One Four Challenge- November wk. 3

Arcata Community Forest, Arcata CA

Week 3, I have played and dabbled with this image and learned a lot in the process. I think I really like the additions, although maybe I went overboard. Not sure yet, what I will do for next week. There are possibilities of course. If you see something in this image that is popping out at you, I am all ears. I really am very new to reworking an image. I usually work on it, let it sit, work a bit more and then leave it…never to touch-up again.

Photo By: Carrie

This challenge is really letting me see how much farther you can take an image with some extra time and patience. I am enjoying watching this image progress.


  • I started with the original image and added the yesteryear preset
  • Then I played with the settings of the image, not sure all I did here, it was over a couple of different sessions. Mostly I lowered the saturation, blacks and shadows and warmed up the temperature of the image a bit too.
  • I wanted to try the radial filter tool. So, I created a filter in the upper right-hand corner impacting about a third of the image. It brought some of the leaves and branches to the background of the image adding some depth and softness
  • Finally, I wanted a bit more softness to the edges. So, I added the effect preset vignette 2. It is subtle but effective.

I didn’t have a clue where I was going with this image but I am happy I was able to pull it together. I think there is a warmth about it that reminds me of fall settling in. What are your thoughts, suggestions? I would appreciate hearing from you.

Please visit Robyn’s blog Captivate Me for all the links to this week 3’s posts. Check in the comments for all the links and see what Robyn is working on. Her little seed pod is transforming beautifully each week.


  1. Morning Carrie!! I like it!
    I love the light in this version and I really feel as though I am now looking into the image.
    Sounds like you’re having fun getting to know your software and experimenting.
    Keep doing it. Have fun!! πŸ™‚
    ..and thanks for mentioning my little seed head x

    1. Hi Robyn, yes..your sweet seed head. Must mention that dreamy little guy.

      And I agree with you about “looking into the image”. That is a great way to say it, I think that is, in large part, due to the vignette I added, I am kind of addicted to those right now.
      Yes, experimenting is new to me. I am a bit out of my comfort zone but love the support, thank you!

      1. Thanks 😊
        We all start somewhere. I really like what you’ve done!
        Its all about learning and Im happy to say encouraging each other on this fun project, no matter the level we are at.

      2. Yes, I couldn’t agree more! And, I am grateful for the warm welcome. Looking forward to seeing what everyone brings to the virtual table this week!

  2. Really like what you have done here, Carrie. The colours are rich, the leaves nearly glow and it has brought out lots of warmth and detail, even in the twigs. My favourite so far! Chris

    1. Hi Chris, glowing leaves…yes, I love the warmth that comes through the leaves and into the twigs in this rendition. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing your image this week too, I really appreciate your feedback πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Laura, I’ve been working on this image for 3 weeks…can you believe it. I LOVE your fall photos today. Haven’t had time yet, to go through them and say so…but I do!
      Thank you, I really like these leaves too, like they are floating, as leaves should.

    1. Thank you so much, Cybele. Yes, the added dimension…I am so happy it came through that way for you. Finding dimension in an image is an amazing thing! You, in particular, are so talented at that. This week’s submission is “out of this world”.

  3. Carrie really nice job on this, the overall tonings feel very autumn to me, that golden crisp crunchy leaf feeling. I LOVE the Radial filter, it is the MOST USEFUL tool in LR now, and I use it so much for LOTS of things. Great job!

    If you want a really light vignette it does a really gentle one just by pulling the exposure down and playing with the amt of feathering you have, easy as!

    1. Thank you! I really appreciate your comment. I am still very new to the radial filter…haven’t figured it out completely but I do see its power and effectiveness too. I love these warm autumn colors too, like a nice cup of hot tea πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the vignette idea. Where do you alter the feathering? Is that its own slider bar?

      1. Yes when you click on the radial filter a small window opens up with the functionality options and it’s at the bottom

  4. I’ve enjoyed Emilio’s take on this challenge and I’m glad to see yours as well. Leaves make the perfect subject because of the myriad ways to showcase them. The colors in this one are more muted than the so called “brilliant” colors of fall, but they are just as beautiful!

    1. When you see the original next week, you will get a sense for how these leaves were more muted to begin with. The west coast, from what I know of it, has a more muted fall color scheme than the east coast…wish I could visit the east in its prime fall season. I am sure it is stunning.
      I am unsure where I am going with this image next week…the wheels are turning though πŸ™‚ Thank you for enjoying these leaves…I do love Fall!

  5. The colours in this image feel much more balanced and harmonizing than in the first weeks version ( last week was black and white so I cannot compare) and there is a nice gradient of autumn colours.

    1. Thank you, Ben. I like that you think the colors are more balanced. Yes, the first week’s image when compared with this one isn’t as harmonious. I have learned a ton during these four weeks, looking over the same image so many times is a very interesting exercise!

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