48 Hour Post processing Challenge #536

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Here is a shot of another cruise ship from my cabin in the early morning.

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Raw file here https://www.dropbox.com/s/oq1tpz13oy6toxi/_C070138.ORF?dl=0
jpeg file here https://www.dropbox.com/s/bbk7lwveginn3j9/_C070138.JPG?dl=0

I liked the 48 hour time limit so if there are no objections the contest will end Saturday at 12:00 P.M.

48-Hour Post-Processing Challenge Rules:

The Challenge Master provides an image to be "improved" upon by way of post-processing, as well as a closing date for entries.
Entrants are to post their entries, visible in this thread, at a resolution of 1000 to 1600 pixels in the longest dimension, prior to the closing date.
Each entrant is allowed two entries in the Challenge. Please mark entries clearly by number.
At the close of the Challenge, the Challenge Master will select a Winner and Runners-up.
The Winner of the challenge is honoured as the Master of the next Challenge.

Please Note: Entrants are encouraged to enter their best efforts even if this means replacing versions. Please do this by exchanging your latest effort with the image you wish to remove. You may note the replacement in a comment in the edited posting.

Notes:
The image used for the challenge must be the Challenge Master's own image. The image is posted solely for the purpose of this Challenge; it is not posted to invite critique or criticism nor for other uses. If Entrants post their entries at a photo sharing site, they should credit the owner of the original image.
"Improve" is a subjective term, and may include many creative ideas, as well as traditional "fixing". The Challenge Master agrees that Entrants may make any changes they deem fit in their entries.
Entrants are strongly encouraged to share the tools and techniques used for their entries, however this is not a requirement for entry.
As we all know, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The Challenge Master is encouraged (but not required) to state the criteria used to decide upon a Winner. While we may not all agree with the result, the Challenge Master's decision is final. Please refrain from posting adverse comment.
If the Winner is unable to post a new Challenge within five days, the honour passes to the next Runner-up.
 

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Entry #1: Raw file in DxO.
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Split-toned monochrome. Luminar 4 > Topaz Sharpen AI:

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Entry #2: B&W using NIK SilverEfex Edit: DxO Filmpack.
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Edited raw file in DxO PL2 then in Elements & ON1 Effects.

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Attempt 2 - All done in Photoshop and ACR.

Started from scratch. Removed colour cast then increased saturation of blues in camera calibration. Added two graduated filters to the sky only, one with increased saturation, texture, reduced highlights, then a second grad to reduce the colour temperature towards the top of the sky. Added a 'backyard vibe' (whatever that is) colour lookup. Duplicated the layers, added a canvas texture to the first then added a watercolour filter on to the top layer at a lower opacity.

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I liked seeing all the variety of choices in how to process this seemingly very simple image.
Someone in another contest here said I chose the winner by what I would like to see printed and on the wall for a while. Not a direct quote but just what I recall. So with that in mind I have chosen...

WhidbeyLVR entry #1 Winner I liked this the best overall for crop, color and sharpness.

1st runnerup is relic#2 nice colors

honorable mention to Todd Philips
 

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I liked seeing all the variety of choices in how to process this seemingly very simple image.
Someone in another contest here said I chose the winner by what I would like to see printed and on the wall for a while. Not a direct quote but just what I recall. So with that in mind I have chosen...

WhidbeyLVR entry #1 Winner I liked this the best overall for crop, color and sharpness.

1st runnerup is relic#2 nice colors

honorable mention to Todd Philips
Congratulations to @WhidbeyLVR and @todd phillips. Thank you @Rob Rider , but I must admit that I didn't know what the sky colors should be early in the morning, so I used Google Images and tried to get an approximation in my 2nd entry.
 
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I liked seeing all the variety of choices in how to process this seemingly very simple image.
Someone in another contest here said I chose the winner by what I would like to see printed and on the wall for a while. Not a direct quote but just what I recall. So with that in mind I have chosen...

WhidbeyLVR entry #1 Winner I liked this the best overall for crop, color and sharpness.

1st runnerup is relic#2 nice colors

honorable mention to Todd Philips
Thanks, Rob! I need to find a good bad image for the next challenge, coming soon.
 
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