60-Hour Post-Processing Challenge #627 (closed, results posted)

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Waimea Canyon and Waipo'o Falls, Kauai.

Two images, taken from slightly different positions and exposures. They can nonetheless be stitched into a reasonable panorama (as shown above, although some sky building was required). Feel free to stitch or not.

Raw and jpg files are here.

Challenge will close on Friday, January 15th at 8:00 AM, Seattle local time (UTC -8).

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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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First to stick my head above the parapet....

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Edit: It's been mentioned on the previous challenge that it is helpful to know what's been done.

This is a pano (obviously). Prior to merging in lightroom (spherical projection), I added some deliberate pincushion distortion in the lens correction section to try to offset the distortion built in due to the downward camera angle. This distorted the bottom of the shot in the wrong direction, but I wasn't planning on using that bit. Some content aware fill was needed in the sky - but less than would be needed if I'd used the transform/rotate controls.

Then cropped. I found colour correction difficult because there aren't many neutrals in the picture. I settled for the twigs in the foreground (dried twigs tend to be grey) and a convenient white cloud. This gave me a rough starting point.

Everything else was moving sliders until I was happy. Contrast/saturation got quite a boost. Some tweaking of blue/green saturation in camera calibration. Some noise reduction. Minimal sharpening in lightroom. A slight vignette.

Over in photoshop, some dodging of the cliff faces and waterfall, and then unsharp mask. The content aware fill in the sky had left some ugly lines. Those were removed with the patch tool. Added a border (select all, select>modify>contract by x pixels, invert selection, fill with white). Sometimes I like to add a black line on the inside edge of a white border - with the selection still active, invert again, then edit>stroke>usually 4 pixels, black or a colour from the picture.
 
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No stitching for me!
Entry #1:
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I really should have posted the first one right away to beat @RichardC , but getting the first entry is not the competition! (I still feel like I lost!)
So here is the first B&W.
Entry #2:
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There’s a bad storm here tonight. Power is out in hundreds or perhaps thousands of places. Once my battery backup for WiFi goes down, I may lose internet for a day or more (phone service is spotty). So carry on and I will be back when I can.
 

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Cropping ++ in order to draw attention to the mountain and its layers, shoving the falls to the left. Cut the white brush down. Lots of detailed work with Viveza. Noise reduction. Chromatic aberration on the sky-mountain interface. A tad sharpening. Border.

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As usual, I edited the raw file in DxO PL2 then tweaked in Elements. I worked on stitching the two files for quite a while, but was unsuccessful. For some reason, I seem to like "headroom" so I did what I could to get some. I must admit that I've cheated: I logged on to upload my edit, then, after seeing the beautiful work of the other members, I decided that I must somehow flatten the curvature of the mountains (at first I had thought that the focal length used would not result in so much barrel distortion, but I may have been wrong).

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My attempt # 1

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Entry 2

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Gave up trying a BW version.

Using entry 1 as a starting point, bumped up the contrast, then added a gradient map (warm tones - whites), darken blend mode worked best at about 35% opacity to render an older/more muted colour palette. To scroll through the blend modes quickly, hit V to activate the move tool, then hold down the shift key and hit +/- to preview all 27 modes :)

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Stitching was fun - the rest was more complex. Lots of sliding about
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You don't understand. My pandemic life has come down to things which require the internet. So no TV, no news, no pizza, no m43. If I sound frantic and crazed, that's cuz I am! 🤣🤪

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I really understand, in the last 2 years we have lost 2 modems due to lightning strike near by, and when we have a blackout / power cut, we have nothing - no TV, no house phone, no internet, and no mobile phone. Mobile phone reception is SOS at the house all the time, we need to walk 1k down the road to get a weak signal.
 

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I really understand, in the last 2 years we have lost 2 modems due to lightning strike near by, and when we have a blackout / power cut, we have nothing - no TV, no house phone, no internet, and no mobile phone. Mobile phone reception is SOS at the house all the time, we need to walk 1k down the road to get a weak signal.
You have got a nice view though :)
 
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And no 2 the B&W version. Difficult to get contrast and depth in this photo as there is so much detail

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You don't understand. My pandemic life has come down to things which require the internet. So no TV, no news, no pizza, no m43. If I sound frantic and crazed, that's cuz I am! 🤣🤪

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That sucks!
 

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