This is it! Another month of editing has gone by. Our wonderful One Four Challenge is in its final week for June. Hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me, it encourages us to explore four different ways of editing a single photo over four weeks. This month has been interesting for me. I explored the different moods and colours we witnessed one evening at the Gippsland Lakes. It all happened in the space of half an hour, and yet the glorious sunset colours were stunning and varied. But eventually, night fell, taking away all the colours, and just leaving us with shadows and reflections in diminishing light.
Week Four Process : Night Fall
And this is what I am capturing this week. I struggled with different versions, including monochrome, but the result wasn’t how I remembered the scene. I also struggled with letting go of the rich colours. This last image isn’t my favourite, and probably won’t be yours either, but I wanted to complete the ‘story’ in my mind’s eye.
So working from my week 2 image I cloned the sun out and toned down the bright sunbeam radiating in the sky and reflected on the water. I then desaturated the image, lowered the highlights, deepened the shadows. I also decreased the contrast to bring a kind of slight blur to the image. At that stage, the whole thing felt rather flat and I struggled to get the vision I had in my head. I worked further with the temperature (to bring out the blues) and tone (to keep just a little bit of purple and a slight hint of afterglow where the sun was), until I achieved the look I remembered once the sun had set and the darkness set in. Here is the result:
As always, your feedback is welcome. Here is a slide show of all four interpretations plus the original image.
Vote for your favourite
Thank you for your feedback along the way. Your comments and encouragement are really appreciated. Be sure to also check out other participants’ work by following the One Four Challenge tag or clicking here. See you next month for another instalment of our digital darkroom creations!