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.

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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

Comments and feedback welcome.

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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!

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Week One
Week One

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

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Refraction: the change in direction of a propagating wave, such as light or sound, in passing from one medium to another in which it has a different velocity (Collins English Dictionary)

This beach in South Wales was incredibly windy, judging by all the surfers and kite fliers, it was like that all the time. The constant wind helped shape the beautiful patterns created by the sunlight refracting through the ripples of crystal clear seawater.

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Beach Huts at Bexhill: Monochrome Madness #19

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beach huts

This was taken at Bexhill in East Sussex. Its a bit of a cliched photo, but I quite like the effect of the huts in a line looking out to sea. Maybe a part of me would like to live near the sea and have my own beach hut!  A lot of the huts on the beach were all white, but this line provided a nice contrast with the black fronts.

Taken with Nikon 5100 and edited in Lightroom.

Posted as part of Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s amazing Monochrome Madness series.

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Groynes at the beach

 

Groynes at the beach
Groynes at the beach

 

After weeks of looking at the gorgeous black and white images featured on Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness black and white challenge, I eventually plucked up the courage to submit one of my own and was delighted to have it accepted, thank you so much Leanne and Laura.

This was taken last year on our summer holiday at Cooden beach in Sussex, England. A lovely little pebbly beach, quiet, but (when we were there) very windy. There were lots of these structures and they had been eroded by the sea, sun and wind to give a beautiful texture to the wood.

The image was processed through Lightroom (something I am trying to learn!) I think trying not to over process an image is probably the hardest thing, knowing when to stop!

Please take a look at the other wonderful black and white images at Monochrome Madness.