Study Group 2

Tom Brott

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Title:   Reddish Egret looking for a Meal

Goal:   To capture a reddish egret in breeding colors and wings extended looking for food

Equipment Used:   Canon 7D Mark II, f 10, 1/1600 sec, ISO 800, 560 mm, WB - sunny, Hand Held

Technique:   Waiting for low tide in an area that Reddish Egrets frequent

Processing:  Added some saturation, used Nik Color Efex 4 to bring out details, cropped and Imagenomic to reduce some noise.

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Review by Les L., 4-8-2015
Excellent shot, especially at 560 mm. I like the way the bird is in focus while the background is not Nice color combinations, exposure.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9

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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

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

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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

Review by Bogdan B., 3-28-2015
Sharp and well exposed portrait of the bird with fish. The format of the photo is a little bit strange to me. The bird's beak is looking out of the photo. I would rather make a portrait format 30:40 by croping out most wing on the right side.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-1, Total-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.