One Four Challenge – February Week 3…

Here we are at week three of the four week challenge.  I really picked a difficult photo this month.  It was all about that hot air balloon, but I just haven’t been inspired to do much with this thing.  After spending a lot of time dorking around with this image this week I came to a nice edit that I like.  It was a long road to this image, and normally if I spent this amount of time on a photo I would toss it, because I don’t like to ‘force’ a photo.

First I changed the sky again, which required fixing everything else in the photo to go with the new sky.  It was ok, a little sickly sweet and felt fake… then I started playing around with the artistic filters in G’MIC for GIMP plug-in and I got an image I like.  It is similar to the trees from January, but I got here from a very different path.  It is a little Scanner Darkly, and I think that is pretty cool…


Kind thoughts and comments are welcome!

I have joined a month-long photo post-processing challenge called One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me. “This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.” Every Monday Robyn posts a new version of her photo and challenges us to do the same each week.

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Come back tomorrow Wednesday for the tutorial, until then, here’s a sneak peek (the compression required to make this a .gif gives it a blocky look)…


Until next time…

22 thoughts on “One Four Challenge – February Week 3…

    • Thanks, Lore! I didn’t think of the .gif as a small cartoon, but I’m glad you like it. 😀 I really felt like I had to experiment with this image this week, I was just kind of bored with only changing the sky again. 😛

  1. I like what you did here, I know what you mean about it being a challenge to come up with new interesting ways to edit each week and each image has its own challenges. This works really well and the balloon still has weight and balance in the image. Nice job on the sky too 🙂

  2. Hi Nic, you always go to such effort to share with us. Thank you. Its great! It really is a different take and definitely has a cartoon feel about it. I like that you tried this 😀 My preference (so far) for this image is leaning more to realism – but you never know 😜 Good work!

    • Thanks, Robyn. I liked how in previous months I learned new things and week 4 was a combination of the previous three weeks. This image just hasn’t given me the same inspiration. I’m going to have to pick something better next month. 😛

      • Our choice of image really does affect our inspirations doesn’t it Nic? ..and finding it can be tricky sometimes 😜
        Looking forward to week 4 – I think you do well, whatever you’re working on and with such variety!!

        • I have no idea what I’m going to do next week… eep! Yeah for some reason the previous months the image really spoke to me and I got some great edits. This one wants to be realistic and it has thrown me for a loop! 😛 I pushed it anyway and I like the effect I got this week… my favorite part is that you can see the stars and moon on the balloon really well now. 😀

    • Thank you for your honesty, Ben. I’m finding that this particular image is making me want to keep it realistic, but realistic is boring.. so after I changed the sky and revamped the colors to suit the sky it felt fake. Plus I didn’t ‘learn’ anything, and this challenge I like to challenge myself and learn something new each week. So I decided to play around with the plug-in. I knew it wouldn’t be for everyone, but at least I got to learn something this week. 😀

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