Study Group 2

Bogdan Bricelj

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Title:   Surface Water Bug in the Middle of the Clouds

Goal:    Capturing surface water bug on a small puddle

Equipment/Source:   Panasonic FZ-50, macro converter 350 mm, ISO 100, F4,5, 1/400 s, Shutter Priority, hand held

Technique:   Catching a moment, when insect came to the proper sharpening distance and with the sky reflections in the background

Processing:   Crop, contrast corrections with highlights and curves in Lightroom

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

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Review by Les L., 4-8-2015
Excellent shot; it's interesting, nice color from the water, tack sharp. I would dodge the bug somewhat to make him a little more prominent in the image.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Manu R., 4-17-2015
Good concept and technique. The refelection of the coudy sky is providing nice tones in the background. Cloning out the floating objects will improve the background. Feel the compo would be better if cropped 1cm from top and right.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total=8

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Title:  Diver near the coast

Goal:  Capturing different birds on different places and situations

Equipment/Source:  Panasonic FZ-50, 420 mm, ISO 100, F7,1, 1/640 s, Shutter Priority, hand held

Technique:  Catching a moment, when bird is raising from the water

Processing:  Crop, contrast corrections with highlights and curves in Photoshop Elements

Comments/Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

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Review by Tom B., 3-18-2015
This image has good detail and color. I feel that the wings could be lightened a bit to show more detail in those areas. I like the hint of the reflection in the water but also feel some of the foreground rocks should be cropped more.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total=8
Review by Andy H., 3-21-2015
Image well exposed. Not sure if head is sharp. The foreground is distracting in my view.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total=7
Review by Rick C., 3-22-2015
This is a nice capture where the action is a definite plus for the interest value of the image. I believe your “Diver” is what we call a Loon. Your timing on catching the wings in mid flap was excellent. Focus and depth both look good. It’s a little hard to tell about the detail in the whites on the breast in this small an image, but in general the exposure looks to be OK. My one concern would be that harsher contrast from what seems to be midday lighting may be causing some clipping in the breast feathers. If you see any sign of that in your file, try dragging back on the highlights slider even more. I don’t feel the full rings behind the Diver are key elements and so I would be inclined to crop a little tighter from the left to move the subject even further out of the center.

N-3, T-3, P-2 = 8


Bogdan Bricelj 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 has got title EFIAP/s. He had 17 exhibitions of his own. Since 2009 he’s 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.