Study Group 2

Les Lincke

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Title:   Nine Cubs With Dinner

Goal:   To capture images suitable for competition. I want to thank everyone for last month's critique. I re-cropped and it improved the image.

Equipment / Source:   Nikon 7000 w/ 18-300 mm lens at 300 mm

Technique:   Shot on safari

Processing:   Sharpened, cropped

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

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Review by Tom B., 5-21-2015
Nice image, looks like you had a wonderful safari from your last two images. I am a little jealous. I think this tells a wonderful story but I have some concerns. I know that you can't choose location for images like this but I find the tall thicket grasses in the back ground somewhat distracting. I also think that the four cubs on the right need to be better defined and highlighted from out of the shadows.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-1, Total=8

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Title:   Pride of Elephants Protect Calfs

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

Equipment / 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.

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

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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
Review by Manu R., 4-18-2015
An image with a lot of Natural history value. Good action with the birds around making the image live! Wish you had some more space on the right end towards the direction of movement. With the tusk almost touching the frame there is a feeling of tension. The rock in the front on wright corner is a distraction. Good capture.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total=8
Review by Tom B., 4-22-2015
This is a wonderful nature story. You have all the elephants sharp and clear. The eyes are crisp and I especially like the eye of the lead elephant. I agree that the tusk of the elephant is too close to the edge of the frame and if more room is available should be a consideration. I also agree that the foremost rock could use a little more definition. Overall this is a wonderful image.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Andy H., 4-23-2015
Nice image, full of activity. Remarkably sharp considering it was hand held at 1/60sec. I would have liked to see more image at the RHS to allow the elephants to walk into. The rock is distracting but given the position not sure what else you could do . For my own use, non competition, I would clone out the rock and extend the image on the RHS.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total=8
Review by Bogdan B., 4-26-2015
Fine picture of behavior of the animals. It's really sharp with so long shutter and focal length. I miss some more place not just on the right side, but also on the left. I would prefere to see at least partialy back legs of left elephant.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total=8
Review by Rick C., 5-1-2015
I do this all of the time myself, but it is calves not calfs. The nature story is excellent here. The main exposure looks good for the lighting. If you wanted you could open up the middle tones a bit and then add some contrast (clarity) for a bit more pop. Primary focus is good and the DOF looks reasonable. I understand cropping the foreground to reduce that mud slick, but have you cropped in from either the right of left? If so, pull those back to capture as much space along that dimension as possible. The tusks of the lead cow are all but touching the edge of the frame which will cost you points for being too crowded. In back (left) having more of the bull would be a plus unless you just clipped him on the left edge, in which case I would leave it with the defined crop you have. The space in front of the cow is critical. The motion in the egret near the bull’s feet is a minor factor, but shouldn’t affect the basic scoring in a salon.

N-3, T-3, P-2 = 8 (P-3 with added space in front of cow)

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.