One Four Challenge – January ( Bellagio) – Week 1

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This Challenge is not only pretty easy to do: one photo, edited four different ways, but it is also pretty easy to learn many things, from good photographers, along the way.

Week 1 – cropped and lightened the image.  Straightened and cropped somewhat. This is a photo I could really get my teeth into editing.

Edited, straightened and shadows adjusted

Edited, straightened and shadows adjusted

That’s a bit better!!!! But I have lost a bit of the peephole effect.

Photograph taken with an aging Canon Power Shot, and adjusted via a Nexus 4 editing software – July 2014

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I’d very much appreciate your thoughts or feedback. I would really like the photo to highlight the patterns in the mountains, and keep the peephole effect.

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Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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19 Responses to One Four Challenge – January ( Bellagio) – Week 1

  1. leecleland says:

    Love the peephole effect here Amanda and the suggestion of movement by the large boat. To my eye the waterline could be straightened a bit more unless you intentionally wanted to keep the zigzag effect made by the straight lines. I realise this would also crop more off the roof lines and maybe destroy the peephole look. Just a thought 🙂

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  2. Robyn G says:

    Hi Amanda, Happy New Year!
    This image has such a holiday feel about it… so refreshing and I love all of those angles.
    I wonder if trying curves might bring those mountains out a little bit more.
    Sometimes using Linear Contrast withing Curves (PS) gives just a tiny bit of oomph, but not too much.
    You could also try levels or try clarity when you are treating your RAW image.
    Good luck – looking forward to the next round 😀

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  3. Robyn G says:

    Do have a bash at it – you might be horrified (giggle) or pleasantly surprised.
    You never know. Good luck!!

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  4. Love the summery feel of this – but I feel it would look better better if the waterline was horizontal. Unless it was framed with a dark diagonal on the top right edge to complete the framing the 3 other diagonals have started…

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    • That is a whole new train of thought. I inadvertantly uploaded the original not the edited version, ( can’t see the darn thing on my small phone screen), without glasses, and thought to upload the correct version later. As it turns out, I have had the most wonderful suggestions from everyone, especially yourself, so I think it was a good thing I uploaded the wrong photo. Thanks for taking the time to help me.
      Cheers, Amanda

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    • I have now uploaded the correct edited version for week 1 of the Challenge. the horizon is straighter than before, I hope. I might experiment a bit with the diagonal suggestion. Thanks so much for your helpful advice.

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  5. svtakeiteasy says:

    Hi Amanda, love the holiday feel to your image. May I suggest a couple of things – consider straightening the horizon line, as it leans a bit too much, and to bring out the mountains, may be tweak the highlights & shadows and saturation? Look forward to seeing the next edits! Chris

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  6. Carrie says:

    If you want to keep the peephole effect and bring out the mountains you may need to look at GIMP. I haven’t personally used it but hear from others that it has tools like Lightroom, and it is free. In Lightroom you can very the exposure, clarity, highlights…etc in a selected area of the image and I am pretty sure you can do this in GIMP too. In Lightroom it is called the adjustment brush. The more I use that tool, the more power I see in it! You could probably get this effect with the radial filter (Lightroom name) too, just would have to play a bit with it.
    I could also see this image as a painting too, there are some great colors in your foreground with those plants that would add a beautiful flair to a painted effect, lots of free programs out there to to this too. Including FotoSketcher.
    Interesting image, lots of potential, enjoy the month!

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    • Thanks ever so much for taking the time to write such a detailed comment and assist me in my photography. I willl definitely try your suggestions, particulary with the filters and brushes. It sounds exactly what I want.
      And the thought of it being a painting: now that you say that, I can see it. I might even be tempted to do such a painting myself, as I have those kinds of brushes and paints here too! The next few weeks in this challenge sound very exciting.
      Cheers,
      Amanda

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    • Carrie says:

      Hi Amanda, oh, I am so glad! You are very welcome. This is why I love this challenge! I meet great people and we get to share trade tips 🙂 So cool! Go for it, it what ever direction you are moved, I can’t wait to see where this image takes you! Enjoy!!

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