Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

While in theory I do love living in an area where there are four distinct seasons, I will admit that I often long for warmer weather during the winter.  So on a particularly cold day this past week, I headed to an indoor garden to take some photos:

ISO 500 50mm f/4.5 1/125
ISO 500 50mm f/4.5 1/125

This is an Aphelandra, a version of which is available for sale on Picfair, and here is what the photo looked like originally:

ISO 500 50mm f/4.5 1/125
ISO 500 50mm f/4.5 1/125

It’s beautiful as is but when I was editing it, I wondered if I could make the yellow tips glow in a black and white version. I am new this week to Lightroom, so I went ahead and did some of the editing there.  Specifically for this final version I looked at all the black and white presets that were available to me, picked the one that I liked, and then adjusted from there.  Prior to doing that though, I did start with my color version in Photoshop. I chose to do my cropping and sharpening there, and then did the black and white transformation in Lightroom.

It’s been a bumpy few weeks for me.  I’m in the process of taking an on-line course in Lightroom, so that hopefully I will be able to use it fully.  It means a lot of stops and starts in my work as I have to google instructions on how to do things, and then look at those instructions again a few days later as I am still learning and don’t yet have even the simple things down by rote.

How are things where you are, are you enjoying the current season or do you find yourself longing for another one?  Do you like the black and white edit?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



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  1. I am a colour person, but in this instance I am drawn to the black and white version. Beautifully composed in the end result, and it looks like the flower is glowing at the tips.

    Good luck with the Lightroom course. With most software, there is always so many terms and tricks to pick up, not to mention navigating around it 🙂


      1. I don’t know about you, but in order for me to learn a new software or learn how to do something with the software, I have to have a go at it many, many times. Practise, practise, practise until the steps come naturally to me.


  2. I really like your B&W edit, Amy. I also admire you for finding time for the Lightroom course, while I just bumble along with it. It certainly makes the water mark easy, as well as sharpening, straightening and cropping of course 😀

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  3. I like both shots. I’m enjoying both the season of nature (still in winter with hints of spring) and the season of my life. Good for you, taking on a new thing with Lightroom. I keep thinking of getting that or Photoshop, but haven’t done anything about it yet. Enjoy.


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  4. Love the B&W version and laughed at your first comment about wanting 4 seasons but disliking cold. Exactly the thought I included in my Seasons post this week LOL. Spring seems to be arriving here, hope the same is true for you!

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  5. I love the black and white edit. The colour one is also beautiful. Very vibrant and bright.
    As for me, I’m at the end of summer (Brazil), soon going into autumn. I love the Spring and Summer. Autumn is still nice and warm here, but not a fan of winter (funny coming from a Canadian, born and raised). Having said that, I’m very glad I live in hot, sunny climate.
    Lovely blog you have.

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  6. Gorgeous shot, Amy. I love both, but especially the b & w. It’s true that I’m longing for warmer weather now as we’re in the middle of a snowstorm, but since the weather was so unpredictable this winter, I’m actually enjoying the snow. 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your corner of the world.

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  7. Thank you for inspiration . In the winter time , it is good to learn new things , and also go through old photos , and edit them . So I hope I will make a post today . 🙂 (y)

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      1. Oh, I’m new to WordPress, and I am learning how this works . When I date, after publishing, a posting back to the date when the photograph was taken, the link changes? So, one should manually change the date to “2015/06/22” in the link that I shared previously, that did not work, to find the Round-leaved Wintergreens. Sorry for the inconvenience. Happy photographing, cheers !

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      2. Ok, try these directions:https://en.support.wordpress.com/shortlinks/
        What you are going to do is get a link for the post you want, then you can copy and paste that link into your response here. So, if you follow the directions, open the Round-leaved Wintergreens post, in your editor and then follow the other directions. Once you have your link, try pasting it in a response here and we will see if that works.
        If it works properly, it allows you to direct people to your post without changing anything about the original.
        Maybe give it a try?

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