Study Group 2


Rick Dandridge (A)

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JANUARY 2021 ROUND
Title:     A Warm Meal

Goal:  I participated in a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Feb. 2012, primarily to photograph the wolves, along with the other impressive wildlife. Of course, we also visited the iconic Old Faithful Geyser. We were fortunate to find several bison grazing in the warmth it provided. This image is one of a 413 frame time lapse I took. During that long shoot, bison would wander in and out of my view finder. While I would have preferred to have an uneven number of bison for this shot, these two, in my mind provided a very nice composition. It was common for at least one to be facing the wrong direction. Therefore I was pleased to settle with the position of these two.

Equipment/Source:    Canon 7D 1/100 sec, f/16, ISO 100, with a 12-24 lens at 17mm. 

Technique:   Used a intervalometer programmed for the time lapse, with the camera tripod mounted. Although the bison were very unconcerned with their audience, we all keep a sharp eye on them, looking for any sign of irritability.

Processing:    Cropped in LR, as well as some minor color and tone adjustments.

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DECEMBER 2020 ROUND

Title:    A Pair of Kings
   
Goal:      Our last stop on our Colorado trip was The Garden of the Gods. Of course, my goal was to capture the wonder and majesty of the beautiful red rock formations. However, no matter where we may be, wildlife is always high on my list.
 
Equipment/Source:    Canon 7D MK 2, 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 500, Sigma 18-300 lens at 160mm

Technique:   Knowing of a group of Big Horns who inhabited the area, my wife and I were on high alert for a sighting. I normally use lenses with more glass than this particular lens has. I purchased it especially for travel as it is compact and light. I used it on a canoe trip to photograph moose in Maine and have been pleased with its results. On our last shooting day, we came upon these gorgeous rams. They were a highlight of our trip. As we were driving the loop in our search, I had the camera settings ready. After spotting them, I parked on the shoulder of the road (safety first.) I left the car and was able to move around to several shooting positions. I was shooting hand held and, of the many, this is my favorite shot. The rams were most accommodating and not in the least concerned about the several photographers, who were all keeping a proper distance.  

Processing:   
I have several LR presets set for import. These include slight sharpening and noise reduction. In addition, I cropped and used the adjustment brush in LR for a few minor tone improvements, mainly lightening the dark area and darkening the light areas along the edges.

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Review by commentator Tom S.
Great to get both rams posing together like you did.  Nice portrait and enough of the landscape to see their environment.  Normally a portrait would get a nature score of 2 but in this case it deserves a 3.

There are four big problems with the image.  The first is the very flat lighting so the rams don’t stand out from the surrounding rocks like they should. The second is the image is too dark and needs to be lightened a little. That will help separate the rams from the rocks.  The third is the color.  The extra yellow needs to be removed so the snow is white.    The fourth problem is the rams are facing the wrong way so the first thing I see when entering the image from the left is the bright rumps.  Flip them horizontally so they face to the left and you see their faces first.

My adjusted image fixes all four problems.

N3, T1, P2, E0 = 6

This Review is written by: Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is really gorgeous rams as you said! You are lucky to encounter such situation. I envy you!
Unfortunately I could not detect the nature story you want to convey from the image and I could not find it in your description either. It is important to tell the viewer's about the story in description in my view unless it is obvious in the image. This is a beautiful pictorial image.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This has adequate sharpness and detail/texture is well described in the image. In that sense, well done!
I am not sure this is caused because you shot this in golden hours, but overall it looks yellowish in my eyes. So the rams is buried in the background rocks.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
This is beautiful pictorial picture, the gorgeous rams are center of the image, and their details are well captured.
I fell that you cropped too tight. I assume you wanted to include bush as foreground, but you cut the top too tight so it looks unbalanced in the space. vertically, Horizontally, I would take more space in right side, which would add value to the image in my view.

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
This Review is written by: Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good portrait and record shot but lacks a strong story element.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image strong technically. Well exposed good tones and sharp. Watch the white on the rump it's almost blown. Good DOF.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the composition and the subjects have impact. Crop a little tight at the top,

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure< br>
< strong>PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8
This Review is written by: Natalie M

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
While this is a very nice portrait of the 2 rams, there is limited story in the image.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Good sharpness and the colour appears accurate.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Cropping seems appropriate for the shot. However,I find my eyes being drawn to the bright areas on the rump, and I'm not sure that's a good thing, but I understand that it is a feature of this particular animal.

NATURE SCORE 2-Nature story of average st rength ( portrait)

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 7
This Review is written by: Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good capture of Big Horn Sheep in a natural environment.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice colour on rams, with eyes clear with catch lights. Rams appear a little soft lacking detail. Image appears a little dark on my screen.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image has impact but I feel could be improved by rotating image.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7
This Review is written by: Robert D

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
A scene worthy of capture. Just a portrait

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Generally capturing two animals together is not better than one alone. It is best when you can attract the views to focus on one most important portion.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The scene is flat. Perhaps using levels and increasing contrast would be helpful

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PI CTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 5


This Review is written by: Bruce F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This image is a magnificent portrait of these two male Bighorn Sheep. There is enough environment for me to see the habitat where they live. Yet the behavior is static for they are just standing in this place. There is no interaction between them, no fighting, no feeding or browsing, no behavior. Thus, the nature story is average, equivalent to an excellent portrait.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
There is a slight yellow-orange cast to the entire image and a bit of over-saturat ion. I s uspect from one of your preset used. Therefore, the color balance is not realistic to my mind. Sharp throughout the entire image, thus excellent sharpness. Beautiful diffused light with good exposure. Although, I might increase the exposure a half to one-stop, for the image seems slightly on the dark side.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I am wondering how the image would feel with a little more room around the sheep. Also, if possible, I might have stepped to the right during shooting, so their faces would be more prominent within the image. Their hind ends area would decrease. Right now, the hind ends are front and center. Remove the color cast, enlarge the crop increasing the background around the rams, overall, this would improve the image

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and im pact

TOTAL SCORE 6


This Review is written by: Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice shot of the 2 big horn rams. Though this is a "butt" shot both rams have their heads turned the camera. Great job! Though this image is very good, the nature story is only average.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Excellent shot and processing, the especially on the lead ram. There are highlights in both eyes, the lead rams ia bit brighter than the ram further back (intentional? processing? it mostly works). I would have brighten the head of the back ram slightly and darkened the ground also.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Very pleasing image - though there are 2 rams in this image, they do not compete with each other, rather flow together. I flipped your image left/right and the process made the butts somewhat less prominent. I think this is because my eye went start to the eye of the rams. O

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

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7




I am an amateur photographer, with a background of fine art (oil and watercolor.) I enjoy backpacking and travels with my wife. Most of our trips have been to the great American west.

I live in Summerville, South Carolina, near to the coast. This area's natural beauty and rich history provide ample opportunities for varied photographic subjects. I joined PSA in order to improve my skill and to share my work with a variety of people.