After a one month break the “One Four Challenge” is back. The idea of the challenge is to take one image and edit it four different ways posting an edit each week.
This week image is of the Buttermilk tower. A legend of the tower is that 4 officials were locked in the tower because of delaying a shipment of Buttermilk from a neighbouring town. The wives of the officials pleaded to the Grand Master of Teutonic knights. The Grand Master said that he would free the officials when they have made the Buttermilk owed. The wives had to make the Buttermilk in the tower on the upper floors, churning the milk while their husbands were below drowning in the Buttermilk they made. Although this is just a legend there is some truth to it; originally called “The Rounded Tower”, The name “Buttermilk Tower” was not given until around 1596, when the Grand Master Kostka, 4 advisers from Lichnów, who delayed the supply of butter and buttermilk, were locked in the tower.
I quite like this picture with the tower in the mid ground and extending to the foreground through the reflection. With this edit I just made some basic adjustments. I am not really too happy with the sky and the tower as they feel quite soft. I do however like the other tones in the image so it could just be a case of editing this area more selectively.
I am not sure where I am going to take this image and any imput would be welcome.
Also remember to check out Robyn’s post for this week, as this challenge is her brain child.
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17 thoughts on “One Four Challenge; Buttermilk Tower”
I like the edit.. I did not know that buttermilk was so important to the Teutons. It is a very Indian thing to drink
I believe it was a big part of a medieval diet in Europe although not consumed so much now.
We consume a lot of it – and lassi – to beat the heat. Though, I think that mango lassi is a European concotion.
At my local curry house I usually have mango lassi to take the heat off my meal. Quite refreshing but I can agree very European.
Yeah… In my home state of Punjab we drink a plain, salted version. Many people like it with sugar, but not me.
A typical Punjabi lassi can be almost a meal in itself. It’s yum!
It’s a lovely image yo start with, Ben with the gentle tones and reflections.
I also quite like the reflections. I just really want the background to match tonally.
This is a fantastic image Ben and you have lots to work with this month also.
A very ‘cheery’ start with all its colour! Cant wait to see what you do next 😀
The legend is not so cheery – I enjoy these historical pieces you include with the image.
There are some more legends with this tower and all just as creepy. It is strange contrast between a cherry scene yet horific history.
It really is a contrast.
What a great story and a nice image to work with, you have some challenges with several tonal layers across it. I agree with you about the tower, a tad more contrast/clarity maybe to capture the detail?
I think this picture is going to need a lot of balance when it comes to editing. Your right about clarity and contrast. Well we will have to see.
Images with great reflections are always fun, although difficult to work with if the image needs tonal adjusting or a more dramatic sky. My first (silly) thought is that I’d like to see the pond full of buttermilk. Don’t know if that leads anywhere…
I am sure i could colour the river. Maybe for the last week I will go a bit macabre with it.
I enjoyed the folk tale. I rather like it. Your photo is great. I like the sharp green grasses. I agree with you the sky is a bit soft for the intense brick of the tower. Nicely done … !!!
I am not sure why I will do with the sky bar replacing it. It is just really flat. I will have to put my think cap on.
Great history lesson (or legend lesson), I really like the reflection in the water. Looking forward to where you take this next. 😀