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Lakeside Wind

Lakeside Grass. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/600 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

Lakeside Grass. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/600 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

This grass is growing at the shore of the lake. I find it interesting and attractive how the wind (even a steady breeze) shapes the growth and display of the grass.

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Egret – One Four Challenge Week Four September

Egret - 4. Four One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Egret – 4. Four One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Here is the fourth and final edit for the month of September in the One Four Challenge. I have found this image a bit challenging to work with all month. The colors in the original are so intense and I felt like it actually limited what I could do. I had, as well, limited options because I had only so much resolution to work with – The original image was an iPhone shot. However, I’m pleased with what I ended up with. I particularly like this week’s picture. (Click image for larger.)

For this fourth edit, I wanted to soften the image and mute the colors as much as I could while still being a color image. After some experimenting, I decided to try and make the scene look as if bathed in a morning fog, maybe a morning fog beginning to lift. Besides softening the colors, I’ve added a considerable amount of texturing and grain as well as the fog. The graduated fog leaves the egret standing out. Comments welcome and encouraged!

If you’re not familiar with the One Four Challenge, it’s a wonderful exercise initiated and ably curated by Robyn K at Captivate Me. We select a single image and then edit it in four distinct ways on successive week’s through the month.

Here is a summary of the four edits this month of the egret. I’d love to know your favorites.

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Egret – One Four Challenge Week Three September

Egret - 3. One Four Challenge Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Egret – 3. One Four Challenge Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This is week three of the One Four Challenge for September. I’m working with the egret image. This week features a black and white image as well as a significant crop. Both the monochrome and the crop focus attention more on the egret than the trees with their intense color. Besides the black and white conversion here (done with Nik Silver Efex), I’ve done some color adjustment, roughly equivalent to a red filter; some burning at the top to reduce the shore and the trees; some grain and film emulation; and selenium toning. Comments welcome.

If you’re unfamiliar with the One Four Challenge, this is an exercise curated by Robyn K at Captivate Me. One image, four different edits on successive weeks. It’s great fun and good exercise.

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Egret – One Four Challenge Two September

Egret - 2. Week Two of One Four Challenge . Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Egret – 2. Week Two of One Four Challenge . Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This is week 2 (September) of the One Four Challenge. The One Four Challenge was initiated and is hosted by Robyn K at Captivate Me. Working from one selected image for the month, we produce four different edits on four successive weeks. It’s a great exercise in image editing, and also a good way to develop the knack of seeing an image different ways.

A process sometimes called the Orton efect – after the photographer who invented it – combines (usually) two images, one of which is sharp and one of which is slightly blurred. Many third-party programs and apps that do digital effects implement versions of this to produce a more “painterly” result. But it can easily be done in Photoshop. A step by step guide is described here.

I have wanted to play with the Orton effect and this seemed like a good image to work with. I also did a couple of other things. After the Orton process, I found that the egret had again faded somewhat. So the egret was selected and brightness and saturation increased. Finally, in Photoshop, I removed the automobile that was in the upper right.

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Egret – One Four Challenge One Sept

Egret - 1. Week One of One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Egret – 1. Week One of One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

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I’m re-entering the One Four Challenge after a hiatus of a few months. The One Four Challenge was launched by Robyn K at Captivate Me, and Robyn continues to ably host and manage it. Working with an image selected at the start of the month, on four successive weeks we produce four distinct edits. This a great exercise in editing and in looking at images many different ways. Join us!

This image of the egret was first posted here back on May 12. The image was shot at Bruce Park in Greenwich. I’ll consider this the first iteration this month. I have tried to enhance the¬†egret – startlingly white! – while still retaining¬†natural colors. I’ve also cleaned up some weird lines that appeared in the original.

This is an iPhone shot. I used the 645Pro app on an iPhone 6+. The image was at ISO 32,4.15mm effective focal length, 1/480 sec at f/2.2.

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Spring Tree by Lake 2

Spring Tree by Lake 2. iPhone 6+ with 645 Pro app. Crop in camera. Velvia emulation. 4.15 mm. ISO 32. 1/350 sec at f/2.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Tree by Lake 2. iPhone 6+ with 645 Pro app. Crop in camera. Velvia emulation. 4.15 mm. ISO 32. 1/350 sec at f/2.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

We just can’t get enough of spring. The winter was so long and cold, this year’s spring seems especially glorious. And there is something especially grand about flowering spring trees on the banks of the rivers and lakes. This is a single shot with the iPhone and cropped in camera.

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