60-Hour Post Processing Challenge #653 - Winners

Kae1

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As I've only "discovered" RAW this year I've a very limited number of RAW files available. So this challenge is for one of my JPEG images taken in the Lake District back in 2019.

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JPEG file is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/iige4o6o8tvr0rr/P9112254.JPG?dl=0

Challenge closes at 20.00 GMT on 12th 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.
 

RichardC

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Entry 1

Cropped, selective adjustments to highlights/shadows/greens/reds, texture added, warmed up a little.

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#1 Started in DxO, finished in Affinity Photo. Mostly local brightness/contrast adjustments, small white balance adjustments, and removed the tree at the bottom.

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#2 Turned to B&W in Affinity Photo

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I went for a dramatic look.
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Beautiful dramatic scene.
Entry #1:
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You know me, of course a B&W from the above.
Entry #2:
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Entry 2. Ditched texture, added a colour grade, changed border.

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Edited in Elements/Camera Raw then tweaked in Elements.

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Entry 1

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betamax

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dehaze contrast and HSL adjustments in Luminar.
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Entry #2: A slightly brighter version of entry #1.

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Kae1

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Talk about a Master Class in processing!

Each of your entries have recovered different elements of the landscape and you have produced some excellent images. Making a decision has not been straightforward and I'd like to congratulate you all.

When I took the photo (amongst many others) I was looking to capture the glimpses of sunlit landscape and the sun’s rays against the darker landscape. At the time, naively, I assumed that SOOC would provide it and as it hadn't the image (with 100’s of others) has been sat “gathering dust”. It’s only in the last 18months that I’ve been spending more time post processing (primarily in motorsports) and discovered what post processing can achieve.

So, the results in reverse order :-

Joint second – @frankmulder edit #1 and @WhidbeyLVR - these are the image which I’d hoped I’d taken and I can’t choose between either.

Winner – @RichardC edit #2 – Love what you’ve done with the image - the colours, the contrast, the crop - I could see this hanging on my wall.

Congratulations Richard – over to you.
 

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