60-Hour Post Processing Challenge #694 (closed, results posted)

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Another image from my springtime trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Have fun!

Raw and JPEG files are here.

The challenge will close at 8:00 AM on Monday, September 6th, 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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And the colour one I converted to B&W!
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Developed the bottom third a little differently than the top two-thirds (via gradient overlays), cropped in on all sides but the top, and added a little mountain goat just for fun. [all done in affinity photo]

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Stacked the raw and jpg to make an hdr and pull out some local contrast. Rotated ever so slightly and cropped a bit off the bottom. Tweaked the white balance quite a bit for a rather different look and came away with this. [all done in affinity photo]

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tighter crop and some colour adjustments in Capture 1.
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Luminar 4.
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dt to gimp...
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Entry #1 ACR, Elements, DeNoise
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Entry#1 processed jpeg as could not open in DxO
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Photoshop. I felt it needed a point of interest so I added this horse and rider, from a 1997 Kodachrome I took at Monument Valley.
 

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The main thing done was to first get the rocks and foreground looking nice and then select the sky and tone it down to match.

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