Brad Becker  

I See You by Brad Becker

October 2021 - I See You

October 2021 - Brad Becker


October 2021 - Brad Becker

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October 2021 - Brad Becker

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About the Image(s)

I like the original image of this bee as it looked like it was staring at me. I thought it looked a little creepy with the eyes out of focus so I decided to replace its face with something a little sharper. I settled on this dog face. I reduced the opacity and blended it in to make it a subtle effect. In the end it's probably creepier with a dog face than a blurry face. The rest of the adjustments to color and background were attempts to create a mood. Not 100% satisfied with the final result. Suggestions?

8 comments posted

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
The bright, white flower really stands out against the starry, night sky. For me, the bee is an intruder into that nice image. Why not shrink the flower a bit, move it a little to one side, and add one of the egrets in flight from your November 2020 submission. The 2 white images against the dark, starry sky just might work. This is a good start.   Posted: 10/07/2021 16:27:43
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Alan, This image was about the bee. I agree sometimes you need to scrap the original plan. Since this image was mostly a project to see if I could salvage the bee I kept it.   Posted: 10/12/2021 16:05:29

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
Very good closeup nature image. The bee is essential to the image if it was sharp. I don't like the dogface on the bee.
Milky Way is beautiful.   Posted: 10/09/2021 14:12:58
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Aavo, Yes the bee is essential to what I was trying. I added the dog face to try to fix the blurry aspects of the original. Do you have suggestions on how to fix the bees face?   Posted: 10/12/2021 16:08:43

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Nice image of a starry night and beautiful flower that you have added to the scene. A suggestion for me the luminosity of the flower is a little to much for this night scene maybe instead fo turning it into black and white i would have desaturate the colour and apply a levels layer to adjust its luminosity to that of the rest of the scene
The bee is a good element and the idea of changing the face for the dog's can work but you have to look closely and see where the sharpness begins and ends to make a good fusion of the elements and achieve the optimal results.
Well done!   Posted: 10/10/2021 00:48:30

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
  Posted: 10/10/2021 02:13:05
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Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Brad, I've taken the liberty of playing a little with your images. It has been a quick approach and the results are not perfect because I have not made adequate selections, I worked only with the brush masking and blending the different images
I desaturate a bit the flower and dodge and burn some areas. Vignetting and finishing in Topaz applying an impression filter a lower opacity.   Posted: 10/10/2021 02:34:12
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Maria, Thanks for applying your magic to the image. I like what you've created and I may push the face in the opposite direction, i.e. commiting to the dog face more, it's fun. I was going in the direction of creepy/surreal but like the playful look you've suggested. I am also interested in playing more with the brightness of the flower as I can see it may be too intense in this setting.   Posted: 10/12/2021 16:11:30


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