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.
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:
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.