One Four Challenge – March Wk 2

One Four Challenge Wk 2 – Click to Embiggen

Last week was interesting, half the people liked the actual Wk 1 entry which was the BW version and half the people liked the base colour image!

So I had a cunning plan for One Four Challenge Wk2 –  merge the two using layers and a mask and get the benefit of the BW tree detail with the colour background.  Up til the point I had to paint AROUND ALL THE BRANCHES!

Crashed and burned at that point.

I already had the two layers together so then mucked about with blending them and came up with this variation – I call it STORMLIGHT

Post Processing steps:

1.  Lay both images out, colour on bottom and BW on top

2.  Blend the BW on top of the colour with Darken mode set around 65%

This darkens the sky and tones down the sea colour but adds more drama and texture to the tree branches.

3.  Bring back into LR and add a subtle vignette in the corners with the radial tool and darkening the exposure.

It feels to me like that brief break in the clouds, or light from an oncoming storm 🙂

All tips, tricks, comments and feedback welcome.


About lensaddiction

Mad keen photographer figuring it out as she goes!
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52 Responses to One Four Challenge – March Wk 2

  1. Jim Davis says:

    I love old trees along the waters edge, I am enjoying your site!!

  2. The drama on those branches is great! The image seems more alive to me this week 🙂

  3. kirsten says:

    You captured the essence of “stormlight” perfectly. This is my favorite edit so far. Painting around those branches would have been an awful pain, but I think idea of it made for an amazing edit this week.

    • lensaddiction says:

      You are not wrong, the painting was a real turnoff, I may need to invest in a Wacom tablet if I continue to have such silly ideas !

      • kirsten says:

        I think it was a great idea :). The Wacom tablets are wonderful. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to be coordinated enough to use them! Lol. I’ve tried, but I do better with a mouse. Everyone I know that has one thinks it is the best thing…ever!!

      • lensaddiction says:

        I have always wanted one but havent spent the money because im not sure if it would “work” for me with using the pen.

      • kirsten says:

        I wish they had a way for you to do a 30 day trial to see if it would work. I had the Bamboo Create for awhile, but just couldn’t get the hang of it.

      • lensaddiction says:

        I wish they did too!

  4. Katalina4 says:

    Stormlight…you should patent that 🙂
    I love it. Definitely the qualities of the 2 from last week are able to co-exist.

    • lensaddiction says:

      I haven’t blended two variations of the same image before like this so it was an interesting experiment, I think the intense colours hold up against the addition of the bw

  5. Robyn G says:

    Stormlight, I love it!
    This is really effective Stacey and has lots of drama. You do wonder what’s going to happen next… a massive thunderstorm?
    I like combining BW and Coloured layers. It usually offers something different and this one works.
    A fabulous second edit 😃

    • lensaddiction says:

      I have never combined two layers like this before so it was a really good learning experience, I have done two colour layers on top of each other to reinforce a particular effect in the image, but not this.

      • Robyn G says:

        It really is effective Stacey. I use it the other way around too, to knock back colour – BW layer on top, Blend mode normal and then change the opacity to what you like best 😃
        I think this method worked really well with your image this week!!

      • lensaddiction says:

        I did it that way with the BW on top for this one too, its what did all the darkening. I should swap to see the difference LOL

      • Robyn G says:

        Absolutely! Its fun experimenting and we never know what we’ll discover 😜

  6. Really love the resulting image – such a stormy mood, and the perfect title. I know with my Vietnam boats I had to erase all the details of the boats off of my stormy sky layer and that was a real pain that I wouldn’t want to repeat too often – I can just imagine what these branches would be like!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Yes it was more pain than I realised and wasn’t in the mood for dealing with when I sat down. Still I got this instead, so Im happy with that 🙂

  7. leecleland says:

    Brilliant title and a perfect image created for it Stacey.

  8. svtakeiteasy says:

    Great work Stacey, I love the drama of the sky and the colour in the water, and the tree really stands out. It is also really interesting to see that you have combined the B&W and coloured images… Food for thought for me for another image I am fiddling with!

    • lensaddiction says:

      The combining was sheer serendipity given my original idea didn’t work, and I had these two layers just sitting there, so I played 🙂

  9. suej says:

    Love this image, the ‘aliveness’ of it! I need to have a go at combining monochrome and colour layers…..

  10. Beautiful toning, quite cinematic. I really like it.

  11. this is such a dramatic image! Lovely process again!

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  13. I love what you have done this week. The tree really does pop out a bit more, like a ray of light has caught it after a storm.

  14. katieprior says:

    I like this version Stacey. It has a feeling of tension, maybe like a storm is just about to roll over.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Katie, that was the kind of feel I was after, the darker dramatic sky helps a lot there I think.

  15. Carrie says:

    You did it! I am so impressed. This is such a gorgeous image. The water color and the stormy clouds, wow. Great edit, I love it.

  16. Nice work Stacy! I’d have run before getting into all that painting! But the effect is great! I love playing with the same image in layers – so many possibilities!

  17. There is so much drama here, a powerful image. It almost reflects the struggle you had in post- processing, although I see no struggle at all.

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  19. afairymind says:

    Great edit! It’s wonderfully dramatic. 🙂

  20. Bastet says:

    A great edit … it’s hard for me to decide between this weeks and last! Both are stunning! BTW I read about your accident and so happy everything came out well! 🙂

  21. debiriley says:

    stunning colours and tonal contrasts with excellent composition …. like it!

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