One Four Challenge – Seaside Sentries Week 4

Another month passes at great speed as we find ourselves in the last week of the One Four Challenge. This week I took my original image and retained the sky. However, I still wanted to make the sentries stand out a bit more just like in Week 3.

So I set to judicious use of the patch tool and the clone stamp tool in photoshop, in order to lower the horizon and achieve the pop I was looking for. Β A touch of lightening of the posts, a warm filter and a bit of a gradient. It took me quite a while to do this and am not sure if the result is too hot, but it is good to get more familiar with the tools.

So here then is week 4 (finally):

Edited version of Seaside Sentries, wooden posts in the sand
The Final Edit – Week 4

I was in two minds as to whether to retain the post on the far left and while a distraction, I decided that it also added further intrigue as to what may lie around the corner.

For the full set of images and the very original straight out of the camera, here they all are in a neat slideshow (though Week 3 has been revised thanks to a tip off from Lens Addiction):

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To my mind while the crops differ little, the resultant images are quite different, but all host an abundance of textures. I’d love to know what your own views are and which ones you most liked. Please therefore hit the poll below and leave comments, they are all appreciated.

Have a great week one and all and please visit the site of Robyn G, ‘Captivatre Me‘, who is kind enough to host this challenge.

44 thoughts on “One Four Challenge – Seaside Sentries Week 4

  1. Week 4 is beautiful, and if I was only looking for beautiful this would be it!
    But as you maybe know, just beauty isn’t enough for me so I chose the picture from week 3. I’t beautiful AND odd with it’s dark heavy blue sky. It makes the picture a bit more fantasy like, and I wonder what creatures might turn up.
    πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you, it has developed as it has gone along, and for example Week 3 was really the quick job to week 4. I wanted the lower horizon to make the piles stand out, but in week 3 I did not have the time to resample lots of different parts of the sky so I simply took the sky from another image and threw that into the background. It does take work and time, particularly as I am still learning and will make lots of mistakes. Isn’t that how we learn mind? 😎

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    1. Thank you Sarah. The last one took a bit more work with having to regraft the sky lower down to get the lower horizon, but it is largely what I was looking for. Week 3 was really a quick version, grabbing the sky from another photo and placing it in the background. Thus week 4 is definitely better balanced. I am learning all the time – so much too cover – and am now wanting to get my head around the blending modes and textures – something that is still alien to me……All good fun, MM πŸ€

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      1. The lowered horizon makes such a difference! I know how much work that is and you’ve done it brilliantly πŸ™‚ I think we’re all constantly learning and evolving. As artists I think we’d get bored if we weren’t πŸ˜‰ I’m playing with some Landscape ideas for next month now. So hard to choose what to do!!

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  2. Wow… seeing them one after the other ~how one image can look so totally different ~ is just wonderful.
    I love the drama of the sepia.
    It’s funny how the original looks so drab after seeing all the edits yet it is a lovely image!

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      1. I hear you. Funny how our eye can see that the image is grand but the camera begs to differ! They each absolutely do have something to offer. Isn’t photography wonderful?
        Snow. Pffft. We have mounds of the white stuff. Which wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t too cold to go out and enjoy it! Ski hills are full of snow but fairly empty of skiers. Only the most diehard (read foolhardy) are out there lately!

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  3. Great image to start with and I like the last one with the strength of colour in the posts and the cloudy sky. My eye is drawn to the large white cloud touching the posts and although that is the shot I wonder if it could be misted slightly or made not so clear. The third one seems very stark in comparison with a lot going on in the foreground and nothing in the sky. My tuppence halfpenny worth πŸ™‚ but a great month.

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  4. I like what you did with the replacement sky this time round, its a better fit. Now its probably just me, but there appears to be a tonal difference in the foreground to the sky – the sky is middle of the day bright, whereas the light on the pillars appears to be low golden sunrise/sunset tones and that makes my brain twitch a bit too πŸ™‚

    My personal fave is the sepia πŸ™‚

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