72-Hour Post Processing Challenge #538

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Raw and Jpeg can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/igqq73ki8xnjhn1/AABu9h6TBarbQCdIVxgs9kTLa?dl=0

The Challenge closes at midnight on Saturday 4th April 10pm.

72-Hour 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 honoured as the Master of the next Challenge.

Notes:
Any/all source images used for the challenge must be the Challenge Master's own images. 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.
  • 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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Basic adjustments in ACR, crop, Topaz denoise AI, raised shadows, used dehaze and texture sliders, and finally smart sharpen.
This looks like a great photo op and experience. I bet you have a lot of good shots from this day.
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started with my last then used a NIK filter HDR color efex preset for a more dramatic look.
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A difficult challenge. Edited raw file in DxO PL2 then tweaked the resulting TIFF file in Elements. Selectively brightened the sky and sea. Tried to sharpen bird at top using nu (natural unintelligence :) ).

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Fixed it for them, and for the halibut.
 

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Entry #2: a B&W from #1.
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Basic adjustments in ACR, crop, Topaz denoise AI, raised shadows, used dehaze and texture sliders, and finally smart sharpen.
This looks like a great photo op and experience. I bet you have a lot of good shots from this day.
Yes Rob, we spent 6 fantastic days on Heron island in the middle of the Turtle season - laying eggs and hatching. So got lots of shots (between sunset and sunrise), of the turtles coming in laying eggs and returning to the water and also some hatchlings shots (hundreds exploding from the sand nests and struggling to get to the water. This was our third trip to Heron island, our first was about 20 years ago.
 
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The crowd is hushed, as Shelby runs out of steam mere meters from the finish, and his brother, Speedy, wins the race!

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I decided the pink morning glow and overabundance of shorebirds were more distracting than helpful in expressing my narrative.
 
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I don't mind the birds, but the tourists had to go...

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Radioactive, solarized turtle...

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