60 hour post processing challenge #651 - CLOSED

RichardC

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From a few years ago:

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Raw file is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m65ae1deqfq8hod/PB131816.ORF?dl=0

JPEG file is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/orzcz3oh5ukgb5g/PB131816.jpg?dl=0


Challenge closes at 01.00 GMT on 6th April



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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Nice, rugged nature. edited raw file in DxO PL4 then tweaked in Elements. (Painful) details: In DxO,
COLOR: color temperature to 5200 (daylight); Vibrancy 30; Generic renderings/Camera default rendering.
LIGHT: Exposure -0.95; Selective tone, Highlights -100, Midtones +30; ClearView+ 11; Contrast 0, Microcontrast 16, Fine contrast 18, Advanced highlights 100, Midtones 50, Shadows 0.
DETAIL: DeepPRIME 40; Lens sharpness, Global -2.2, Details 0, Bokeh 50; Chromatic aberration, Intensity100, Size 6, Purple fringing OFF.
GEOMETRY: Distortion Auto.
In Elements, cropped bottom slightly; ON1 Effects plug-in, mild dynamic contrast on sky and background areas, and applied a very mild vignette; Elements+ plug-in, curves, slightly convex upward to brighten secene.

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Entry 1

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From the raw file, through DxO PL4 and then Gimp/Nik. Spent most of the time on faking recovery of the blown highlights (sky replacement, surf cloning and blending).
 
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Entry #1
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Lots of HSL and clarity adjustments.
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Entry #1:
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Entry #2: Added a bit more color to my 1st entry.

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Entry 2: A Study in Sand and Stone

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Edit: As background for this entry, I became fascinated in the interplay of coarse and smooth textures and the crossing lines of interest in the lower part of the original image, which I roughly viewed thusly:

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In Luminar 4 with sky replacement.
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