Study Group 2


Les Lincke

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MARCH 2015 ROUND

Title:  Osprey with fish

Goal:  To capture images which when submitted will be Accepted in PSA competitions.

Source:  Nikon 810 w/ Tamron 150-600 mm lens at 380 mm.

Technique:  ISO 1100, 380 mm, 1/500 sec. at f 6.0

Processing:  LR5

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Review by Tom B., 3-18-2015
Nice image. Good detail throughout on the osprey, fish and palm branch. I feel the starkness of the background distracts from the image.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8
Review by Andy H., 3-21-2015
Very well exposed, detail sharp on all elements. Good composition with bird and fish. The stark background detracts from the overall image.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8
Review by Rick C., 3-22-2015
All of your capture basics work well. There is a very strong nature story, excellent positioning on the Osprey with the raised wings, good focus and sharpness and the exposure on the subject looks to be on the money with detail even in the white head feathers. Despite an impressive capture and solid technical execution I strongly suspect it will be a hit or miss situation as far as acceptances in nature exhibitions go. I’ve seen too many times when a bald sky (and yours is well beyond bald) gets a point or two subtracted and that makes the difference. I call it, “death by 3’s” . Judges scoring from 2 – 5 (3 judges make it 6 to 15) vote 2 if they feel it should be out, 3 if they don’t care, 4 if they want it in the exhibition, and 5 if they feel it deserves an HM or medal. When a judge votes a 3 they are saying it is up to the other judges to decide if two of the judges react that way you are almost guaranteed not to get accepted. The image and story are strong enough to be worth trying. Just don’t be disappointed if it gets an award in one exhibition and bombs badly in the next.

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


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FEBRUARY 2015 ROUND
Title:   Irritated Osprey

Goal:  I arrived at Ding Darling Preserve (FL) on Friday to find it is closed that day. Disappointed I drove around Sanibel and spotted this Osprey atop a 30 foot high lightpost. Already having taken enough Osprey photos, I decided to try for a good head shot.

Source:   Nikon 810 with Tamron 150-600 mm lens.

Technique:   1/2000, f 6.3 at 600 mm at ISO 800. Handheld.

Processing:   LR5 to sharpen.

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Review by Butch S., 2-14-2015
Seems like everybody is getting great osprey shots, you and Tom!!! Very sharp and more that just a portrait. The osprey has its mouth fully open, I am assuming this is so because it is crying out. Really nice!!
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=1, Total=10
Review by Tom B., 2-22-2015
Nice shot - sharp and clear. You met your objective of a good head shot. I am wondering if you lighten just a little the dark brown of the wings and head to show a little more detail in the feathers.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Rick C., 2-25-2015
This image is dead on the money for technical qualities. It is a tight crop, but it works as the story is more about the subject’s displeasure than its movement. I think the position of the head and open beak work well within the frame. The superior technical rendition gives a 3D effect where the beak overlaps the breast. Great job.

N-3, T-3, P-3 = 9






I live in Ft. Myers, FL. and Blowing Rock, NC. I am a retired business executive who travels extensively and enjoys photography as one of my many hobbies. I also participate in the PSA Travel Study Group. I look forward to being involved in this nature group.