One Four Challenge: Lamp Post III – foggy day

It’s monochrome time! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this image will go well both for this week’s One Four Challenge hosted by Robyn, and for the week’s Monochrome Madness at Leanne’s. Do check out their blogs for other brilliant submissions.

This time, I thought I’d add a foggy day feel to the scene. These were what I wanted to accomplish: (a) The fog would lend a slight softness to the scene, reducing the contrast. (b) The lamp would be switched on. (c) Because fog translates to low visibility, the reach of the lamplight would not be much.

This is what I decided to submit —

Lamp Post, foggy day

Lamp post, foggy day

For this version, I had to do a lot of things, but this is the gist —

I added a copied layer in Grain-extract mode and blurred it by 3 pixels to make it softer. It was a bit too soft, but reducing the blurring would kill the softness, so I added another copied layer (with no effects added) above it, with reduced opacity. That completed the softness part.

To make it monochrome, I added an all-white layer in Saturation mode. (I think this was the simplest step in the process. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

To light up the lamp, I added a small starburst with a lot of short spokes over the lamp. I reduced its opacity until it felt right.

For the light emitted by the lamp, I used three layers — one with a radial gradient of white-to-transparent, applied with the lamp as the center, to simulate the light’s glow; another a black vignette to darken the surroundings where the light would be weak; and a last layer with some faint extra shadows in the background, cast by the fence post and the tree, that would correspond to the weak light. I’m not overly fond of how that last layer turned out, but without it, the scene looks weird to me. Maybe I’ll try something else the next time I have to add shadows.

Finally, I added a sepia layer because I thought it looked better that way. ๐Ÿ˜€

Most of the time, I played around with the transparencies of all the layers until I was satisfied it had just enough of the foggy feel. But now that I’ve linked the picture here, I see that I have a problem that’s the opposite of what Robyn’s been facing with her image this month — mine looks clearer here than it actually is…! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Should I consider this one of life’s mysteries?

Earlier images this month in this series

Lamp Post - radiating Lamp Post - damaged

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26 thoughts on “One Four Challenge: Lamp Post III – foggy day

  1. Lol… Perhaps if we merge your sharpness and my blurriness, all will be just right! ๐Ÿ˜œ
    Being kept on my toes by tech this month, instead of what I want to focus on. Hopefully a resolution soon.
    Im so inspired by your creativity presently and I hope its contagious. I love what you’ve done and how you’ve done it. Thanks for the walk through. Sooo interesting!!
    Keep up the inspiring editions Anita. Im really enjoying what youre doing. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    • Hehe the merging is a brilliant idea, Robyn… ๐Ÿ˜›

      Thank you for your comments about the image too. ๐Ÿ˜€ The creativity is definitely already present in all the images I’ve seen so far, and this week’s surely going to be the same. (Internet problems so I’m slow to visit around — I barely managed to get to yours to link up in this post. Hopefully it’ll get alright soon.)

      Tech stuff when you don’t want it interfering with what you want to do… Yes, I totally get it. Let’s hope it gets resolved quickly.

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  2. I really like this effect ๐Ÿ™‚ Feel a little bit romantic and at the same time a little spooky too.
    And it reminded me of the time when Harry Potter was sitting with his suitcase all alone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  3. I really like this! I could almost follow along in my mind’s eye reading your step-thru ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s neat how the monochrome also gives it a feel that there is snow on the bushes and all around. It definitely feels like a foggy winter’s day to me. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I don’t know if this is the why… but making your image smaller does have the effect of making it look sharper… I’m not sure why Robyn’s images are coming out blurry tho… so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about – heehee ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Thank you Nic! I must say my step-through pales when compared to your detailed tutorials. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Snow on the bushes — at some point during the process, it did appear very bright and snowy. Guess that’s still showing, then! ๐Ÿ™‚

      You’re right about scaling usually making the image sharper; I guess it also depends on the software that does the scaling — the image shows up soft / blurry (even when smaller) when I view it on my image viewer software. :/ Bad Flickr…? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • You had me scrambling to check the post, Ben! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Slow Internet still persists so it was a nervous wait…) It was probably a momentary Flickr hiccup. (Phew!) Thank you for following through to Flickr, I appreciate it!

      Ah, Narnia! And well-thumbed books! I think you made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Anita I really love what you have done this week (sorry its taken so long to reply, computer issues!) – it feels like evening in victorian london with the fog wafting in from the Thames – Jack the Ripper is out there in the alleyways ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you Stacey, I love the picture you’ve painted there, of course, excepting Jack the Ripper! ๐Ÿ˜›
      Hope your PC’s finally fine. I too have been a lot behind this week, because of slow Internet and other stuff taking me away from blog-visits — I’ve just decided to wait for everyone’s week 4 images instead.

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