One Four Challenge – Week Four – January 25, 2015


This week’s edit – a slight crop, a little antiquing, a little frost, a weave texture and then I signed and framed.

The past:


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One Four Challenge – Week 3 – January 19, 2015

Rustic snow with firmaFramed

under the snowflakes
palms and bamboo groan
winter is master
until the sun shines again
freeing the world of ice

© G.s.k. 15



This week with Picasa 3 I cropped the photo and then rendered it black and white trying to get a pencil drawing effect without polarizing the photograph (sharpening the lines was very useful here as well as shadowing … I tried the HDR but the effect didn’t come out as I thought it would it was too harsh) … I then went on-line and used an app for the edges to get an antique “rustic” effect and added a grunge frame from Pixlr at which point I returned to Picasa 3 and used the thin black border, drop shadow and Museum Matte frame  it. Most of the work on this photo was done on Picasa 3.

Created for One Four Challenge hosted by Captivate Me.

One Four Challenge – Week One – January 7, 2015

Hello and top of the year to you all.  Here in “sunny” Italy I’m ready for this new round, let’s see though if my old computer is willing to collaborate allowing me to connect.  It’s been an ongoing battle for the past few weeks.

The photo I’ve chosen to work (play) with was taken on the 27th of December.  Here in my valley on Lake Garda, we rarely get snow, and if we do it just barely covers the roof tops, so it was really an exceptional opportunity to get a shot right outside my window.


The first thing I’d like to do is bring that snow out … so I shadowed a little and then used the HDR filter on Picasa 3 to see what happened … the results were quite satisfactory, so I added my borders and here you are!


Week One

soft snow-flakes piling up
muffling the world in white
no anger can penetrate
no flaming tempers raise
just an unearthly silence
to remind us all today
of quickly passing summers
and long long winter nights.

I’m linking this to Captivate Me for the first week of the One Four Challenge …

One Four Challenge – Wk 4 – December 22, 2014

This is the fourth entry to the One Four Challenge and I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with the photograph.  Last week many people decided to try to render their photo into a drawing or painting, and I thought that might be a good idea so I downloaded the program that so many were talking about:  FotoSketcher … both in the portable form as well in the installation form … gave it a whirl.

First of all I cropped the photograph and then I tried the various filters .. I did like the pencil sketch pretty much, but I wanted a painting … so I saved it then ran the saved copy through the app again … this was the result:


art trial_2r_small

I then saved this … went to Pixlr and PicMonkey to do the finishing touches … a little antiquing  and then a picture frame and of course the signing of the photograph.  This is the last effort:

Wk 4

Wk 4

at the gallery
impressions of decadence
an old boat

© G.s.k. ‘14


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One Four Challenge – Wk 3 – December 15, 2014

Last week I wanted to create a night effect, but the results, at least from my point of view were not entirely satisfactory.  The original view of the river is very greenish and I wasn’t able to get rid of that green, in fact as one viewer stated correctly, the river looked a bit toxic (which I’m afraid it probably is.)  Another reader suggested working on the water with Lightroom, a program I’ve never used before, to work on that selected area.

I do have a copy of Photoshop on my computer from my son’s school days, so I tried to work on the selected area with that program. Unfortunately I missed a passage and the whole photograph came out like this:


I went back to Picasa 3 with the results … and started playing with the filters … softening, sharpening, then softening again then adding a second border and finally I decided to try sepia and see what came up:



An interesting effect but not what I wanted so, I sharpened again and then cropped the borders, tuned towards cool (blue) sharpened, hit Ortonish, softened, added some fill lights, re-tuned again towards cool and added some shadows and then I added a new border this is the result which I named  Charon’s Boat, this week’s process 3:

Charon's Boat

Wk 3


haunting vision
Charon rows along the Styx
– eternal night

G.s.k. ’14


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One Four Photo Challenge Wk 1 – December 1, 2014-

Today I begin a new series of processing a photo … and posting each week the results of the photographic experiment.  This is a photograph that I took at Padova (Padua in English) one of the most famous University cities of the world …


Original Photo


Here’s the original … just out of the river, awaiting repairs perhaps …

I took the original and processed it with Pixlr, sharpening the focus and intensifying the colors then I decided to grunge it up a bit, I’m not very familiar with this app so I saved the results and then worked a little on the results with Picasa 3 … this is my “antiqued” result:

boatpilxr_ antiqued

Photo One

Looking at the results I think I can see a story hidden here …

Have a great week!  Ciao Bastet.


Just click the One Four logo to visit Robyn’s blog and look into how you too can participate!

Other participants so far are:

ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – December14-WK-1 | WoollyMuses

One Four Challenge- December wk 1 | The Shady Tree

One Four Challenge – December Week 1 | sv-takeiteasy

Week One. One Four Photo Challenge. (December) | Michelle Lunato Photography

Monarch of the Hills (Haiku – Photo Edit) | Blog It or Lose It!

One Four Challenge – Week 4 – November 24, 2014

This is a fantastic challenge and I’ve been enjoying myself very much.  As we’re reminded by the host of the challenge Robyn at Captivate Me, quoting Neil Gaiman:

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”

Neil Gaiman

This is my last edit and together with it, I’ll be adding a gallery the first three edits including the original and  a voting box for you to choose your favorite take.   I’ve decided to go wild with this last edit and really let go:


With this photo I went back to the original cut and then gave it an enhanced sepia effect … then I decided to boost the color a little … at this point, the picture was kind of faded, so I sharpened everything adding some shadow and contrast.  I found a nice effect called focal zoom and used it twice to create a sun rise effect …


I saved my photo at that point but I wanted to get a little snazzier so I went to look at the textures app and tried them out until I decided to use this one which is light trails … and played around with it (lightening and darkening the effects adding contrast and shadows etc.) until I got a crazy ghostly effect.

Oh I forgot to say that for this last edit I tried PicMonkey Photo Editor.

Here is a gallery of the other edits:

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Other Participants:

One Four Challenge – November – Week 4 | Sari’s Corner

One Four Challenge – Nov Week 4 | Learning to See Light

Week Four. One Four Photo Challenge (November) | Michelle Lunato Photography

One Four Challenge- November wk 4 | The Shady Tree

One Four Challenge – November Week 4 | sv-takeiteasy

One Four Challenge on Mobile Monday with a Poll | coolquilting


Poolside – 4 | Elizabeth Krall Photos

One Four Challenge November Week 4 – LEANNE COLE – Fine Art Photographer

November # One Four Challenge – Finale | Snow’s Fissures and Fractures

One Four Challenge: Nov Wk 4 | thechangingpalette

One Four Challenge: November Week 4 | Taking One Day At A Time

One Four Challenge – Nov Wk 4 | WordsVisual

SHUTTERBUG NOTES — One Four Challenge, week 4 — Graduation? | BWLE: Explore The World Wth Your Kids!