One-Four Challenge: January Week 1

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I’ve been saying for a while now that I’m going to join in with Robyn G’s One-Four Challenge – well this month I’m actually doing so! This challenge asks you to edit the same picture in four different ways over four weeks. If you would like to find out more, or join in with the challenge, you can follow the link over to Robyn’s blog.

The image I’m working on this month is a photograph of some common ink cap toadstools that I took late in the late summer of last year. It was taken on my Canon EOS 1100D at ISO 1600, 168mm, F/5.6, 1/250.

For this first edit I trimmed the edges a little and reduced the noise level a touch. I then reduced the saturation to -28, increased the contrast to +24 and used the spot healing tool to remove a few stray blades of grass. This is all done on Photoshop Elements 13, though I’m hoping to try out some of the online photo-editing tools for future edits. I’m very new to photo editing so any and all suggestions are welcome!

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27 Comments on “One-Four Challenge: January Week 1

  1. Love that you are joining in. I love this challenge, I have learned so much! Your ink caps are so cute. I love the lines coming down from the tops, like someone drew on them. The coloring is warm in this image as well. Looks like you have a great start. Enjoy the process of the next month, it is so fun to see how one image transforms!

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  2. Welcome to the challenge!! So glad you are joining us 😃
    Your image is wonderful and I like the edits you have made for this first week.
    Looking forward to weeks 2,3 and 4 as well.

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  3. Welcome to the challenge, great image, I have not been brave enough to take photos of the small hard to find fungi yet. Nice job on the processing and I love the really tight crop 🙂

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    • Thank you. 🙂 I love taking photos of fungi – I have quite a collection of them in my archives!

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      • I have a macro lens but sadly, due to other commitments on my time the last couple of years, I have not had time to take it out and properly play with it.

        I belong to a natuer photography group and they come back with amazing fungi shots, our native rainforests encourage them to grow but many are tiny tiny 🙂

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  4. An enchanting fungi shot and I know you have a story to tell with this one 🙂 Great start to the OneFourChallenge and look forward to what you come up with for next week.

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    • Thank you! I love taking photos of fungi too. I probably spent more time deciding which toadstool picture to edit than actually editing! 🙂

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  5. Fungi can be so difficult to phtotograph. Love this.

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    • The hardest part I find is getting a clear shot of them amongst all the other foliage without disturbing things too much! Thanks for commenting. 😀

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  6. These are charming little toadstools – they may be common but I have never seen them before. I really like the colour and depth of field on this photo – the focus is exactly where it should be!

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  7. Those toadstools shine – like what you have done already. And I look forward to the story that goes with them! Nice you are joining us. Chris

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  9. I must have missed this on the first week, just popped back from the week two post. I like this as a base and can’t wait to see where you go with it.

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    • Thanks. 🙂 I have several plans for future edits. In fact, far too many plans for a four week project!

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