Study Group 2


Susan Newlin (C)

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SEPTEMBER 2021 ROUND

Title:      Bighorn Mother & Lambs
 
Goal:     Capture a Bighorn mother sheep interacting with one of her lambs 
 
Equipment/Source:    Canon R5 with 100-500 lens set at 500mm, ISO 500, f7.0

Technique:     Observing sheep on the ridgetop in Badlands National Park just before sunset. Females were gathering the lambs to a ridge roost and trying to calm them down. Captured this little one trying to run off; he later fell about 200 feet and had to be rescued, apparently unharmed. The other lamb is behind, barely peeking over the mother's back and was content to stay put.

Processing:     Camera Raw for exposure and tone, NIK Detail used lightly. Cropped in about 50%

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AUGUST 2021 ROUND
Title:    Sharing

Goal:   
Capture Prairie Dogs in an interaction near their burrows


Equipment/Source:    CANON EOS R5 with 100-500 mm lens fully extended. f 6.2, ISO 400.

Technique:   Sitting on ground in the middle of a prairie dog village, I followed several families with pups. These two pups had been playing together, then separated. As I watched them, they started running toward each other. Anticipating an interaction would ensue I focus on the spot they would meet and was rewarded to find that one of the pups had brought a food treasure to share with the other. Both celebrated and nibbled together. It was very cute.

Processing:    Camera Raw adjustments for exposure, clarity and a bit of vibrance, then light detail extractor in NIK. 

Score this Image:  YES

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Review by commentator J.D.

Nature Story (N):  This is a truly beautiful nature story.  Actually there are a number of nature stories at play here from two pups playing to two pups sharing food.   Score: 3

Technical Quality (T):  Although it is obvious that the camera settings are spot on, it would be advisable for the photographer instead of shooting "fully extended" to slightly pull back to keep the photograph from being a tad of the soft side which easily happens at the "fully extended" end of the lens.  Score: 2

Pictorial Quality (P):    This pictorial quality of this photograph would have been enhanced by better post processing.  Better usage of burning would have certainly enhanced the photograph.   Score:  2

Exceptional (E):   Regretfully, this photograph does not deserve the extra point for being exceptional.  Score: 0

Scores: N 3 / T 2 / P 2 / E  0/   Score = 7


 This Review is written by: Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
You capture this at the right timing!
Well done!
This is winning image with your patience and planning, I assume.
It demonstrate nature story well enough to rate 3.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your selection of camera setting is quite good - the level of blur at the background, decent sharpness on the main subject.
The foreground is a bit distracting, so you might want to darken a bit there.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think it is debatable about the space at left hand side.
I am not sure that you need to show the tail in the story of this image.
The space distract my attention a bit at first sight.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 1-Exceptional

TOTAL SCORE 9


This Review is written by: Eric N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This is an image with a great story. The Prairie Dogs sharing their food

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The exposure is spot on. Foreground focus is great, Animal focus s perfect. Background blur reflects aperture and the focal length of the lens

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition was great. The Prairie Dog's eyes are on the one third line.

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: Diana R.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Lovely nature story of the two pups sharing a morsel. The photo tells the story

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
To me the image is well exposed , sharp, with good depth of field and adequate shutter speed to stop the action.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
To me you did a great job getting both pups in focus but still blurring the background.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE< /strong> 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 9


This Review is written by: Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
wonderful and moving image

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the image would have been technically perfect, I think, if the DOF had been deeper; the colors and details are excellent, except the right-hand animal was not nearly as sharp as the left one. Sorry

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
moving and well composed.

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

Susan is a juried photographic artist from the Cape Cod Art Center. She has recently moved to Southern California and now concentrates her work there.  

Susan’s work focuses on wildlife and landscapes. She has exhibited in several juried galleries and shows. She is active in photo clubs in Southern California and Massachusetts as well as the Photographic Society of America. Her work focuses on showing birds and other animals in their natural habitat or in various life activities, as well as natural landscapes that tell the story of our environment and its beauty.

Her work can be found on-line at www.facebook.com/SusanNewlinNaturePhoto