Brian Menzies  

King Fly Catcher by Brian Menzies

January 2022 - King Fly Catcher

January 2022 - Brian Menzies


About the Image(s)

There is not much to say about this month's image. I shoot a lot of birds and this particular character is a Willie Wagtail. They flit around at great speed and you need to be quick to capture them. In this image, I replaced the sky with one of my sky images and then dug around to find all the other insects and animals. I had to open its beak so the fly would be caught and then I gradually added the remaining components. It was a fun image to play with and kept me occupied for quite some time.

5 comments posted

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
You've created a fun image with lots of additional interest when we get over the first impact of the King. I particularly like the frogs.
A small suggestion - maybe the birds are a little sharp - by reducing the saturation / opacity in some of them they'd look more like a flock, rather than all being at the same distance.
It's good that you're having fun with Photoshop - that's what it's all about!   Posted: 01/04/2022 17:01:28
Brian Menzies   Brian Menzies
Thanks Steve, excellent suggestion. Thanks.   Posted: 01/05/2022 20:48:16

Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
Willy Wagtails are real characters, and you have caught this one well. Couple of thoughts - the sky is a bit busy and is almost distracting. I would dull it down a little and apply gradient (darker at the top) and a slight lens blur to increase the 'reality'. Secondly, I would have put the frog and dragon fly on the right side behind the tail of the Willy. Well done though.   Posted: 01/05/2022 19:56:12

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
This is a great story telling composition. You did a good job in pulling all the elements together.

My only suggestion would be to eliminate the flock of birds. To me, they draw the eye out of the image, and I don't think they are necessary to the image.   Posted: 01/11/2022 16:53:31

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
You've done a great job of isolating the various small pieces of this image Brian. It's lighthearted and a hoot to ponder. I agree with Georgianne that the flock of birds would be best left out. Opening the Wagtail's beak and placing the fly in it was very well done. I think it would be good to explore some shadowing elements as you experiment with composites. They add a lot of "believability" to a scene, even when that scene is fantasy based. This does look like a fun project to work on.   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:45:46


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