Vase of YesterYear (One-Four-Challenge: Week 1)

It’s that time again, time for the next One-Four-Challenge, woo hoo – oh, how I love this challenge!

This is my first EVER vase of peonies. Actually, it’s my first peony also. Someone once told me peonies won’t keep in a vase, they die immediately. Mine however from the grocery store lasted extremely well. Anyways, here is my effort for Week 1.

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Below is the original which, to say the flowers were a tad in shadows, could be an understatement. Obviously I needed to first brighten the photo to see exactly what I had to work with. Following this both the saturation and contrast needed to be adjusted.

Even after this the colours in the flowers still weren’t strong enough so a mask (something I’m still mastering) was used over the flowers alone to brighten them. Then all that was required was to straighten the vase ever so slightly.

Vase of Yesteryear - Original

If you aren’t already familiar with this challenge hosted by the talented Robyn Gosby of Captivate Me, it’s where you choose one of your own photographs, manipulating it differently for the next four weeks. Be sure to check out everyone’s submissions for this month!

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Morning Silhouettes (October One Four Challenge: Week 1)

Woo hoo, that time again for the One Four Challenge hosted by Robyn of Captivate Me. Each month we get to choose our own photo which we then process in a different way each week for four weeks. Hence, the One Four Challenge.

Here is my photo, two trees silhouetted against a cloudy sky, one I took on one of my many morning walks whilst in Australia.

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Here is my original for a quick comparison. As you can see, this week I haven’t even gone in for the crop, I’ve simply converted this into black and white, tweaking the contrast just a little.

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With a river outside my balcony and a beach around the corner, that was all the incentive I needed to get out to walking each day. To watch the sun rising over the water each morning, that was simply an amazing bonus!

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Forgotten Shed (One Four Challenge: Week 1)

School is back in for the children next week and I’m so looking forward to it if only for routine. Today sadly I totally missed Stacy’s One Photo Focus over at Visual Venturing with a great capture by  Benjamin Rowe of Aperture64. Dang it!

And now I realize I’ve almost missed the One Four Challenge. Then again, technically I haven’t missed it as really it’s a Monday thing, but Monday doesn’t really work for me hence I’ve made it a Friday thing. Anyways, here ’tis.

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This is what appears to be an old shed, or may have even been a small caretakers house, once connected to the railway. With only freight coming in by rail now, this building now stands abandoned, slowly being encased by trees.

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The editing this week was all very neat and simple as all I did was crop, boosted the contrast to give it more depth, finishing off with a hint of vignetting. Just hope I haven’t used up all my party tricks now on Week 1!

 

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Different kind of Beauty (One Four Challenge: Week 1)

A new month, another One Four Challenge hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me. Robyn’s challenge is to choose one photo of your choice then each week for the next four weeks, process it a different way.

This is a photo I took off the structure that surrounds the actual hot springs out at Harrison Hot Springs. For today I simply added the Miniature Effect which boosts up the contrast , slightly blurring the edges.

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There’s no denying I was expecting something a little more impressive of Harrison Hot Springs having spent an evening at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland but hey, it was a lovely morning and the company was rather good also! 🙂

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