Study Group 2

Maria Korab-Laskowska

Click image to enlarge

Upload Image and Description

Title:  Yellow Warbler Taking Off
Goal: get a bird in nice background doing something else then perching
Equipment / Source:     Canon 7D Mark2
Canon 300mm f/2.8 +2x

Technique:  1/2000sec, f5/6, iso 800 Aperture priority. I use monopod to help with the wight of equipment but shooting handheld(with attached monopod) 

Processing:   cropping and little local sharpenning using high pass filter and masking to sharpen only head and wing

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

Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by Dennis H.
I like the image of the bird you've captured about to take off.
Nice sharp eye with good colour and feather detail on bird.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Andy H.
I like this image and its not an easy one to get. You must have lightning reflexs! You needed the speed to freeze this image and achieve sharpness. DOF is good, I don't mind the slight blur on the wing tip, it gives the image motion. Catchlight in the eye, perfect. If only the stem in the front wasn't there! An alternative would be to have increased the DOF and brought the stem into focus which would make it less distracting.
N-2, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Les L.
I like the way you captured the bird with it's wing extended showing some action. Good sharp image with nice pastel colors.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Bruce F.
Great peak of moment capture, wing beautifully fanned out, eye sharp with outstanding catch light, everything you could want in a nature bird image. The front grass stem in front and covering part of the bird, and the pink background are pictorial issues that take my rating down to very good instead of excellent. However, I don’t think you could have done better in the field. Only those stage and get the birds to land where they have already determined the background could do better. Very good technique for a monopod, settings are what I would use. Excellent focusing with difficult to focus 2x tele-converter.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-1, Total-9

Review by

Upload Image and Description

Title:   Two Snowy Egrets Searching for Food

Goal:    few egrets were feeding, I was trying to get nice composition with no overlap before mosquitoes eat me

Equipment / Source:   Canon 7D Mark II, Lens 300 2.8 +2x, Exposure 1/1250, f10 iso 800

Technique:  Photo taken in late afternoon on Chincoteque Island, camera on monopod to help with weight

Processing:  slight crop, local sharpening, minimal increase of saturation of yellow and blue

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

  Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by Mike P.
A pretty shot. Perfect exposure of the birds, especially just the right touch with the feathers. Good, sharp focus. There was a shadow or faint branches along the top that you should crop out. I think the debris and things floating around the birds could also be cloned out or softened. The things floating around them aren't very attractive and take away from the beautiful birds. This also shows that you've got to take what you're given -- it would have been nice to have more of a nature story element if they had a fish in their mouth. Maybe next time!
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Alan L.
nice and sharp and decent exposure… but not exceptional… *the whites have no detail). Too much area at the right, Cropping in tighter would make this a better image.The WOW factor is not present because there is not enough story-telling present here.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

Review by Butch S.
I am a fan of the Snowy Egret. This image presents a pair and their reflections. I am guessing, but I believe both birds have some blown out areas. I opened the image and found clipped highlights which, in my opinion, would offer more detail on the birds.

The N value is average as the birds are merely walking along, there is not, as far as I can see, that either bird has a target in mind.

The Reflections give this image a nice P value as I see it.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Azim R.
Nice image but i think breathing space should me little bit more. And then this photo will prefect.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Jerry S.
Your shot of two egrets slowly wading in the shallows tells a good nature story and shows some interaction. Snowy egrets can be quite animated when feeding but this makes getting both birds in focus quite difficult. Your timing was good to capture each bird with a yellow foot out of the water and the feathers rustling in the breeze sets the scene. Even though this is basically a low key image, there is sufficient contrast between the birds and water and the sets a serene mood. The cropping of the image can be improved. The water behind the birds does not add to the shot and allows the eye to wander from the subject. If this same expanse of water were in front of the birds, it would show where they were headed and lead the eye to the birds.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

Review by Manu R.
Nice pair of egrets on the move with good clarity. Composition would be better with more space towards the direction of movement. Background is less contrasty and not much helpful.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by commentator Rick C.
I like the poses and the pairing. I think they combine to make a stronger story. The primary focus looks OK to me and the DOF seems to hold for both birds. I think the inclusion of the muted reflection is a nice plus to the lower section of the image. I do feel that the lead Snowy is too close to the left side and that there is too much open space behind them. If you have extra room to the left, I would recrop to add space for them to move into and compensate by taking away some of the excess space behind them. When I checked the white values the upper back of the lead Snowy is running at 250 or there abouts. Keep in mind that you are likely losing detail at those values. The flat lighting may be a saving grace in this instance.

N-3, T-2, P-2 = 7 (T-2 The brightest whites are verging on clipping. P-2 Add more room in front for them to move into.)

Review by Gregory L.
Nice sharp photo. the exposure is right on for white birds. Not much of the story telling factor as they are just walking and looking. Cropping the image and placing the birds to the right of center would have more impact on composition.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8


My photographic interests started in Maryland, 2002, when I joined the National Institute of Health Camera Club. After moving back to Montreal in 2004, I joined Lakeshore Camera Club.

I am using a Canon 7D camera and the following Canon lenses: 24-100L IS f4, 70-200 L IS f 4, macro 100 L2.8, 17-35L f2.8, 300L IS f2.8, extenders 1.4 and 2.0. My post processing workflow includes Bridge or Lightroom, Photoshop CS5 and NIK and Photomatix software.

I came into photography with a love for nature and a passion for the outdoors. My photographic interests started in 2002, and since then I photographed many subjects, ranging from environment and architecture to animals and sports. In 2009 I graduated from a Commercial Photography Program at Dawson College in Montreal. I organize photo tours and workshops and enjoy sharing my regional knowledge and passion for photography.