One Four Challenge; In My Room

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.

For the last few editions of the One Four Challenge I have been editing close up and macro shots and I felt it was time present a landscape image. Although the orientation is portrait this is still a landscape of  the city I live in. Lodz as I have mentioned before is a city that is rising from the ashes and part of that is renovation and the other part is removing what can not be saved. This shot was taken in a brown area of what was once a tenement block, now used as a carpark. I noticed the armchair sat in the middle and it intrigued me. It is as if the block has been removed around the armchair but the armchair remains.

In My Room

I edited the picture in Lightroom using the merge to HDR function. Although the HDR you get is more an exposure fusion the latitude you have in editing is amazing. I mostly worked with the localized adjustments editing each area separately. Mostly I was pushing the clarity, shadows and highlights to really get all I could from the picture.

I think this will be an interesting picture to edit over the month, I have a few ideas in mind that are really quite fun.
I would love to know what you think and any comments you or ideas you have.

Also remember to check out Robyn’s post for this week.

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18 thoughts on “One Four Challenge; In My Room

  1. I love the composition – what a great find, Ben. I love the colouring and the grit and detail you’ve brought up but I do find there is not enough depth between the chair and the brick wall. To me it almost feels the wall is sitting on top of the chair. My eyes? My monitor? I bet you’re going to have some fun with this one, Ben.

    • I can see what you mean, it is almost the problem that both are so sharp that seems to be no separation between the wall and the chair. I could soften the wall slightly and make the colour temperature cooler which would add some separation. I could also lighten the shadow behind the chair as well, that may also help. Nice catch Lynne it has really got me thinking.

    • I found it really interesting that it was just sat there. I wonder if someone just dumped it there because they didn’t want it any longer or if there is a more mysterious story. I am glad the composition grabbed your attention I quite liked the char looking out and us looking into the corner.

  2. I agree, this is a great composition.. and find Ben. I love it!!
    The tones and detail are fabulous and that chair is amazing. Wonder how long its been there?
    You sent me off on a research effort to learn about Lodz. Wow, what a history. I do see what you mean about rising from the ashes.
    Cant wait to see whats next!! 😃

    • Lodz is a really interesting city. It doesn’t have the draw of other famous polish cities but to live in there is so much going on. Plus it is in the centre of the country and you can travel easily to all the other cities as the main motorways connect just outside the city.

    • Yep I needed a change. Landscapes and still life are the two areas I really like photographing and I have been icing to do some more landscapes. I didn’t mention in the other reply, I am glad you the overall tone and feel of the image. I am sure I will make some interesting edits in the future.

  3. I really like the richness and saturation of the colors on this edit. The image itself is interesting and makes you stop and ponder. It will be interesting to see what you come up with the rest of the month. 😀

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