Welcome to the first Monday of January and the first week of the One Four Challenge. The One Four Challenge is where you take one photo and edit it four different ways posting one version every week for four weeks.
This picture was taken behind my block in the grass area that separates us from the next block. If you are looking to get strange looks there is no better way.
For the first edit I kept it kind of simple, I used the shake reduction filter in Photoshop as part of the capture sharpening process I then used a kodachrome 25 preset for colour toning and finished off with a little contrast. There were a lot of dust bunnies in the picture that needed to be removed as well.
I have some ideas for the next few weeks, although I like the composition will have to try a tighter crop.
I would love to know what you think. Let me know in the comment box below.
Remember to check out Robyn’s post as she is the creator of the challenge.
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33 thoughts on “One Four Challenge; Wild Flower Pt1”
Nice one, I like the idea of the Kodachrome for the colour….look forward to seeing what, else you come up with….
Hi sue, Kodachrome for me was the obvious choice to get some nice punchy colours. I’m also looking forward to seeing what my brain thinks up for next week.
Hey ho, you and me both….I haven’t even done this week’s
You still have time yet Sue.
Oh, I know, just need the inspiration!!
beautiful – and I love how you shared your editing details! I have so much to learn 🙂
Hi Jodi, learning is about making mistakes, try not to worry about what you have to learn and have fun making the mistakes.
“If you are looking to get strange looks there is no better way.” Been there, done that. I use the K25 and K100 presets a lot but haven’t really taken to the K64. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 3 versions produce.
Hi Andrew, I used K64 with a lot of landscapes shots but I have gone off it recently in favour of the k25. I think I may have given myself a hard challenge with this shot.
I think you have. My problem with K64 is my preset generates oddly toned and saturated blues. K25 is more natural. The K64 looks like Velvia after a bad trip.
Lovely capture, Ben. Beautiful colors on the stamens (is that the right word?) I definitely need to check out the shake reduction filter. Thanks for the reminder.
Thank you Stacy I think stamen is the right word. The shake reduction filter is great and on slight blurs it cleans the image up nicely. I try and use it on most of my macro shots.
Great image and nice colour tones. It’s so sharp I’m sure you could crop it really quite tight. Looking forward to seeing what the grey cells come up with for next week.
This is a very late reply katie, in reviewing comments some I made on my phone didn’t get posted. The next week I have done something very different. I do want to crop tighter, at the same time I want to keep the image quality.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Hiya Ben 🙂 Happy New Year!
Had to laugh at the ‘picture’ of you down low with people watching – Yep, I can totally relate 😉
Makes them wonder what we are up to 😛
Love the subject and colours in this image – your first edit makes this a very cheery piece. I like that.
Looking forward to the next 3 as well.
Hi Robyn, the mice have been at the wordpress wires and lots of comments made on my phone have got lost, I am sorry that this is a late reply.
My wife is usually quite embarrassed when I am lying on the floor they to capture pictures of flowers or bugs, this is part of photography but I also find it a great conversation starter when people as what you are doing on the floor.
I have done something interesting for week 2 and after rescuing comments from my spam folder I have an idea for week 3 now.
No problems at all Ben – in fact its happening at my end too!
I’ve been watching comments I type in… disappear. Very helpful!
Yes I understand.. my DH thinks it very funny when Im on the ground and he is a photographer (hobby), but he shoots landscapes, not macro 😃
It is a fabulous coversation starter OR they just think we’re nuts 😜
Looking forward to your next 2 editions.
Great pic Ben. Bet the neighbours would like it too! Thanks for the processing details .. Looking forward to the next process 🙂
Nice image. I like the clarity in the flower, especially at the center. Good composition. I find the background slightly distracting.
Hi Joanne sorry for a late reply but for some reason your comment ended up in my spam folder. I am glad you like the picture, the background could be blurred some more and would need to try this in the coming weeks.
Beautiful image..I would love to see a close-up of the stamens…
That is an idea, I would be a little worried about the reduction in image quality the more I crop into the image. It is something to think about.
Am interesting take … the flower pops off the screen really beautifully edited.
Thanks, the popping is possibly the shallow focus and giving the subject space to breathe. I have to think about this for the coming weeks.
Sorry I didn’t express myself well … I meant that it pops out of the screen as in really vivid.
I second most all of the comments! My first entry ever for this challenge was taken while someone drove by, oh and it’s not my light post so I can only wonder what people were thinking of this girl and her dog taking pictures in the dark. Ah but it’s fun. 😉
I like how vibrant the green is, it draws a lot of attention to itself at the same time it provides an excellent contrast to the bright white of the petals. Then the stamen add great pops of color, very unique in terms of the rest of the image. But I also appreciate how sharp the “hairs” are on the sepals.
And you make me miss spring…and summer…and just warmer times… 😉 Good job.
This was an autumn flower that two weeks later froze when we got out first touches of winter.I am sharing it now because all I can photograph is snow at the minute. The like the colours as well but I will need to go in a different direction for next weeks shot.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
You were just in time for it then! I look forward to seeing what’s next. 🙂
I was lucky, at the moment winter is cooling and then freezing so I may get some early spring flowers in winter.
Stunning picture. Love all the colors and details. Maybe a crop on the stamen and the leaves as they have so much detail. That is if a closer crop doesn’t loose all the impact…
I think I will crop in slowly over the weeks to get the right balance between composition and impact. The colours do feel nice and I don’t really know how I can change the image apart from cropping.
Thanks for popping by and commenting.
Really lovely photo this week. The colours and composition are perfect and it is interesting to look at. If I was forced into finding something that could be altered in this photo, I might say that the back petals seem a little too white, and I wondered what might happen if you tried a little more definition or shading at the base or below the tip where the petal folds back? This comes more from an art perspective, not a photographic one. I can’t wait to see how you process this next week.
Hi, I have been looking at the back petals and I think there may be differences in our monitor calibration, for me they are shaded at the fold and bright tipped but those at the front are whiter. Saying that I would work more on the petals adding some shading to give them more definition and focus.