I have missed the One Four Challenge for a number of reasons. The two main ones are the incredible people who participate, I learn so much and really appreciate the feedback you are all so willing to give. And second, I never give myself such creative freedom when I am editing images as I do with this challenge.
As you may have read in earlier posts, our winter has been very dreary. I am not complaining, the rivers, trees and soil all need this rain. But, the signs of spring have really caught my eye lately. It is so refreshing to see fresh lovely blooms reaching for the sun .
I wasn’t sure if I could find four edits for this image but it is the one I really wanted to work on, so I have missed the beginning of this challenge and I am posting both week 1 and week 2’s images together. This tree is on my neighbor’s property, just up off the sidewalk. The sun dances from branch to branch magically. Although it may look like multiple trees, especially in week 1’s version, it is just one very full in bloom tree.
Here is the original image:
I wanted to give the viewpoint of what a bird would see sitting on a branch within the tree. So, I cropped the image to showcase the center of the original image. I also warmed up the colors a bit and tried to give everything a realistic tone and feeling. I really liked the mighty DOF and how the blooms look as prolific as they were.
For this version I decided to focus on the interesting fence in the bottom third of the original image. I wanted to try to create a soft dreamy feel less realistic and more artistic. Again, I cropped the original, this time towards the lower right. I added a preset “Aged Photo” from LR and then further tweaked the exposure, highlights and individual saturation levels. The fuzzy top and bottom on this version is naturally there by “shooting through” close blooms. I didn’t create a vignette in LR.
I am still not sure about future versions but I am sure I will come up with something. This is a fun image to work on, I am looking forward to looking deeper within it for a couple more weeks.
Please feel free to leave comments and feedback. I am curious which of these two versions you prefer. I am also looking forward to seeing all of your recent work, for those participating in the challenge. If you want to participate, HERE are all the details from Robyn at Captivate Me. And, here are week 2’s details.