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60-Hour Post Processing Challenge #643
Raw and Jpeg can be found here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/igqq73ki8xnjhn1/AABu9h6TBarbQCdIVxgs9kTLa?dl=0

The Challenge closes at midnight on Thursday 11th of March.
60-Hour Post-Processing Challenge Rules
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.

  1. 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.
  2. Each entrant is allowed two entries in the Challenge.
  3. At the close of the Challenge, the Challenge Master will select a Winner and Runners-up.
  4. The Winner of the challenge is honoured as the Master of the next Challenge
Notes:
  • Any/all source images used for the challenge must be the Challenge Master's own images. 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.
  • 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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Edited raw file in DxO PL4. In PS Elements 2021, tweaked light levels, etc., warmed colors using Nik Color Efex, and applied a little split toning in DxO Filmpack 5 plug-in. Edit: Re-edited to try to scare the Mysterons away.

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Stunning sunrise/sunset - one of the two. Looks like the valley should be pretty much in the shade. Would the haze in the distance be eucalyptus oil as mentioned before? If not, it is now. Straightened a little, cropped, cleaned sensor.

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Fantastic view, lovely shot of the last rays. Definitely a guilty pleasure!

Two smart objects in Photoshop. I attempted to develop the yummy lightness of the sky in one while using the other to both promote the foreground and bring up the shadows (and the blue haze in the valley) for context. I like the lens flare and the veiling flare on the right enough not to fret about them. A layer in Overlay mode to adjust exposure balances got me to this point.

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Entry 1, from raw, through DxO PL4 and Gimp

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I'm bad at sunsets and can't do this sweet shot justice. Let me go with a more conservative #1 and try again later. Edited in DT3.4.

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Trying to emphasize the colors of sunset.
Used the RAW file, with RawTherapee.
Strange, by playing with the tone curve, 2 circular artefacts appear in the sky. I see that @relic also has them. No idea where these may come from!
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Trying to emphasize the colors of sunset.
Used the RAW file, with RawTherapee.
Strange, by playing with the tone curve, 2 circular artefacts appear in the sky. I see that @relic also has them. No idea where these may come from!
I hadn't noticed them until you pointed them out! My guess is that they are dust on the sensor? If you look hard, they are visible on the original without any processing. I'll try to clean them up and repost. Thank you!
 

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I hadn't noticed them until you pointed them out! My guess is that they are dust on the sensor? If you look hard, they are visible on the original without any processing. I'll try to clean them up and repost. Thank you!
This is not an entry!
I just wanted to check if I could make them appear from the JPG file. The answer is yes...
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Different treatment of sunset colors (less magenta, more cyan),
Crop to mitigate flare.

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On this version I used the new enhance feature in Adobe Camera raw. While in camera raw you access this by right clicking on the photo and then choose enhance. Some AI processing is done and then it saves the photo to a DNG file. This is a first attempt and there will be a lot of chatter about this new feature on the internet.
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On this one everything is similar except I used Topaz Denoise AI.
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