Study Group Two

Tom Brott

Title:  Save some for me MOM
Goal:  To capture a picture on mom and chick
Source:  Canon 6D, f5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO 640, 100 to 400 lens at 400mm
Technique: There was a small 10 foot rise next to the nest that offered a more eye level shot but the lighting was not the suns angle was not the best at around 3PM. The better lighting angle was too hard having to shoot almost straight up. I chose the better angle with lighting not as good.
The image is cropped and I burned in the top extreme portion of the adult wing. Both processes were done in Photoshop

Study Group Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by LisaA., 3-16-2014

Once again you have caught the drama of a bird with dinner in its mouth. The glow in the baby’s eyes is strong as it patiently awaits its food. The dinner, a lizard perhaps, is in a circle which draws us back into the image. The feathers on the baby are a bit blown out. Otherwise this is a strong image.


Review by LesL., 3-14-2014
Good picture. Image is sharp, has story with action.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9

Review by BelindaK, 3-17-2014
Waiting so patiently (dinner ready yet, mom? :) Whatever is on the menu is a little too rare for me. A remarkable image. How very lucky! I'm curious how close you were to the nest, and where the nest was. nests here are about a hundred feet off the ground in the tops of Loblolly Pines. Given the choices, your angle and lighting worked out well. I would reduce highlights around the feathers on the head of the adult and around the chick where the sun is shining on it. I don't use PS but my program allows for the application of graduated filters which is what I would try. PS must have a comparable, perhaps better option. Very nice details, sharp image and great action.
N=3, T=2, P=3, E=0, Total=8

Review by RickC., 3-17-2014

You captured a strong nature story with the parent with food for the chick. “Osprey Feeding Young” would be a safer title as it eliminates the cute aspect that some nature judges dislike and is safer on the ID. Without having the two parents side by side to judge the relative size (female raptors are generally larger) it is a tough call as both parents will feed the young. The female will normally stay with the nest and defend the young, but they will swap off. I like your choice in composition with the young framed by the parent and the meal. The eye contact of the young with the food is also strong in my opinion. You don’t mention which version of Photoshop you have, but if it is CS5 or CS6, you can reopen the image in ACR (use open as and pick camera raw as the file type), and pull back on the highlights to bring down the chicks neck a bit. Based on what you captured I thin you made the right choice in going for the better angle on the shot.

N-3, T-2, 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.