One Four Challenge: February wk3

My eye kept wandering up to the upper right section of my original image where the image was out of focus but the blooms were plentiful. So, I thought I would try my hand at an impression art version this week.

At first I went to FotoSketcher, my go to tool for these sorts of ideas. I just didn’t find anything that felt quite right. I went to Lightroom, cropped in a place that I liked the tree branch flowing through the image and then proceeded to tinker.

I raised and lowered many of the usual settings but brought them further to their extremes than I usually do, the clarity is lowered significantly and I raised the exposure a lot to bring a freshness to the image. I like the pops of pink from the new buds and the shadows of green grounding the chaos of the image.

Here are my 3 versions including the original:

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This challenge, if you are not familiar with it, is to edit one image four different ways over the course of a month. It is hosted quarterly by Robyn at Captivate me. You can find all the details, HERE as well as this week’s versions from all the participants.

I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this version and/or previous versions. They directly help me learn and grow as a photographer.


  1. Great experiment Carrie! This one has really become more about the beautiful colours in your image. It really is fun to try something out of the normal πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ Good on you!!

    1. I think that is what kept drawing me to this area of the image, the colors. Thank you for appreciating the “out on a limb” aspect of this week’s version and your support with it. It was fun to try and “go there”!

      1. That’s a part of this challenge isn’t it? Being able to explore things we may not (pretty sure somebody wise said that already 😜) otherwise. Happy to be of support. It is fun to experiment!!

  2. Thanks for supplying the first three versions, Carrie, I liked comparing them to the new one. I was happy that I had some of the same thoughts about this week’s version as you did when I read your description: the bold twig, the engaging over-all disorderliness, and the contrasting, bright color of the buds. I’m looking forward your next experiment.

    1. Thank you, Janet. Yes, I think it is easiest to see the progression this way. I am finding week 4 challenging, which is why I always appreciate this challenge and also am glad it is a quarterly affair now! πŸ™‚

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