Study Group 2

Kathryn Engle

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Title:  Tierra del Fuego Kings

Goal:   Penguins

Source:  Natural Light

Technique: Propped against sturdy post, faster ISO to catch movement.

Processing:  Photoshop - bring out contrast and try to deal with harsh daylight.

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

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Review by Butch S., 1-12-2015
Very interesting family photo! These are pretty creatures and you have captured that. Focus and colors look to me to be natural. The one thing that may be worth trying is to do a little dodging on the heads of the three shorter bird so that it would be possible to discern, to a natural degree, the birds facial, eye, etc features.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total=7
Review by Lisa A., 1-14-2015
Your subject matter is fun. You did a good job of combatting the harsh light although a bit more white feather detail would improve the shot. The bottom left penguin does have more detail. A softer background would improve the shot as well. I would suggest cropping more of the grass, keeping the image a vertical shot. You did not tell us camera settings so I don’t know which aperture you used. Perhaps a wider one than you used would have given a softer background.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total=7

Review by Les L., 1-15-2015
Image creates strong interest with unique animals. Tack sharp but facial definition needs lightening. Good shot.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total=8
Review by Tom B., 1-24-2015
Wonderful image and I would love to photograph penguins in their natural state. I agree that a tighter crop might help in that you have 4 subjects of different sizes. I think that lightening the head /eye area would help.
N=3, T=2, P=3, E=0, Total=8

Review by Bogdan B., 1-26-2015
Kathryn, I really wish to see these beautiful birds. I just imagine them on snow, not on the grass. This is a little bit distracting in the background.
N=3, T=2, P=2, E=0, Total=7
Review by Rick C., 1-25-2015
Kathryn Engle – Tierra del Fuego Kings

You made a very nice capture under the circumstances. The exposure is very reasonable for this harsher lighting and you’ve done a nice job in holding detail in the sun lit sections of the breasts. Primary focus is fine. The DOF is a little more than optimal, but it is understandable where you were trying to capture a group. I think you could safely crop out a little of the foreground to get the grouping out of the center a bit more. As interesting as the grouping is this is a case where I would love to shout “down in front”. Our two near members are actually blocking our view of the courting behavior of the two behind them. There is also a fifth member of the group that we pick up only from the odd flipper on the left. Nothing you could do about it for this capture, but hopefully the other three wandered on and you had a chance to just catch the courting pair alone. I would try using the shadows slider in ACR or Lightroom to open up the facial areas a bit more. It is difficult to get a dark eye to stand out of a dark face, but I believe it can be done without looking artificial. Just add some Clarity in after making the Shadows adjustment.

N-3, T-2, P-3 = 8

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Title:  Bactrian Camels

Goal:   To capture various photos of bactrian camels in the Nubra Valley, India.

Source:  Nikon D700

Technique:  Handheld

Processing:  NIK tonal contrast, increase in saturation

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Review by Lisa A., 12-13-2014
What a great adventure this must have been. Your camels are well composed. The lines lead my eyes through the image. The background is not distracting. One head is on a power point. The rest of the image uses rule of thirds. I would suggest a curves adjustment to lighten the image a bit.
N=3, T=2, P=2, E=0, Total=7
Review by Rick C., 12-7-2014
I would say that you had realized a good portion of your goal. Basic focus is good and the depth of field is very reasonable for the subject and environment. Since they aren’t really moving anywhere, the tighter crop is also reasonable. If you have it, a little more room in front of them would relieve the slight restrictive feeling. The exposure looks to be a bit on the dark side. Given the lack of shadows, I’m guessing you had very overcast lighting. In this case I would recommend metering the lighter fur on the second camel’s neck or the sand and adjusting the exposure to put that at about 1 stop brighter than neutral (right now the sand measures almost a gray (around 140 on the brightest value versus the 220 range it should be in.) Watch the highlights on the second camel’s head. You will need to block any adjustment there to retain the detail. I’m not sure what you had for mobility. We have a slightly downward angle of view, that we can live with if need be, but the front camel’s head is immediately below the second camel’s front hump, making it look as if it were wearing a bad toupee. If you could move to the right to get some separation between the two camels, it would be a stronger image. Action such as browsing behavior would also help to strengthen the nature story.
N=3, P=2, T=2

Review by Les L., 12-19-2014
I think this image has great possibilities with slight modifications. I understand that opportunity does not always allow the best vantage point but a lower angle I think would improve the photo. The front camel's head is restricted by the dark fur of the back camel. The image is a little on the dark side.
N=3, T=2, P=2, E=0, Total=7

I got involved with photography about 5 years ago and purchased a Nikon D200. I started with a few online courses on basic photography. Then one of the instructors on an online class offered us a photography workshop and tour for half price and about half of us decided to take him up on it and met in Tampa, FL. That was just the start.

I come from a computer background having had been a developer in Geographic Information Systems in Idaho and Alaska. I am now retired so have more time to learn about photography and photographic processing. I want to be able to take my photography to the next level and thought PSA would be a great way to help me on that path. I am a member of both the Boise Camera Club and the Camera Club of Eagle. The Boise Camera Club is associated with PSA so that is how I originally heard of the organization.

I love many areas of photography: nature, landscape, cultural, and travel.

I love travelling and I love photography and I am now am trying to incorporate these two favorite past times as much as possible.

Now I have a Nikon D700 and am looking into upgrading that as well. My main lenses at this point are my Nikon 24-120mm, 12-28mm, 28-300mm, 80-400mm, thus I have a fairly wide range.