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September #One Four Challenge – Week 1

When it comes to One Four Challenge, it’s all about the right image. You want to choose one that will give you most inspiration. Or challenge. I spent my August searching for the image and here I was, none the wiser. Then I got an idea.

Bassin d'Apollon, Versailles

This was my very first image for Stacey’s ABF Forum, from last July. I was new to all this editing stuff, it was quite a challenge to choose an image to work on. Back then, I thought I did a good job. Especially since this is a scan of the paper photo. I decided to play with this image in September OPF, to see if I learned new things and whether I can do it better.

For week 1 I am sharing my edit from the last year, so you can compare my skills before and now. (There will probably be no difference 😛 )

Bassin d'Apollon, Versailles

Occupying the site of Rondeau/Bassin des Cygnes of Louis XIII, the Apollo Fountain was constructed between 1668 and 1671. Charles Le Brun designed the centerpiece depicting the Greek god Apollo rising from the sea in a four-horse chariot to light the sky. A pond was dug on the site of the fountain in 1639 called “The Pond of the Swans”. When King Louis XIV of France had it enlarged in 1671, the pond’s east-west orientation and the common association of the King with Apollo prompted Charles Le Brun to suggest dedicating the site to Apollo. The fountain forms a focal point in the garden and serves as a transitional element between the gardens of the Petit Parc and the Grand Canal.

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19 thoughts on “September #One Four Challenge – Week 1

  1. What a brilliant idea Lore!! Love that you are going back and revisiting.
    We always learn so much by revisiting an artwork and/or photograph – can’t wait to see where you take the image this time. I do like the warmth you brought into it, making the sculpture the focus.
    What a magnificent sculpture! Breathtaking really and it must really be something quite special seeing it in person.

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  2. Excellent choice of image for this exercise. Your edit takes it in the direction of bringing out some atmosphere and some warmth. You’ve also added depth to the image, the original was rather 2-dimensional. I like this edit and look forward to more.

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  3. What a fun idea, I’m betting you will find that you have learned quite a bit in the last year and things you weren’t sure how to fix back then you understand now… looking forward to watching you be a mad scientist. 😀

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