Robyn Gosby, at Captivate Me is hosting a new challenge called the One Four Challenge. The way it works is, I choose an image that I want to work on for four weeks. I process the image over that span of 4 weeks, 4 different ways. At the end of the four weeks, you (my readers) will have the chance to vote on your favorite image. Of course, I will link this post each week to Robyn’s blog where you can find her entry each week as well as all the other participants work.
I wanted to take part in this challenge for a couple of reasons. One, because I know I will learn a lot. Robyn, is a remarkably talented photographer and I really like how she processes her images, so I know I will learn from her as well as other participants. Two, because I am very new to photography, as an art form, and this is how you grow, by challenging your comfort zone. And, three, I really hope to get some constructive feedback on my processing approach as well as meet others interested in image processing too.
This photograph intrigued me enough to want to work on it for a month for a couple of reasons. First, it is so brisk and fall like now and I was happy to see this feeling in this image. Two, because of all the texture in it, I find my eye flowing down the image, back and forth, like a leaf would. I thought there were a number of options in processing this image so, it is my choice this month.
My approach to processing an image, usually, is to fine tune the image so that it represents what I originally saw. My camera has a tendency to over expose I think. So, I find myself darkening the image and making the colors richer. It had rained that morning, so everything was damp, darker and richer when I took this photograph. I was also zoomed in, these branches were probably 15 to 20 feet above my head. This, to me, depicts a very close representation to what I saw and why I wanted to take this image to begin with.
I use Corel Photo-Paint 12 for my edits, I am a beginner with this program and processing an image in general. I just bought Lightroom 5 today, it will be here in a couple of days. I did a 30 day trial recently and fell in love with it. With our move and other details that I don’t need to go into at this moment, I needed to wait to purchase the full version. The wait is finally over! So, I will have many processing options at my finger tips, great timing I think.
With this image, I adjusted the brightness down (-10) or so, I bumped up the contrast, more than I usually would (30) and I brought the intensity down (-5). Then I added (5) saturation and dropped the lightness (-5).
Now, it is your turn, I would love to hear your feedback, suggestions, possibilities for the weeks ahead. I am all ears. Next week I will showcase a black and white version of this image. I am still unsure how I will process it for weeks 3 and 4. But, with some help hopefully, it will happen.
**You can find all those participating in Robyn’s challenge HERE, join us if you are intrigued. It is open to all skill levels and ideas. I am going to follow Robyn’s lead in sharing my original image along with the 4 processed images at the end of the 4 weeks, you will get the chance to vote on your favorite too.