One Four Challenge 2016 – November Week 3

Welcome back to week 3 of November’s One Four Challenge…

Just a quick post from me for this Monday. I hope you’ve had a great week and found some inspiration for your image.

November is going to be our last and final challenge for the One Four. We’ve had such a great run for two years, but it’s time for a break.. and to focus on other things… (I’ll still be blogging here..) It’s been a fantastic learning curve and good fun – not to mention the wonderful community of people who have participated over these 2 years.. Thank you all.

Let’s fully enjoy this month and inspire each other😀

My Image:

This week, I moved over to the iPad for the first part of editing my image. I went into iColorama (app) and used the glass effect. I chose ‘bubbles or circles’ and I liked the overlay it created. I brushed out some of the effect for the flowers to poke their heads through🙂

Then I went into Photoshop and added a soft gradient and some whimsical lavender heads with the tablet.

Here is my week 3 effort… A bit of an adventure.. and around the world this week too!

one-four-challenge_week3_nov-16_robyngosbyAfter that it was into Lightroom to watermark and while I was there, I hovered (accidentally) on a Light leak preset and decided I liked it.

Here is a gallery of the images so far..

We’ve had some very stormy weather this week, so I haven’t been around much, plus I was out and about this week a fair bit too… which is always a nice change. Will do some blog reading very soon.

Looking forward once again this week to seeing the editions and the treatments of your images.

The 2016 One Four badge..

Tags: Our tags for this year, wherever you post are #onefourchallenge and #onefour2016

This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks OR taking 4 versions of an image at the time of shooting.

You can read more here

Another week has flown by… Spring is coming to an end and the feel of Summer has been in the air this week.  Have a great one!

Robyn xx

creating Still life.. with white perspex..

A while ago, I purchased some white perspex as a backboard for my watercolour painting…

(after writing:  Apparently I had a lot to say here, so please grab a cuppa if you’re interested in reading on… and.. thank you for reading)

I haven’t used it once for painting that I can remember – I seem to be doing more dabbling, than painting presently – but I have been using it as a background for photographing some natural light, (mostly) high key images..

macaroon4_robyngosby-2016These past weeks have been busy with work, which hasn’t left a lot of time for creating, so my images are ones that I can shoot (once again) within my own space… and with the time that I have available to me.

I thought I’d share a a little bit about the process of shooting and editing – perhaps you might be inspired to try something too.

macaroon1_robyngosby-2016The Macaroons – we artists / photographers see the world differently and can find so much potential in simple things..

On the way home from town one day, my husband and I decided to stop and grab a coffee.. When I was placing our order, I spied these gorgeous colours and decided right then that I needed some… to photograph. They were calling me with their circular shape and soft pretty colours.

I’ve been doing some experimenting with the white perspex and macaroons and enjoying the simplicity.

The perspex: measures approximately 60cm x 45cm (24in x 17.5in), but any size would suit.

My situation: for these exercises I am using the end of my dining room table. It sits in front of a North facing window and gives me beautiful light most of the day (and presently, no direct sunlight). the dining room also has sheer white curtains which I find filters/softens and brightens the light.

The light: the light I am using is natural light from the window (with the sheer curtains) and the dining room light overhead which simply fills the shadows a bit. I am shooting towards the light.

Settings and lens: my settings are ISO 160 (with tripod and remote), F-stop of 5.6 – 3.2 ..and shutter speed to suit me. The lens I am using is my favourite 60mm as it gets in close to fill the frame. Again, you could choose any lens and settings to suit you.

The combination of the backing light, sheers and white perspex, create a shadow in the foreground, which I like.

Composition: I tried different compositions..

Editing: my editing was done in Lightroom..

Exposure: For most of these images I adjusted the exposure, either up or down – depending on what the image needed. The light was constantly changing.

I did try ‘Matching the total exposures’ (see Settings – Match Total Exposures), but it darkened all of the images too much, so I probably selected an image (to match) that was too dark to start with.

Clarity and Contrast:  Most of the images have been adjusted using the Clarity and Contrast sliders. Mostly the contrast is down.  The Clarity was dependent upon the image.

The Gradient tool:  This has got to be my favourite tool in Lightroom presently. It can do so much. You can create a gradient and choose part of the image to adjust – a lot like the Adjustment brush I guess – used similarly in some instances and very different in others (my thoughts only).

examples – you can raise the exposure in a corner to emulate light, deepen or lift shadows, soften and much much more..

Colour: In all of these images, I chose to soften the colour… they were too rich for my liking. I de-saturated most to a level that was appealing to me.

I think that’s about it…

Note: These are my thoughts only and not absolute ways of doing things.. I hope an idea might create a spark and that you’ll have fun trying new things too… or perhaps revisiting old things.

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Robyn xx

One Four Challenge 2016 – November Week 2

Hey everyone and welcome to week 2 of November’s One Four Challenge… it’s great seeing the images and editions that are coming through… Looking forward to more this week also!!

November is going to be our last and final challenge for the One Four. We’ve had such a great run for two years, but I think it’s time for a break.. and to focus on other things… It’s been a fantastic learning curve and good fun – not to mention the wonderful community of people who have participated over these 2 years.. Thank you all.

Let’s fully enjoy this month and inspire each other :D  This may come as a surprise, but it’s been something I’ve been pondering for a while and some things have a time… this is ours.

I’m going to spend some more time studying.. with a view to furthering my skills and finding my place in this wonderful world that I love – of art and photography.

My Image:

As I said last week, my chosen image for this month is an everyday kind of image. The light was lovely at the time of taking and I couldn’t resist the wonderful light and shade moving over the lavender heads.

This week I decided to go further than working with the ‘photograph’ only… I took it into PS and added a couple of texture layers, then added some butterflies with the brush tool.

After that I went back into Lightroom to change the tones to a softer feel.  (This is a very simplified version of my steps).. I think it ended up having an old fashioned kind of feel.  I stopped when I was happy.

Here is this week’s edition:

a vintage feel..
a vintage feel..

and here is week 1 and the original..

I wonder if you have a favourite so far.. or some thoughts on what I might try next?

Looking forward again this week to seeing the editions and the treatments of your images.

The 2016 One Four badge..

Tags: Our tags for this year, wherever you post are #onefourchallenge and #onefour2016

This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks OR taking 4 versions of an image at the time of shooting.

You can read more here

Well that’s it for week 2… have a great one!!

Robyn xx

One Four Challenge 2016 – November Week 1

Hello everyone and welcome back to the One Four Challenge… This November is our 2nd year anniversary and the very last challenge for 2016 – Wow, how the time has flown! ..and such fun we’ve had along the way.  Are you ready to jump in this month?  All are welcome to join us.

It will be great to see everyone’s chosen images for the month..

So, here we go..

The challenge is hosted here on the blog throughout the year in Feb, May, Aug and Nov and… in the Flickr group all year.

The 2016 One Four badge..
The 2016 One Four badge..

How it works: You can read all about it by clicking on the One Four Challenge page in the menu above or click here

Please do what suits you best and join in however and whenever you can.

Tags: Our tags for this year, wherever you post are #onefourchallenge and #onefour2016

 

About the challenge and how it works:

  • This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks OR taking 4 versions of an image at the time of shooting (eg. different settings, lens etc.).. and sharing them over the 4 weeks.
  • We will all  process / post edit (our own chosen image) and share a different version each week. Process it however you like… and tell us a bit about it. You don’t have to show the original image unless you’d like to.
  • Try new things, experiment.  Be as creative or subtle as you wish to be. All skill levels are welcome.
  • Links to my blog are welcome.

My Image:

This time around, my image is another ‘everyday’ image… something I’ve found within my own space.

Lavender - late afternoon light
Lavender – late afternoon light – Week 1

I was sitting on the back porch as the sun was getting low and noticed the light and shadow moving over these lavender heads as they blew in the wind. The light was wonderful!

To achieve this look I worked in Lightroom, adjusting the highlights and shadows – I added a touch of red to the highlights and raised the exposure a few stops as my original was a little too dark… although I did like the mood in the original.. I also de-saturated the colours a little.

So this is my first effort for this image – choosing for this first week, a lighter softer feel.  It’ll be interesting to see what I can do with this image.

Here is the original below..

one-four-challenge_original_nov-16_robyngosby
Lavender – late afternoon light – Original

Well that’s it from me for our first week – now over to you and your image:

Looking forward to seeing what we discover this coming month.  I hope it’s a great one for us all.

Robyn xx