One Four Challenge – September Week 1

After a break from photo processing during August, while sailing with our family, we are back to the normal rhythm!  So I am joining the One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me.  For those not familiar with this challenge, it requires participants to select an image and edit it in four different ways over four weeks.  It is always a good exercise in finding ways to present your image differently and I learn a lot along the way.

September Image

Mangrove - Original

Mangrove – Original Image

Our Winter cruise in Queensland provided some new material for me to work with and for September I am choosing to focus on an image of mangroves.  This photo was taken during a coastal walk along the Pancake Creek Anchorage, when strong winds forced us to take shelter.  I love the shapes and the aerial roots.

Week One Process

The horizon line on the original was a little crooked and the image was a bit overexposed, having been taken in the middle of the day.  So here are the steps I took:

  • Straightened and cropped the image using Lightroom
  • Applied the usual adjustments I tend to use: small increase in the contrast, moderate increase to shadows, clarity and vibrance and a touch more saturation
  • Added a graduated filters to the sky to deepen it a little
  • Applied the Lightroom “Warm Sun” pre-set to bring a light ochre tinge to the image and render it as I remember the scene

Here is the result:

Mangrove - Week One

Mangrove – Week One

As always, kind comments and suggestions are welcome.  Let me know what you think!

You might like to visit our group’s contributions by clicking on this One Four Challenge link.  There is always very inspiring work posted each week.

29 thoughts on “One Four Challenge – September Week 1

    • Hi guys, those challenges are good fun. You should join in!
      Mangroves are really interesting and I like how they are lined up in this shot. Thanks for commenting.

  1. The mangroves are fantastic aren’t they? I bet they look interesting up close too.
    I really like the changes so far and the shadows in the foreground are great!
    Looking forward to the next editions Chris 🙂

  2. A nice image for this type of challenge. I really like the shadows on the sand. I am not sure what i could suggest for future edits, maybe some cropping to see what comes out.

  3. Chris its a great image, lots of challenges with the shadows and lots of fine detail to work with 🙂 I love the aerial roots – does the tide come in up over them?

  4. A very interesting image. The original suffers from a lack of contrast and (apparent) sharpness, looking a bit flat. The edit, with little changes, really improves on this and gives the image depth. It looks much more real. Great image framing. I eagerly look forward to more.

    • Thank you Joanne for your feedback. Yes the original wad taken in the middle of the day and did look a bit washed out. It good to work on it and have it looking more like I remember!

  5. Great editing, SV! Love the “warm sun”. I should try LR presets more often.
    BTW, I reduced the curve as you suggested, it did sharp the image. Thank you again for the feedback! 🙂

  6. subtle changes, but added together make a really nice image. The roots are so neat! What a great find. 🙂

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