I am again taking part in the fantastic photo editing project called One Four Challenge. We select a photo to work on and explore various editing techniques, producing four different interpretations of our chosen image over four weeks. The Challenge is hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captive Me who is doing a great job of keeping tabs of the growing number of participants.
This month’s challenge has come up so quickly! I struggled with my choice of image, but in the end decided that I would really enjoy working on another bird – you know I love bird watching! This time I have selected a colourful Chestnut Teal. I photographed this little fellow in late November last year, at Lake Pertobe in Warrnambool, a country town in Victoria’s far southwest coast.
Normally I prepare the edits in advance, but this month I will go about it differently, because of time constraints and also to let ideas trickle through. I will work one week at a time. All I have decided at this stage is that I would like to explore techniques picked up from other challenge participants, such as filters, cropping, colour burn, etc. Here is the original image, untouched.
Week One Edit
For this week’s process, I am keeping things simple. I like the marbling in the water in the original image so want to subtly enhance this effect and the play of light without detracting from the Chestnut Teal. This is what I have done:
- Cropped the original image to focus more tightly on the duck
- Applied the elliptical marquee tool around the bird and inverted it to work on the water without altering the duck
- Filled the surrounds with a gradient of greens and some blue.
Here is the result. Your comments and suggestions are welcome as always.
Be sure to visit the One Four Challenge and check out other participants’ work by clicking here. There is a rich diversity of images and techniques used.