For the last few months I have been taking part in the One Four Challenge. This challenge was created by Robyn from Captivate Me; the challenge is = one picture and each week edit it in a different way. At the end of the month you will have four interpretations of one picture.
March has come but winter is still in the air. Although the icy tinge is fading it is not quite spring; I have seen new buds on the trees so hopefully it won’t be long. The picture for this month’s One Four Challenge was shot in February, while taking a stroll a few days after a light snow fall. I came across a fork in the path and while thinking about how to compose the shot a man walked past heading down one of the paths.
Since there was snow on the ground I set the exposure compensation to +1, over exposing the shot by one stop. I do this because of the way the camera meters the exposure. Snowy scenes are bright, due to the snow reflecting the light, the camera tries to create an average grey and in doing so unintentionally underexposes the picture. With the exposure compensation set to +1 the light meter calculates the exposure for its average gray and then adds one stop countering the under exposure.
If you don’t have exposure compensation on your camera you may have a snowy mode or a beach mode, which will do something similar.
Since I had overexposed the image I did have to lower the exposure slightly. I then did something different and went straight to the camera calibration and set all the saturation sliders to 0 and started playing with them. I was really experimenting as I didn’t (at the time of writing don’t) really understand how the combination of sliders would affect the image. I played until I got a tone that I wanted and continued with my normal editing process. I used two gradient adjustments, one to brighten the trees and warm them up and one on the bottom to burn it in slightly. I am not always a fan of cold shadows but I think it works quite nicely with the tone of the overall scene.
I would love to know what you think of the edit, as well as any ideas you may have for future edits in this challenge.
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