One Four Challenge – Jan Wk 1

The first One Four week of January! One Four Challenge is set by Robyn (of Captivate Me), and is all about processing an image 4 different ways over 4 weeks.

For January, I have chosen an image that is redolent of early holidays in Cornwall in the very early 1960s….as I would only have been about 2-3 years old, it wasn’t actually taken by me! I suspect my father took it, but it might have been my mother. So in memory of my late parents, I thought I would post this image. It was probably taken with a Kodak Retinette..both parents had one, and they had rather a nice Schneider lens.

I think the image has potential, with the yacht, the dimpled sand, and the bucket. All I have done this first week is scan the faded image in, boost levels and saturation a little, and a slight crop. I have made no attempt to remove the grain/noise as I know from previous attempts it has rarely been successful, and besides which I think it gives a definite suggestion of age. The film was in a Boots mount – so perhaps it was their film? No idea.

I would like to boost the colour of that bucket in the foreground, so I will need to have more of a play with the Software I have…hope I have time!

Anyway, enough of the rambling, here it is:

Cornish beach, 1960s

Cornish beach, 1960s



  1. lovely photo…it has great potential. I love the soft colours and the sailboat and the lonely pail.

  2. Great photo! I’m looking forward to seeing future edits!

  3. I can see why you’d like to boost the bucket’s colour Sue. I wonder if you might move the yacht a little to the right in the coming weeks, just to balance the composition a little more? Just a thought. 🙂

    • I did actually think either the yacht or the bucket should be moved! Not sure I’m up to it, but I can try to shift that yacht!

      • I think it’s worth a try.. are you using Photoshop Sue?

      • I have become lazier and tend to just use Aperture……however, I have PSE, and suspect I need to look at layer masks, but have never really got to grips with these – any tips??

      • I’m not qutie so familiar with PSE but I’m sure there is the ablity to make a selctions by various methods, quick selction or the lasso tool, once you’ve made the selection, I’d copy and paste the yacht onto a new layer and move into position. The reason for the new layer is so that you can use the eraser tool to clean up any excess area around the yacht that came with the selection. Once you’ve done that I’d merge the two layers and get the smudge tool just to blend a few pixels here and there to make the yacht look like it really belongs.
        You can then hide the first yacht using the clone stamp tool, selecting an area just to the left or right and ‘painting’ over. 🙂

      • Ah, thanks, I’ll have to see what I can do! I don’t tend to do too much post-processing, as I would rather get something right in camera! But it can be fun to have a play around……

  4. poppytump

    I can see some fun here Sue . I’m sure you have lots of ideas already !
    Guess it was your little tin sandcastle bucket then 😉

  5. Oh this is definitely a photo full of potential. That bucket caught my eye straight away. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

  6. Cornwall in the 60’s, I expect that scene is still the same but not so many sail boats!

  7. what a beautiful subject! Gorgeous Sue. It takes you away!! I want to be on the sailboat.

  8. Happy New Year Sue!
    I love this image – my first thoughts were of so long ago.
    The sense of smell is a very powerful reminder – I love that it’s probably your parent’s image.
    Can’t wait to see what you do with it.
    To move my truck in the last round I used the Polyagonal Lasoo tool in PS – not sure about PSE or Aperture though.
    Good luck playing – I know whatever you do will be great!! 🙂

  9. lensaddiction

    Lovely idea using an old photo and updating it with current technology. It has that certain rememberance of summery days and happy childhood, with the genuine patina of age 🙂

    Look forward to seeing what else you do with it, I like the idea of moving the yacht to balance it a bit better 🙂

  10. It will be really interesting to see what you do each week Sue. I like that you have shown the original scanned image to start. I can see yellow sand, blue sea and that little bucket turning red!!!!!

    • Ah, this isn’t entirely the original scanned image – there are some minor tweaks…but, yes, you are right – who knows what I might do!

  11. leecleland

    Must be the month for sorting through photos, I was looking back at loose old shots just today. No dates on a lot but the memories they bring! Love that you’ve kept the look of the original image and if you get to grips with moving that sailboat I’d love to know how too.

  12. A really lovely image, Sue. I’ll be interested to see how this photo evolves over the next few weeks. 🙂

  13. A faded beauty 🙂 This one’s a ‘goer’, Sue.

  14. Hi Sue, As you know I am a bit biased with images of the sea and ships, so I can’t help but imagine the boat anchored in that bay! … If you feel up to it, may be move the boat so it has a little more prominence in your image. Look forward to the next editions! Chris

  15. This had an old postcard feel. Looking forward to seeing if you actually move that boat. 🙂

  16. I love the look of old film, and this image has a lot of potential. A great choice for this particular challenge.

  17. I too like that you let the grain be and speak for its age, it gives the image more personality. I also like that the paradox of the ship and the bucket. The bucket being such a simple childish thing is more sharp and close while this big “adult” object is so tiny and not as clear but they’re right in line with each other.

    I could go even further and say the imaginary line between them represents the progression from youth to adulthood. 🙂

  18. Emilio Pasquale

    OK, sorry about my previous comment about waiting for the boat to move. I didn’t realize it was a photo your parents might have taken when you were only 2. I think you’ve done a great job with your After versions I’ve seen so far. Can’t wait for week 4.

    • Don’t apologise, Emilio – I did say it was a very old transparency I had scanned in, on the week 1 post, but you probably didn’t notice that. And I don’t know the precise date of it but I’m guessing early 60s. Hence all that grain!

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