One Four Challenge – Feb Wk 4

A late post for week 4 of the February One Four Challenge as set by Robyn over at her blog, Captivate Me. One Four Challenge is all about processing an image 4 different ways over 4 weeks.

After last week’s popular sepia edit of the image of a decaying Brighton Pier, I have been scratching my head (metaphorically, not literally) to find a next step for this image. I knew what I wanted to create, but it wasn’t easy….

I wanted to retain the sense of something old, from a past time, so I had a go at overlaying the text on an old envelope from the 1960s…..but because I really don’t know what I’m doing here, it hasn’t worked as I wanted….but Tempus Fugit and all that, this is how it has to stay. One day I shall learn how to do this properly.

This is speaks of the past in two ways
The Victorian Pier
That 1960s slogan on the envelope…!!  We wouldn’t/couldn’t say that now!

Feb Week 4

Feb Week 4


Should you wish to see all my February images, here they are …click on any image to start the gallery


  1. I think it looks like an old postcard Sue. With the writing on the wrong side! It definitely cries out ‘nostalgia’ though, and I love the old stamp.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Somehow I missed week 3! But I like it in the sepia format. I also like what you have done here! I must practice with layers, I sort of understand the theory, but useless at the practice and I am sure there is so much more that can be done once the technique has been mastered. This is quite a challenging challenge!! You have done good 🙂

    • Thanks for your kind words, Jude! I know what I wanted to do, but lack the skills at the moment…plus, lack the time to do more learning at present! Ah well, it’s back to that mythical ‘one day’ !!

  3. I like your blending very much on this one – the idea works really well 🙂

    • Well, thanks! Glad you like it, because it isn’t how I envisioned it would be if I really understood the pesky layers!!

      • It can be a pain trying to achieve what you want with an image – even when you’re just doing a documentary shot!

        As an aside – you envelope is probably 1920’s – that’s King George V on the stamp 😉

      • Oops, yes, you’re right….. and that slogan is a more likely 1920s effort!!

  4. I can’t see any ‘wrong’ it looks wonderful to me.

  5. Lovely post, Sue, it looks great.

    • Thank you! Glad you like it, Dina. I have a few more envelopes that I have come across that I may use to create different layers in future …..

  6. I think the final blend between the postcard and the aged photo of the pier works really well. Good job!

    • Thanks, Adrian- I didn’t find it easy, and it isn’t quite how I envisaged it. I should learn more about layers, but I need to find a good tutorial!

  7. Your montage really works Sue, I love the vintage layered postcard look you created. Well done! 🙂

  8. You’ve pulled one out of the hat here Sue, well done, nostalgic, different and interesting. Layers is a very difficult concept that I think you have done very well with it. I once knew how to do it but it has been so long since I played around with it I have forgotten all I learnt. I still think the sepia one ticks my boxes.

  9. Sue, These are all very good! I really like the sepia one best, but I also like the layered one this week a lot! Nothing wrong with it at all! I keep discovering new things about layering every time I do it.

    • Thank you! I think the sepia one seems to be the most favoured…as to the layered effort, it can be better, I just need to work out how to do it! 😃

  10. Nice! I know what you mean about layers – unless you work with them often (I don’t either) it’s hard to get it the way you envision it.

  11. lensaddiction

    Sue I like this a lot, my fineart grunge course is ALL about the layers and what makes them really happen is the Blend Modes, finding the right one and then adjusting the opacity which looks like you have done here. I tend to use Multiply, Overlay, Soft Light and Hardlight the most depending on the combination of layers.

    What might help is the addition of a mask – I use them a LOT – ie you might add a mask into the envelope layer and paint over the pier to bring that back into more detail (rather than being softened by the blend mode) – that might help you bring your layers together with a bit more control – with the combination of layers, blending and masks you can do ANYTHING in PS 🙂

  12. Great work Sue. The overlay of the postcard is a wonderful link back to the history of the pier. Very well done!

  13. Enjoyed your experimentation. On my post today I talked about Jerry Uelsmann’s work. Hope that you get a chance to view his photography.

  14. Very imaginative, I really like it. I have no idea how to do something like that, so called me impressed. 🙂

  15. With all my connection problems I missed out on a lot over the past couple of weeks .. I really like what you did with this photo and this last edit is a poem! Love your work Sue!

  16. Wow, what a cool way to take this, all the way through to a flea market vintage postcard… really love this look.

  17. Thought I had commented here Sue, but must have been in a reply!
    Wasn’t this a fabulous image for the month? That old pier is so appealing. Love the post card and week 1 too. That beautiful sky just grabs me in colour and works with the tones in the pier. Think I will miss this one popping up on my screen 😃😃

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