Study Group 2


Richard Fisher· (C)

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OCTOBER 2020 ROUND

Title:      Old Bull in the Crater

Goal:     While in the Ngorongoro Crater I noticed that there a number of old bull elephants. I want to create an image that capture the senior elephant down in the crater in the last years of his life.

As elephant age they wear out their teeth, I believe that they have 6 set of molars. As the last set wear out, the elephant is no longer able to eat bark and other hard materials to digest essential micro nutrients such as minerals. In order to survive some old bulls migrate to the crater and stay near the marsh areas where they can eat soft plants in order to obtain these essential nutrients. None the less this diet is insufficient in required minerals and the old bull slowly starves to death, not from lack of calories but from lack of essential nutrients. In the crater you will notice that there are NO cows or calves.

Equipment/Source:    Canon 5D Mark III, 28-300mm Lens at 90mm.
   
Technique:  Shot from a bean bag out of the top hatch of a safari vehicle. Shutter speed was 1/500, F 13 to get greater depth of field, ISO 640. Aperture Priority using matrix metering.

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Beside from "standard" LR adjustments, processing was rather simple, curves with masks, 3 stage sharpening, vignette prior to final image.

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Review by commentator Tom S.
Nice image of an old bull elephant in his environment, and your explanation explains the other bulls on the right in the background.  So good nature story.

Pleasing placement in the frame, and good exposure.  At first, I thought the color was wrong but I have been to Africa enough to know that because elephants spray themselves with dirt, they can be the color of the local dirt.  I have seen red elephants, so this one having a lot of white is normal because of white dirt. 

I think it is a little over sharpened.  The elephant and the grass are a little crunchy looking.

N3, T2, P3, E0  =  8

Review by Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good pictorial image of elephant showing history of living and environment of crater.
Unless reading the comments, I would not detect the elements and story from the image.


TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your objective of having great DOF is met by using f13 in this case. Shutter speed was 1/500, enough to stop the motion. However, I still feel sharpness on main subject is a bit loose in my eye.
Also you need to be careful to erase the dots on the sky.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think this is beautiful pictorial image, however, it does not provide the essence of "wow" here. This is considered as snap shot of elephant in the crater. I expect to bring this up to the level of uniqueness to tell a story.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6
Review by Tom K

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
I feel it is an average story with the elephant as a environmental portrait.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good focus and overall sharpness.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the position of the elephant and the small tree and other elephants on the right. The lighting was harsh as it was shot midday.
Review by Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
excellent portrait of old elephant

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
wonderful texture of its skin, great capture & exposure

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
composition was excellent, especially including the other elephants in the distance, but of average impact.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POI NT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 7

Review by Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The story is there for those that know and from your description.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image is sharp and good DoF showing the habitat. Exposure and colours are good.There is a halo between the crater rim and sky which can sometimes simply be the contrast. There are some sensor spots in the sky area.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the composition with the bull on the left and the group to the right. The DOF allows us to see the vastness of the habitat. Lacks impact.

NATURE SCO RE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 6

Review by Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice nature study of Bull Elephant in crater setting. Not sure about road in background.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image appears to have noise. Elephant lacks some detail and looks grainy. Showing halo along ridge line. Could have been over sharpened..

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good composition with impact.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average strength (portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excell ent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7

Review by Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Wonderful scene and great capture of the old bull guarding the herd. He looks like a king!

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Well exposed and great detail on the bull fading to the less-focused background but enough there to capture the story

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Quite inspiring. I want to be there

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

Rich could be described as a modern-day Renaissance man. Though now retired from Kraft Foods (2012), he is trained in the sciences with a PhD from UCLA in Molecular Biology and has earned an MBA from the University of Chicago where he specialized in Finance, Marketing and Statistics. In addition to his analytic side, Rich is artistic as demonstrated from his photography. 

During his tenure at Kraft Foods his career spanned such diverse areas from Physical Chemistry and computer simulation to Marketing Analytic (last brand positions were Director of Analytics for the Cheese & Dairy Business Unit and The Pizza Company). As head of Analytics Rich was responsible for forecasting volumetric and financial impact of changes in marketing spending and price changes. 

Rich has been a member of the Garden Photographic Society (GPS) since 1997 and the Riverwood Nature Photographic Society (RNPS) since 2002. In GPS he has held numerous positions such as newsletter editor, president, competition chair, DPI coordinator and Treasurer. In RNPS he has been Outing and Program Chairs, and Vice President of Competition. Rich has been on the board of CACCA, Chicago Area Camera Club Association, since 1999 and Rich has been Treasurer for most of his tenure on the board except during his term as president, 2014-16. In addition, he has been additional roles as the information manager and coordinator of speakers and judges. 

On a personal note, Rich lives outside Chicago with his wife Jane and their delightful Golden Retriever, Denali. Both Rich and Jane love to travel and are planning their 23rd trip Africa.