Study Group One

Mike Walker

Title:   Turkey Vultures
:    Early morning walk along the beach to photograph seagulls and these vultures arrived.
Source:    ISO1600, 1/320, f7.1, EF24-105 at 105mm
  Walking slowly towards the vultures and pausing to allow them to eat something.
Cropped and basic processing in LR5 including exposure, whites, blacks and clarity and noise suppression.

Study Group 1 Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

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

Review by TomP., 4-1-2014Comments: Your focus and story are good. The background is very bright and overwhemls the eyes. Perhaps a tighter crop on the birds would have helped them pull more focus.
N=3 / T=2 / P=1 / E=0 / Total = 6
Revieiw by DavidI, 4-16-2014
Interesting use of high contrast imaging Good use of depth of field with both Vultures in focus. Good overall effect and good action.
N=3, T=2, P=2, E=0, Total=7
Review by JonA., 4-17-2014
A strong image of the vultures which would be stronger if more tightly cropped. The sand requires its detail enhancing.
N=3, T=2, P=2, E=0, Total=7


I live and work on the south coast in the UK. I have used a lot of different equipment from 5 x 4 plate cameras to 16mm Minnox and most sizes in between. I used to process and print black and white, however, now I am fully digital using Canon 5D and 5D Mk2 bodies with Sigma 150 macro and EF 85 1.8, 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 f4, various extenders and extension tubes and flash. I always shot RAW and 95% of the processing is done in Lightroom 3 with Elements 10 for resizing and saving for web. I took my first picture when I was 5 years old and now, in my late fifties, I think it is about time I learnt how to take a decent picture! I have had a little success in competitions and exhibitions, however I seem to have many more that didn't quite make it. I joined PSA in October 2011 to learn. I am taking the Image Evaluation course and am looking forward to my group's comments and critics, and taking more courses.