One Four Challenge – week 2

Robyn’s One Four challenge– week 2

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Week 2

A Birth ( chapter 2)

One day an elephant appeared on the mantel. He had ivory tusks and his trunk curled upward in blessing.  A clock was sitting inside the howdah perched  on top of his back.   The father of the little Miss was a world traveler and often brought back unusual treasures from far off places.  Bonnie Tuliptoes was lulled happily by the tick tock of the time piece and Buttercup Bib moved closer to get a better look. Bluebell stared at it and contentedly sucked her thumb but Cowslip was totally unsure of the whole business and her lip quivered fearfully.

Another time they awoke to a  cunning, gold filigreed, Faberge egg which was poised on a tiny gold stand. The porcelain tots  watched and waited in quiet expectancy. One morning a gilt cage stood by the window and inside it a yellow canary began to sing jubilantly. The egg had hatched at last. Unfortunately the bird song startled poor cowslip who cried all the harder. However, the elephant’s trunk appeared to be raised a bit higher as if the melody had a pleasing odour and Bonnie squealed in joyful delight.

 Chapter Three:  The Garden Tea

on this week’s process I cropped and turned the photo to frame the face. I used a sepia Fotosketch, a touch of glow and blur, and layered it to show a hint of colour. – All that !! 🙂

Extras

(cast of characters)

58 Comments Add yours

  1. Love this challenge, so wish I had to to participate- Love your renderings.But I like the original best. I should have visisted your blog more often , how inspirational. I have started a full time job few months back and I seem to be so pressed for time. I will be back for sure .

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    1. oh Ritva!! thank you!! I didn’t know you weren’t following! 😀 What a lovely comment- and I certainly enjoy yours as well!!

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  2. suzjones says:

    I think I quite like the rotation of the image Cybele. I changes the appearance of the little one’s face quite dramatically.

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  3. DG MARYOGA says:

    Oh dear Cybele ! How interesting the second chapter and the editing of the photos.You see,different angle different perspective,that’s the art of photography.Loved the sweet story and it was nice to meet Bluebell and Buttercup.
    You have handsomely presented it with every little detail,even the cast is included!

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    1. Thanks so much again Doda!! It’s a fun little story for children and us with child like spirit!!

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  4. Maria F. says:

    I missed this one. I like the sepia and the framing for sure!

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    1. thanks Maria. That’s sweet of you to comment on the old one!!

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  5. I like the change of the angle, it really works. Personally, I am more of a teddy bear person. : D

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    1. thanks Snow!! I am fond of Pooh!!

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  6. Suzanne says:

    I haven’t been doing this challenge so missed your entry here. I don’t find this doll creepy – just full of spark and character. I like the way you have blurred the image – it gives it a nostalgic feel – more like a image from memory than an actual photograph.

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    1. thanks so much- it’s funny but some people do find realistic dolls a bit spooky- Time for the attack of the zombie dolls story! 😀

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  7. leecleland says:

    Like this lightened edit much more than the first and the different angle works a treat, all adding more life into the image

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    1. thank you Lee! so glad you like it!

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  8. I think this is a brilliant picture but I can’t help but be creeped out by dolls and the bigger contrast between the skin and the eyes makes this seem creepier than week one or the original. I really like the black around the edge as well

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    1. Thank you for coming by and for commenting!!! I’ve had a few “creeped out” by my porcelain babes. I told someone I should do a story post on the attack of the zombie dolls!! 😀

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      1. That would definitely make for an interesting story! I hope you write it 🙂

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      2. 🙂 I’m a hopeful storyteller with photography too.

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  9. Anita says:

    I like the soft colors in this image, and I like the story!

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    1. I’m pleased you like the story too!! Thank you Anita!!

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  10. Believe it or not, porcelain dolls normally freak me out (I know that’s odd), but your little story and photos made me think them rather sweet. See what magic you perform, Cybele!

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    1. lol!! Thanks Sarah- and you are not the only one who thinks they are a bit creepy!!

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  11. What a sweet picture. I love that story. The elephant clock, the Faberge egg [which I would LOVE to have one by the way 😉 ], and the canary song that startled little cowslip. Poor little thing with those big alligator tears! 🙂

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    1. I know! and I think we all know a child who was a bit like that!! Thanks for your lovely comments always.

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  12. Yep, the lighter tone is a relief! I have some doll pictures too and this puts me in mind of using them another time here, but my dolls are scary on a whole other level!

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    1. yes, scary dolls and spooky children!! I seem to be guilty of that. Even the ones I take of real children can look a bit brooding!! Thanks so much for your comment. It’s a bit limiting working with a porcelain figure- I’m not sure what to do next!!

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  13. joshi daniel says:

    different and great 🙂

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    1. Thanks Joshi!!!

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  14. suej says:

    I like the rotation and the crop, Cybele….and the processing

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    1. Thank you Sue, It’s actually more of a challenge than I thought it would be when I first took the photo.

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      1. suej says:

        I can identify with that….

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      2. aww thanks for visiting them Sue!!!

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  15. poppytump says:

    I like the closer look at her face and the different angle here Cybele . I wonder WHY it is dolls seem disturbing and creepy to some of us …
    These little ones make me smile 🙂

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    1. Thanks Poppy! I’ve had a few “creepy” comments lol!! I suppose the next installment might be “the attack of the zombie dolls!!”

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  16. svtakeiteasy says:

    Well done on this week’s edit, Cybele. I love the crop as it gives us a much closer look at the sweet if startled face. Like the lighter feel too. And of course we get double the enjoyment with the story to go with the image. I smiled at the egg hatching! Chris

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    1. thank you Chris!!!

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  17. Carrie says:

    If I am just looking at your image it reminds me of lying on my back in the grass during the summertime and watching the clouds go by. I would find all sorts of interesting things in those clouds!
    Love the introduction of the cast too. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much Carrie!!! It’s a little flight of fancy for sure!!

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  18. Robyn G says:

    Oh the dear innocent little tots 🙂
    A wonderful story and love that the egg hatched… lol!!
    I like that you turned the image this week… and the processing has a very old time feel.
    Love the cast of characters too 😛

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    1. So glad you enjoy the story along with the processing. Thank you for indulging the story teller in me and especially for the One Four Challenge!!!!

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  19. Do I see her cooing ooh’s and aw’s? She’s so cute! Lovely developing this week too.

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    1. Awww thanks Deborah!!! Read Mark Simms’ comment- lol!! He has a totally different take on it! 😀

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  20. Mark Simms says:

    I find dolls a bit disturbing at the best of times…..but these are just creepy

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    1. Doll’s eyes and spooky children are great subjects for ghostly stories etc!! I see my characters much differently- as a little fairy tale I’m weaving!! You must have read M.R. James creepy doll house ghost stories when you were young!! 😀

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  21. Amy says:

    So very impressive, as always, Cybele!

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    1. thanks Amy!!! I am glad you enjoy the post!!!

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  22. I do love these little characters Cybele 🙂

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    1. I like them so much now that they are telling me stories!! thanks so much Andrea!! 😀

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  23. katieprior says:

    How nice to see all her friends, what a pity Cowslip is always sobbing! The Fotosketcher effect is very effective, it looks almost like newsprint, (unless thats just my screen!) Great twist of angle too, it frames her nicely. 🙂

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    1. I was worried I might be a bit limited with her but thanks so much for your feedback Katie. Poor Cowslip, she is just nervous and timid!! 🙂

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  24. She does look startled this week!

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    1. delightedly so!! Thanks for coming by Sarah!!

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      1. Thank you for sharing your images and words with us all!

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      2. thank you too for reading and commenting Sarah!!

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  25. lensaddiction says:

    This angle is a lot less scary than last weeks 🙂 I like the lighter toning in this weeks image 🙂

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    1. She’s not the bride of Chucky lol!! Thanks Stacy!! I find this one rather sweet.

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