One Four Challenge – Dec Wk 2

Well, the week has shot past, and it’s time for another One Four Challenge post! I must say, Robyn and many others are posting some great images, and many processes are being used to great effect that I haven’t even heard of! But I tend to use Aperture, or occasionally PSE, I certainly don’t have the full photoshop. Plus I don’t have the health to sit for yonks looking at a small screen.

So I guess I am trying to prove to myself that interesting adventures can still be had with lesser tools, and less investment in time!

Here is my December Week 2 –

From the base image in Aperture, I exported it into Nik Viveza, increased structure somewhat and just tweaked vibrancy a tad. I then exported this image to Nik ColorEfex and gave it a high key look to give a slightly foggy look to the distant foliage, then added a slight lens vignette to focus the eyes on the centre of the frame…. My aim was to give the image a very seasonal feel, cold, damp etc!

Late autumn scene

Late autumn scene

And here is last week’s for comparison

Is this what I really saw?

Is this what I really saw?

hop over to Robyn’s blog to see the other entries here.



  1. Very fascinating, very well captured… 🙂

  2. I like how the yellow of the tree leaves stand out in the whole image

  3. Love this image! I love the simplicity of it and how you have the leaves standing out with such vivid color. Looking forward to your next images!

  4. Hi Sue, you definitely succeeded with your goal here! It does have a cold wet feel to the image.
    When I saw your image today, I really felt like I was seeing your image for the first time. The change is remarkable. Amazing what can be done and your vision is clear!
    I completely understand about not being able to sit – for different reasons of course – my back injury this year has limited my stints to short bursts. We do what we can and work with the tools we have 😀😀
    What does Viveza do? I havent used it at all really and I like your end result this week.

    • Oh thank you, Robyn! Much appreciated. Viveza fine tunes vibrancy, structure and a few other things. Useful as a first port of call before you move into ColorEfex or SilverEfex, for example.

  5. You did it, a cold damp seasonal feel. It is totally there. I like the colors, muted but true and the layering of browns and greens. It is nice, really nice.

  6. Great job. I prefer this over last week’s and can’t wait to see what you come up with for weeks 4 and 5!

  7. Nic

    This version really has the feel you were going for, wet, cold, but the yellow of those leaves are so inviting! I love this one.

  8. leecleland

    Prefer last weeks image because it is more artistic but this one certainly has the cold wet/damp feel to it and is a great contrast to week 1. Looking forward to next week – no pressure 🙂

  9. Really like the effect, very wintery with the lingering touch of autumn, nice one. Now I must go to Google and explore those mediums you have used, I’ve never heard of them before

  10. lensaddiction

    Yes it feels very cold and damp and unpleasant to be out in, you achieved that really well. I feel the looming clouds heavy with rain, just waiting to release on the poor unsuspecting leaves 🙂

  11. Oh i do so like your image you have posted this week. It makes me feel as winter is here even though i live in a summery climate. The colours the tones, the vignette, it all contributes to the overall sensation of looking out on an autumn day from inside sipping on a warm cocoa or such like. I will check back next week. It will be interesting to see what your next step with this image is going to be.

  12. I like the tone of the image… Great to see the bright colours.

  13. Compared to last week this image looks great. Definitely has a wet autumn feel to it.

  14. I have to say, I like this one best too. It has more depth and interest to it. I’m going to have to look those apps up too!

  15. It works well with the Autumnal yellow, Sue. I don’t think we need a huge bag of tricks, but if people enjoy that… 🙂

  16. I like both images, liked the first one as I felt it had more depth than the average book illustration (reminded me a little of Winnie The Pooh illustrations). You are one talented woman, Sue.

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