Study Group 2

Les Lincke

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Title:  Robin's Bath

Goal:    To catch an American Thrush in some action position.

Equipment / Source:    Nikon 7000 w/ 150-600 mm lens @ f9.5

Technique:   Handheld

Processing:     Cropped, darkened foreground and background, sharpened.

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Title:    Watching

Goal:   My goal was to capture some good images of the burrowing owls on Cape Coral, FL. Hopefully baby owls along with their parents.

I took this picture early in April but there were not little ones to be seen. I returned twice in mid May and all the owls were gone. I talked to several residents who indicated the owls had been gone for several weeks.

I know several locations in Cape Coral where there are numerous nests. My question to the group is "when are the preferred times of the year to see the owls and their babies?"

Equipment / Source:   810 w/ 150-600 mm lens at 600 mm. Shot at 1/180 sec., f6.3 at 100 ISO.
Technique:    w/ tripod

Processing:    Cropped, sharpened

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Review by Mike P.
Great shot. The owl blinking the eye distinguishes it from so many owl photos in that it shows some action and movement. Nice composition and perfect cropping. You did about as good a job as possible with this one.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Butch S.
Heres Winking at You! A nice portrait shot with the wink. But portraits seem to not give the full value of N in this Group. In my opinion the DOF is too shallow and a lot of the near feathers are not as sharp as they could be.I don't fault the crop as it is surely intentional and directs the viewer's eye to the owl's head. Could you have shot from a greater distance or use a smaller aperture to get all in good focus?
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6

Review by Azim R.
Lovely and funny shot.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Jerry S.
A nice nature portrait but without interaction with the environment or other birds. The adult with baby owls would have been a more compelling image. The beak and eye appear to be well focused while the feathers on the body appear soft to me. It suggests the f-stop was not adequate to provide sufficient DOF. The pose (with one eye partially closed) is a low impact portrait.

There are no ebird reported sightings around Cape Coral for 2016. Chicks may have fledged by now but are still being partially fed by the parents. If you know of nesting locations you should still be able to find chicks.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Manu R.
Nice portrait. The blinking of one eye with nice catchlight on the other adds to interest. If the details of the feathers came out well it would have elevated the image to another level.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Alan L.
This is a fun capture which evokes mood and story-telling. I have little to add to the well thought out comments already posted, but wish to verbalize my disdain of those who fault an image for what is NOT in it…. in an attempt to second guess the intention of the maker. How ridiculous is that!!!
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-8

Review by Commentator Rick C.
The tight crop is defined enough to clearly show intent by the maker and let the viewer know that this is intended to be a portrait. I think the squint-wink helps with both impact and interest. The exposure on the whites is on the borderline of losing detail. The main focus looks OK, but unfortunately the DOF isn't holding to the eye that is open and fully visible. The area around the face is starting to show signs of over sharpening (or at least it looks that way.) I also feel that the brighter areas in the background could be toned down a little to keep them from pulling at the viewer's eye.

N-2, T-2, P-2 = 6 (N-2 as a portrait the nature story isn't as strong, T-2 Back eye not fully sharp and indications of over sharpening in facial feathers around near eye, P-2 Darken brighter areas of background to minimize their influence.)

Review by Gregory L.
nice portrait of a owl. the wink is really cool. The photo is a little soft as it looks like it was sharpened and then softened to compensate for the sharpening.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7

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.