Challenges, Photography

One Four Challenge March Week 1

This is my photo for this month.  Using Sagelight,  I’m going to try to have this image tell a different story each week.DSCN4074 8x6

First up, I cropped the image.  I added soft focus and a vignette and played with the threshold.  Then I inverted the area at the end of the archway which makes it appear as if it’s night with a person caught in the lights.  To me the overall effect is somewhat threatening.

Week 1 – OminousDSCN4074 SL vignette wideglow thresh invert 8x6

One Four Challenge for March - hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me

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Photo Editing: Artistically speaking

I wanted to see if I could make this into an image with a more artistic feel to it;  to see what I could accomplish without using one of the one-click apps that convert photos to oils or watercolour.119 8x6So I brought up the details and liked what was happening in the sky and the branches of the tree.

119 SL1 8x6I adjusted the colour in the sky

119 SL2 8x6I added median filter to the land area to reduce the sharp details, except for the tree which I wanted to keep sharp. It’s admittedly a very slight difference in detail but I liked the difference.

119 SL2 medfilter 8x6I added a Gaussian blur to push the right hand side of the image back further and make it less distinct and tweaked the land colours very slightly. This is the final image

119 SL2 medfilter gaussian frame 8x6Horseshoe Canyon, Alberta

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One Four Challenge Feb Week 4

This is the photo I am going to use this month.  Each week I’m going to begin with some sort of distortion of this photo and see if I can produce an interesting and pleasing artistic image.

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For week 4 I again began with a polar coordinates distortion which I compounded by repeating it several times until something I liked emerged.

035 Gatineau SL polar 4 SL edit

I quite liked this but continued to experiment.  I used a plug-in to smooth the image, adjusted the colours and added a texture.  I like this final undefined image because it doesn’t look like anything in particular but is, to me at least, a pleasing balance and division of shape and tones.

This is the result for week 4 – Abstract Balance

035 Gatineau SL polar 4 SL plug in textgrain frame

But I ended up with more than 4 versions … here are a few more  Comments welcome – I’d love to know your preference and there is a poll at the bottom of the post.
Fire

035 Gatineau SL polar smooth sl paint textburlap 8x6

Textural contrasts

035 Gatineau SL polar 2 sl threshold frame

Graffiti035 Gatineau SL polar SL threshold textbrick red frame

Week 3 – Waterfall035 07 Gatineau edit plugin medfilter liquify glow liq dodge liq dodge 8x6

 

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Week 2 – Sunset

035 Gatineau SL polar 3 zoom colour SL textsandstone liquify horizon frame

Week 1 – Abstract Universe
035 Gatineau SL polar SL crop 8x6One Four Challenge Feb Week 4 - hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me

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One Four Challenge Feb Week 3

This is the photo I am going to use this month.

035 Gatineau

Each week I’m going to begin with some sort of distortion of this photo and see if I can produce an interesting and pleasing artistic image.

For week three I began in Sagelight with a plug-in to smooth the image and then applied a median filter.  In PS Elements 8 I distorted it using polar to rectangle and rotated it 90 degrees

 I applied poster edges, liquified it and played with it and added soft focus to the ‘water’ areas.  I continued to adjust using liquefy, vibrancy and dodge and burn to adjust colour, movement and contrast

I applied median filter again to the water to make it softer and more flowing and lastly, applied a canvas texture.   This is the result for Week 3

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035 Gatineau edit plugin medfilter liquify glow liq dodge liq dodge text 8x6

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  This is the result for week 2

035 Gatineau SL polar 3 zoom colour SL textsandstone liquify horizon frame

Here is week one.035 Gatineau SL polar SL crop 8x6

I began with a polar coordinates distortion 035 Gatineau SL polar

I liked the stark split of dark and light and decided to work with that.  I cropped it and then used the power box controls in Sagelight to blend the light, added a soft focus, because I like it, and played with the tone blender controls.  To give more balance to the composition I used the dodge and burn to darken the lower right quadrant.  I intensified the blue and adjusted the other colours aiming for a nice balance.  Using the vignette controls I practically blacked out the lower left quadrant and declared it finished, for this week.   For  me there is the sense of looking into the blue beyond, into a hidden galaxy.

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One Four Challenge Feb Week 3 - hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me

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graffiti love

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Love is everywhere

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Visual Quotations

Visual Quotation 68: Life

“I thought about the relentless thought-processing, soul-devouring machine that is my brain, and wondered how on earth I was ever going to master it. Then I remembered that line from Jaws and couldn’t help smiling: ‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

boat in the bay Cape Breton

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One Four Challenge Feb Week 2

This is the photo I am going to use this month.

035 Gatineau

Each week I’m going to begin with some sort of distortion of this photo and see if I can produce an interesting and pleasing artistic image.

For week 2 I began with a polar distortion again, which I compounded by doing it twice.  I rotated it 90 degrees and cropped it and did a zoom blur. 035 Gatineau SL polar 3 zoom colour  Then I played with the threshold and colour.  I added texture.  I liquified it and played in the bottom half of the image.   Lastly, I straightened the horizon.  I used Sagelight, PS Elements 8 and Photoscape.  This is the result for week 2035 Gatineau SL polar 3 zoom colour SL textsandstone liquify horizon frame

Here is week one.035 Gatineau SL polar SL crop 8x6

I began with a polar coordinates distortion 035 Gatineau SL polar

I liked the stark split of dark and light and decided to work with that.  I cropped it and then used the power box controls in Sagelight to blend the light, added a soft focus, because I like it, and played with the tone blender controls.  To give more balance to the composition I used the dodge and burn to darken the lower right quadrant.  I intensified the blue and adjusted the other colours aiming for a nice balance.  Using the vignette controls I practically blacked out the lower left quadrant and declared it finished, for this week.   For  me there is the sense of looking into the blue beyond, into a hidden galaxy.

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One Four Challenge Feb Week 2 - hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me

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Photo Editing: ABFriday Week 35 One Photo Focus

 

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After

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Step one for me is usually adjusting the lighting.  I work in Sagelight and used the Smart Light to make minor adjustments.  I liked the wet reflections on the sidewalk and wanted to keep and enhance that if I could. I didn’t like the semi-visible light standard to the right of centre so I wanted to either get rid of it or enhance it.  I enhanced it.

I used the power details to bring up the detail, adjusting the focus strength and transparency.

Since it’s a drippy day I added a soft focus, which brightens the colours so I then spot adjusted them using the vibrancy controls to tone them down and still retain the softer focus.

Using a plug-in, I added an iridescent effect but I didn’t like it except on the branches where I think it adds to the wet and rainy atmosphere of the photo.  For a quick fix to keep it on the branches and eliminate the iridescent effect elsewhere, I resorted to Microsoft’s Paint.  I simply copied that quadrant of the photo and pasted it onto my “before iridescent” copy of the image.  After the paste-in, the lighting on the pole on the left needed blending which I did using the dodge and burn brush.

Lastly, I added a tint to the sky and a soft vignette to enhance the atmosphere of  a drippy, set-in, rainy day.  I tried a few crops, just to see the possibilities but in the end preferred the composition of the original.

ABFriday is hosted by Stacy over at Visual Venturing

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Odd couple

Odd Couple/10

My Odd Couple series, in which the couples may or may not be odd.  I’ll leave that to the viewer ;)   I am also including the original photo for those that are interested in my composition and  editing choices.DSCN4506 paint3 SL2 8X6

Original photo

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You can view my Solo series here. 

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One Four Challenge Feb Week 1

This is the photo I am going to use this month.

035 Gatineau

Each week I’m going to begin with some sort of distortion of this photo and see if I can produce an interesting and pleasing artistic image.   Here is week one.035 Gatineau SL polar SL crop 8x6

I began with a polar coordinates distortion 035 Gatineau SL polar

I liked the stark split of dark and light and decided to work with that.  I cropped it and then used the power box controls in Sagelight to blend the light, added a soft focus, because I like it, and played with the tone blender controls.  To give more balance to the composition I used the dodge and burn to darken the lower right quadrant.  I intensified the blue and adjusted the other colours aiming for a nice balance.  Using the vignette controls I practically blacked out the lower left quadrant and declared it finished, for this week.   For  me there is the sense of looking into the blue beyond, into a hidden galaxy.

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One Four Challenge Feb Week 1 – hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me

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Photo Editing: One Four Challenge January week 4

I’m joining Robyn’s One Four Challenge this month – one photograph processed four different ways over the month.

This time I tried to change the time of day.  In Photoscape I used the linear gradient feature several times, to the top and to the bottom, layering until I got something approaching what I wanted.  In Sagelight I added HDR, adjusted the vibrancy and added a tint to tone and add variation to the yellow.  I tried various other things, none of which I was pleased with; this was the best I could come up with considering what I was attempting to do.  BUT, I did learn some new things during this whole exercise, which is what it’s all about, right?    Check the poll at the bottom of the post – I’d be interested in your response.

Week 4 – Dawnleft on stick 022 photoscape SL2 crop

Week 3 – Etched in Silverleft on stick 022 SL 3 8x6

Week 2 – Surrealistic

surreal landscape

Week 1: I just added some oomph to the image

Pointe du Grouin

Original image – taken at Pointe du Grouin on the coast of Brittany

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Considering my aim for each edit, which do you think was the most successful? 

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