One Four Challenge – June Week Three

We are now in our third week of the June One Four Challenge.  Time is rushing by!  For those not familiar with this photography editing project, we select an image and work on four different interpretations over four weeks.  This wonderful challenge is hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me who tirelessly encourages us to stretch the boundaries and hone our photo editing skills.

Week 3 Process: Colour Purple

I am continuing my explorations of the changing moods of the Gippsland Lakes at sunset.  This week, I am recreating the change of hue that occurred just after the sun went down.  All of a sudden the sky took on a purple tinge. It was quite unexpected.  Here we were, about to pack up the tripod and camera, when Wade said : “it’s not over yet!”  We often see those shades of purple through our boat’s tinted windows.  But this time, it was for real!

So this week’s edit is simple.  I changed the hue to bring our the purple tone and played with the tone curve, adjusting the highlights & shadows and the light & dark sliders until I felt it represented the mood fairly.  I compared the effect with other photos I took that evening which had that distinct purple tinge and felt happy this edit is faithful to the gorgeous and surprising hues we saw.  I tried for a while to remove the sun and reflections, as by the time the scene had taken a purple hue, the sun had totally disappeared, but this piece of editing was way too fiddly for me, so I settled for the image you are seeing here:

Gippsland Lakes sunset

Week three – purple tinge

As always, your feedback is welcome.

As a reminder, here is the progression to date:

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A number of talented participants are playing along on this challenge, so be sure to check out their work by clicking here or going to the One Four Challenge tag.

30 thoughts on “One Four Challenge – June Week Three

  1. It’s fascinating to see what you are doing with this image, Chris, and I love the way that you have the slide show at the end–it really makes it easy to see how each version differ from the others. I love the enhanced purples and this version is probably my favorite so far.

      • Your images also serve as a reminder that I need to spend more time learning to process my images better. I am in kind of a rut and tend to do the same kind of adjustments most of the time.

      • Hi Mike – yes the photo challenge is really useful for this. You learn a lot from the other participants, particularly the more experienced ones.

  2. I really like, how the image’s mood is changing thanks to the different colours you use. My favourite is this week’s purple so far.

      • Nature is the biggest painter. If you watch a sunset, during a short time you can see a nice variety of colours. I always liked this changing. And you only have to do a little edit to highlight or to strengthen a bit the actually colours. Through your lens we can watch a really beautiful sunset. Thank you for that!

  3. I think I say this to you every week, but this one is my favorite! 🙂 The purple edge is beautiful and paired with the golden hue…you just can’t go wrong. I love how all of your edits reveal different tones that come out over the length of the sunset. It is amazing how the colors morph and blend. Lovely as always.

    • You have really made my day Kirsten – so nice you appreciate my edits. I have been working on my ‘vision’ for my image and the thread that links each week’s version so it is good to get your feedback.

  4. Oh Chris, your image is shaping up to be a winner each week! I really love the transformation, each week is a different feel and all are beautiful. These purples are rich and stunning, I can’t believe the breadth of colors you are getting out of this image. Wonderful!

    • Oh Carrie, you are so generous with your feedback. Thank you very much. I am glad you enjoy this series. It was such a beautiful sunset, I want to do it justice in each iteration.

      • 🙂 You really are. I think it is always so wonderful to find the colors hidden inside an image. You are bringing them out beautifully. Can’t wait to see next week’s!

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