One Four Challenge Week Two ( March)

The wonderful One Four Challenge by Robyn Gosby at her blog Captivate Me.  As with my last challenge I’m hoping each processing describes or portrays an aspect or emotion of my short story.

gardenscene

 


Fajr ( dawn prayer) of the Tuareg caravan

……   It was always with  eagerness and relief that he returned to find her waiting in the lush courtyard gardens, her arms like the petals of the rose opening  to embrace him, her sweet laughter spilling into the air like water from the tiled fountains. He was content.  Tales of the Caravanserai

One Four Challenge week one

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Editin this process I cropped the photo and used an overlay with a slight colour filter and a few strokes of a grunge brush ( again very lightly) I was hoping to keep the mystery but add a sense of water splashing or falling- as in a garden- and a sense of an impending misfortune.  I first attempted a monochrome version which I will show here as an extra but I wasn’t sure if the subject would lose sensuality without colour.

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  1. Amy says:

    Amazing work, Cybele! Never-ending creativeness.

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    1. So glad you like it!! I would enjoy seeing your work in this challenge!!

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      1. Amy says:

        I love it !! 🙂

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      2. Pleased you do! 🙂

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  2. Bastet says:

    What a fascinating story this has become (I missed this episode and came back to it today ….) I love the photo and the air of the Arabian Nights is just too cool!

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    1. you are too kind Bastet- yes my middle name is Scheherazade! lol you can read the full story too but hoping the little bits keep you interested too!

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      1. Bastet says:

        LOL … both are magnificent!

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      2. Molto grazie!!! 😀

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  3. This pairs so well with your story, Cybele – the beauty of the rose against the sleeping lion, who ultimately erupts at the end, all with an “ancient” feel to it because of the grunge overlay. So well done! (And I loved your story – I left a comment there too!)

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    1. So glad you like it and I think you will like the next two that I have already finished. I was so hoping that they complimented the story. Thanks again Stacy!!

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  4. afairymind says:

    Lovely edit! It really draws the attention onto the rose. The fading of the lion and the gauzy film of the grunge brush perfectly emphasizes the distance between the pair in the story – the rose, waiting alone for the absent lion. Well done. 🙂

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    1. thank you fairy!!! I hope my next two edits won’t disappoint!!

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  5. The rose looks so alive, like I could touch it. This crops bring the composition closer, with the wild rose and a tired lion, so reflective of your story. I suggest for the last week to enhance the lion an fade out the rose, to give one final visual closure to your beautiful story.

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    1. it does I think!! Thanks so much and you read my mind! – great minds and all that!! 😉 I think you will like the last one especially!!

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      1. hope it won’t disappoint!! 😀

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      2. I am sure it won’t. 😉

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  6. pattimoed says:

    I love the dreamy, moodiness of this shot! Great, Cybele.

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    1. thanks so much Patti! btw I am starting your book!

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      1. pattimoed says:

        How exciting!

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  7. Carrie says:

    I do like the monochrome version but I think the color one fits better with your story. Your words just instantly take me to another place, I love it!

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    1. I hear you re the mono vs colour!! I’m especially pleased you like the little story excerpts. Glad that they fit in with the images!! Thanks Carrie!!

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  8. katieprior says:

    Beautiful edit Cybele. The deep colour of the rose is so sensual and it looks almost like glazed pottery. Very nice!

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    1. lovely description Katie!! Thanks so much!!

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  9. coolquilting says:

    lovely moody photograph!

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    1. thanks for the lovely comment Cool!! (Marsha?)

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  10. Love the tale and the photo, Cybele. Hope you have a great week.

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    1. thanks so very much Debbie – you too!!

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  11. lauramacky says:

    This rose is so beautiful. It looks like velvet!

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    1. It is a lovely rose I agree!! Thank you dear Laura!!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  12. Maria F. says:

    What a nice idea of the slideshow! I just love that rose on the foreground.

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    1. yes I thought I’d do a slide for a change!! Thanks so much Maria!!

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  13. lensaddiction says:

    I dont see water falling, I see net curtains blowing in a breeze 🙂

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    1. that too!! Just a cool garden feel or so I hope.

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  14. Love the dark red of the rose and the light just behind it. I see the light was there in the first version but in this version it seems to surround the soft rose in a glow…

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    1. thanks for your lovely comment Eliza!!

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  15. Robyn G says:

    Hi Cybele – I like the light in this version, perhaps enhanced by the crop? I like the focus the crop brings to the rose and I do agree, the colour retains the sensuality, although I like the B&W in its own right. Just gorgeous! 😃

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    1. Thanks so much Robyn!!! Yes I think so too regarding the colour – and hopefully the crop!!

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  16. svtakeiteasy says:

    Hi Cybele, I like your coloured version better, more warmth. and the rose stands out more. Lovely.

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    1. thanks Chris!!! I was hoping the rose would stand out more!!

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  17. The rose is lovely, and its color is wonderfully rich. I like the story. I want to hear more of his adventures, and their love story.

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    1. oh thanks Deborah!! I’m pleased that it draws you in like that!!!!

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  18. smilecalm says:

    fitting flower
    for the woman
    who ruled 🙂

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    1. Do you mean me? 😀 Thanks so much Smile!!

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      1. smilecalm says:

        vous , oui 🙂

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  19. Katalina4 says:

    Oh, I am likin’ Week 2!! The lion is still present enough, but feels more like a dream-spirit, washed out and slightly cropped. The sensuality of the rose can dominate, and is not lost in the darkness… just my preferences 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Katalina for your very thoughtful interpretation!!! Love it!

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  20. In a continuation of the story, there seems a separation between the protagonists. A portent of their future.

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    1. Yes, I’m glad you see that!!

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