One Four Challenge: Jan Wk 4 – Poll

London ivb   London iiib

London i   London ii

Once again this has been an enjoyable challenge from Robyn with lots of great entries from everyone.  Here is the original negative and, like the one I used for the November One Four Challenge, it has remained pristine in its protective sleeve over all these years.

London neg


Using Robyn’s challenge I have continued to explore the numerous possibilities that Photoshop Elements offers when creating an image, using layers, gradients, color combinations and various filters.  Unfortunately the results have clearly not always been appreciated or understood by one of our contributors who found my submissions to be pointless, and described them in his or her comments to me as “surreal”, “unrecognizable” and “garish.”  This individual feels that the essence of the challenge is to try “new post processing techniques and be brave enough to post them,” and not use “unrecogniseable post modern variations.”

Fortunately I am old enough not to be affected by such negative criticism.  However I am concerned that if someone who is just starting out with their blog, or is experimenting early on in their photography development, received such harsh criticism it might just make them want to give up.

The point of relating these thoughts is to remind all of us that the blogosphere should be a fun, enjoyable and safe place in which to express ourselves, and that any comments we choose to make to others should always be of a constructive rather than a destructive nature.

Now, having got that off my chest I thought you might enjoy some of the other images from the roll of film I shot that day at the Lord Mayor of London’s Parade. Here is the next shot of the carriage as it went by me showing a very young Prince Charles and Princess Anne on their way to Mansion House and I have also included some of the other images in a slide show after the poll.

Lord Mayor iv

Once again, thanks to Robyn for all that she does to make this so successful and congratulations everyone on all the great contributions this month.

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  1. What an amazing shot of the Royals really enjoyed that.

    Your right blogging is fun and when your being creative noone has a right to be negative on your space.

    I still adore the pink version and reckon the royals would too. You should sell it i would have it on my wall!

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  2. Mate. Its your personal space as well as you chose it to express to the world. Have fun while you blog and keep your head up. We are proud of you to atleast have a courage to share it and express yourself. Many feel shy and keep themselves locked to the world. Keep it up and enjoy everyday. We adore your work. 🙂

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  3. Andrew love those images of the young royals! So glad youre using this as an opportunity to revisit your negs. So enjoy your approach!!
    I voted for week 4 – it was a hard choice between 3 and 4 😀
    Thank you for writing of your experience – our challenge IS about the room to experiment however we wish and I do agree with your thoughts.

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  4. Hi Andrew, Really like your experimentation with colours, there was something every week to surprise us. In the end I have gone for your Week 1 interpretation. Just found the B&W with a plastic/metallic (?) wrap kept drawing me in to look at more details.
    Good to see the full set of images you took too! Chris

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  5. Andrew, this is a great post! Thanks for leading me here! About criticism in the blogosphere, unfortunately there is a lot. But if it leads you nowhere, it’s much better to ignore 🙂 I really like the post-production on the first picture (the one with blue and pink colors). Great job!

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    1. Thanks Thatiana. Fortunately the criticism didn’t bother me but I suspect it could crush someone just starting out and experimenting. Thought it was worth expanding on in the post; most unlike me as my posts tend to be images and not words as you know. Perhaps I should start writing more 🙂

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  6. Thank you for sending me over here!
    Seeing that old negative sent me back in time. As a girl, I remember getting those precious gems in the mail (had to wait all week for photos to come back!) As much as I enjoyed the pictures, it was the negatives that fascinated me.
    Admittedly, my favorite was the orginal. It was the gentleman in the right corner and the front facing horse th at struck me. Their heads were almost as parallel as their expressions. LOVE!

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