60 hour post processing challenge #634 - Winners announced

RichardC

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For anyone interested in a quick game of 'fuzzy duck' - here's your chance 😎

A pretty uninspiring image that would benefit from a little boatload of PP.


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Raw file here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hj152oz8zcrahyz/_7052320.ORF?dl=0

JPEG file here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ej4w4b11s7bmuho/_7052320.jpg?dl=0

Challenge will close at 10.00am GMT on Monday, February 8th 2021.

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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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No boatload, just the usual!
Entry #1:
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Opened the raw file in DxO PL2, increased exposure a bit, increased ClearView, microcontrast, and vibrancy on the bird (local adjustments), applied some lens sharpnerss, then exported as .tiff. Opened the tiff file in Elements, applied Haze correction, Highlights/Shadows, cropped, then used Dynamic contrast, Portrait enhancement and slight vignette filters in ON1 Effects, back to Elements where I very slightly desaturated the image, downsized, sharpened (very mild Unsharp mask: radius 0.3, amount 40%), finally blurred ever so slightly to try to reduce harshness. Re-edited entry to very slightly brighten bird's eye.

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And since it is me, a B&W!
Entry #2:
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Ok - here goes!
This is my second image upload to this website, and PP is new to me, so I'm certainly looking for advice and direction, and thanks in advance!
I kept things kinda simple.
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I'm learning Darktable. I kind of sort of have a workflow, trying to learn and stick to the linear RGB workflow. I'm learning!
Here's what I did:
Strong crop because I just liked the rings around this beauty. Exopsure: raised it until I liked it, Filmic: tweaked dynamic range exposure, Contrast Equalizer: used preset Clarity and reduced the output until I liked it.
Color Balance: raised both input and output saturation. Haze removal: no adjustment, Lens Correction: no adjustment, denoise profiled: no adjustment, Sharpen: I sharpened it quite a bit, zoomed in on that beautiful eye, and then the feathers just to see how it turned out. Normally I don't sharpen anywhere near this much. I try to keep items as natural as possible. Let me know.
thanks for the opportunity, I hope I did the little guy justice, and will definitely follow up to see what others do.
 

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BossBe - you're going to make me play around with B&W images. I have a lot of hardwood forest pictures that I think would lend itself really well to that.
 

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@va3pinner Welcome to the Post Processing Challenge!
Participating in these challenges is a great way to learn PP!
Specially if the other participants remember to tell you what they have done!
I seem to have been lazy again and not included what I have done, so if you have any questions just fire away!
We are all here to learn and have fun!
 

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Contrast boosting/saturation on the duck and a lot of range compression and minus exposure on the water in DT3.4. I think you really need to bring down the water.

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#1
Can't give details - already forgot, as usual.

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Entry #2: Applied Kodak Ektachrome 200 film emulation with toning (DxO FilmPack 5) to entry #1.

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