Fran McFadzen, QPSA  

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April 2021 - I Spy

April 2021 - Fran McFadzen, QPSA


April 2021 - Fran McFadzen, QPSA

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About the Image(s)

This one started with fresh Lychees. I had peeled a few, and decided they really looked like eyes without the pupils. So I set them up, tabletop, in several different configurations, in a pile, in a plate, in a bottle, and photographed them. Next, I collected photos of people's eyes, held wide open with the subject's fingers so that I could get the uninterupted iris and pupil. After choosing the bottle as best option, in Photoshop, I did many many cuts and pastes to place the pupils on the 'eyes' including the ones upside down in the reflection. I also selectively dodged and burned the 'eyes' so that any bubbles marks that crossed any pupil matched the 'eye' within the bottle.

14 comments posted

Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
Hmmm! Needs a stroke line around the edge so where it stops would show against the black webpage, as I just suggested to Jan.   Posted: 04/05/2021 00:00:15

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yum, fresh lychee fruit! I hope you enjoyed them afterwards. I lived in Taipei for a while in the 80s, and ate them every morning for breakfast fruit in season.
You did a lot of work for this shot and it paid off well. Of course one always thinks of eyeballs when eating lychee.   Posted: 04/07/2021 16:14:53
Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
Funny that you should say that people think of eyes when eating lychees. I have shown a few people the image, and every one of them asked me what on earth they were. Must be your Asian experience, I think ...   Posted: 04/09/2021 17:53:44

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Really cool, fun image Fran! You did a very convincing job with your edit. And the reflection sets the whole scene off so well. I don't think I've ever eaten a lychee, but I might think twice before trying one now! :-) I like your title too. I'm torn between liking the red lid on the jar and feeling like it'd be less distracting if it was unsaturated a bit. So I did a version with a neutral colored lid just to see. Hmmm, I'm still torn. What do you think? I don't feel like an outside stroke is as needed with your image as mine because the viewer knows where your image ends, while mine is less clear. I love the creativity in this image. Nicely conceived and well processed!   Posted: 04/09/2021 15:24:55
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Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
Thanks Jan, I had considered toning down the red lid, but decided that it was the presence of the lid which really emphasised the captivity and container-ness of the bottle. I am glad you gave it a go though, because it confirms to me how important that strong red is to the image, in my opinion.   Posted: 04/09/2021 17:51:10

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
I like this a lot. You've spent some time putting it together and while they don't look the most appetising, the image is well treated and fun.
I agree with Jan that the stroke isn't needed here - sometimes it's good to use the black background of the site so that the image blends into it.   Posted: 04/09/2021 17:24:12
Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
Thanks Steve. I was almost going to ask you for help with changing this image as my original concept was to have microphones, and ear phones and lots of antenna in the background of the image - trying to imply "surveillance". But I just don't have the skill to do the blending that I my imagination desires. So I gave up.   Posted: 04/09/2021 17:56:28
Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
I am really glad that you ignored your impulse to put antennae into the image! Simple is nicer. It gets your point across much faster! I'm trying to learn this better myself, but studying minimalism in photography!   Posted: 04/13/2021 18:06:01

Gwen Neff   Gwen Neff
Fran this is such a fun image and wonderfully executed.   Posted: 04/10/2021 20:20:36
Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
Thanks Gwen.   Posted: 04/13/2021 19:11:56

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Well Stephen, I also lived in that neck of the woods in 1984. We also ate a lot of delicious lychee! There were such a treat! I was in Malaysia.

Fran, your image is delightful, though a little 'gory', even without the blood :-). You did a masterful job of conceiving of it and carrying through on that conception. I do like the red jar top also! The black glass and stark black background are perfect.   Posted: 04/13/2021 18:11:20
Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
Thanks Georgianne.   Posted: 04/13/2021 19:10:44

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I never liked Lychees, but I do like what you've done to them! There's little left to say except that I like the red top, too. Quite creative.   Posted: 04/16/2021 12:54:07

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Great idea, great result. I have a friend who uses an image of his daughter's eye that was taken years ago in multiple images an usually does extremely well in competition. Good luck with this it is so unique.   Posted: 04/20/2021 16:04:26


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