48-Hour Post Processing Challenge #648 - Closed - Winner Announced!

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This is another angle looking south-east onto Upper Kangaroo valley. I remember posting from the hill opposite (looking south-west from that) on a previous challenge. Fearing I'd blow out the clouds, I underexposed a fair bit. OK, a lot. Horizon is slightly out too.
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The challenge will close 8pm Saturday evening here, or around 9am GMT.

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Post-Processing Challenge Rules
  1. The Challenge Master provides an image or images to be "improved" upon by way of post-processing, as well as a closing date for entries.
  2. 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.
  3. Each entrant is allowed two entries in the Challenge.
  4. At the close of the Challenge, the Challenge Master will select a Winner and Runners-up.
  5. The Winner of the challenge is honored as the Master of the next Challenge.

Notes:
  • Images provided by Challenge Masters must be their own. They are posted solely for the purpose of this Challenge; not 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.
  • Compositing is allowed, provided the use of the donor image does not violate any licensing or copyright restrictions.
  • 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 honor passes to the next Runner-up.
 

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Entry #1
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#1

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Beautiful shot. Edited raw file in DxO P4. I tried to preserve the feeling of what I thought might be an early morning shot. Mainly increased exposure, lowered color temperature, pulled up shadows a bit. Edit: Re-edited image to correct for slight horizon error (at first I thought it was too small to worry about, but since Alan had mentioned it, I thought I'd better try to do the correction :) )

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Entry 1, Morning Glow on the Mist
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  • straightened
  • slight crop to 3:2 aspect ratio
  • exposure and color adjustments
  • local contrast and saturation adjustments in Gimp/Nik tools
  • noise reduction from DxO PL4 DeepPRIME and other mitigation efforts in Gimp
 
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Beautiful shot!
Entry #1:
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Entry #2:
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#1
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#2
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Exposure +++, Shadows+++ Recovered with Tone curve, Pushed Orange in the tree to get some harmonie with the sky

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#2
forgot about sRGB in#1, tryed to remove the purple cast in sky (and lost my bite on the edits)

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roboroto

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Added some grain back in after denoise and wasn't that aggressive on denoise in lower-left. Tried to maintain a reasonable gradient for the sky. Maybe worked somewhat?

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Entry #2. Converted entry #1 to B&W using Nik Silver Efex (reduced brightness a bit and added a 50% green filter).

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Adobe Camera Raw: mostly the Basic panel, some HSL.
Going for about ten minutes after sunup.

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