Study Group 2

Tom Brott

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Title:   Peregrine Falcon

Goal:   To capture a good in flight image of a peregrine falcon from the back of our cruise ship

Equipment Used:    Canon 7D II, f5.6, 1/1250 sec, ISO 640, 400mm, WB cloudy, Hand Held

Technique:   Waiting on the balcony of our room for the falcons to fly by in range of the camera

Processed in LR5 adjusting some of the sliders and then took the image to PS6 to adjust some of the blue and yellow hues. Highlighted details with ColorEfex4 and some noise reduction with Imagenomics. Cropped the image

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Review by Butch S., 5-18-2015
I really like the in-flight aspect. Technical very good. Nice sharpness, Nature story a bit weak.
N-2, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=8

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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
Review by Andy H., 4-23-2015
Crisp clean image well composed. Colour & DoF ideal.The raising of the leg gives it the feeling of motion. I would have removed the highlight spots as they are a little distracting.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Butch S., 4-24-2015
Real nice, the sharpness of the bird gives a great view of the heron's feathers, especially the feathers on the neck. The heron's eye is clearly seen. The color is good and true to the species. I really like the outstretched wings. In La., reddish herons are not common. I went to Texas and got my first reddish heron; yours is better than mine.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Bogdan B., 4-24-2015
It's hard to capture photos toward the sunlight. You succeed to restore colors of the egret. Action with wide wings and raised leg is perfect possition. It's fine, that the egret is so sharp. I know, it's hard to get near enough the egrets also with 560 mm lens.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total=9
Review by Manu R., 4-24-2015
Good nature image.Action well captured! The back ground-lighting- not helpful here.
N-3, T-3, P-2, E=0, Total=8
Review by Rick C., 5-1-2015
You captured a nice image of this Reddish in mid “dance”. I really like the wing positioning and the fact that it is starting to come up into breeding color (pink in the bill). The raised foot is also a plus. Your exposure is good, though I would be inclined to pull back on the Highlights even more. If you have the CC version of Photoshop, you can use a gradient from the top and then use the new brush feature to erase the gradient on the head and wings. The focus is spot on and your DOF looks good. The only issue is a slight clockwise tilt so that it looks like he is running slightly down hill to the right. Fix that and you will have a very strong image. You may run into some judges who complain about the wing in back of the bill. I don’t see that as an issue from a nature story perspective but it may be for a more pictorially oriented viewer.

N-3, T-3, P2 = 8 (9 with the tilt fixed, 10 with the BG darkened a little and tilt fixed)

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.