One Four Challenge – May Week 4

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Week 3 Processing
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Week 4 Processing

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. Mine was pretty mellow for the most part and I’m excited for the month of June to finally come about, which means vacations, great weather, baseball games, and the best time to go looking for a (real) job! I put real in parentheses because the one I have now is hardly suitable for long term and may only last another week.

My final entry for Robyn’s One Four Challenge takes one more radical turn. This week, I took two of my edits, combined them, and added a mosaic texture filter. There is also an Amber/Gold hue/saturation filter applied on top of the layers.

Here is a gallery of all four weeks. You can see how I’ve jazzed up the original with different textures and filters and diversified with different colors.

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Now I here there is also a review for this challenge coming up. I’m not sure what else I would talk about with these pictures but I’ll be sure to stay tuned for more details.

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One Four Challenge – May Week 3

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Week 2 Processing
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Week 3 Processing

For the week three edit of my photo for the One Four Challenge, I chose a blue filtered version. This picture was actually mixed in with the red and white of last week’s edit, and I wanted to cool things down – I simply turned off all the layers above this one in Photoshop. The icy blue is a much more natural color for the water and the return to a simple monochrome smoothes out the “rough and wildness” of week 2. So far I have four unique versions, including the original, of this stream of water from the faucet hitting a makeup mirror in the kitchen sink.

But wait, there’s more…

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Here is a second edit for week three. I added an artistic filter called plastic wrap and it really does something cool to the ordinariness. The plastic wrap makes the picture pop and look 3D, especially around the edges of the mirror, while the stream of water seems to sink because the edges have been raised a bit. I’m also reminded of the planet Earth, because there seems to be a roundness to this picture, more noticeable near the dark shadows (no, not you, Barnabus) at the bottom.

See you next week!

One Four Challenge – May Week 2

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Week 1 processing
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Week 2 processing

Wow, what an eventful three days in the state of Wisconsin it was while out to see my sister. So much traveling around and eating out that I barely found time to blog, but here I am back again in my ordinary life.

Here’s my week two edit of the ‘water rod’ on a mirror for Robyn’s One Four Challenge. I took last week’s sepia looking photo and blended it with two other edits of the picture I had created, one of them a blue filtered and the other a washed out white filtered. A little bit of adjusting the opacity and fill of the layers as well as changing the blending modes got me to this slightly different picture. I also added a red photo filter and brightness/contrast adjustment. I found that it can be somewhat difficult to separate the one dominant color in this picture and let others show below, because there wasn’t that much variety of color in the original to start with, but this turned out pretty good.

In one corner of my mind there’s the thought that I could have chosen a much more interesting picture for this challenge, while another says the subtlety and simplicity make this a work of art.

One Four Challenge: May Week 1

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Original
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Week 1 Processing

Hey, everyone. How’s the month of May going so far?

This is a stream of water from a faucet hitting a concave mirror that I decided to use for Robyn’s One Four Challenge starting this week. My first processing of the photo was done in Photoshop, a program I use quite often for my photography.  I applied a Curves filter with a strong contrast, and you can see the difference between the original and the modified. The strong contrast is something I love to use since it gives the photo more variety and those rich dark tones. The stream of water looks quite solid in both photos as well.