Study Group 1

Gautam Biswas

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Title:   Orang Utans of Borneo

Goal:    To make an image of the Orang Utan with its young one showing some behaviour.

Source:   Canon EOS 1Dx

Technique:   This image was made in the forests of Borneo. Waited and slowly moved towards the Orang Utan with its young one. Image made with the Canon EF 100mm f2.8 IS macro at f4 and 1/500s at ISO 100 as the The EF EF 70-200 f2.8 that I had carried on the expedition was malfunctioning.

Processing:  Curve adjustments, cropping and slight sharpening in LR5

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Review by Ana G., 1-12-2015
Very nice image overall! You achieved your goal of capturing the behavior of the orangutans with the young nursing on his/her mother. I love that they are both looking at the camera and that you captured that little bit of light in the eye of the mother. It makes her look that much more alive. I love the strong vertical parallel lines running through the composition and the nice diagonals made by the orangutans arms leading right to the baby nursing. The only thing I wish could be changed would be placement of the mother's head higher in the frame (at the intersection of the thirds) with less blue sky in the background. I can understand how this would be very difficult to achieve. Maybe panning the camera at bit to the left would have helped? Great job!
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Dan C., 1-26-2015
From a nature story this is pretty good. I especially like the youngster suckling the mover under these conditions. The brightness of the tree being the orangs does take some attention away from this story. The Nature Definition does allow selective lightening and darkening and this is one area to use this freedom. The key is doing it while keeping the adjustment looking natural. Doing it on a separate layer lets you easily delete the attempt if it does not look real. Not much you can do about the stretch of the adult's arm but you can reduce the top a small amount to put it in a pictorially stronger point. Cropping top and right so your width is 6.075 and your height is at 8.192 while holding the lower left corner true does place the adults head at a 1/3 point. The amount of habitat lost does not take away from the nature story
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8
Review by Patty E., 3-18-2015
Great capture, the story value is very high with the baby and mother nursing while hanging onto the tree. Excellent focus, I just feel like the shadows are too dark.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, T-8


I was trained as a physician and presently work at an International Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Photography has been my hobby and passion for the last 40 years. I do not have a particular style, but over the years have taken great interest in nature and wildlife photography, and also enjoy creating candid images of people in their environment during my travels. I have been exhibiting my creations in various PSA Exhibitions over the last 3-4 years with some success, recognition, and awards. I believe I still have a lot to learn and that I can greatly benefit from the comments of peers and experts in this Study Group. I am also a member of a local photography club.

My camera equipment has always been Canon, starting with the FT-b in the 1970s and subsequently after the A-1, EOS-50e film cameras, moved entirely to digital since 2004 with the EOS 10D. Presently, my equipment consists of a 1DIII and 1DIV for wildlife and a recently acquired Leica M9-P for candid photography. All my images are created in RAW and processed in Lightroom 3 and sometimes also using the Nik software package.