60-Hour Post-Processing Challenge #656 - Closed, Winners Announced

Hendrik

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This was taken a couple of weeks ago on one of those dreary New England early spring days. There's not much here...

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Have fun

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The challenge will close on Wednesday, April 21, at 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4:00).

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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.
 

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I don't (know how to) do sky replacements or composites, so a B&W it is.
Entry #1:
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I picked a new background and added some motion blur.
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I will be inactive on the forums for a few weeks, except for occasional lurking. So this is bye for now. Keep having fun!
 

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My apologies for having presented such a perplexingly simple picture but, there I was, walking my dog and I heard the helicopter, which presented itself as a dark object against the (relatively) bright sky. Never one to pass up the opportunity to practice shooting, I shot. For our purposes my hope was to set a challenge that was as much creative as technical. Creatively, as far as I am concerned, every entry passed the audition with flying colors. That largely left the technical axis on which to consider each entry. The two characteristics with which I was most concerned were quality of the recovery of exposure on the heli and, for composites, the believability of the scene. To my eyes the latter varied a bit, creative whimsy aside.

My choices today are:
2nd runner-up: @Zapp DJR #2
1st runner-up: @RichardC

And, as much as I regret giving pain to anyone here,
Winner: @BosseBe - sometimes less really is more!

Go Bo…
 

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D**n! I thought I was safe by only providing a B&W with no background. ;)

@Hendrik Thanks for the win!
When I saw the picture I thought I could do nothing with it since there was only one object and nothing for a background.
But I had to try and B&W seemed the way to go, because the none existing background then isolated the object.

It is late here and I have to go to work tomorrow, I will try to find something in the next hour, else it will be tomorrow evening before I can have the next challenge up.
 

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