Last days of Autumn..

This month I seem to be enjoying a look through Rose coloured glasses :)

Today I’m posting some more images taken at the end of April – I’ve hardly had the camera out at all through May, so far.. but I’ve been enjoying spending a bit of time experimenting with editing this month.

These photos show varying stages of our Autumn – all taken within days of each other (about 3 weeks ago – so things are looking very different now and of course they really aren’t pink, but then they aren’t B&W either)😉

Only 2 more weeks of ‘proper’ Autumn to go (as I write) and today is showing signs of winter. I sit here typing, with beanie and puffy jacket, but then yesterday was almost summer again… crazy weather!

Well that’s it – another Autumnal look.  I do hope I get another chance to ‘chase Autumn’ this year again, before all of the leaves are gone.

One Four Challenge 2016 – May week 3

Hello everyone and welcome to another week of the One Four Challenge!

Looking forward to your third edition and I’m enjoying seeing the posts come through.  Please remember to tag, so we can find you in the Reader. Thanks:)

The challenge is running on the blog for Feb, May, Aug and Nov this year… We’ll meet quarterly on the blogs 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:

Still working with my ‘closer look’ this week – I wasn’t sure what to do next, so I headed over to LR and tried a Light Leak Preset (not my own this time). This introduced a Split tone feel that I wanted to explore some more. I like what it did to the image, so I added a few tweaks and took this in to PS.

3 One Four Challenge Week3 Split Tone RobynGosby 2016

In PS, I added a BW layer to tone down the ‘over the top-ness’ of the colour settings and did a touch of burning.

I also added a radial gradient to create a light airy feel. That’s pretty much it, except for a bit of fiddling.

I’ll leave this here for May: Did you know that Nik by Google is now available for free? There’s a link on my sidebar…(edit: and here is a video to show you how to access Nik.) 

You might also be interested in my first free Lightroom Presets – see this post.

So that’s it again for this week. Kind comments are welcome!

..and again, the visual story so far..

Looking forward to seeing your next steps and your third edition😀

A quick post from me this week – my whole household is down with varying stages of the lurg presently. I’m not doing much talking – I soun’ lie ‘dis’… Take care:)

Robyn xx

One Four Challenge 2016 – May week 2

Here we are in week two and it’s good to see the One Four posts appearing in the Reader again for May.. and in the group:) Welcome to the second week of the One Four Challenge!

Have you found an image to work with yet?  I do hope so.. be sure to visit around the blogs too, or in the Reader to see other’s chosen images for the month.

All are welcome to join us throughout May😀

The challenge is running on the blog for Feb, May, Aug and Nov this year… We’ll meet quarterly on the blogs 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 month I’ve chosen an image that was a ‘split second’ image and this week I wanted to take a closer look.

I knew I had the detail to go closer, so I decided to crop and in doing so, I’ve taken away just over half of the image. I had to be sure, but I think it works.

Gerbera preset and crop..
Gerbera LR preset and crop..

For this week I worked between LR and PS – starting with my LR preset, ‘Gerbera’ and a crop.

Using ‘Gerbera’ introduced some grey/black tones that I didn’t like, but it did introduce the sugary pinks and greens that I did like. So I did some dodging and burning and used a levels adjustment to make the image lighter (with more depth) and more to my liking. I like the way this lightened the ant and gave him more definition.

This week I also used Analog Efex by Nik to bring up the detail.. I like the way this works and the control it gives me.

Note: Did you know that Nik by Google is now available for free? There’s a link on my sidebar…(edit: and here is a video to show you how to access Nik.) 

You might also be interested in my first free Lightroom Presets – see this post.

So that’s it for me this week. What do you think? Kind comments are welcome!

..and here’s the visual story so far..

Looking forward to seeing your next steps or your 2nd edition😀

I should say too – I’m going to be scarce for the first half of the week, so I’ll approve comments and reply as soon as I can. Have a great one!

Robyn xx

Watercolour – Autumn Mist

This past few weeks I’ve finally picked up my paint brushes again after 4 years! The time has flown by.

I love painting and I’m still learning and I think I’ll always feel that way. I’m so rusty!

This painting was inspired by the wonderful Autumn mists at sunrise from over the past few weeks. At the moment I’m just looking – I’ll add a few final touches.

Autumn Mist Watercolour RobynGosby 2016

It’s best viewed in person, but of course that’s not possible, so I’m posting a smaller file, because that’s the way you’d view it. I can’t guarantee colours are accurate either, but you get the gist of what I’m doing.

Sharing this, honestly makes me incredibly nervous. Apparently my painting is a very emotional and personal thing.. but here you go!

There is no art without emotion, without dedication, without passion.

I’m back on the painting wagon and that makes me very happy – bones and all!

Materials and colours:

Saunders Waterford 1/4 sheet, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber and White Gouache.