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Bogdan Bricelj

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MAY 2015 ROUND
Title:   Caterpillar Twisting

Goal:   Capturing a beautiful caterpillar

Equipment/Source:   Panasonic FZ-50, macro converter 420 mm, ISO 100, F3,7, 1/400 s, Shutter Priority, hand held

Technique:   Catching caterpillar when climbing on the plant

Processing:   Crop, contrast corrections with highlights and curves in Lightroom, aditional sharpening in PS Elements

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

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Review by Butch S., 5-18-2015
Very nice capture, good bokeh, nice sharpness. Well done.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Tom B., 5-21-2015
Nice image. It is sharp crisp and very detailed. The background is uncluttered and good leading lines.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Dawn C., 5-24-2015
Wonderfully composed. I would have liked a touch more depth of field to get the entire caterpillar in focus
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total=8
Review by Andy H., 5-23-2015
Well seen shot, well captured. You achieved what you wanted to. Sometimes nothing more needs to be said.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Rick C., 5-23-2015
A very nicely handled image. The nature story is strong, showing the locomotion of a caterpillar. Your technical quality is quite nice, with good exposure, focus and DOF. Pictorially, the BG is excellent and the composition is pleasing. Some viewers might want you to darken the leaves in the upper left, but I don’t find them to be an issue personally. Maybe just a touch of shadow-highlight to open up the side of the caterpillar a tad more. That is about all I see. N-3, T-3, P-3 = 9

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APRIL 2015 ROUND
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

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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
Review by Andy H., 4-23-2015
A difficult image to capture especially handheld. I like the surface tension. The light direction on this image is causing shadow on the side we are viewing causing the image to look a bit flat. There are signs of over sharpening on the legs and along the back of the reflection. I am not a bug person so possibly not the right person to comment.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total=6
Review by Tom B., 4-22-2015
This is a nice sharp and crisp image of the bug and reflection. I feel a little more detail could be brought out on the insect and its reflection. I know you can not remove anything from a nature image but the two debris spots around the insect keep pulling my attention.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total=8
Review by Butch S., 4-24-2015
This is great image idea. However it looks to me that lighting and hand holding did not deliver the potential that this idea has. The image is soft, probably due to very shallow depth of field/camera shake/focusing. I would like to see this shot taken with a tripod.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Rick C., 5-1-2015
From a capture perspective I think you accomplished what you indicate in the title and goal. I notice that you were hand held, which is common when trying to get really small subjects, but I couldn’t tell whether your camera has image stabilization. The reason I note this is because there is a general softness to the shot. This could be a stabilization problem, or just a very small shift in the point of focus, which seems to be on the back wings. That type of critical focus miss is also very common when working small subjects at higher magnifications. The hit rate is very small. The diagonal position is pleasing. Given the size of the subject, the centered placement is also reasonable. Depending on how tight a crop this is, you could always trim a little top and right to move it out of center. The base exposure looks to be OK. I would pull back a little on the highlights and open up the shadows a touch if the primary focus was better.

N-3, T-2, P-2 = 7



Biography

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.