The Smith River, Gasquet CA
Time to get back to the routine and the One Four Challenge, I am looking forward to doing both. In case you are not familiar with this challenge or have forgotten how it works, here are a few details. I chose one image that I want to work on for four weeks. Each week, I will offer a new edited version of the same image. At the end of the four weeks, you get an opportunity to vote on your favorite version.
I don’t know if I am kidding myself with this image, but I love the waters color, this is true to its natural color. As we were driving here I kept noticing the deep winter look to the trees, which I think is also captured in this image. So, there are aspects to this photograph that make me want to work on it, for a month.
My husband was checking out future field trip stops for one of his classes in the spring, we all needed a day trip out of the house, so the family joined him. This was quite the adventure, it was cold, there was frost covering the trees and rocks on the other side of the river. Our boys made this most of this stop, throwing many river rocks into the swift river and wanting to do exactly what their dad was, studying the rocks. I love watching them emulate him.
- Loaded image into lightroom and looked through the presets to find the best color fit that was true to the natural setting. I chose preset Cross Process #1
- I raised the temperature of the image and lowered all highlights and halved the shadows
- Then I messed with the clarity, I loved what it did for the trees and overall feel of the image, but I didn’t like what it did to the river so I fixed it.
- I used a radial filter in the direct middle of the image and adjusted the clarity and sharpness for mainly the river
- Then I halved just the green luminescence adding some green highlights in the grasses and other areas of the image
- Finally, I added a graduated filter in the upper corner, diagonally, and adjusted settings so that the tops of the tree on the left side wasn’t blown out.
So, this is my first attempt at this image. I know I have my work cut out for me. Hopefully, this month will be as exciting and eye-opening as last month. I will share the original at week 4’s post. If you find yourself thinking, oh I know what I would do next…, please share in the comments below. I am all ears and appreciate your opinion and creative direction. Thank you.
Please make sure and visit Robyn’s blog, Captivate Me, HERE, where you will find all the details for how this challenge works as well as links in the comments to participants posts. You can also go to your tags search and type in, One Four Challenge, to find other entries too.