I’ve gone all nostalgic for the last installment of this month’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. Dartmoor brings back many happy childhood memories for me, of climbing the tors and seeing the gorgeous Dartmoor Ponies. My mother’s family come from Devon and she, herself, grew up on the edge of the moors. There’s a real sense of peace and tranquility that comes from being out in one of the UK’s great wildernesses. The montage that I’ve created is a romanticised imagining of an early, plate photograph that, perhaps, I might have found in an old trunk or at the bottom of a desk drawer in an ancestor’s home. You’ll find a gallery of all my edits after the list of processes, and a poll if you would like to choose a favourite! As April is our review month, please do let me know if there’s a One Four image of mine that you think could do with a rework and what suggestions you have for me. Thanks all 🙂
Colour Efex Pro Tonal Contrast Fine – increase all Detail Extractor 20% Exclude from Sky Dynamic skin softener on Blue Sky Tone Classic Soft Focus Diffusion on Sky Fog – Method 3 20% Excluded From Foreground Graduated ND -20%, 30% Blend Polarisation 80% Pro Contrast 10% 15% 20% Glamour Glow 15% Save to Lightroom Apply Noise Reduction
Silver Efex Pro 2 Brightness 20% Contrast 34% Structure 12& 20 Control Points to age image Red Filter 27% Ilford PAN F Plus 50 Film type Sepia Toning 20 White Frame 2
Photoshop CC Add Horses and Birds Edited As Above Using Polygonal Lasso Tool GTG Clean Edit Base 50% Amelia Bedelia 10% Super Fudge 15% Tickle Monster 10% Fog Brush 80% across rocks, sky and foreground grasses Flatten Image Painterly Rich 50% Flatten Image Use Low Opacity Blur Tool to soften features as necessary From Library use Crumbled Paper Brush to age edges
Lightroom Basic Edit Clarity +15 No Sharpening Noise Reduction 25%
Analog Efex Pro 2 Add More Age Using: Dirt & Scratches Eroded Photo Plate Streaked Lens Vignette Rectangular -25% Frames White 27%
There’s a magical, timeless quality to the moors that I wanted to try to convey with this week’s edit for the March One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. I could have replaced the original sky with another from my files but I decided to see just what I could do by using adjustment layers and the original image only. I’ve attempted to create an ambiguous scene; sunrise or sunset, the start or the finish, now or then?
Photoshop CC Use HDR Background Add Black and white Adjustment Layer modified Red Filter Use Multiply Blending Select Foreground using Polygonal Lasso Layer Via Copy Create Copy of Background Layer Use Cloning Tool and Brush to extend sky over foreground Duplicate Layer Radial Zoom Blur 55% Duplicate Layer Radial Zoom Blur 80% Luminosity Blending 75% Apply Adjustment Layers for Hue and Levels to Foreground Merge Visible
Greater Than Gatsby in Photoshop CC Clean Slate Foundation Golden Sunset Burst with Multiply Blending Create Sunset effect using four radial gradient layers with appropriate colours, reducing in scale Vignette Federal 55% ND Gradient Soft Light Blending Merge Visible Painterly Rich 25% Flatten Image Add Canvas Border
For the second week of March’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robin Gosby at Captivate Me, I wanted to show the moors and tor in a darker mood. Dartmoor has been the setting for countless novels and poems. The best known of these is undoubtedly The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the dark of night, with the mist rolling in across the moors, I can’t help but think of the savage dog-like beast stood upon the tor, howling into the winds. A little bonus for you is this extra edit with an even moodier look and the hound himself on the rocks!
Here are the steps I took to get my Week 2 edit and a gallery of all the edits so far:
Photoshop CC and GTG Savoy Mark II Colour Base Knuffle Bunny 15% Polar Express 50% Cooling Greens Brush Fog Brush (Across Tor) 50% Moody Brush (Across Tor) Rich Contrast 25% Silky Rich Bokeh Create Depth Brush Dark Paradise 50% RETRO FILMS Record Store 15% Annie Hall 25% Flatten Image Painterly Punchy 100% Flatten Image Black and White Adjustment Layer with Infrared Style Painterly Subtle 100% That Witch is Wicked 15% Classic Contrast Clean Bokeh Create Depth Brush
First of all I want to say a big THANK YOU to all my followers and fellow bloggers who are participating in Robyn Gosby’s One Four Challenge which she hosts on her lovely blog, Captivate Me. You’ve all been fantastic in your support and comments, inspiring me to push myself creatively with a range of different subjects! Many of you expressed an interest in seeing how I would tackle a landscape image so here it is, wonderful Dartmoor in Devon.
The rocks you see are called Combestone Tor and are the most accessible of all the tors. The original photograph was taken just off the car park to encompass all the rocks that make up this beautiful feature. I started in Lightroom, dropping exposure, highlights and whites and lifting shadows. I increased clarity and vibrance as well as making adjustments within Hue/Saturation to my liking. I then cropped the image at a 10×4 panoramic ratio. The results of this edit will be the base for all my edits this month and I will include it in my gallery.
Photoshop CC HDR Toning modified default
Cloning and Blur Tools to smooth sky and remove unwanted foreground detail
Lightroom GTG Basic Edit Slightly Reduce Blue and Cyan Saturation Increase Green and Yellow Saturation Adjustment Brush to Reduce Noise and Clarity to sky Adjustment Brush to Increase Clarity to the rocks
Here’s my last edit for February’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. I’m not going to give you a run down of the processes this week as it would be just a bit too much! I’ve used a combination of all the processes used in my first three edits and added the butterflies and flowers using the polygonal lasso tool in PS. My inspiration this week was drawn from a pen and ink design I created many years ago, using a self-portrait to create a playing card Queen of Hearts. My design had been based up a pen and ink drawing that my father had created, during his own college days, of a fairytale style playing card! I hope you’ve all enjoyed my tributes to past works and different mediums as much as I have. I’m still deciding on my image for March but it has been suggested to me that I tackle a landscape. What do you think?
If you would like to pick a favourite (it’s not obligatory!) please use this poll and/or leave me some feedback and suggestions for future One Four Challenges in the comments 🙂
February is flying by and we’re already onto the third week of this month’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. Some of you may have guessed by now that I’m attempting to recapture the feel and look of Fine Art processes that I have used in the past. This month’s edit is inspired by the very short experience I had of print making during my A level studies. I really loved it! I made a series of self portraits using lino, block and screen printing techniques. I’ve tried to capture the essence of those techniques in this pop-art style image.
Photoshop CC Clean up base Select Figure with Polygonal Lasso Refine Edge Layer Via Copy Add grey background Invert Difference Blending (Save Portrait 1) Invert Divide Blending (Save Portrait 2) Invert Normal Copy Figure Layer Multiply Blending Invert Screen Blending (Save Portrait 3)
Create New 3×2 Ratio White Background Copy and Paste in all 3 Portraits Arrange with right hand figure as 1st Layer Use Polygonal Tool to select and remove white overlapping areas Use Soft Low opacity Eraser to blend images
Greater Than Gatsby Soft Pearl Matte 20% Reduce Noise Your New Aesthetic 25% Brilliant Dance 20% Vinyl Revival 30% Painterly Soft 20% Flatten Image
Lightroom Use masking brush to reduce clarity and and sharpness to areas of skin while increasing clarity to hair and facial features
Colour Efex Pro Tonal Contrast Fine Classical Soft Focus and Diffuse selectively Colourise Soft Pink Ink Pro Contrast Glamour Glow Cool
For the second week of February’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me, I wanted to create an effect that resembles charcoal and watercolour. I really enjoyed using that mix of mediums when doing life studies, often on textured pastel paper. It was a fast and free technique that gave a lovely flow to lines and created extra depth to shadowed areas. Rubbing in some chalk to the still wet paper would bring out the highlights and complete the sketch.
Photoshop CC Cleanup Background Solarise Invert with Difference Blending Increase Brightness and Contrast Reduce Noise 100% Make 3 new Copy Layers Copy Layer 1 apply Poster Edges Darker Colour Blending 50% Copy Layer 2 apply Dry Brush Normal Blending 55% Copy Layer 3 apply Diffuse Glow Normal Blending 30% Add B&W Texture Layer Create Layer Mask Soft Black Brush Low Opacity gradually remove texture from figure Merge Visible GTG – Painterly Soft with Multiply Blending 50% Adjust Levels Use Soft White Low Opacity Brush to enhance highlights and lift unwanted shadow Increase Brightness Decrease Contrast Add Warming Photo Filter Use Blur and Smudge tools to accentuate “brush” strokes
It’s time for February’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. A new month, an old image with a brand new look. The original photographs were taken in early 2007 on a Fuji Bridge camera. I think it was a 5mp camera, which really goes to show how fast technology is moving! I took a lot of images in the camera’s own B&W mode at that time as it had been what I was most used to in film photography. The portraits were originally taken as part of a photomontage project for the National Portrait Gallery’s annual photographic competition. I haven’t had any of my images included in the exhibition but I really enjoy the process of creating images for the competition, it’s a great motivator 🙂 I’ll include my 2007 entry within my gallery and, as ever, I would love your feedback and criticism on my processes!
Photoshop CC Clean up base image and remove shadows Invert with Linear Light Blending Merge Down Invert with Screen Blending Merge Down Invert with Difference Blending 50% Merge Down Soft Edge Glow Action 50% Soft Posterise Save Snapshot Rippled Oil Texture 40% Merge Visible Add Snapshot with Lighten Blending Public Domain Texture Overlay Difference Blending Masking Layer – use soft, low opacity brush to remove texture 2nd Texture Overlay Overlay Blending 60% Use soft white brush to paint over dark edges on portrait Flatten Image Add White Canvas Border
It’s the final week for January’s One Four Challenge from Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. I’ve loved working with this Dahlia image this month and I’ve really enjoyed all your great feedback. I thought I would carry on working with the flower in a classic design theme inspired a bit by last week’s image and all the comments I received. My thoughts behind these designs were vintage fabric prints. This week I’ve kept the colour but made the overall look softer and subtle.
Photoshop CC Select flower using polygonal lasso tool Refine Edge Fill Background Black Select Black Pixels Refine Edge Layer via copy Apply Radial Zoom Blur to both layers Copy Background Layer and add Radial Swirl Overlay Blending 20% Merge and Flatten Add an Invert Adjustment Layer Difference Blending Flatten Image
Greater Than Gatsby Sentimental Colour Base Sky Harbour 20% Bright Pink Burst top left 90% Soft Lavender Burst bottom right 75% Eloise 30% Paddington 20% Moody Brush applied to flower centre Bright Contrast 30% Brooklyn Theatre Fire 60% Merge and Flatten Painterly Soft Flatten Image
Open Paisley Texture Image Apply Hue/Saturation Adjustment Apply Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Flatten Image Add Texture Overlay to Flower Create several copies of the flower Transform size and opacity and place flowers diagonally across image Merge with Multiply, Soft Light and Normal Blending GTG Tuscan Vingnette 60%
Analogue Efex 2 Basic Adjustments: +detail -contrast +brightness Light Leaks: Soft Cool Film Type
Here’s my gallery of all the images for January and a poll if you would like to choose a favourite:
The fourth week of this great challenge from Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me will be my last post of 2014. I want to thank you all for your fantastic support and inspiration this year! I hope everyone has a wonderful Festive Season and New Year.
2015 is going to be a wonderful year for me with my wedding to Simon in Kos, Greece, in May and exciting new ventures with my photography. I may have to scale back on all the blogging Challenges and Themes to focus on other projects but I hope to continue with One Four throughout the year. It’s been great fun!
For this week’s image I made use of Photoshop CC’s Motion Blur, Warp Transform, Liquidise and Invert (among other filters) to make a free-flowing, painted look to my edit. I really wanted to fill the frame with colour and movement! This edit is now vastly different from the original photograph, which I will now reveal in my gallery! I really hope that my edits this month can inspire others to experiment with digital art, to paint with light using both the camera and post processing.
Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the poll and comments!