Study Group 2

Prasad Rao Mocharla

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Title:   Reflection

Goal:    Capturing the Reflection

Source:   Camera: D60; F:5.6; Exposure:1/160; 400 MM

Technique:   Capturing reflection in water.

Processing:  Used Lightroom and Phostoshop Elements for sharp, De-noise and crop.

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Review by Butch S., 12-19-2014
You accomplished your goal of getting a reflection. The goose looks a bit soft. Shooting at 400 mm hand held can be a problem, been there myself with that.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total=6
Review by Rick C., 12-17-2014
Local waterfowl are great subjects to use when honing our skills or working on a new technique. The composition is good. The exposure looks a touch hot based on the lack of structure in the brightest white feathers near the tail. Mousing over this area shows many values in the Blue channel to be at or near 255, which means the detail has been lost. That same check shows a pronounced blue cast. Try using the Auto Color enhancement in Elements to see if you can see a difference. I noticed that you used noise reduction. My suspicion is that you had focus and lost it when you applied the noise reduction. At this point the image is soft. When using noise reduction select only the area (generally only the smooth detail less area) around your subject and confine the noise reduction to the. Alternatively, you can use a mask to block out the noise reduction on the subject and other key areas (assuming you are comfortable using masks). The key is to keep the noise reduction used on smooth areas or unimportant areas from touching the subject. Use a separate layer with a much lower level of noise reduction for the subject or other key areas if it is needed.

N-2, T-2, P-2 = 6

Review by Bogdan B., 1-11-2015
Prasad, birds with reflection in calm water can be interesting subjects. Unfortunatelly this image is really unsharp. I believe, that's because of long shutter at 400mm.
N-2, T-1, P-2, E-0, Total=5

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