October One Four Challenge – Week Three

Our October One Four Challenge is in its third week.  This is a photo processing project hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me.  My study of grief continues as I capture our progression over time through the transformation of the forest walk image.

Week Three: Brave Hope

This week I am re-introducing some colour and shape.  As my family struggles through the painful path of life without Mum’s physical presence, we are all learning to refocus on the joys and and the good she brought to our lives, rather than just the void of her passing.

October Week Three : Brave Hopes

October Week Three : Brave Hopes

Here is the process I followed for this week’s interpretation:

  • In Lightroom, I cloned out a prominent branch on the top right hand side then lowered the saturation in the original image so some colour is re-introduced.
  • In Photoshop I then:
    • Created a duplicate layer and applied a filter: Pixelate, Crystallize at 25%
    • Added another duplicate layer to add a frame and lowered the exposure within it
    • Applied my watermark in a tree trunk at 15% opacity

You can now recognize the shape of the tree trunks and foliage, and you can see the path through the forest, although the light and colour are still subdued.  As always, kind comments are welcome.

The progression since Week One is shown in the slide show:

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Be sure to review the work of other participants to this photo processing project, by clicking on the One Four Challenge link.

26 thoughts on “October One Four Challenge – Week Three

  1. I like this. Brave hopes. Yes – things clear a little. Beautifully described again. I like this crystal version – very like pointillism in it’s overall view and I like that you have introduced a touch of colour back in again xxx

  2. Chris, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom! I think this week’s edit return to color is a powerful statement about hope. I must say that your spinning and waves of sorrow versions are incredible interpretations of the stages of grief a person goes through after a loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

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