60-Hour Post Processing Challenge #673 (Closed, Results Posted)

Kae1

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Having discovered both RAW and improved my Post Processing knowledge/skills this year, it would be good (for me at least) to see whether I am on the right lines with what I photograph 90+% of the time! This was taken last week and is one of the many "do I keep or bin it" images which I take o_O .

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Both JPEG and RAW images can be found here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pov0uctj5civnjl/AABv_a6AcWic2NxmvwXW6blNa?dl=0

Challenge will close at 12:00am on Tuesday June 22nd 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.
 
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Edited raw file in DxO PL4 then tweaked in Elements.

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#2

Took my first edit and applied @RichardC's secret sauce even before he was able to post his edit.

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(I warmed it up a little bit. 😛)
 

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After some simple development of the raw file for promoting the shadows in Adobe Camera Raw, mostly Photoshop.

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Entry 1

EDIT: Replaced Entry. Having too much fun, so I added extra texture to the background, lifted the bike's nose slightly, and moved the foreground flagger so I could crop in on the racer without losing the flag.

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Original still below for comparison:

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Cut biker out. Sped background up. Put biker back (a little higher in order to avoid the difficult cloning in the foreground). All done in photoshop.

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Entry #2: B&W (Nik Silver Efex).

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This is an animated GIF demonstrating the approximate workflow for my entry 1. I don't know if this helps -- please rate this "ℹ️" if it is helpful, or "😂" if not.

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still tried to figuring how to be better at colour pp...
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bw version of it
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Entry 2

Previous image to start, different crop, B/W lut, new Photoshop neural filter (depth blur), NIK Tri-X filter.

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#2 used poster filter in photoshop
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I take way too many images at every meeting I attend, and consequently have a lot of rubbish which doesn’t get kept. Normally if there is something obscuring the car/bike I wouldn’t bother keeping it but since doing more PP I’ve tried to see what can be recovered and kept a few images like this. Plus my latest GAS involves trying lighter telephoto lenses with PP as an alternative to better quality heavier lenses. Therefore I was hoping to see from this challenge whether with more PP images can be saved plus lens “quality” improved.

Again I’ve not been let down. Each entry has something different, a different crop, removal of track “furniture”, more blur, more exhaust gases etc. There was also three categories of submission - the bike, the flag w/o fence and the more creative! Needless to say now I’ve got even more inspiration and a step by step example of how to do it (thanks to Lyle). Thanks to you all.

My podium is :-
3rd Place – Winner of the Creative category – @Hendrik – B&W, nice crop, fence removal plus a bit of extra motion blur
2nd Place – Winner of the leaving the flag in category – @WhidbeyLVR #1 – crop, contrast, motion blur, helmet visor lighten, flag darken,
1st Place – Winner of the best picture of the bike – @frankmulder #1 – crop, contrast, colour, nice sharpening, helmet visor lighten,

Congratulations @frankmulder and over to you.
 
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