Study Group 2

Bogdan Bricelj

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Title:    Two steinbocks on the edge

Goal:    Makig best of near meeting with steinbocks

Equipment/Source:     Panasonic FZ-50, built in lens at 200 mm, ISO 100, F5,6, 1/500 s Manual exposure, hand held

Technique:   During a mountain trip we have met a group of steinbocks in mists. They are not shy animals, so we have come closer, looking to get good composition.

Processing:    Increasing contrast with levels and curves in Photoshop Elements, noise removing in NindjaNoise.

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Title: Ladybird in Yellow

Goal:    Getting a pictorial macro.

Equipment/Source:   Panasonic FZ-50, macro converter, ISO 100, F4,5, 1/200 s Shutter Priority, hand held

Technique:   I've found a ladybird in colorful enviroment.

Processing:  Increasing contrast with levels and curves, selective burning and cropping in Photoshop Elements, noise removing in NindjaNoise.

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Review by Les L.
I like the way the bug stands out against the yellow background but I think you to get quite a bit closer to capture a true macro with all the fine bug detail that a macro requires.
N-3, T-2, P-1, E-0, Total-6
Review by Mike P.
Great shot! Beautiful colors. The red bug against the soft backdrop worked perfectly. I also like the faint sprigs on which the bug is climbing. The focus is also perfect. I can't think of anything I could suggest to make an improvement in such a nice shot.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Lara K.
Good depth of field and interesting subject. Detail is lacking on the back of the ladybug because of the shadow that is cast across the back of it. I would like to see the composition with the grass somewhat diagonal.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Andy H.
I would have liked a stronger nature story. The light is strongly on the RHS and the back of the ladybird is in shadow, could this have been lightened. Colours are a bit too saturated for me.Sharpness is good for me.DOF fine.
Composition is good and the image has impact
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Dawn C.
Very inviting, artistic image. Overall soft quality is lovely. Great composition. Harsh lighting and post-processing increase in contrast lost detail of the wing. The dark back draws the eye, but then there is no detail to look at. Is there more detail there or is it blurred?
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Maria K-L
I like this artistic image.
Vertical frame works so well with lines of grasses. Color composition of red with yellow/green and nice blurred background all make this photo very pleasing.
Technically especially for the nature photo we should see more details in the ladybird. It is possible that you lost them when removing noise and increasing contrast.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Bruce F
With the very shallow depth of field, the overall visual appearance of this images is pictorial rather than nature. I am not total convinced that even the lady bug is total sharp. The grasses are also very soft.
I also am not really happy with the composition either. The subject isn’t really in a rule of thirds power point, more near the center. I believe the top could be cropped. This would increase the size of the lady bug giving this subject more impact. Right now, it seems to be lost in a very pictorial background.
A background that doesn’t provide a lot of information as to what is the habitat or environment that this bug lives in. The background does have a lot of nice color and flow. But doesn’t really add a lot to the nature story, all I see is some out of focus grass stems.
I believe if you used a tripod. Then, you could have stop down the aperture, creating more depth and sharpness. Which you need for the image to have a nature focus.
Macro images are tough because they inherently don’t have much of depth of field. Yet, when the spots on the lady bug’s back aren’t clear and defined. Then, I believe you don’t have enough depth of field to make this a successful nature image. Getting closer would also help define your subject.
I know you goal is to get a pictorial macro image. Yet, the nature story is more important focus for nature imagery.
N-1, T-1, P-2, E-0, Total-4
Review by Dan C.

You have composed and captured an excellent image.  The red if the Ladybird Beetle with the overall green of the scene works well.  With the size of the Ladybird in the frame I feel you have made an excellent and compelling negative space composition.

Unfortunately, all these strong pluses for this image involve pictorial quality.  The image has no real nature story beyond “Here I am” for the beetle.  If used in a Nature Division section of an international exhibition it will have a good chance of being accepted but would not rise to the awards level because of the weak nature story.

N2, T3, P3, E0, Total 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.