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OCTOBER 2020 ROUND

Title:     Frog Lunch Revisited

Goal:    I was observing this egret fishing and captured this shot of a frog lunch.

Equipment/Source:    Nikon D500 with Nikon 500mm f5.6 lens, hand held 

Technique:  1/1000th at f5.6 Iso 100   
 
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Some minor adjustments in LR and a tighter crop.

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Review by commentator Tom S.
This is a great nature shot with a strong story.  Good work.  The frog in this image is better than last month since the viewer can really tell it is a frog. Last month you were told it was a little too dark, and this month you lightened everything up but the back of the bird is blown out.  Darken the high lights so that nothing is blown out.

There is too much green water between the camera and the bird.  Crop it to get rid of the black shadows in the water. All that water is unnecessary and distracts from the bird and frog.

N3, T2, P2, E0  =  7


Review by Rich F

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
This image shows a great egret about to eat a frog. This is more interesting than a standard portrait. I am not an expert of Egrets but I assume that frogs are a stable on their diet. I'll stretch and say the nature story is strong.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The egret is well exposed, a challenge for a white bird. There are details in most of the feathers (great job) and only a few areas are blown out. The image is sharp and the colors look good.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The bird is well position ed in the frame and image shows the natural environment.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 3-Excellent exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 8
Review by Haru N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
You captured the moment, at right timing! This supports the nature story strongly.
It would be a instant moment so it must be a difficult shot. Well done!

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I like the lighting, main subject gets proper lights. It is my personal opinion but I feel that sharpness is a bit loose. My preference, in this case, is to have good sharpness on the frog, and blurred background, so that viewers eye will guided naturally on the main subject.
But fortunately, you have a dark background, so it does not affect so much.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I think you chose the right decision to have space on left side and crop tight in right side, however, I would crop a bit tight on the bottom side, so that you have a balanced space top space vs bottom space.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7
Review by Andy H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
The image has a good story with the capture of the frog.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Your setting seem fine with the high shutter speed anticipating sudden movement. I might have opened the aperture to blur the background. The image could be sharper, theres a softness in the feathers on the back. The whites are close to over exposure.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
The composition could be a lot better. A crop of the LHS and bottom would help and create more impact.

NATURE SCORE 3- Nature s tory strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No extra point

TOTAL SCORE 7
Review by Louis P

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
excellent catch! wonderfulnature story with frog for lunch

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
I could not blow image up but think most of feathers were blown out, perhaps reducing exposure would have helped

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
impactful and well composed image

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 1-Inadequate exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

EXTRA POINT 0-No ext ra point

TOTAL SCORE 7
Review by Dennis H

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Good nature story with Egret capturing frog.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Egret lacks some feather detail on head, neck,and wings. Frog lacks detail.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Image has impact. Some areas in background need lightening. Would crop lower part of image to remove distracting foliage.

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 2-Average composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 7

Review by Dave F.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
great story its is all there

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
image is sharp and using the D500 with the crop sensor and a 500 mm lens it turned out very nice. Feathers are sharp and good exposure.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
the frog is having a bad day

NATURE SCORE 3-Nature story strong

TECHNICAL SCORE 2-Average exposure

PICTORIAL SCORE 3-Excellent composition and impact

TOTAL SCORE 8
Review by Susan N.

NATURE REVIEW OF THE IMAGE
Nice capture of bird feeding on frog, but really too much of a duplicate of what you had last month ... good shot and story, but you already told it. So lower nature score.

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Nice lighting and focus on detail. Could have cropped up from below a bit.

PICTORIAL REVIEW OF IMAGE
Bright green distracts me from image of the bird and frog. Should tone that down and bright up the subjects. Crop up from the bottom to remove distracting dark elements.

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 live in Rochester NY with my wife and Abu our cat. I grew up in Detroit and moved to Rochester for a better job. I am retired from the computer industry and photography is now my main hobby. We like to travel to at least one interesting location a year.

I started shooting Black and White when I was in college and developed my own film and prints in the school darkroom. I couldn't afford color printing and it was more difficult to hand process due to the precise temperature requirements. I always had an enlarger in my basement until digital cameras were affordable. I'm glad to be rid of the chemicals.

I'm basically self taught with a few art and photography classes sprinkled into my learning. Post processing in Lightroom, NIK and Photoshop are essential tools into how I create an image.

I have recently started shooting birds and wildlife and have worked on leaning new techniques needed for birding. Wildlife shooting can be very challenging.

I belong to a local camera club and frequently display my images at Image City Gallery in Rochester NY.