60 Hour Post Processing Challenge #626 - WINNERS ANNOUNCED

RichardC

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Well.....

It is supposed to be a challenge after all :)

This one has a bit of everything bad. It's the glacier next door to the Mont Blanc Tunnel - shot through my van window - honestly I wasn't driving.


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RAW file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rxq384tqbjzhk1h/p1011772.orf?dl=0

JPEG: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mw9ebmpl7h8zgcc/PPC090121C-2.jpg?dl=0


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.

Challenge closes 01.00 GMT on January 12th 2021.
 

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The sun is shining in the sky
There ain't a cloud in sight ......
Nor a bridge or a sign :-D
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Used raw file, edited in DxO PL2 then tweaked in Elements. (I did want to add some clouds (as @Zapp DJR has done, but it was beyond my ability, but I did add some "head room"). Edit: Original entry appeared too washed out, so I increased the saturation.

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Straightened and some other stuff.
Entry #1:
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And a B&W from the above.
Entry #2:
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Nice job removing the bridge. Too bad the shade from the bridge is still there!!!
Oh no!!!!! :-( Rookie mistake :doh: - Only my second time in photoshop. Amended just for you 🙃
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Entry No2 - Cropped to create a panoramic view. Pushed through AI Sharpen (not much changed), pulled down dehaze in LR for a slightly misty, 'in the distance' effect

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Entry 1

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Processed through DxO PL4 and Gimp, as usual. I straightened it as best I could and adjusted the exposure. 3:2 crop. I liked the weird red rocks at the bottom, but not the railing nor the sign. So I spent most of my effort cloning over them and preserving the rocks. I liked the bridge and the structure with the power lines leading to it, so I left in both.

I have to admit that this image cleaned up a lot better than I had expected at first glance. Pretty dang nice for a moving grab-shot on that old 12-Mpixel camera and cheap kit lens! Thanks for the challenge, Richard!
 
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Entry 2 B&W

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Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 with orange filter, frame, and other adjustments.
 
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