One-Four Challenge: June Week Two

Here’s the second June edit for Robyn’s One-Four Challenge. The picture was taken last year in Hartsholme Country Park in Lincoln, UK.

Week two edit
Week two edit

This week I decided to create an old photograph effect to emphasise the age and history of the boathouse in the picture (built in 1881). I’m ignoring the fact that the bridge is only a year old…

I began by opening the image in Photoshop Elements 13 where I cropped it into the chunkier rectangle that is more common in old photographs. I then decreased the saturation, slightly increased the contrast and increased the intensity of the shadows in the levels adjustment layer. I also added a sepia photo filter.

Next I opened the image in FotoSketcher where I added a vintage photo effect, with old paper defects and a touch of blur. I also added a white border – though this isn’t actually visible on the blog! The sepia colouring was faded too much for my liking by FotoSketcher’s process so I then reopened it in Photoshop and applied a second sepia photo filter. I also reduced the brightness of the sky and bridge which I felt were overly bright and a little distracting.

I may have also made a few other changes that I can’t remember – I played around with the image quite a lot before I settled on a look that I was actually happy with.

Here’s the original image and the week one edit for comparison:

Original Image
Original Image
Week One Edit
Week One Edit


17 Comments on “One-Four Challenge: June Week Two

    • Thank you. 🙂 I wanted it to be very different to last week’s warm tones and a vintage look seemed appropriate considering the content. I’m glad you like it.


  1. Great work. I really like the effect you have created. You really achieved the historic vintage look with your work here and the bridge looks to fit right in. Well done.


  2. Love the vintage look on this. The newness of the bridge doesn’t bother me at all! I used the same Fotosketcher vintage effect for next week’s One Four Challenge on my image. I kind of like it!


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  4. Oh this IS wonderful – so atmospheric and yes to be standing thee would be wonderful.
    The heightened vintage feel truly creates a wonderful place.
    Also made me think of an old style painting. Fabulous! 🙂


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