Study Group 2


Lisa Auerbach


SEPTEMBER 2014 ROUND
Title:  Pinkies
Goal:   Capture birds in their natural state.
Source:  High Island Rookery
Technique: Each spring through early summer High Island Rookery near Galveston, TX welcomes birds on their migration routes or those which lay and hatch eggs. These spoonbills were taken there. I used a Canon 70D on a tripod. Settings were manual mode; f/14; 1/160/ ISO 500. My lens is a Sigma 50-500 @ 500mm. I used partial metering.
Processing:  post processing in Adobe Bridge, then adding a curves layer in Photoshop CS6 and changing the default to a medium curve.


Study Group Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)


Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)
Review by Butch S., 9-8-2014
I really like the Roseate spoonbills. I like your background, which is unusual. I have a son in Houston and will be looking to visit this rookery. Nice shot.
N=3, T=2, P=3, E=0, Total=8
Review by Les L, 9-5-2014
Nice image. Close crop and Spoon Bills are sharp. Would improve image if both birds were facing camera.
N=2, T=3, P=2, E=0, Total=7
Review by Bogdan B., 9-20-2014
Your spoonbills are really cute. The eye is sharp. I miss some legs of the right one. Due to small aperture and big DOF the background is a little bit disturbing. But I know, you can't position the birds as you would like.
N=2, T=3, P=2, E=0, Total=7
Review by Tom B., 9-29-2014
Nice image. sharp and clear with good detail especially in the feathers. would like to see the face of the front one and also part of the leg is chopped off.
N=3, T=2, P=2, E=0, Total=7



I bought my first DSLR Canon Rebel (with a kit lens 18-55mm) about 6 years ago with a self-imposed rule that I would not upgrade until I had learned something about photography.  I participated in many workshops, but it wasn't until I joined the Houston Camera Club that I started to really think about what I am shooting. 

I recently bought a Canon 60D and a Tamron 18-270 lens.  I enjoy nature photography yet try to learn as much as I can about the other competitive categories. 

I use PhotoShop CS6 to edit photos and consider myself an intermediate photographer.