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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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Sally IV – Week Four for March, 2015, One Four Challenge

Sally IV. Week Four for One Four Challenge.

Sally IV. Week Four for One Four Challenge.

Here is the final image of Sally for the March One Four Challenge. Here is a portfolio of the original and all four subsequent versions of Sally. Comments welcome!

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The One Four Challenge is hosted by Robyn G at Captivate Me! We work with one original image and produce four distinct edits or different versions on subsequent weeks through the month. It’s great fun, and the exercise produces many fantastic images. Check out other participants here.

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Sally II – Week Two March 2015 One Four Challenge

Sally II. Week Two of One Four Challenge, March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Sally II. Week Two of One Four Challenge, March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Here is week two of the One Four Challenge for March. This week’s edit: Raw conversion in DxO Optics Pro. Then I removed her tags, which were distracting, in photoshop. Some local exposure adjustments in Nik Viveza and toning in Topaz Simplify. At first glance (and maybe second), this week’s edit and last week’s seem quite similar. Side by side, the differences are apparent, but still I admit they are similar. It’s interesting that a [almost] completely different set of tools and techniques were used each week. I’m eager for feedback.

If you’re not familiar with the One Four Challenge, do check it out! Hosted by Robyn G at Captivate Me!, The One Four Challenge is an exercise in postcapture processing and editing. The same original image is edited in four distinct ways on successive weeks. My previous One Four images are here. The entire set of One Four Images from all contributors is here. There are lots of great images to be seen!

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Sally I – Week One March 2015 One Four Challenge

Sally I. One Four Challenge Week 1. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 3200. 1/4 sec at f8. Natural light. March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Sally I. One Four Challenge Week 1. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 3200. 1/4 sec at f8. Natural light. March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

And here we go with a new One Four Challenge for March.  Looking for an image to use this month, I thought I’d start with this snap of Sally shot recently. Sally (laying alongside me as I write this, demanding attention!) is a mixed breed, but primarily Australian Dingo. She is 14 years young and as charming and lovable (and spoiled) as can be! She is a true darling and we love her greatly.

The original image – raw – is below. For this week’s edit above, all I have done is raw conversion in DxO and some sharpening and exposure adjustments in both DxO and Lightroom. I look forward to playing more with it over the coming weeks.

In the One Four Challenge, initiated and hosted by Robyn G at Captivate Me, we choose an image and proceed to work on four distinct edits on successive weeks. It’s a great exercise in creative post-capture processing and a lot of fun. Click here for more information.

Original (See above image 1 for photo data):

Sally Original. March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Sally Original. March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

 

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Ghost Ranch Country IV. One Four Challenge December Week Four

Ghost Ranch Country IV, New Mexico. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Ghost Ranch Country IV, New Mexico. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Here is my final image for December’s One Four Challenge. In the One Four Challenge (Initiated by Robyn G), we choose one image and do four different process edits in four successive weeks. This is the last week of the December cycle.

Starting with the original image, this week’s edit is cropped sharply to a panoramic view (which we’ve decided works best for this image). (Click image for larger – Looks Better.) All of the editing this week is done in Nik Silver Efex Pro, including a few exposure adjustments, the vignetting, and toning. The final image replicates an early film style. The style seeks to emulate the pictorialist style of the early 20th Century Photo Secessionists. (I’ve recently done a series of images in this style.)

Besides giving the scene a kind of “old west” feel, this treatment completely alters all the relationships in the image. No longer are the cliffs the main (or only) point of interest (it seems to me); now the overall fields, the road and the fenceposts converging, make up the main theme.

Love this One Four Challenge! – Great fun!  Here are the original image and all four edits for December. Tell me what you think. Comments definitely welcome!

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Ghost Ranch Country III. One Four Challenge December Week Three

Ghost Ranch Country III. One Four Challenge December Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Ghost Ranch Country III, New Mexico. One Four Challenge December Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Here is my Week Three version of the December image, Ghost Ranch Country, New Mexico. I have used this particular combination of filters before – though not often – to produce a dark, moody, stormy appearance. I don’t think there is anything especially creative about it, but it’s a different look. I do think it brings out the textures of the land and the brush quite a bit differently. It’s moody in the extreme.

In the One Four Challenge, led by Robyn G, we select an image and then process it  in four distinct ways on successive weeks. This is week three of the December cycle. Here are the original and weeks one and two.

Added: Several suggested a crop that shaved some off the sky so as to put the cliffs more at main focal point of interest in the image. Here’s a recrop to do that, just a little:

Ghost Ranch Cuntry IIIa. Recropped.

Ghost Ranch Country IIIa. Recropped.

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