Study Group 2


Les Lincke

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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






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JANUARY 2015 ROUND

Title:  Brown Anole

Goal:  To capture a sharp, close-up image of a Brown Anole with dewlap.

Source:  This photo was taken with a Coolpix 520 at ISO 400 at 1/640 sec. at f5.1 at 134mm.

Technique:  These lizards originated in Cuba and the Bahamas. They change color and show the males show their dewlap to ward off predators and attract females. These animals are timid and the trick was to get close enough to capture the image at the time his dewlap was showing.

Processing:  Shot in jpeg with limited LR5 modifications.

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Review by Butch S., 1-13-2015
This is really cool! Great texture everywhere. Looks like you used spot light metering. Seems to be some chromatic fringing in the background. But otherwise, I have nothing else to say but good job.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Lisa A., 1-14-2015
This is interesting. The scales on the lizard are clear. He is looking at the camera, and his dewlap is sharp. When I enlarged image I could see little slits on the lizard’s back which adds interest. The majority of the background is soft and natural. There is one highlighted area to the right of the lizard’s face. If you crop a bit off the right side that area will be less noticeable, and there will be more focus on the lizard’s face.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total=8
Review by Tom B., 1-24-2015
Nice image, I think that you achieved your goal. The lizard is sharp as well as the foreground rock. I think I would try to darken the background rocks more as they tend to distract.
N=3, T=2, P=3, E=0, Total=8
Review by Bogdan B., 1-26-2015
There should be a good trick to come so close to the lizard. Beside technical quality I like diagonal composition.
N=3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Rick C., 1-25-2015
You did exactly what you set out to and did it nicely. The exposure is good for the lighting. In this case I think the even lighting was a plus as it kept the contrast range on the shot within reason. The extended dewlap shows nicely. Focus and DOF are well handled. The partial head turn improves a sense of eye contact even though it made you task in handling the dewlap a little tougher . The pose on the Anole is nice as is your final composition. Two small nits. We’re very close to the tail touching at the lower left. If you have a little more on the bottom I’d add that back in. The second is that the two lighter BG rocks show gray as if darkened too much. I suspect you did have to burn them in, but it looks overdone. It is always a trade off, but in this case I would try to keep it looking natural even at the cost of them being a little brighter. Remember that when you darken something you need to pull back on both saturation and contrast at the same time.

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


Review by Kathryn E., 1-30-2015
The exposure and clarity on the lizard are great. It looks like you did a good job getting close enough to get this picture. Only minor issue is the tail got cut off and the light BG rock. I agree that if maybe cropped a bit off right may help.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total=8




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.