Study Group 2

Tom Brott

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Title:  Bobcat in tree

Goal:  Capture an image of the bobcat in a tree

Source:  Canon 6D, 400mm, f 5.6, ISO 400, + 2 steps, WB = shade, Handheld

Technique:  I was exploring Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary looking for photo ops and came across this bobcat in a tree.

Processing:  Adjusted in Photoshop Raw, Cropped and sharpened

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Review by Lisa A., 12-13-2014
The bobcat’s eyes are great. The fur is crisp and clear. His face has great detail. However the image is processed a bit too much. A softer touch would have given you better background. This is a great nature story.
N-3, T-1, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Bogdan B., 12-13-2014
Tom, you have got an interesting meeting. I like the cat's relaxation with the legs in the air. Exposition is good and the cat's eyes are sharp. You could just dodge it's face a little bit.
There are some disturbing branches on the photo: one thick behind the cat's head, the left one, which is out of focus and some thin behind the head.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E-0, Total-8

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Title:  Bear with Salmon

Goal:  To capture bears in their natural habitat

Source:   Digital Raw, processed in Photoshop CS6, Canon 6D, f5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 100, 400 mm

Technique:  Watching the bears at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park trying to catch activities of the bears in their environment

Some cropping and sharpening

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Review by Butch S., 9-12-2014
Like the play of light on the bear's fur, Also the water gives a nice feel to the image. Really nice.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
Review by Lisa A., 9-13-2014
This tells a strong nature story. The sun shines clearly on the bear's back, and the textures of the bear’s hair is shown throughout the image. You have caught the water in many directions. You have achieved your goal of catching bears in their natural environment.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
Review by Bogdan B., 9-20-2014
Tom, your bear is fine captured from the front side. It's very sharp. There's no disturbing background. I miss some more light on the bear. Do you have any other photo more from the sunny side. I would prefer to see photo from a little bit lower position but I don't believe it was possible.
N=3, T=2, P=3, E=1, Total=9
Review by Kathryn Engle of Tom B., 9-24-2014
I miss Katmai and Brooks Fall. I used to go every year to fish. I love the light on the bear and the bear is very clear and sharp and I love that he has a fish and is looking back. Good job.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
Review by Les L., 9-29-2014
Good image. I like the images depth of field. Might use a little more brightness.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
Review by Rick C., 11-7-2014
Very solid technical execution combined with a clean environment and strong nature story make for an excellent image. The only thing I can think of might be a slight crop on the left to balance the room behind and in front of the bear. Yes, it would move it toward the center, but given that it is visually moving to the right, I think it might make it feel like there is more room there for it to move into. This is a very minor point on an image that should be routinely accepted in nature salons.

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.