One Four Challenge: March Week 4 and poll

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. 

For this week’s image I have tried to experiment with filters and textures using LR plug-ins. I wanted to try to create a different effect than I could get in Lightroom and there was a free version of Perfect Effects 9 to try, so I thought I’d give it a go and see how I got on with it.

From the original image with the Lightroom adjustments, I chose edit in Perfect Effects 9 as a plug-in and…

  • Added a HDR glow layer and used the adjustment brush to remove the filter from an area on the swans neck the glow effect had made it too blurry.
  • Using the textures, added a warm concrete subtle filter to the image.
  • When I saved it I had a trouble finding the image again, I must be doing something wrong here as I had thought it would take me back to LR and my new image.
  • Back in LR when I had found the image and imported it back, I reduced the saturation of the yellow and orange and increased the clarity.

cygnet week 4

A gallery of all the edits and the original.

Comments and feedback welcome. Please vote in the poll to let me know which is your favourite.

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One Four Challenge: March Week 3

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. 

For this week’s image I have tried to create a softer look.

From the week one image, I…

  • Increased the overall exposure by a couple of stops which achieved the lightness I wanted, it did however leave the water a fairly yellowy green colour.
  • To deal with this, I used the split toning function, I chose a blue colour for the shadows, which created a better colour for the water and to counterbalance the resulting coldness, I used a beige yellow colour for the highlights, then adjusted the split toning balance to the warmer side.
  • It was still a little bit too yellow so in the HSL panel, I adjusted the yellow hue to a more orangy tone which created a more pleasing overall colour.
  • Then using the radial tool, I created a vignette to darken and unsharpen the edges a little.

Cygnet week 3

Comments and feedback welcome.

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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.

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One Four Challenge: March Week 1

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.

I had a hard time choosing an image for this month, and nearly didn’t manage it, but I couldn’t give up after just two months! Its fun doing these One Four challenges anyway! Eventually I settled on this image I had of a cygnet, gliding gracefully across the river. I did take quite a few, so was bound to get one composition I liked, and I really liked the reflection on this one. The image was, however, not very sharp and a bit dull, it was taken in low light, so there’s quite a lot of “noise”.

For this weeks edit, I used a suggestion from Stacy at Visual Venturing, she mentioned that one possible LR workflow is to reduce the highlights to -100, increase the shadows to +100 and move the white and black sliders (with the alt key held down) until the white/black points just appear (watch her video for a proper explanation!). It produces a very contrasty and clear image, I’m not sure that I would use it all the time, but it seemed to bring out the image nicely in this case. I also used a graduated filter to increase the exposure on the swan’s body without overexposing the reflection and used the adjustment brush to lighten some of the details. I then sharpened the image with the masking at +83 to try and accentuate the texture on the wings and cropped to get to my final image.

WEEK ONE
WEEK ONE

Comments and feedback welcome.

Thanks if you voted on last weeks post for a February image, the black and white image came out on top.

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One Four Challenge: February Week 4 (and poll)

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.

This week, I have experimented with a much tighter crop to try and emphasise the reflections of the posts in the incoming tide on the beach. I have gone back to the warmer version from week one and worked from there, I also increased the temperature further and moved the tint slider to the green side to balance the image.

bournemouth-beach-week-4

Here is the finished week four edit, click on the image to see a bigger version.

I’ve included a slideshow gallery of all the edits, including the original image, your comments and feedback are very welcome, I’d love to know what you think. There’s even a poll for you to vote for your favourite!

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One Four Challenge: February Week 3

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.

Onto week three! Thank you for your feedback and comments. Ben from Aperture64 suggested that I used the graduated adjustment tool to cool down the sky and make it darker. I tried it, but I couldn’t get it to work, I think I was doing it right, but the sky became very stripey and the highlights in the clouds were lost and I couldn’t bring them back. Instead, I used one of the techniques from his Digital Darkroom series about split toning. I have only used this before with monochrome  images, but clearly they have a place in colour work too. My aim was to make the image look like it had been taken at sunrise. I toned the highlights a red/pink colour and balanced it by toning the shadows blue. I have changed the crop on the picture too as the large rock on the left was cropped out of the first two edits, but by bringing it back in, I think it has helped balance the image as the pseudo pink sunlight reflects off it.

Here is the finished week three edit.

What do you think, can I pretend that I got up really early to capture this shot?

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Week three
Week three

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One Four Challenge: February Week 2

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.

Following on from last week’s edit, I cloned out the stone in the bottom right corner as suggested by Stacey from lensaddiction, and converted to black and white. As I had converted straight from last weeks image, it kept the white balance settings and came out with quite a cold, blueish overall tone. I tried converting from the original image, but the conversion from this was rather muddy and boring and the bluer tone looked much better, so I kept this one. Aside from altering the colour mix in the HSL panel so that the blue and aqua were right down so as to bring out the tones in the sky more, I didn’t do much else to it this week.

Here is the finished week two edit.

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Week two

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One Four Challenge: February Week 1

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!

Click on the image to see a bigger version.

Week One
Week One

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One Four Challenge: January Week 4

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.

Thank you for all the positive responses I got from last week’s (and the preceding weeks) images, I have really enjoyed participating in Robyn’s One Four Challenge. It definitely is quite a challenge to edit one photo, four different ways!

This week I have been playing with the tone curves in Lightroom and have gone for something a bit extreme! I was going for a look that was more of an abstracted, impressionist image. This time the colours were changed using the RGB channels of the tone curve whilst flattening out some of the other tones. I used a radial filter to emphasise the figure behind the phone box by decreasing the sharpness in the area outside and cropped to remove the bright, toneless sky.

WEEK FOUR
WEEK FOUR

Any comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Here are all the edits and the original for contrast, click on any phone box for a larger image .

 

Which do you like the best?

 

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