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Teahouse IV – One Four Challenge February 2015 Week Four

Tea House IV. One Four Challenge February 2015. Week Four. Copyright Joanne Mason.

Tea House IV. One Four Challenge February 2015. Week Four. Copyright Joanne Mason.

Here’s Week Four. I had a difficult time deciding just how to style this image this week. First, I’ve included the entire original image rather than a crop, as some preferred. Then, I decided to go for another color image and try for a soft, painterly look – but not too much so, maybe more like a pastel. Raw processing in DxO, exposure adjustments in Lightroom, main color processing in Topaz Impressions, and finally some touch-up in Nik Color Efex. I like the result. – Comments welcome. (Click image for larger; best viewed full-size.)

The One Four Challenge is hosted by Robyn G at Captivate Me! Working with one original image, we do four distinct styles on successive weeks through the month. Click here for more information.

Here is an overview of this month’s edits.

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Teahouse III – One Four Challenge February 2015 Week Three

Teahouse III. For One Four Challenge, January 2015, Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Teahouse III. For One Four Challenge, January 2015, Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Here is Week Three of February’s One Four Challenge. This is the Black & White edition of the Teahouse. As I noted earlier, I’m revisiting and reprocessing images of the teahouse shot a few years ago. One of the things I was striving to do in the earlier B&W images was to achieve a noirish look with a kind of “dappled” lighting reminiscent of some of Kurosowa’s films (see Rashoman for the best example). This lighting style is so characteristic of Kurosawa’s cinema that it is sometimes referred to as “Kurosowa Light.” With the images I did a couple years ago, I felt the results were too dark and not sufficiently clear. I am much more satisfied with this image this week in aiming for this kind of Kurosawa light.

Some gentle post raw exposure correction (- highlights, + shadows, + vibrance, – clarity) was done in Lightroom. Thereafter, all processing was done in Nik Silver Efex. Among the steps that I think made a difference were a blue filter, film emulation (very slow speed B&W film, about ASA 50) and some selenium toning.

One Four ChallengeI’m eager for comments. (I got little done last week and was not able to visit other One Four sites. I’ll try to make that up this week!)

The One Four Challenge is inspired and hosted by Robyn G at Captivate Me! Working with one original image, we do four versions on successive weeks, pursuing different approaches to post processing. Click the badge for more information.

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Yellow Iris – 2

Yellow Iris. Nikon D200. 105 mm Nikkkor f/2.8 Macro. ISO 400. 1/25 sec at f/25.0. Digitally Altered. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Yellow Iris. Nikon D200. 105 mm Nikkor f/2.8 Macro. ISO 400. 1/25 sec at f/25.0. Digitally Altered. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I have posted numerous irises here before, including a yellow iris. (See here.) This image has been newly processed including some digital alteration.

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Teahouse – One Four Challenge February Week One

Teahouse I. One Four Challenge February 2015 Week One. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Teahouse I. One Four Challenge February 2015 Week One. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This is week one of the February 2015 One Four Challenge. In the One Four Challenge, we use one selected image and produce four distinct edits on successive week. (The One Four Challenge was initiated by Robyn G. See here for more information.) Click image for larger. Comments welcomed!

Teahouse

Teahouse, 2012. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

I’ve shot this teahouse many times; I love its photogenic properties. Various images have been posted over the last several years. (See here for instance.) I’ve realized that many good photographers regularly revisit earlier photographs and subjects, reinterpreting or reprocessing with new methods and more mature skills. I’ve allowed myself to do that without feeling like it’s “cheating.” The One Four Challenge presents a great opportunity for this kind of exercise.

The teahouse is a part of the Japanese-themed area of the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles, California. This week’s image was processed from the original raw in DxO Optics Pro. Further processing was done in Lightroom and Color Efex Pro. I’ve worked towards soft colors and textures to emphasize the environs around the tearoom. Here is the photo data and the original image.

Teahouse Original

Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/50 sec at f/5.6. Teahouse. One Four Challenge original for February 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

 

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Afternoon in the Garden

Blue Iris. Nikon D200. 105 Micro-Nikkor f/2.8. ISO 400. 18000 sec at f/3.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Yellow. Nikon D200. 105 mm Micro-Nikkor f/2.8. ISO 400. 1/6000 sec at f/3.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Birch. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro-Nikkor f/2.8. ISO 400. 1/200 sec at f/6.7. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Columbines. Nikon D200. 12-24mm Zoom Nikkor f/4. 22mm. ISO 400. 1/320 sec at f/9.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Orange Lillies. Nikon D200. 12-24mm Zoom Nikkor f/4. 24mm. ISO 400. 1/500 sec at f/9.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Roses. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro-Nikkor f/2.8. ISO 400. 1/4000 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

More images from a Spring Afternoon in the Garden.

A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.   – Luis Barragan

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White Irises

White Irises. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/75 sec at f/16. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Even in the shade, these white irises in the garden were stunning.

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