One Four Challenge: May week 3

This week I decided to play with Robyn’s suggestion from last week. She gave me the idea to bring together the black and white version from week 1 and the watercolor from week 2. Since I don’t use Photoshop and we all know Lightroom doesn’t have a layering feature I was rather skeptical that I would get a result that I liked.

I went with FotoSketecher, there is a merge effects feature that works quite well. I played with the three slider bars to get the effect I liked the most. It took a bit of tinkering but I am happy with the result.

Week 3

Photo By: Carrie (Click on the image for best viewing results)

The need to see beyond
The shore where dreams glisten
In the sun and waves look
Refreshing welcoming the higher your perch
You easily forget
About the work
It takes effort
To swim
Out into the bay of life
Pushing yourself away from
The known into the incoming tide
Head on the voice is clear
As it always is when it is time
To swim
You may need to rest before you even begin
Gaining strength
In your heart for the journey
Ahead there is always a moment
Where time turns over
And you must
No matter the questions
They linger in all circumstances
It is time
To lose sight
Get down from your perch
Your feet are too

This past week I have had the remarkable opportunity to share poetry with Gin Getz. She asked me to share a poem a day for 10 days with her, just the two of us. So, we have challenged ourselves and alternate sharing a photograph to inspire a poem each day. I shared this photograph with her a couple of days ago, I thought I would share the poem it inspired as well.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions. Please be sure to visit Robyn at Captivate Me for the details of this challenge as well as to see Robyn’s work and the other players as well. You can type “One Four Challenge” into your tag search to find everyone or look in the comments HERE.


    1. Thanks so much, Chris. I was surprised at the depth the two together brought to the image. Glad you enjoyed the poem too 🙂 I appreciate your feedback.

  1. Carrie huge congrats on your collaboration – always rewarding!
    I really like the combination of the two images – I’m so pleased you do have a way of combining the layers. Very nicely done! 😀

    1. Thanks Robyn, collaboration is such a beautiful thing! She is such a wonderfully talented writer (and photographer actually), I am learning a lot!
      Oh I am happy you like the combination, it really sits well with me. I am so happy to have an option for layering as well! It does add so much to an image, I am still getting a feel for what it would look like and if it is worth the effort. I am so glad you thought of it for this image. Thank you!

  2. It’s a pleasure Carrie – mine was only the thought… you carried out the work 😀
    Will pop by your friend’s site. I’m always interested in new blogs, photographers etc.

    Been doing some researching about layering in LR.
    I don’t use LR but I found a plugin (with a 30 day trial) by onOne Software – it’s called Perfect Layers. I know some of our challenge players use Perfect Effects – maybe someone might know about Layers.
    Anyway, perhaps it could be worth a look? See what you think 😀 Food for thought!

    1. I was really happy with how it this turned out! Thank you. When we get our house sold and find a new one in our new town…looking to be sooner, finally, rather than who knows when, this image is going in a frame. I am really proud of it. 🙂

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