One Four Challenge – March Week 3

We are now in week 3 of the March One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me.  I’m having a play with filters this week and have discovered another way of putting the spotlight on the butterfly and camouflaging those distracting little twigs.

Week 3 process: Spherized

To make my humble cabbage butterfly the star again this week, I have done the following:

  • Used the light effect image from week 1
  • Tweaked the highlights and saturation to lift the colours in the wings and rosemary blossoms
  • Applied the filter/distort/spherize around the butterfly to emphasize it
  • Applied a vignette to darken its surroundings

Here is the result:

Butterfly - Week 3

Butterfly – Week 3

Just as a reminder, here is the progression since the original:

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As always, your comments are welcome.

Be sure to check other participants’ work by clicking on this One Four Challenge link. We have some very talented artists amongst our group and it is well worth having a wander!

30 thoughts on “One Four Challenge – March Week 3

  1. I’ve really enjoyed all of the variations on your Cabbage White butterfly and like the way that this week’s version has brought us even closer to the butterfly.

  2. Interesting effect. I haven’t seen this before. It definitely enhances the butterfly as the center of interest. It does feel a bit like a magnifying glass.

      • Oh yes, trying new things is what this challenge is all about. In many cases it launches you in a direction you wouldn’t normally go…which is progress, at least for me 🙂

  3. I definitely agree – trying and learning new things! I think this has worked so well Chris and I love your chosen image this month. It makes me happy 😃

    • It really is a great experience, Robyn. I’m glad you like my subject for this month… There is a lightness to it…

      The break next month is fortuitous as I have just subscribed to an LR/PS plan so have a steep learning curve ahead of me! I’m glad I started with Elements to get the gist of things first!

      • Its lovely!
        I think the break will be quite refreshing for us all 😃
        You are going to enjoy your course Chris – steep learning curve – yes, but very satisfying. Good luck.

      • Had the first session, so now all set to improve my processing skills… Big month for me: new camera, LR and PS subscription, and the big overdue one: now shooting in RAW… at last! Very pleased all round.

  4. I’m sorry I’ve been missing your butterfly this month! This is an interesting edit, initially I saw the butterfly emphasized by light and vignette, but it wasn’t until I was watching the slideshow that I realized that this week’s edit makes it seem like I’m looking through a glass bowl or a magnifying glass at the butterfly… it’s pretty neat! All the edits have been great, nice job. 😀

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