One Four Challenge: March Week 2

Thank you very much to Amy at “The World is a Book” for inviting me to join in the 5 day black and white challenge. Amy’s site has a great selection of  beautiful photos taken from her travels around the world. She shares a great quote from Saint Augustine  “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

There are two rules for this challenge. The first is to post a black and white image daily for 5 days and then to invite someone different to join each day. The first I can just about manage, but I’m going to do my own version of the second bit. Rather than invite someone to participate in the challenge, I will use each post to introduce a site, forum or challenge where I think that you will find some amazing black and white photos and photographers. Many will need no introduction and may be familiar to you already, but if you’re new to them and love monochrome, please follow the links and visit their sites.

Firstly, 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. You will find some stunning monochrome versions amongst other colour images, but all have taken a lot of time and thought and are worth a look!

For this week, I have chosen a black and white edit of my cygnet. Apart from the convert to black and white, I made very little other adjustments, it was already quite high contrast, but I altered the tone curve to “strong contrast” and increased the sharpening and masking to try and make the feathers look more like they were brush strokes.


Week Two
Week Two


Comments and feedback welcome.

Click this link for the Week One version.

Why not hop over to see the other posts on the One Four Challenge, click on the link or use the tag “One Four Challenge” in the Reader.


25 thoughts on “One Four Challenge: March Week 2

  1. LOVE this version. The softness of the feathers really pop here and all the hues are just so nice. This is a stunning edit. Enjoy a week of monochrome, it is fun!

      1. I cheated a bit, or got lucky, not sure. I was asked to join a couple days before the year anniversary of Monochrome Madness. So, I did a tribute to the challenge for the week! That was fun to look back and nice to not feel too much pressure to find 5 bw images.
        This is a great one!

  2. As deep as night – love those dark velvety blacks against the cygnet or the cygnet against the blacks. The feathers are so soft! It is stunning Katie!

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