Photo Processing

One Four Challenge: February wk 2

Week 2 of 4 with this image. I went back and forth trying to decide which image to give you this week. I settled on a Valentine inspired flower, since it this pink, heart-loving holiday is this coming Friday.

I had fun with this edit, I wasn’t sure where I was going with it, as usual. I knew I wanted to try a color change but I wanted it to look realistic too. There was quite a bit of playing going on here, I even tried some new ideas in LR wondering if they would work and I was pleasantly surprised when they did. (more…)

One Four Challenge: February Wk 1

Photo By: Carrie

Anther month turning over on the calendar means another photograph to learn from. I decided to challenge myself this month with this macro image. It is of an Ice Plant which grows all along the shoreline here. I have seen the blossoms in purple and yellows. This is a very aggressive plant that is not native to this area. (more…)

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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One Four Challenge- January wk 3

Week 3 is here, I am enjoying working with this image. This week, I wanted to try a black and white image but I went a route I have never done before. I used two different programs to get to this result. I was looking to make a black and white pencil drawing or even charcoal sketch, and I think I may have achieved that (Click on the image for the easiest viewing). (more…)

One Four Challenge- January wk 2

The Smith River, Gasquet CA

Okay, time for week 2’s version of this image. I started playing in FotoSketcher, I love that program by the way, and quickly found that there were many directions I could go. For some reason, this image lends itself well to the virtual art textures. (more…)

One Four Challenge– December wk 4

Week four is here. I really appreciate all the comments and feedback from last week. I had fun with the artistic textures and I feel like I want to explore that realm of editing more. It is very satisfying for me.

Here are all the different versions of this month of editing including this week’s version and the original image.

Mackerricher State Park, Fort Bragg CA

This week I started playing with different color tones. For some reason this week, I was drawn to the cool tones. It made the image feel like a brisk morning, before the sun was close to rising. There was a mood of seeing the morning moon on the horizon and being the only one awake. I like how this version makes me want to stay quiet and gives me the sensation of being there, my breath cold and steaming and the beautiful morning stillness surrounding me.

Photo By: Carrie


  • I started with the image from week 2 and added the cold tone preset from Lightroom
  • I dropped the exposure a bit and played with the highlights, dropping those as well.
  • Then I added a bit of blue and aqua saturation and hue, trying to bring out the brilliance of the sky and a subtle reflection on the water too
  • I love playing with the clarity, for this image I dropped it significantly. I liked the effect on the clouds in particular and it gave the image a frosty air to it as well.
  • Then I lifted some of the shadows and blacks and added a few ticks of highlights to lift the image, it was looking too dark

And, for the most part I felt satisfied with this result. The water may have a tad too much blue in it, but I am going with it.

I can’t believe how much I learned this month from feeling much more comfortable with radial filters to using ND filters too! I have had a lot of fun, I know I keep saying that…but it is really true.

If you would be so kind, please vote on your favorite image and any feedback on this image would be great too! Here are the versions from start to finish and the poll is below. The other favor I ask of you is to go to Robyn’s Captivate Me post for this week HERE and check out all the great work! You can look up all the participants in your tag search as well, look for “One Four Challenge”. Thanks so much.

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