Study Group 1

David Thompson Ingoe

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Title: Co-habitation

Goal: To show co-habitation of birds that don't migrate during winter in Calgary Alberta

Source: Digital Raw file processed in Lightroom.

Technique: Canon 40D with 100-400mm lens on tripod.

Processing:   Normal processing in Lightroom and Photoshop CS5 and Sharpened.

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Review by Maria K-L, 9-4-2014
There is a story here but I think not as strong.
Light is beautiful. I like that ducks do not overlap and that day are set in the circle. Cutting geese tail I found unfortunate. I have impression that the whole scene is cropped to tight.
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Review by Dan C., 9-6-2014
I have to agree with Maria. The story is there, but it is weak. Your intended story can also be misinterpreted if the title is not known. With multiple Mallards and only one Canada, it looks more like intrusion than co-habitation unless the viewer has the time to evaluate the behavior as well as the arrangement..

Cropping the Canada's tail does not bother me at all. As done, it looks like a conscious decision on your part. It is a matter of opinion whether is was a good decision or not, not an actual flaw.

I do agree with Maria's impression that you cropped too tight but again, not knowing what was cropped out, that is an opinion. Sometimes cropping may increase the impact of the image while reducing the nature story in that image. That may be the case here.

Good job in keeping the snow white while maintaining its texture.

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After a 25+ year career in data processing with the Oil and Gas industry as well as being bored with an early retirement, I decided to take my photographic hobby to a higher level. I turned to the schools with outreach programs and achieved certificates in Photography. The latest educational program was graduation from The Photography Institute as a Professional Freelance photographer with an average mark of 85%.

Alberta is blessed with some of the most scenic views and virile wildlife in our unique ecology where mountains meet the prairies. Tragically, encroachment, climate change, urban sprawl, and pollution are resulting in a rapid decline of habitat that supports the biodiversity in our wildlife species. The imaging of habitat and the concept of being able to portray the emotions I feel of the area as I experience the beauty and peace in the area is important. The goal of ecological photography is to assist in the understanding of nature through showing the natural environment in my photographs.

In 2005, when I became enthused about digital photography, I was drawn to the Canon system equipment. I currently use a 6D, a 1D mark III, and a 40D for backup. My eight lens range from a 10-20 mm to 100-400 mm and a 1.4 teleconverter.

My interest in Nature and concern for animals at risk in Canada, lead me to use these ecological concerns, to make images to show the beauty and diversity in Southern Alberta, Canada. My goal in ecological photography becomes the method to which photographic images of our natural environment assist understanding and make it accessible to everyone through photography.

As photographers, our images of Nature are all the more important to promote education and understanding in the desire for the public demand in protection of our wilderness diversity.
Photographic Membership Associations:
Calgary Camera Club
Canadian Association of Photographic Arts
Foothills Camera Club
Photographic Society of America
Prairie Region of Photographic Arts
The Royal Photographic Society