One-Four Challenge: September Week Three

It’s time for the third September edit of Robyn’s One Four Challenge.  This week’s edit is in response to Joanne’s suggestion that she’d like to see a black and white version of the image.

Week two edit
Week Three Edit

I again began by opening the original image in Camera Raw where I made these changes:

Temperature: +20
Contrast: -100
Highlights: -19
Shadows: -78
Whites: +21
Blacks: -8
Clarity: +100
Luminance: 40
Luminance detail: 45

I then opened it in Photoshop Elements 13 where I cropped it and added the black and white gradient map.  I also used the blur tool on a light strength setting to smooth out some of the pixelation, which was quite severe in places. I thought at first this was due to the high clarity but after reopening the original I realised it was actually present from the beginning.

I also had a little play around with the image in FotoSketcher, adding an aged look, but decided in the end that I preferred the non-distressed version. I thought I’d share the distressed version with you as well.

week 3.2_FotoSketcher
Week Three Distressed

Personally, whilst I love black and white, I miss the colour in this image and look forward to its return next week.

Here all the edits together for comparison:

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14 thoughts on “One-Four Challenge: September Week Three

    1. Sorry for the delay in replying, Cybele – I thought I’d sent this comment last night!
      I love monochrome but I’ve noticed that I tend to try out the distressed version every time I do a black and white edit! This time I preferred it without. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

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  1. Hmm, I don’t think the distressed works at all and think you made the right choice. Having said that, week 1 is my favorite. The color and clarity just can’t be beat. So far! 🙂


    1. Thank you, Robyn. I didn’t think the subject matter fitted the grunge and it just obscured too much detail – I was quite surprised by the number of people who did like it!


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