One Four Challenge: January wk. 4

Whew! This week has felt heavy. I thought I had numerous options with this image but as I started working on it over the weeks I was more and more challenged. It is a busy image, which makes cropping challenging.

It did lend itself to many possibilities in the FotoSketcher realm but I felt like I wanted to add my own touch to that option and I ran out of creative ideas I guess. I really wanted this week to layer together the black and white version from last week with this FotoSketcher product of the emergence effect.

Photo By: Carrie

I love this version of my image, the harsh angular brushstrokes really draw me in.

My vision wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t have time to learn GIMP, so I tried a different freeware that ended up slogging up my computer with adware that I wasn’t expecting. So, I never even got to attempt the layering.

Instead I went back to lightroom and week 2’s version. I just started playing and seeing what I liked and came up with this version for this week. There was no inspiration for why I chose what I did. It was just about what I liked in the moment. (best to look at this from bottom to top or click on directly for best viewing results)

Photo By: Carrie


  • Flipped the image horizontally, like I did last week
  • Cropped the image tighter than last week, I like the tighter crop for some reason
  • Sorted out the settings so that I liked them including adding an “aged photo” preset.
  • Adjusted the individual color settings, bringing out the yellows and greens.
  • Used the Adjustment brush tool on the river water, I wanted the water color more pronounced, so I added some contrast, lowered the exposure and added some color temperature too.

There is still a slight painted feel to this image, I like the earthy tones in it. I am looking forward to hearing your feedback. I really appreciated everyone’s input on last week’s new crop and your thoughts on the color vs. black and white. Thank you.

You can find other participants final week’s images on Robyn’s post for this week HERE, just look in the comments. Or you can search your tags with, “One Four Challenge” and you will see everyone’s posts.

If you would be so kind and vote on your favorite image from this past month. I would really appreciate it. I will let you know the results when I start a new image next month.

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    1. That is interesting Ben, thank you for your feedback. I really like it too! There is something about it, I think the river color in the middle allows there to be a focal point in all the abstract brushstrokes.

  1. If I am being honest, I like the colors, I just don’t feel the crop of this latest version. But I simply adore original, it truly looks like a painting. I voted for Week 1, but am equally mesmerized by Week 4 and original. If you merged these two, that would be my favorite, for sure. All in all, great and consistent work throughout the month.

    1. I am totally fine with your honesty, it is how I learn. I want this challenge to make me do something different each week, which means I may push too far.
      Thanks for your feedback and vote, I really appreciate it!

  2. Both of the (very different!) Week 4 images are my favorite. I agree with Ben about the Emergence Effect. It gives the image quite a cubist appeal. But the alternative version with the closer crop and the muted colors is also lovely.

    1. Thank you, my first instinct was to just go with the emergence effect for my week 4 version. But, I wasn’t fully confident in it. I am seeing from other comments that it does have appeal to more than just me, that is great.
      Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

  3. Hello Carrie – I made it and its only Tuesday here πŸ˜ƒ
    I love both your week 4 edits – the first of the two is wonderful, but I like the softness of the second. Good job all around I think.
    GIMP takes lots of time, but there are endless tutorials – if uou have something youd like to try – theres probably a tute for it πŸ˜ƒ
    What a shame, you picked up menacy malware. Malwarebytes is a great addition to your internet security and there is a free version. It works.
    Another month passing by already. Phew! Fun πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    1. Hello πŸ™‚ Yes, it was a bummer. I will look into Malwarebytes, thanks!
      Thank you, happy to hear you enjoyed the edits this week. I am happy with the month as a whole. Hopefully, I can find an image for next month that is a little easier to manipulate…fun to figure out!
      I am so glad this challenge is gaining popularity, YAY!

  4. Nice trying around for you, I see you are learning a lot πŸ˜‰ I somehow try to do most of the stuff directly in LR but that restricts me a lot when it comes to blending and so on… we will see what I will do the following months πŸ˜‰ My vote went to the B&W version with the texture

    1. Thank you, Sari. Yes, I am doing a lot of “trying around”. I love this challenge for that very reason. I give myself permission to go well beyond what I would normally when editing images. I know I am growing in the process and seeing things differently when I am with my camera. So, that really makes me so happy πŸ™‚
      I love your edits and seeing your process each week! Thanks for your feedback.

    1. Thank you for saying so, Cybele. I like the hues and feeling of week 4 a lot. This was a challenging image for me. I feel a bit blind when I think about choosing an image…who knows which will jump at me for next month!

  5. At first I thought you had done selective colour with sepia monochrome. It’s really effective and brings the focus to the tree rather than the water which was getting my attention in the other weeks.

    1. It does look a bit like that, I can see where you got that idea. I am learning more about the tonal curves in Lightroom, I have used them recently with my black and white images and enjoy the results. Now, to work into the color curves…maybe I will try my had at those this next month. Thanks for your feedback, I like the focus on the tree this month, the crop helped with that I think. Thank you!

  6. Week 2 is by far the runaway favourite. The saturation and lush foliage is what appealed to me the most. I also needed a lot more time with GIMP, so resorted to other software. But the fotosketcher effect above is really unique. I kind of like it as well.

    1. Well, I am just happy you found a favorite. I really enjoyed the process of week 2’s edits. And yes, GIMP just feels like too much to learn at this moment. I will feel differently at some point I am sure. FotoSketcher is so fun! Quick, easy and interesting results. For some reason I really like the abstract effect also, there is something about it.
      Thank you for your encouragement and lovely comments all month. I really appreciate them.

  7. Hey Carrie great job on the experimentation, quite like the fotosketcher abstract look, like Ben I don’t usually. Really like what you ended up with for the Wk 4, the crop and the faded tonings work really well. My first thought was it looks like an oilpainting πŸ™‚

    1. Well, thank you Stacey. Yes, I can see why you would have that reaction to the abstract. I usually do to, it just sat well with me so I thought I would share it πŸ™‚ I appreciate your feedback on this week’s image, I was wondering what type of medium best represented it this week. I have never done oil painting but I can see why you think that.
      Honestly, I am glad this is the final week with this image…it was a tough one for me. Looking forward to picking an “easier” one for next month…not sure what that would look like though πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

    1. Thanks, Chris. Week 2 was a real journey in this challenge this month. I can totally see why you are drawn to it.
      Thank you for your encouragement and comments, I really appreciate them!

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