60-Hour Post-Processing Challenge #676 (closed, results posted)

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Here's a weird one for you:

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A Swan Playing Koi

Raw and JPEG files are here.

The challenge will close at 7:00 am Friday, July 2nd, Seattle local time (UTC-7).

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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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Interesting how some of the fish almost disappears in B&W!
 

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#1: Luminar AI > Topaz Sharpen AI
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dt to gimp...
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Beautiful photo. Not much to do. Edited raw file in DxO PL4 then tweaked in Elements.

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Entry #2: Brightened image (except for the swan) a bit.

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The only thing I noticed looking for distractions was the fish next to the swans head so I moved it. Very nice scene.

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Starting with the #1 entry, I moved the clarity and texture sliders in ACR the opposite way of how one usually does. The effect of moving the clarity slider the opposite way reminds me of using a softening filter on camera when shooting portraits. I then used the watercolor filter in photoshop at about 25% on the top duplicate layer.
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Exposure tweaks and perspective correction (balance the bird) in Adobe Camera Raw. Successive trips through Topaz Denoise AI and Topaz Sharpen AI for detail on the swan.

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Entry #1 Elements, DeNoise and DeFish
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