Study Group 2

Bogdan Bricelj, EPSA, EFIAP/g

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Title:    Portrait of Green Lizard
Goal:    Getting close photo of a beautiful lizard.

Equipment/Source:    Panasonic FZ-50, 420 mm on built in lens with macro converter, ISO 100, F5, 1/500 s Manual exposure, daylight in sunshine, hand held.

Technique:    On a trip through beautiful Toscana in Italy I have noticed a beautiful green lizard.

Processing:  Increasing contrast with levels and curves, selective burn rocks in front.

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Review by Dennis H.
Nice nature shot showing a green lizard.
Would have had a tighter crop to better present lizard.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Andy H.
Strong image of the lizards head. Exposure , colour, sharpness, where necessary, all good. I would have liked slightly more DOF. The angled composition is effective and the out of focus and colour of the background is good. The out of focus foreground is a little too much for me, but not sure, other than re-cropping, what you could do.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7

Review by Gregory L.
Great lizard portrait. The lizard is sharp and good focus. Nice bokeh. The color is maybe a bit too saturated.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7

Review by Bruce F.
My first impression is that the rock on the lower right side is very blurry, and since it’s in the foreground it becomes very prominent and the first thing you notice—taking your eye and focus away from the subject. Also, takes up a lot of the space, almost half the image. I think a tripod would have allowed much more depth of field. A true macro lens like a 100 mm f2.8 or 180 mm F3.5 would have allowed you to be farther away and still get enough magnification, also allowed for increased depth field with a slower shutter speed. You didn’t have use ISO 100 and f5, with a tripod you could have used f22 at 1/30 sec for example. This is the advantage of a tripod over hand holding. I know that lizards move fast, but sometimes the will lay still, like here.
I think the green background has some noise and I would use some target noise reduction. The head of the lizard is colorful and well exposed and sharp. There is a slight catch light in the eye that could be enhanced. Better tools: tripod, a true macro lens, could have enhanced depth of field and the clarity of the image. Carry a small silver gold reflector where you can bounce light into you subject. This technique too would be helpful to improve the image.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Maria K-L
The dof and focus on the lizard is good. Nice soft background.
I like the triangle composition, colors and sure your model.
It is good that you tried to burn light and out of focus foreground. However the foreground is still distracting to me. It is too big out of focus area. Maybe making it really dark and some cropping would help. I think shooting from different angle to avoid this situation would be the sure solution but maybe it was not possible.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Butch S.
This image attracts attention with its color and subject matter. The Background nicely leaves the main subject an uncluttered background. Forces is very nice with sharpness in the not to little but not to much category. To me the image is a Nature portrait.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Les Lincke
The image of the lizard is bright and colorful but I think your f stop is too low i.e.lens wide open and the foreground of the image is out of focus which severely detracts from the picture.
N-2, T-1, P-1, E-0, Total-4

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Title:  Little Macaque Sucking
Goal:     Finding interesting photos on Monkey Mountain.

Equipment/Source: Panasonic FZ-50, 100 mm on built in lens, ISO 100, F3,2, 1/250 s Shutter Priority, daylight in shadow, hand held.
Technique:     Our Photo club organised a trip to Monkey Mountain in near Austria. Japanese Macaques live there free in a big forest. Trying to make photos with no man-made elements for ND.

Processing:    Increasing contrast with levels and curves, selective dodging of eyes, burning some highlights in background and a little bit sharpening.

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Review by Mike P.
Nice shot. Good story telling of mother and baby. Composition and exposure both right on target.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Alan L.
wonderful story-telling image. The expressions make this memorable. good exposure and composition, too.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-1, Total-10
Review by Butch S.
In my opinion, technically this image is right on, if the magenta tones in the monkey's face are authentic.

Pictorial quality looks to me to be good, but not "show stopping" great.

In my view, the Nature value is OK to those who know little of this monkey's habits, etc. This image could have great N value if this is a seldom seen scene. If not the N value is average in my opinion.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Manu R.
Nice closeup of the Mom and baby. Nature story is strong here. Tight and bold composition works well for this image. Eyes of the baby is in focus and in good light. Mther's eyes are in shadow.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Azim R.
Nice moment, great capture.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Jerry S.
A good nature image showing interaction between a mother and suckling baby. Focus is sharp showing hair detail. Animal colors look realistic. The eyes of the baby are alive with a good catch light but the eyes of the mother are lifeless. The green in the background grasses appear over saturated.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Commentator Rick C.
The nature story is definitely here. The basic focus and Depth of Field look fine. You are a little tight on the composition with a touch merger on her head at the top of the frame. Most judges would interpret that as a mistake. Ideally we would like the mother to be paying attention to the baby. Here she seems to be indifferent. Getting the stronger relationship shot is a matter of patience, though on a group outing you may not have had that luxury. I think you can make it a little stronger pictorially by darkening the grass a bit more and lightening the mother and baby a touch. The change in tonal values should help to keep the viewer's attention on the primary subjects.subjects.

N-3, T-2, P-2 = 7 (T-2 shift tonality to emphasize mother and baby. P-2 touch merger - use a looser cropping.)

Review by Gregory L.
Great shot of a mother and child monkey. The image is a little soft and maybe a bit color saturated but good overall.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8


Bogdan Bricelj, EPSA, EFIAP/g, was born in Jesenice in Slovenia. He graduated at Faculty of electrical engineering in Ljubljana. He was working for 9 years in steel factory Zelezarna Jesenice as service engineer. Since the year 1990 he’s manager and co-owner of computer company 3BM d.o.o. Jesenice.

He took his first photograph when he was five years old. When his parents were away from home, he used his mother’s camera to take a photograph of his younger brother which stood in the middle of the kitchen holding a knife in his hands. After developing of film, his mother wondered when she had taken that picture. He learnt the art of photography and developing of black and white photos in the photo school in the primary school. After that he passed over to diapositives. In 1973 his first diapositive was accepted on State exhibition in Nova Gorica.

More than thirty years he had on all his journeys an ordinary Praktica without any electronics. Gradually he bought a flash, macro rings, one broad-angled objective and two teleobjectives. Most of all he took pictures on trips and mountain tours. Primary he was attracted by small flowers and wild animals. The growing up of his daughter was also one of his favourites themes. When he was young he was experimenting a lot with taking snaps of »moon surface« until his lunar module exploded.

With introduction of digital cameras he started to occupy himself with photography more professional. He bought his first digital camera in the year 2004. He has realised that compact digital cameras have many advantages with respect to classic ones. He has found many new options which were not possible by using classic cameras: sharp photos with perfect depth sharpness, high magnification without objective changing, good macro photography, immediate photographs viewing, faster reviewing and sorting of snaps.

The previous knowledge of photography helps him a lot when testing new cameras and advising, recommending and instructing of their customers how to work with digital cameras. His presentations of digital cameras on Craft-fair in Jesenice and in Photographic clubs were accepted by interest. In the year 2005 he affiliated himself to photographic club Fotografsko drustvo Jesenice. At the end of the year 2008 he acquired the photo title Candidate for Master of Photography from Photographic Society of Slovenia. In the year 2010 he’s got the title PPSA and in the year 2011 he has got the title EPSA. The same year he’s got also the title EFIAP. In the year 2013 he received the title EFIAP/s and in the year 2015, his EFIAP/g. He had 17 exhibitions of his own. Since 2009 he’s been president of fotographic club Fotografsko drustvo Jesenice.

His photos

Since he has started to take pictures in digital technique, he does not use any other technique. All of his photos are taken with compact digital cameras, mostly with his HP-945 and Panasonic FZ-50. He knows cameras quite good and for that reason he always tries to get out of cameras as much as possible. The knowledge about camera efficiency enables him to get few unsuccessful shots. He expanded the efficiency of his camera by adding teleconverter, macro lenses and filters. Although digital photography allows a lot of possibilities of photo modifying, his photos are as much as possible pure representation of moments captured in the nature. Of course, some of the photos are a little bit beautified by contrast. He makes some cuttings somewhere, especially where he could not approach near by animals. Sometimes it is good to remove disturbing branchlet or reflections of camera¢s lenses from the shot. But it is very strange to him to modify background and various montages. That doesn’t seem to him a real photo.

He prefers making photos of nature: animals (macro, birds, wild animals), flowers and landscape. He captures also underwater photos. The other preferred theme is sports, especially outdoor sports. Compact cameras are there as good as SLRs. His most successful sport photographs are dog’s races and ski jumps.