It is a pleasure to participate again in the One Four Challenge in March. This wonderful photo editing project hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me is in its fifth month! It involves editing a photo in four different ways over four weeks. It is such a great challenge! You interact with a talented group of people, you learn from each other, you get feedback, and it all results in improved post processing skills and a lot of fun.
This month, I am resisting the temptation to use another bird, but as you can see my subject still has wings! 🙂 I am turning my attention to a mix of fauna and flora: a cabbage butterfly enjoying the nectar from the blossoms of a rosemary bush in the garden. I took this photo with my new macro lens last month. Here is the original photo:
Week 1 process
For the start of the month, I have kept things simple. As the image was taken in the middle of a hot sunny day, it looked a little washed out. This is what I set out to do:
- I needed to soften the light so it would not be as harsh
- I also wanted to emphasise the powdery effect and veins on the butterfly’s wings revealed by the macro
- Finally, I wanted the brown twig in the right hand corner to be less obvious.
So I cropped the image to focus on the cabbage butterfly and just a few of the rosemary blossoms, tweaked the shadows and highlights and applied a “lighting effect” filter. I like the filter because it allows me to manipulate the light and shadows. It also had the effect of putting the distracting brown twig in the shadows, which I am happy about. Here is the result:
As usual, your comments on this edit are welcome.
Be sure to check out what other participants to the Challenge are doing, by clicking on the One Four Challenge tag.