Study Group 2


Tom Brott

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MARCH 2015 ROUND
Title:   Osprey Eating

Goal:   As ospreys are abundant this time of year and lest all over I was hoping to get some more good images of an osprey.

Equipment Used:    Canon 7D Mark II, f8, 1/640 sec, ISO 200, 100-400 lens @ 400mm, WB sunny, Hand Held

Technique:   Hanging around a beach area waiting for something to happen

Processing:  
Processed in PS Raw, lesson some shadows, increased the red hue to make the piece of fish standout better and cropping

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

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Review by Butch S., 3-15-2015
Another great Osprey shot. The detail is remarkable and attention getting. Begs you to study the image. Great eye detail. Never knew osprey had whiskers! Crop is such that it is obviously done to enable the detail given.
N-3, T=3, P-3, E=1, Total=10
Review by Andy H., 3-21-2015
Beautifully clean, sharp image, well exposed and we'll see. I would like to have seen more of the bird personally.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=8
Review by Les L., 3-21-2015
Excellent technical shot with tack sharp focus, exposure and color. Intensity of the Osprey creates energy, interest and excitement. Prominent eyes are a center of interest. Excellent job.

Also, thank you for your critique on my March Osprey. You were spot on about the background and after some heavy burning, I was able to create small, light patches of blue in the background which adds greatly to the image.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9

Review by Rick C., 3-22-2015
This image has a fine nature story to it. The tight crop is fine for the story you are telling. Primary focus and depth look to be OK. The dark feathers seem a little over sharpened as does the facial area. That contrasts with an unexpected smoothness in the white feathers, particularly where they are sunlit. The whites at the top of the head even look to be clipping a little. Check your raw processing. I get the feeling of too much Clarity. A little (under 35) goes a long way. Because it is affecting the contrast in the image it can make it look like over sharpening when applied too heavily. The impact on contrast could also explain some of the smoothness in the whites (because the contrast had been pushed to the point that the fine detail is lost).

N-3, T-2, P-3 = 8


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FEBRUARY 2015 ROUND

Title:  Bringing Home the Food

Goal:  To capture action shots of the nesting Osprey.

Equipment Used:  Canon 7D Mark II, f8, 1/1250 Sec, ISO 320, 100 to 400mm lens @ 365mm, Hand Held, White balance sunny.

Technique:  Hanging around nesting area waiting for either bird to take off or land.

Processing:  Used PhotoShop Raw to process. lessoned some shadows on the wings and cropped

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

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Review by Butch S., 2-14-2015
Real nice!! Very sharp and full of great content. The ospreys are well captured with one bringing food to the nest. I have lots of bird images, but no ospreys yet. Congrats.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=1, Total=10
Review by Les L., 2-21-2015
Great action shot of Osprey bringing food to the nest. This has all the elements of a good image, a story, tack sharp, composition, lighting. I would give it a 10 if the prey it was carrying was more identifiable. Congratulations.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Rick C., 2-25-2015
Solid technical execution coupled with a good nature story make this a strong image. There may be very minimal clipping on the whites in the lightest areas but that takes nothing away form the shot. The only way to improve it would be to have had the Osprey in the nest facing the incoming parent and reacting to the prospect of food.

N-3, T-3, P-3 = 9


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.