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 Challenge – Wk 2 – December 8, 2014


This week I’m working for a night effect ..

Wk two

Wk two

December full moon
reflections on the river
– lost in memories

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.


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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 2 – November 10, 2014

Today I’m taking a photograph that I entered yesterday for week one of the One Four Challenge  to another stage of the editing …



I’ve cropped the original photograph here … then shadowed it a little more, “warmified” the photo adding the soft golden tones used to accent skin-tone -, used a HDR app and then softened the photo… I was looking for a brooding image, something that I could use for example in a poem about dawn or maybe about a storm coming on … then to complete the photo I added a drop shadow “frame”.

Here are the original and the first process:

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