Fran McFadzen, QPSA  

Flight of Fancy by Fran McFadzen, QPSA

November 2020 - Flight of Fancy

November 2020 - Fran McFadzen, QPSA

Original 1

November 2020 - Fran McFadzen, QPSA

Original 2

November 2020 - Fran McFadzen, QPSA

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I had taken three images of the same small butterfly on weeds. So, butterflies come from eggs, don't they? I set up an egg carton with chook eggs in a light tent, thinking about the positioning of the butterflies, and the direction of the lighting. I allowed space for the butterflies to fly into, and tried several depths of field settings for the carton. When compiling the image, I had to liquify the butterfly which was to be exiting the egg, and added legs to its body (cut from the second butterfly) so that it looked like it was climbing. The second and third butterflies were placed to create a progression which to be interpreted as the same butterfly leaving the egg. Lastly I added a subtle smoke brush to add movement to the image. Each of these contributing images shows the complete original image prior to photoshopping.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
Welcome to the group Fran.
I really like this. The composition is spot. Everything works well with the emerging butterfly being the star of the show for me. You've done well constructing it. The smoke brush has added that bit of something to give that added bit of interest.
Your camera skills are good too - it's not always easy to catch insects ths sharp!
Well done. A well executed, fun image!   Posted: 11/06/2020 14:54:33

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Fran, welcome to Group 34. When buying eggs, I always inspect each egg to make sure none of them is cracked. I must admit, It never occurred to me that I would find a butterfly in the egg carton. Your composite illustrates your imagination beautifully. I look forward to seeing more of your imaginative composites.   Posted: 11/06/2020 17:06:11

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Fran, nice transition from the butterfly in the egg to the one finally flying off. The eggs are placed well and form a triangle that brings your eye through the image then up to the butterflies in flight. I do like that the image is bordering on monochrome with just a bit of yellow.
Welcome to our group. I'm looking forward to more of your stories.   Posted: 11/07/2020 17:19:17

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Hearty welcome to our group Fran! Your image is really fun and beautifully composited. The DOF of the egg carton is perfect and the butterflies were captured deftly. You did a great job of making the emerging butterfly look realistically convincing. My only nit-pick would be that the butterfly on the left doesn't have a yellow head like the other two. I realize it's shot from a different angle, but since your intent is to make the viewer see a progression of just one butterfly, it would be a little detail that might add to your concept. Great image! Glad to have you in Group 34.   Posted: 11/11/2020 14:58:13