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Spring Pink IV for May One Four Challenge Week Four

Spring Pink IV. Four Week Four of May 2015 One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Pink IV. For Week Four of May 2015 One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I struggled to decide how I should treat this image for this week’s final edit. Should I go “mod” and do something radical. Or should I be conservative. I thought initially that the previous three weeks – original, black and white, and an altered painterly version (see below) – had been all that I could do and retain the integrity of the image. But I decided that I could push what I did last week even further, and that this image lent itself well to an antiqued vintage look. Read More

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Spring Pink III

Spring Pink III. Four One Four Challenge May Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Pink III. Four One Four Challenge May Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This is week three of the May One Four Challenge, where we produce four different edits of an image on successive weeks of the month. See Captivate Me by Robyn G for more information on the One Four Challenge.

I am really pleased with this week’s edit, which I think catches the feel of an image that I’ve had in my mind’s eye. The soft painterly style goes well with the flowers. This started with pretty much the same image as the original two weeks ago – Read More

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Spring Pink II

Spring Pink II. One Four Challenge May Week Two. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Pink II. One Four Challenge May Week Two. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

It seems a shame to lose all that glorious spring color here, but the monochrome does reveal a new view, different tones of light and shadow. This is Week Two of the May 2015 One Four Challenge. (Previous) Editing in Nik Silver Efex. Contrast and sharpness enhanced, some paper toning. Back to color next week.

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Spring Pink I

Spring Pink I - For One Four Challenge May Week One. iPhone with 645 Pro camera app. 4.15 mm. ISO 32. 1/530 sec at f/2.2.  Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Pink I – For One Four Challenge May Week One. iPhone 6+ with 645 Pro camera app. 4.15 mm. ISO 32. 1/530 sec at f/2.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I’m just barely making it into week one of the new round of the One Four Challenge. This edit is also the original jpeg straight from the camera (iPhone). I love this time of year – the foliage and flowers are so lush, so fresh and enticing. I have some ideas for one or two edits of this, but not sure how I’ll do all month. So therein lies the challenge. (One Four Challenge: We take a single image and edit it in four ways on successive weeks. Hosted by Robyn G. See here for more information. Do join us!) What is this? Flowering crab? Others may know.

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Ranunculus

Ranunculus. Nikon D7100. 105 mm (Nikon 105 mm Macro). ISO 200. 1/60 sec at f/4.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Ranunculus. Nikon D7100. 105 mm (Nikon 105 mm Macro). ISO 200. 1/60 sec at f/4.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Another Ranunculus. The soft focus impact of the delicate almost-floating pink petals – How many shades in this single image! – is inspiring.

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Ranunculus

Ranunculus. Nikon D7100. 105 mm (Nikon Macro). ISO 200. 1/3 sec at f/4. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Ranunculus. Nikon D7100. 105 mm (Nikon Macro). ISO 200. 1/3 sec at f/4. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Here’s another new Ranunculus image. This was photographed with the Nikon 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens and deliberately shot and processed soft focus. The earlier ranunculus images I have done were in brighter colors (reds, mostly) and bolder images. These are softer, more dreamy in appearance. Interesting that the same flower comes not only in different colors but such different moods.

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