Week Two. One Four Challenge (October).

Week Two of the One Four Challenge is here. So it is time to see what I can come up with.

During Week One, Learning to See Light suggested a tighter crop to rid the photo of the distracting stem on the right side of the photo. They also mentioned maybe a watercolour or painted look. Hey there! Thanks for the idea! So here goes…

As a reminder, here is the original photo so you can see the stem on the right-hand side of the photo that is kind of distracting.

Original ~ October

I took the photo and cropped the stem out. Then I went into the filter gallery in Photoshop CS5. I selected the Paint Daubs option and Sparkle brush under that filter. (See below.)

Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.06.32 PM

I like the swirl and gave the leaves, except now the stem right next to the flower was distracting. That was a little too close to crop. So I tried to liquify the stem some with the…well, the liquify tool, lol. (Which is under the filter tab in Photoshop.) The result I got is below.

Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.09.20 PM

It is almost like I made it even more noticeable, but I didn’t give up. I then tried to use the smudge tool in the tool palette and then followed that up with the blur tool. I just took those two tools and went back and forth over the stem in a random pattern. It still needed a touch more, so I used the clone tool to make some of the sparkly look go over the stem. That seemed to work.

Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.11.40 PM

Then I decided to play with the selective colors of the flower. Selective color is an option under the Image tab and then under the Adjustments option. The first color I enhanced was the reds. (See the numbers below for amounts.)

Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.13.42 PM

Then I adjusted the magentas as well.Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.14.25 PM

That all seemed to work for me and I was done and here is the final result.

week 2

What do you think? Any ideas you would like to see?

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14 thoughts on “Week Two. One Four Challenge (October).

  1. I like how you walked us through your process of getting rid of the second stem, and it turned out great – now it looks like the texture in the background and pushed the tulip more into focus. I also like how you upped the reds and magentas it really has pop. Also, I agree with CoolQuilting that the tulip looks like tissue paper. Great edit. 🙂

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  2. Michelle, I really like your process of steps this week to achieve your end result.
    Don’t know what I would do next, although I think it might be beautiful in a soft BW.
    Look forward to seeing what you decide. Again, gorgeous subject!

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    1. Thanks again Robyn. It was fun to play around with this option. It doesn’t always work for all photos so I am glad it did for this one. Black in white is definitely on the agenda for next week. Sssssshhh Secret. It is already ready and scheduled since I pick up family at the airport today. There will be no blogging for the weekend. Only Octoberfest and family fun!


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