Nature Study Group 2


Pinaki Sarkar (C)

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JANUARY 2022 ROUND
Title:    A beautiful Sunset

Goal:    
Photography is all about capturing the moment not to tell a story as story has a historical time attached to it. It is up to the viewer who decides to take it in the way he/she wants, as a story or a beautiful fleeting moment and anything else. My goal here was just that, to capture the beautiful sunset and the sky that was there in front of me for a minute or so.
 

Equipment/Source:    24mm, f2.8, iso-450,1/125 sec. Handheld Nikon Gear.

Technique:     Shot Handheld.

Processing:    There was slight post processing in light room in terms of cropping and vibrance enhancement.

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DECEMBER 2021 ROUND

Title:    Angry Bald Eagles
 
Goal:      As usual, when I look for image, I look for pictorial quality rather than tell a story. I try to take a photo of what I like, so if anybody find a story in it so be it. Bald Eagles are majestic aggressive creatures in appearance, like a king.

Equipment/Source:    Nikon d500 and 5.6 ,500mm PF lens with 1.4x teleconverter.
f/8,1/100, iso 1250, +0.7 step,700mm, Metering: Pattern
   
Technique:  I was worried that since I was using the teleconverter with the PF lens; the final image might become a little soft. It seems that it didn't, at least what I see from the image. I guess the light was sufficient and the subject was relatively static.

Processing:  No Post Processing except cropping. I tried to crop away the branch on the top left-hand corner but was unable to do so without compromising the image. So, I decided to embrace it as a part of the image itself and cropped a tad bit at the bottom to make the image a little edgy.

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Review by commentator Tom S.
There are two eagles but no interactions between them so it just becomes a portrait with a weak nature story. A strong nature story is what you should be trying for if you intend to enter an image in a nature competition. N2

Good exposure, but the image is soft. You are using a 700mm lens but are shooting at only 1/100 sec. You should be shooting at 1/1000 with that lens set up. Try using Topaz Sharpen AI to sharpen them. T2

Pictorially confusing because there are two subjects not close together, and neither have good poses. We are looking at the back of the one on the left, and most of the face of the one on the right is covered by its open beak. P1

N2, T2, P1 = 5


PERSON WHO WROTE THE REVIEW: Fisher, Rich
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NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: I understand you desire to take "artistic" or pleasing images that may or not tell a story.  Never-the-less the rules of SG emphasizes the nature story aspects of an image.  This image could tell a story but by itself I find a lack of information  Perhaps you could have helped it by providing additional information.
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TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: The exposure and focus are good. There is details in the both the dark and white eagle features.  
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PICTORIAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: Shooting up at a bird is challenging.  In this image one eagle is facing away, the other towards but its face is block.  

Regarding the branch in the upper left, I could have tried cropping the image on the top to reduce the image of the branch,
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NATURE SCORE: 2 - Nature story of average strength (portrait)
TECHNICAL SCORE: 2 - Average exposure
PICTORIAL SCORE: 1 - Inadequate composition and impact
Extra Point awarded: 0 - No extra point
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Total score: 5

PERSON WHO WROTE THE REVIEW: Hill, Dennis
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NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE:  Good study of Bald Eagles vocalising on branch.
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TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE:  I think your shutter speed and teleconverter have resulted in a lack of detail on birds. I believe you need a minimum of 1/320 sec for wildlife and much higher for birds.
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PICTORIAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: I think if you cropped more from the R/H side and rotated the image it would result in a better story, as the the top L/H branch is distracting.
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NATURE SCORE: 3 - Nature story strong
TECHNICAL SCORE: 2 - Average exposure
PICTORIAL SCORE: 2 - Average composition and impact
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Total score: 7

PERSON WHO WROTE THE REVIEW: Paley, Louis
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NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: what a wonderful shot; I have taken thousands of bald eagle photos, but I never have seen such a scene.
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TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: while this image was an amazing catch, it was not particularly sharp in any part of the eagles; I don't know if that is the fault of the lens or extender or slight movement of the subjects with a relatively slow shutter speed.  the color and other characteristics of the image were very good.
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PICTORIAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: wonderful and moving catch of these birds squawking.
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NATURE SCORE: 3 - Nature story strong
TECHNICAL SCORE: 2 - Average exposure
PICTORIAL SCORE: 3 - Excellent composition and impact
Extra Point awarded: 0 - No extra point
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Total score: 8

PERSON WHO WROTE THE REVIEW: Newlin, Susan
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NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: This is a good nature story as it is showing interaction between the two birds. I'm not sure what they were doing, but they seem to be quite involved in it whatever.
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TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: Nicely captured and framed. The upper left branch helps to frame the image and you did well by cropping the lower portion. The animals are in focus and well-lit.
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PICTORIAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: Pictorial would be improved with a bit of contrast. It's difficult to deal with an exposure that captures both white and dark with detail. You have the detail in the image, but spot control for reducing the white and taking a bit of shadow out of the dark, perhaps increasing clarity and texture to bring out the details of their feathers, and you would have a better pictorial presentation
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NATURE SCORE: 3 - Nature story strong
TECHNICAL SCORE: 2 - Average exposure
PICTORIAL SCORE: 2 - Average composition and impact
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Total score: 7

PERSON WHO WROTE THE REVIEW: Finocchio, Bruce
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NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: I think anger is a human emotion, and not normally attributed to animals or birds. They are calling out, yes, but angry. I am not sure you can say that. They might defend territory. It’s hard to tell visually with showing only the eagles perched on a tree branch. Therefore, I think you only can say that they are calling out unless you observed why they are calling out. Then, you might infer that in the title. 
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TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: The exposure is fine, but the image lacks sharpness. 1/100 shutter speed is too slow to capture and freeze motion. My choice would have been to use a 1/1000 of a second at a minimum. Also, all digital captures need sharpening. So if you only cropped, you need to sharpen your image during the latter stages of your digital workflow. No post-processing sharpening is the reason the entire image is soft, including the tree branches. 
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PICTORIAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: Your placement and angle of view are off. You are looking up from underneath too much. You need to be farther away. I am not sure of the location dynamics, but I would look for a place where you can photograph them at eye level. Or find another place where they might land, or find some other eagles. Otherwise, you just will not create an impactful image from where you are. 
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NATURE SCORE: 2 - Nature story of average strength (portrait)
TECHNICAL SCORE: 2 - Average exposure
PICTORIAL SCORE: 2 - Average composition and impact
Extra Point awarded: 0 - No extra point
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Total score: 6

PERSON WHO WROTE THE REVIEW: Ramchandani, Ranjan
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NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: Yes, shooting in the wild is shooting nature, but without a story is only a portrait. Sometimes portraits can tell stories too, but I can't seem to put one together in this frame which you too have clarifies.
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TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: Image is sharp, Colours are good. To me that make a huge difference in an image if that was your target. Different modern day cameras have their own limitations. I can guess why you shot at 1/100th instead of a higher shutter speed on a higher ISO. Each photographer hs=as his or her own way to shoot an image. While shooting portraits this speed is great and am sure when you would shoot a bird in flight  or movements you would use higher shutter speeds. Good call on the ISO level combination here.
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PICTORIAL REVIEW OF THE IMAGE: As per nature review, to me this is a portrait capture. Basically two separate subjects in one frame.
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NATURE SCORE: 2 - Nature story of average strength (portrait)
TECHNICAL SCORE: 3 - Excellent exposure, color balance and sharpness
PICTORIAL SCORE: 1 - Inadequate composition and impact
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Total score: 6

I am an engineer by profession and an amateur photographer ( I not make money out of photos). I love travelling around the world and going out in general with my camera and taking pictures. My Insta handle is pinaki.sarkar5. Usually I post my photos there. . .