One Four Challenge: July wk 1

Photo By: Carrie

I must apologize for not posting in the last week of June. My family and I decided, rather last-minute, that we were going to take a 14 day road trip. We are just back from our trip, it was a wonderful way to kick of the summer.

We visited family and friends and did some camping in the Sierra. I think we drove almost 2500 miles.

When we were in Flagstaff, Arizona visiting family we were walking into town after dinner for some ice cream. We crossed these tracks and I fell behind the group. The light on the tracks really grabbed my attention as did the bend near the back of the photograph. I am not usually in a place for street photography so this was a treat for me.


For this first week I found myself interested in the light of the image. At first I played with all the standard bars in LR until I liked what I saw. But, it wasn’t enough, so I cropped the image and added a free effect I picked up a couple of months ago called, “Coffee Shop Pretty in Pink”. I adjusted the highlights and white balance.

After Coffee Shop Pretty in Pink effect

I liked where this brought me, into a dreamy, old-timer kind of feel. I liked how my eye moved through the image to the back as well. I felt like it was missing a little something, like some pop of color. So, I went to the individual color option bars and brought forward the yellow in the street and the greens in the trees. It felt more finished that way.

Week 1

I am looking forward to visiting everyone’s images this week. I would love to hear from you, feedback and support are always welcome.

If you are at all interested in learning more about this wonderful challenge please follow this link, HERE. Robyn at Captivate Me hosts this challenge each month. If you wish to view other participants work for this month use your tag search and search “One Four Challenge” or go to the link above and look through the comments. Join up if you can, I learn so much each month with this challenge!


  1. What a brilliant image – I really like the cropping and pink tones – looking forward to seeing what you doing over the upcoming weeks! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Joanne. You comment is so supportive, I really appreciate it! I usually prepare a bit more for this challenge…but not this month. I may be pulling my hair out at the end trying to come up with final version. But, I am excited to try!

  2. Welcome back Carrie! Glad you had fun kicking off the summer. And what a way to kick it off here. I love what you did with the light in the photo. 🙂

    1. Oh I am so glad you like it. Thanks so much, Laura. Flagstaff is a happening place! My sister-in-law and family just moved there about 6 months ago, they love it. It was fun wandering around town.

      1. We didn’t stop there because we drove up to the Grand Canyon and back to Phoenix in one day but it looked cool. There are so many places to explore! Lucky you to have family there.

    1. Thanks Chris, I tend to enjoy the warmer side of most images 🙂 Interested to see where I end up with this one…I didn’t prepare much like I usually do. I was intrigued by this image and thought it would be fun to play with this month.

      1. Yes! Some months the versions flow easily others they come at the last minute! I have so many images I am excited about from our trip I am having a hard time working on any of them…not a bad problem of course!

    1. Thank you, Jeremy. I have had this preset for a while now, I haven’t found an image that it sat well with until now. Fun to see it shine!

  3. I like the dreamy pink lighting of of your edit. It makes me want to say, “pinkalicious” which of course is at a real word – but it seems to fit :-). It is a great photo

    1. Yes, it fits well 🙂 Thank you, I am really happy to hear that you enjoy this edit and photograph. I am looking forward to working with this image this month.

    1. Thank you, Stacey! I appreciate that feedback. I keep thinking about all that was going on around me when I took this photograph. It was so LOUD with traffic, people, and the buzz of the weekend. And yet, this image portrays soft stillness…that is the magic of photography that I love.

    1. We had a great time, lots of family bonding! I appreciate your feedback. I am looking forward to working on this image this month 🙂

    1. Imagine MANY people walking behind me crossing over these tracks into town and me, on my knees, with cars whizzing by and me waiting until there was a break in the traffic. My family had crossed the street up ahead before I finished 🙂 But, that bend in the tracks in the back really drew me in! Thanks so much!

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