One Four Challenge: May Week 4

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Where has this month gone.  We are now onto week 4 of Mays image, which is part of Robyn’s challenge over at Captivate Me

So this week I had to go monochrome.  This final edit was edited in Lightroom. I just played around with the sliders.  In particular with the clarity, luminescence and vignette.

There is a poll to let me know which one you prefer.

I will catch up with everyone later as I have my acrylic painting class.

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/one-four-challenge-may-week-4/

One Four Challenge ~ #4

https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/one-four-challenge-hanging-blossom-mixed-media/

https://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/one-four-challenge-may-week-4/

One Four Challenge – May Week 4

Walt Disney Concert Hall – week 4

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One Four Challenge: May Week 3

Cropped and filter - Rough pastels

Good morning from a cool and cloudy Hastings day.

Drum roll please:

I now have a new computer.  I have to give a huge thanks to my son for helping to pay for a huge upgrade from what the insurance company was going to pay.

Here are the specs:

  • 2.6GHz Intel i7-4720HQ quad core processor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive
  • 4GB AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics
  • Windows 8.1
  • DVD Writer
  • Brand/Model: Toshiba Satellite P70-B097
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad core Processor – 2.6 GHz – 3.6GHz
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3L (2x8GB) 1600MHz Ram – (total memory expandable to 16GB)
  • Disk Drive: Hybrid 1TB SATA (5400rpm) + 8G SSD cache
  • Optical Drive: DVD-RW
  • Display: 17.3″ Full HD with LED Backlit Display (1920 x 1080)

Having a son who knows about computers helps a lot.  So I got a $2000 computer for half the cost.  So I am a happy chappy.  It is a bigger screen as well which helps.  When I came to editing in Lightroom I got a better response from the sliders.  And Photoshop works like a dream.  What is also new for me is that the keyboard lights up too.  And it is lovely to type with, compared to what I was using.

So onto my One Four post this week.  I cropped the image more closely to the branch and then just used the preset filter – pastel strokes and did a HDR edit as well through photoshop.

Sky added

Apples - increase clarity, alter exposure (1 of 1)

Then for something different.  As everyone knows I have been going to an acrylic painting class.  We have a competition on at the moment run by the Fruitgrowers Association here in the Hawke’s Bay.  So I am entering it with these two paintings.  I decided to combine my photography and painting.  I edited the photo with Photoshop to get a brush stroke affect.  I then printed the image onto a special paper which I then ironed onto the canvas.  Because the canvas has an uneven surface ti didn’t quite come out as well as I wanted.  Then I just painted the apples.  We had to showcase our fruit.  No grapes or anything to do with our wine industry was not allowed.

Artistic apples-2

Artistic apples-2-2

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/one-four-challenge-may-week-3/

 https://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/one-four-challenge-may-week-3/

https://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/one-four-challenge-for-may-cottage-life-week-3/

One Four Challenge – May Week 3

Walt Disney Concert Hall – week 3

https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/one-four-challenge-hanging-blossom-watercolour/

One Four Challenge ~ #3

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One Four Challenge: May – Week 2

Sky added

I don’t know where the time goes.  It is time for week 2 of May’s photo for Robyn’s challenge over at Captivate Me.

I have only done a simple edit this week.  I have a Dummies guide to Photoshop CC so was doing some reading about selecting colours.  So with this knowledge I deleted the background and added a new sky with clouds.   I do think it brings out the apples a bit more.

Tell me what you think about this week.  I am open to some constructive criticism.  I would love some advice on what to do next, just for me to learn new techniques.

Apples - increase clarity, alter exposure (1 of 1)

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/one-four-challenge-may-week-2/

https://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/one-four-challenge-for-may-cottage-life-week-2/

One Four Challenge ~ #2

https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/one-four-challenge-hanging-blossom-monochrome/

One Four Challenge – May Week 2

Walt Disney Concert Hall – week 2

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One Four Challenge:May/Week 1

Apples - increase clarity, alter exposure (1 of 1)

Good morning from a cool sunny Hastings day.

Robyn from Captivate Me has started of a new month of her One Four Challenge. This is great for us who love editing to get a photo and edit it a different way each week.

So for May I am going for a autumn theme.  The apple trees are or were fully loaded down with apples.  For my first edit I adjusted the exposure and clarity. It was underexposed and it was hard to pick out the leaves clearly.

For more information here is Robyn’s blog to check out.

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/one-four-challenge-may-week-1/

One Four Challenge – May Week 1

https://marshaleith.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/one-four-challenge-for-may-cottage-life/

https://aperture64.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/one-four-challenge-hanging-blossom/

This should be interesting to do this month.

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Fruits of Autumn

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Good morning from a cool Hastings morning.

As we are now well into autumn I found some fruits still hanging on the trees around Hastings.

I thought that they would make the perfect photos for Cee’s Black and White Challenge this week.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Food

The first photo is the last of the apples.

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The last of the fejoias.

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The last of the lychees.

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The last of the black grapes.

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The last of the green grapes.

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But persimmons are now in season.

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Some enterprising people bag the persimmons up and sell on the side of the road.

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Hastings is the fruit bowl of New Zealand so I thought it would be appropriate to showcase some of our fruits.

This week I have gone for the monochrome feel – edited with FX Foto Pro for something a bit different.

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