60 hour post processing challenge - #629 (CLOSED)

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Old image (from 4 years ago).

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JPEG is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cunc5ubsiqvh72d/_2070100.JPG?dl=0
RAW is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5mkqowyqjce6jyy/_2070100.ORF?dl=0

Challenge will close on Friday, January 22nd at 06:00 AM EST (11:00 AM GMT/UTC).

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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.
 

BosseBe

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Used the .ORF file in DxO PL4, default preset, added Clearview 25, all Contrast 16, Vibrancy and Saturation 20, straightened and cropped.
Entry #1
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Entry 1

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Processed the raw through DxO PL4 (geometry, exposure, crop), then to Gimp to clone out the obstruction over the alligator head. Added a slight additional blur to the background. Silver Efex Pro 2 for the B&W conversion.
 
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Can't believe I have a monochrome version up before Bo. :eek-31:

Anyway. . . Entry 2 (Selective Color)

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@WhidbeyLVR And you managed to do a selective colour one to before me to! ;)
You must have used a lot of control points if you did the selective colour in NIK.
I just couldn't decide which way to go, so I stopped after the colour one.
Here is my meagre attempts at a B&W.
Entry #2:
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@WhidbeyLVR And you managed to do a selective colour one to before me to! ;)
You must have used a lot of control points if you did the selective colour in NIK.
I did the selective color with an additional layer in Gimp. I copied the original color image as a new layer with blend mode of “HSV color”, used freehand (lasso) select to outline the selective-color areas, and converted the selection to a layer mask for the color layer. Control points in Nik do not offer the fine grained control of layer masks.
 

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Thank you all for the excellent entries. As usual, it is difficult to choose, as each entry has its own appeal, so my choice is only one of several equally likely ones.
Winner: @BosseBe #1. I particularly liked the strong colors and the tight crop. Bo, I hope you will forgive me!
1st. runner-up: @WhidbeyLVR #2. I liked the pink flamingo :).
2nd. runner-up: @Zapp DJR. Also very nice.
 
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