Poolside – 4

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This photograph is my entry for week 4 of the One Four Challenge. The premise behind this intriguing new challenge, hosted by Robyn, is to process the same photo four different ways.

In the words of Monty Python, “And now for something completely different!” I call this one the Purple X-ray, and I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste. This look is the result of adjustment layer on top of adjustment layer in Photoshop: invert (swap light and dark); channel mixer and hue/saturation (to adjust amount of r, g, b to get the purple and grey look); shadows and highlights to get the strong white background to the trees; vibrance; levels to darken the pot, cushions and reflection.

I like how the leaves in the trees have an almost painted quality. The spiky plant looks to me like flames shooting upwards.

Here are all four processing variations, plus the original:


Got a favourite? Let me know!

Bonus

I had two other processes that, in the end, I decided not to include officially. It was a real toss-up for week 4 between the Purple X-ray and the Solarized version. The Andy Warhol take was just a bit of fun!

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Poolside – 3

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This photograph is my entry for week 3 of the One Four Challenge. The premise behind this intriguing new challenge, hosted by Robyn, is to process the same photo four different ways.

This time, I’ve gone for the ‘distressed old snapshot’ look. To achieve this, I applied a number of adjustment layers to the jpg in Photoshop: levels, black and white, colour balance, a gradient fill. Then I added some dust and scratches on top to give it that authentic “laying in a drawer for 20 years” look.

Below are snapshots of weeks 1 to 3 for comparison, and you can see the original here.

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Poolside – 2

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This photograph is my entry for week 2 of the One Four Challenge. The premise behind this intriguing new challenge, hosted by Robyn, is to process the same photo four different ways.

I’ve gone for something completely different this week — from harsh and monochromatic in week 1, to soft and dreamy now. Some people commented that my first edit reminded them of images in interior design magazines; to me, this one is right out of a wedding magazine (without bride!).

To get this look, I knocked clarity way down; bumped up vibrance, exposure, highlights and whites; increased noise reduction; decreased luminance in greens and aquas; added blue to shadows and highlights.

Below are snapshots of week 1 and week 2 for comparison, and you can see the original here.

week1-and-2

Poolside – 1

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This photograph is my entry for week 1 of the One Four Challenge. The premise behind this intriguing new challenge, hosted by Robyn, is to process the same photo four different ways.

Robyn asks that we talk about the photo, so … the original (click the thumbnail below to view it larger) was taken 2014-09-19 at The Byron at Byron Bay, which is a resort I stayed at. You can see a few other photos from that resort here.

I do all my photo processing in Photoshop CC. To get the look for this edit, I processed the RAW file with the following settings:

  • saturation: reds, oranges, yellows, aquas, blues, purples and magentas = -100; greens = +100
  • high noise reduction
  • bumped up exposure
  • contrast at +100
  • shadows at -100
  • blacks at -70
  • clarity at +100
  • vibrance at +80
  • saturation at -50

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(click thumbnail to see original)

Watery reflections in black and white

Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is Reflections and Shadows. I have a trio of watery reflections to offer, all taken recently at The Bryon at Byron Bay, a resort set on 45 acres of rainforest and lily ponds about 750km north of Sydney.

 

The water in the pond is so still, this looks like a mirror image.

The water in the pond is so still, this looks like a mirror image.

The lines of the dead tree provide a solid reference point among the quavering reflections of trees.

The lines of the dead tree provide a solid reference point among the quavering reflections of trees.

The busy grooming activity of this little duck cast concentric ripples onto the still reflection of the trees.

The busy grooming activity of this little duck cast concentric ripples onto the still reflection of the trees.