Head shot and eye color
Canon 6D, f/6.3, 1/400, ISO 500, 400 mm, white balance -cloudsTechnique
: Used 100-400 lens and I wanted to close enough to have a full head shot and keep the eye color
cropped a small amount and added a little contrast
Study Group Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)
(only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)
Review by LisaA., Jan 27, 2014
Good shot. I especially like the skin around the eyes. The colors are accurate and you have a strong shot of the cormarant,
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
Review by BelindaK., Jan 27, 2014
You achieved your goal pretty perfectly. Nice background and wonderful record shot. The Cormorant (sadly sometimes called the "sea crow") is often overlooked as photogenic, but they are beautiful. Some species are declining.Your image shows much of their beauty. The closeup reveals rarely observed details not only in the eye and eye ring but in everything: beak, skin and feathers. I have no knowledge of the correct way of taking a bird's head (is more of the neck important?), so I look forward to learning from your image. Extraneous for birdlovers eyes and mouth lining become brilliant turquoise during breeding, and their feathers are not waterproof. As divers, this helps reduce buoyancy, and that is why, after diving, you see them holding their wings out to dry.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
Review by BogdanB., Feb 16, 2014
Tom, the photo is really sharp with full details on the beak and eye. I also make photos of cormorants and I don't know, how you succeeded to come so near. Colours are natural. The blurred background is also good, although I can't imagine, what it really was. Just cropping seems a little bit too tight to me. I would leave some more space behind the eye and in front of the beak.
N=3, T=3, P=2, E=0, Total=8
Review by RickC., Feb 11, 2014
A solid capture of what would appear to be a juvenile Double-crested cormorant. All of the technical aspects are well handled. I particularly like the softness of the background. The obvious tight and intentional crop leaves not doubt in the viewer’s mid as to your intent. You next challenge will be to get this shot of a breeding age adult during breeding season at which time the eye will be a brilliant turquoise and the Gular (lower chin) and loral (skin around nasal area and eyes) will be either a deeper yellow-orange or full orange). This will add significantly to the nature story value.
N-2, T-3, P-3 = 8
My name is Tom Brott and I live in Cape Coral, Florida. I started taking pictures back in the late 1960’s and have been shooting ever since. I started to get serious about seven years ago when I fell in love with digital imaging. Since then I have taken several courses and joined Fort Myers Camera Club, Florida Council of Camera Clubs and PSA. I feel my photography has improved with my club affiliations and am seeking to improve even further.
I currently shoot with a Canon 6D and have a wide variety of lenses to accompany the camera. I shoot in RAW format, feel comfortable using the manual mode and primarily use Photoshop from CS6 to edit when needed. I am looking to enhance my Nature Photography as I have many great opportunities living in Southwest Florida and being so close to the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve.