The one four challenge is where you take one picture and over a month each week edit the picture in a different way. At the end of the month you have four different images and four different interpretations of the image. You can read more about the challenge here.
This month I have chosen a nice spring image to edit now spring is in full spring here. the blossom is just hanging on the tree, so I snapped a few shots. I think this image can go a few different ways which is great for this challenge.
I did a basic edit this month. I applied my Provia preset in Lightroom to get the nice strong greens and slightly creamy feel. The left side of the image was blown out, I have a another version of the image where there is more detail in the background and it is quite distracting. I adjusted the aperture to have a shallower depth of field which blew out the background more removing that detail. To stop it from feeling empty I added a gradient on the right side of the image and used the brush to remove the blossom from the gradient. I added a slight split with blue in the highlights to create some colour contrast against the browner orange tones.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Also remember to check out Robyns post for this week.
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10 thoughts on “One Four Challenge; Hanging Blossom”
I have captured many flower photos with details in the background, need to practice on aperture. Thank you for the tip, Ben!
Hi Amy, when capturing flowers I like to be about f8 or 11 to make sure it is as sharp as possible. after take a shot with f11 and checking the preview I saw the tree in the background. I stopped down to 5.6 and the tree melted away.
The split toning really works, Ben! To me, though, the now-devoid-of-distractions left half was more distracting, but only until I turned down the brightness of my screen… 🙂 Great edit this week; I’m looking forward to the rest of the month.
Thanks Anita, monitor calibrations are the scourge of digital photography,lol. I hope you will like the future versions of this image in the coming weeks.
I’m sure they’ll all be good, Ben!
Great choice this month Ben. You mention altering the aperture – is that with Camera Raw?
Hi Raewyn, I wish we could change the aperture in Camera Raw. I took a picture at f11 and noticed the distraction in the background. I then took the picture again with f5.6.
I think this is gorgeous and really like the subject and additions of the toning and gradient.
Kind of a soft ethereal feel without being blurry. Nice!
Looking forward to seeing where you go with this Ben 😀
Love the softness of the image versus the sharp detail of the blossom stamens…