Study Group 2


Les Lincke

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APRIL 2015 ROUND
Title:   Pride of Elephants Protect Calfs

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

Source:   Nikon D7000 w/ 18-300 mm lens.

Technique:   ISO 250, 1/60 sec. at f 5.6 at 220 mm.

Processing:  LR 5 cropping and burning.

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Review by Butch S., 4-10-2015
This is a cool pic. The nature story of the herd is very good. Your capture is well done technically. The only comment I would make is that the bird in the left corner is soft. Probably due to a slow shutter speed. For that I scored a 2 for T Colors look natural and probably give a very accurate image of what the observer would have seen. Your goal for acceptance in a PSA competition is over my pay grade for my comments, but I would accept this image. I have submitted images to my club and some have been accepted for PSA club competition. I do not know why one image is selected over the others. Ric, some help here would be good for all of us to know. I think we all understand the image should be in focus at least at the point of interest and that the exposure should be correct for the scene, but after that? For a good score (excellence) does the image have to have an artistic component or is it the simple capture of a strong story, the artistic side being of little consequence?

Les, sorry I missed your March Round, but it is a good shot. I do agree with the comments of the others in regard to the background.
N-3, T-2, P-3, E-1, total=9




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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


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.