60 hour Post Processing Challenge #678

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This is a photo taken Rocky Mountain National Park
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The raw file is here https://www.dropbox.com/s/gx28zby7t906ob5/_6260167.ORF?dl=0
The jpeg is here https://www.dropbox.com/s/cdg4lt1axouclpj/_6260167.JPG?dl=0

The contest will end 7-8-21 at 9:00 PM AZ time UTC-6

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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Here's my first take:

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Cropped vertically to emphasize the rock outcroppings in the foreground. Added a slight ND grad to the sky. Global edits in Lightroom to add some pop to the wildflowers.

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Entry #2 (No B&W this time!)
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Entry #1 Elements plus DeNoise
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Entry #2 BW version plus ALM* (*Attempt at Lyle's Magic)
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Entry #2:

I found myself wanting more headroom (physically speaking) in this image, so after doing some minor tweaks of the exposure, shadows and highlights in LR, I recropped and added some more sky using content aware fill in PS. This left me with more sky, but it was basically just an empty expanse of blue. So I took it into Luminar AI and added some (hopefully relatively subtle) clouds. Back to LR for some final color adjustments and a final crop, and this is what I've got:

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Based on my experience in Rocky Mountain NP, this depiction isn't inaccurate (aside from any species distinction between Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain elk). When I was there last year, the valleys around the Alpine Visitor Center -- which I think can be seen here atop the ridgeline -- were lousy with these beasts.

Anyway, well done with the compositing. I salute your PS skills. In fact, as I looked at your interpretation, my first panicked thought was, "how did I miss those elk in the OP's image".

Plus, your entry makes me feel less like a cheater for replacing the sky in one of mine. ;)

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It is amazing what can be seen when you look hard enough (not an entry), Ha Ha
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