanting more to the story though and I think the crop positioning them dead center confines the drama too much. Consider cropping to have more negative space on the right side and thus space for the viewers eye to be drawn….subtly hinting that the force of the left side bull will push the right side one in that direction.


NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE: 8










 

I always liked photography since childhood but the curiosity turned into passion during 2011-12, when I had my first DSLR. I went through the photography course at National Academy of Photography, Kolkata, India during 2012. Then started participating in National and International salons and competitions from 2013. I was active participant till 2016 and by that time completed EFIAP with more than 1700 international acceptance and 159 awards from across 56 countries through salon participation. My works were also recognised at 2014 Monochrome award, 2015 Sony World Photography Award as Commendable one and during 2017 Olympus International photography competition.

My area of core competence were always people and fine art photography. I developed a liking towards Nature and wildlife photography when for the first time I had a chance to visit Kaziranga, the world heritage sanctuary in eastern India. Last 3 years I have mostly focused on wildlife and visited Indian forests and Africa several times. I am at 52 now and by profession in sales and marketing job promoting organic concepts of agriculture in India.