November # One Four Challenge – Step I

Welcome to November One Four Challenge, courtesy of Robyn from Captivate Me. Her idea is to take one of our own images and process it four different ways – sharing it over four weeks on our own blogs – one image per week. If you would like to join in the fun, please hop to her blog and read some more info.

The idea seemed interesting to me, because few times I stumbled upon images that just asked to be played with. Every week I participate in two other photo challenges, Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness and Stacy Fischer’s AfterBeforeFriday Forum. And many times after I post my weekly entry, I wonder if I could have processed the image differently.

So, this is my image for November. Over the next four weeks, every Monday I will post another version of this same photo.

And Then The Butterfly Flapped Its Wings

I took this image on my friend’s balcony in October, on one of the rare sunny days we had this year. I just can’t explain how much I love it, it is not a spectacular or unusual image, but I like the details and all those gorgeous petals. When choosing an image for this challenge, I focused on this one from the start. It represents a good subject for exploring the world of post-processing, especially if you are limited in the technology department as I am.

For those of you who somehow missed it, I don’t have Photoshop, Lightroom, ACR…I haven’t even processed my images until very recently. Currently, I work in PicMonkey, free online editing software with very basic options. Although it is all very rudimentary, I found out that this situation is pushing me to look at the images differently and try to find what I can do in these simple steps of post-processing, so I would get a different result.


For this first week, I decided to make some subtle changes, marginally adjusting saturation, brightness and contrast. In the end I added the vignette, because I am a sucker for touch of darkness. It seems to me all these steps make the petals stand out more, accentuating the sunlight.

So here it is, my first One Four Challenge post. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed composing it. Any feedback would be much appreciated – do you like the original image, would you do anything different, any questions, suggestions.

Remember to come back every Monday for a new post. On the last Monday I will include a poll, so you can vote for your favorite image. I am sure the response will be overwhelming. 🙂


26 thoughts on “November # One Four Challenge – Step I

  1. Yes I really like this image and I agree. I think it will be an interesting challenge processing this one in different ways. Love the softness and detail and the gorgeous colour… I like the subtle changes you have made.
    Im very glad you mentioned Stacy and Leanne’s challenges too.
    If you’re looking for a comprehensive photo editor that is free – there is GIMP. Its definitely worth a look.
    Welcome to week 1 😄


  2. Oh good, I was just going to suggest GIMP too. Leanne Cole game me the suggestion a bit ago, it is a great program and there is a learning curve, for sure! There are tutorials that will help I am sure, through youtube and other means. Not that you need to change what you are doing. This is a beautifully processed image. So soft and I totally agree about the small changes (perhaps the vignette?) bring out the beautiful light that you captured. There is gorgeous color in this image as well and I love the detailed petals. Reminds me of my grandmother and her favorite flowers. Well done 🙂

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  3. I love how you made the background almost black. To me this brings out the flowers and put an even bigger focus on them 🙂 I think this is a great picture for this challenge!


  4. Very nice – like you I am a sucker for a touch of darkness (which I frequently use in my Beauty in Decay flower series). Love the colour, simple composition which allows us to see the beauty of this bloom…. I look forward to seeing where you go from here.


  5. You have chosen a great subject…I have these growing on my balcony too and was tempted to use for the challenge. Like you I am limited with my photo editing so I am very interested to see what more you do with your photo. Thank you for drop by my blog today…it is wonderful to see so many take part in the challenge, I agree.


    • Thank you for stopping by. Those flowers are really beautiful, most of the time we don’t even realize what is under our noses. I think this challenge will be interesting learning experience, both from our own post-processing and from other participants.


  6. Hi Loré, really like the darker background. It makes the petals stand out even more. I am with you on the minimalist software and processing… but it will be fun to explore. Chris


  7. Emilio Pasquale says:

    I think it’s a great image you’ve chosen, open to so many different interpretations. I started with picmonkey until I decided I wanted more control. I still go to picmonkey every so often and think it is one of the better free processing sites. Can’t wait to see what you do.


  8. lensaddiction says:

    Is it a begonia? Love the light shining thru the petals so you can see the delicate veining. Am also a fan of the slightly too heavy vignette, and it works well here. Nice light touch otherwise.


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