One Four challenge week 2 – Meg’s Pearls

Week 2 of Robyn Gosby’s One Four Challenge

Meg’s Pearls

week 2 She remembered a beautiful summer day when Meg's ship arrived in the town harbour
week 2 -She remembered a beautiful summer day when Meg’s ship arrived in the town harbour

“Her husband came from a long line of seafaring men dating back to the old days of windjammers and clipper ships.”

from:  A Canticle for Meg

For all my edits I am using layers, vignettes,  and light filters to change colour and shadow effects. I’ve used the story to influence my renderings in hopes that the photos become part of the story and each, a shadow of a memory.

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  1. Peter Nena says:

    Great renderings for sure. I love the colours.

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    1. thank you so much Peter. I’ve enjoyed this challenge!

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  2. afairymind says:

    Brilliant edit. I love the addition of the ship in the background. 🙂

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    1. I’m honoured!! Thank you so much!

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  3. Ooh, this is gorgeous, you tied it all so well together. An excellent edit, but with such a lovely subject, it will be hard to pick the favorite.

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  4. DG MARYOGA says:

    Hi dear Cybele!I had,and almost always have,a WP breather as I had to focus on serious work.You have so pleasantly blended your magical photos with the story!A shadow of a memory … for each one of them.Exceptional editing,most effectual light on all of them!Happy Tuesday my friend 🙂 , Doda xxx

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    1. Thank you so much dear Doda!! Good to hear from you again!! It’s good to have a breather I know!!

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  5. Nic says:

    I love the idea of putting photos to a story. I took a course where we read poems in class and then spent the week trying to create photos from the feelings we had from the poems. It was one of my favorite classes!

    The ship-ghost is lovely, I can see this as a segue in a movie… or a book cover…

    I like the color tones you chose this week too. Nice job. 😀

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    1. Thank you so much Nic. I love stories and for me it was stories first then photos. But it sometimes goes the other way too.”If” you’d like to read the story the link is in the post. I enjoy writing stories. 🙂

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  6. BWLEtravel says:

    Love the vintage effect in week 2.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting!! Glad you like it.

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  7. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Love what you’re doing with this string of pearls. I prefer the first version, throwing most of the background out of focus. But I also like the colors in the second and the idea of the texture.

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    1. Thanks so much Emilio, I’m glad you like them, I loved your deer on the bed!!

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  8. I am loving your week 2 with the hint ocean liner in the background. It’s perfect. But, then, they’re all beautiful! 🙂

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    1. so appreciated Linda!! Thank you! I’m thrilled you enjoy them!!

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  9. I really like the idea of having the boat and texture superimposed it adds a narrative to the pearls giving some character to an inanimate object.

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    1. thank you so much Ben! A lovely comment. It is inspired by my true story I call a Canticle for Meg.

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  10. Love the ghostly ship which tells such a story with hardly any words. It brought to mind a broken string of freshwater pearls that my mother-in-law left for me, along with the note, ‘Jim brought these back from Japan where he was stationed’.

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    1. awww, I love that!! My image brought back a memory for you!! Thank you Eliza!!

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    1. thank you Debbie!!

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  11. Beautifully enchanting!

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  12. kazg10 says:

    Love the colours, the boat image, the story, all of it. It really gets the imagination going 🙂

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    1. thank you so much Kaz!!

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  13. lensaddiction says:

    Cybele this is a lovely image, love the ghost ship and the lighter golden tones and light touches. A deft hand applying subtle effects produces a lovely outcome.

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    1. What a great comment Stacey!! Thanks so much!!

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  14. Robyn G says:

    Another breath taking edition Cybele – sits with the story so well. Beautiful 😃

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    1. thanks so much Robyn- I have enjoyed your challenge so much and the opportunity to tell stories!! 🙂

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      1. Robyn G says:

        How awesome is that?!! ..and we love your stories 😃

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  15. Carrie says:

    I don’t know how last week got away from me. I read your intimate, beautiful story, I marveled at your pearls and perfectly quoted excerpt and didn’t get the words to you! Sorry.
    This week, the ship adds so much to the delicate story you are weaving, stringing together like these lovely pearls. I don’t want your post to end! I am so happy this is a month long journey, can’t wait to see where you go next.

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    1. Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment. I am honoured!! I’m so glad it spoke to you in that way!

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      1. Carrie says:

        You are very welcome. It does speak to me. Words from the heart usually do. I am a true fan, Cybele. Really love the old ship, such a beautiful addition this week!

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      2. Again thank you Carrie!!

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  16. svtakeiteasy says:

    What sensitive, beautiful work, Cybele. I like the gentle tones like those of an ocean, the ghost of a ship in the background, the blur and texture echoing the fading memory of times gone by, and the framing, like an old photograph. Very inspiring.

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    1. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment Chris (do I have your name right?) I’m glad you saw the photo as I tried to portray it!

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      1. svtakeiteasy says:

        My pleasure – your work is always so inspiring. Chris (yes you got that right!)

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  17. Such subtle changes that make a huge difference to the atmosphere of each picture, lovely Cybele.

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    1. Thanks so much Andrea, and for your support!! I was hoping for that effect!

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  18. katieprior says:

    Love the soft, warm colours on this one.

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  19. How beautifully you’ve added to the story and invoked the historic! These are definitely becoming glimpses into another persons memories 🙂

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    1. thank you so much Sarah for your lovely perceptions!! I love that you see it that way!

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      1. I think it helps that I read your story and that my grandmother was passionate about her pearls and had some real adventures involving the big liners, German U-Boats and being rescued by the Maltese from the waters of the Mediterranean!

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      2. oh that sounds like a good story!!

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      3. I wish I knew more details but I’ve only ever heard bits from my mum and her siblings!

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      4. sometimes we are too late to ask the questions!! So many stories can be lost sadly!!

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      5. She didn’t really share her stories with us grandchildren! We didn’t see her a lot as she lived in Malta. I would have loved to know more about my grandfather too, but he passed away when I was 9. He never really spoke to anyone about everything he did during the war but I do know he was quite a hero!

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  20. The choice of texture is wonderful for this piece, and the warm light is beautiful.

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    1. thank you Deborah!!!

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  21. suej says:

    Oh, Cybele, it’s marvellous! The colour shift makes it appear as if golden sunlight is falling on the pearls and I love the layer with the distant ship 🙂

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    1. What a wonderful comment Sue!! Thank you!

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      1. suej says:

        You are most welcome!

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  22. smilecalm says:

    this post is a real pearl 🙂

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    1. thank you smile!!!

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  23. lauramacky says:

    They are all beautiful!! Really nice work.

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    1. thanks so much Laura!!

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