One Four Challenge – November Week 4

Woo-hoo!  We are in our fourth and last week of the November One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me.  It has been very interesting and I have learnt a lot whilst having heaps of fun.

First things first : Take 2 on Week 3 processing

When I published my image for Week 3, I was uneasy about an area of blue sky which had taken a green hue after the solarising process.  Although  I had fiddled with the image to try and fix this before hitting the Publish button, the result wasn’t satisfactory and in the end I left the image as you saw it last week.  Not long after publishing, I realised I should have used the cropping tool to overlay some clouds on the offending patch!  Duh!  When a few comments – (well, a lot – just as well I am not too sensitive!) came back confirming the green tinge was not a good look, I had to take action! So here is the reworked image…

Storm brewing - retouched

Storm brewing – retouched

Now, let’s move on to Week 4!

Image Processing 4: Cyclonic wind

I wanted to be a bit more daring for this last one, and having set the scene last week with my “Storm brewing” image, I now finish the progression to a fully blown cyclone, something the Far North Queensland region can experience from December to March.

One Four Nov Wk4

I played around with the Distort filter…  you really can go overboard with that one and create gigantic swirls.  But I restrained myself and set the Distort/Twirl filter at 126°, to give a sense of the cyclonic surge arriving on the pampas field, leaving only one pampas head still standing straight.

Looking forward to your comments!

Weeks 1 to 4 progression

Original Image first:

Nov Original

Process 1                                                         Process 2

One Four Nov Wk1    One Four Nov Wk2

Process 3                                                        Process 4

Storm brewing - retouched    One Four Nov Wk4

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35 thoughts on “One Four Challenge – November Week 4

  1. Fantastic!! Love this depiction of the Qld weather. Fantastic (yep, twice) and a great finish for November. The movement is wonderful – very cyclonic 😜
    Also really like what you did with week 3 😀
    A very successful November Chris!

  2. Way out this time Chris a bit like Van Gogh in his mad moments with the trees and sun flowers. I liked it. You have had fun eh! Sue

  3. Love it -the cyclone in the grasses effect really works. I’ve never used that filter. You’ve inspired me to try it.

    • PS – I had a look at Emily Carr’s work – what beautiful paintings! I can see the swirls in her paintings of trees and especially in “Above the gravel pit”. Thank you for introducing her to me. 🙂

      • YW she was a most interesting person, She also wrote some delightful books ( the house of small etc) about living in our fair little city at the turn of the last century. Her house still stands in James Bay, Victoria.BC.

  4. I was torn between week 2 and the retouched week 3, but in the end I went for those cool, ghostly blue feathery heads in week 3. All very interesting takes on the original!

  5. I experienced something similar few months ago, when people criticized one of my images for being too dark. First, I was a little bit disappointed, but then I decided to revisit the image. I ended up with a better final image and a valuable lesson of an honest feedback.
    Week 3 revisited is my favorite, it really payed off that you went back. This last image is very whimsical and funny, I like that swirl.

    • Thanks for your encouraging words Lora. I too think it was worth the effort. And the last one is whimsical – just what I needed to have a laugh!

  6. Way to push the boundaries, The swirling grass is really cool! And, I am impressed with you revisiting week 3 too. That sky is lovely. I enjoyed the progression of each week, building like a good storm. Great work!

  7. Everyone has come up with such creative and different ways to process their images, I will say Robyns Challenge was a roaring success

    Really creative 🙂

  8. Well, it was touch and go between weeks 2 and 3. In the end I went for 2. The image is very soothing the with minimum processing, though I still enjoy the Stormbrewing process, too!

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