Robyn G from Captivate Me hosts a monthly feature called One Four Challenge, one image processed four different ways. Each week of the month the participants post a different version of their image and at the end create a poll to see which image was the most popular.
Last month was an eye opener for me, I didn’t realise that it would be so hard to find four (good) images from one original without getting bored with it! At the start of the month I had four images all lined up ready to go, but by week two, they had all changed and I ended up redoing them each week. This month I am just going to do them on a week by week basis and look at the feedback and comments for inspiration.
Thanks to anyone who voted on the poll last week, the most popular, by a country mile, was the image from week three, the black and white with the selective colour. Thanks for all the feedback and comments.
Onto February’s image. It is one I took at the beach at Bournemouth over New Year, it was a glorious day, bearing in mind that five days before in a different part of the country we were sledging!
My steps for editing this week’s image are as follows:-
- I straightened and cropped it to get the horizon straight and in the top third
- Applied a graduated filter to bring out the colour in the sky whilst keeping the brightness in the foreground
- Decreased the overall exposure to even the tones in the image
- Increased the temperature to warm it up a bit, then brought up the blue tones in the RGB curve as they were looking a bit murky
- I boosted the highlights, clarity, saturation and clarity
- Lastly I got rid of a couple of dust marks and a bird that looked like a small blob!
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Comments and feedback welcome.
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