72 Hour Post-Processing Challenge #578 - Winners announced

Dinobe

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This image was shot back in 2015 on a 7 day hiking tour in Jotunheimen, Norway. It was on this trip that I had the 'aha erlebnis' and realised what m43 can do for me... Shot on my EP1 with the 14-42 kit zoom.

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The images can be found here (jpg and raw)
Challenge will close at 8PM (22:00) on Tuesday, August 4th, CEST (UTC+2).

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Post-Processing Challenge Rules:

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.
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.
Each entrant is allowed two entries in the Challenge. Please mark entries clearly by number.
At the close of the Challenge, the Challenge Master will select a Winner and Runners-up.
The Winner of the Challenge is honored as the Master of the next Challenge.


Notes:

The image(s) used for the challenge must be the Challenge Master's own. Source images are posted solely for the purpose of this Challenge and are not posted 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 source material.
"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 encouraged to enter their best efforts even if this means replacing versions. Please do this by exchanging your latest effort with the image you wish to remove. You may note the replacement in a comment in the edited posting.
Entrants are also 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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Beautiful place and picture!
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And keeping up the tradition, now something completely different a B&W!
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Hard to "improve" as it is already a great shot. Edited raw file in DxO PL2 then tweaked in Elements. Mainly light levels and local shadows. I was unhappy with the crops that I tried so kept it as is.

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What a lovely scene and well shot! I wanted to promote the very strong diagonals associated with the river and the clouds that define a triangle with its base on the right side of the frame and the apex at the left.

Initial exposure tweaks in Adobe Camera Raw. Two smart objects: one to lighten the general scene and the other to diminish the prominence of the immediate foreground followed by a masked levels layer devoted to bringing out the river.

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A square crop just to be different.
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A black and white version. Thanks for sharing this photo of a beautiful place.

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This is in my normal landscape DxO PL2 preset so did not have to do much
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Used Nik HDR Efex on above
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Thanks everybody who entered the competition. As some already said, there probably was/is little to do with this image. I'm guessing I have fallen in the same pitfall as I usually do: working on, tinkering with an image that actually doesn't need all that much work hoping there is far more in it. Sometimes I have to step back and just do some minor changes and be happy.

And the winners are:

in 3rd place: @relic #1 I like the rather muted colour palette, enough focus on the different elements in the picture: mosses in the foreground, the river which leads you to the mountains in the background.

in 2nd place: @Hendrik #1 your entry is very identical to relic's for the very same reasons: moss in foreground, the river leading your eye down the valley. I prefer yours over relic's because the midtones are a bit more open. On the other hand it's a touch too warm imho.

and the winner is: @WhidbeyLVR #1 I think your entry sits on the sweet spot where I want the green tones (trees in on hill side) to be. They are dark but 'opened' up enough at the same time. This sounds like a contradiction. Also the patches on the mountain are clearly visible without being overly or unnaturally bright. The square crop works for me. I had gone for a vertical crop, to lead your eyes down the valley, but the square crop works very well as it closes in on the different elements and makes it a tighter frame.

over to you @WhidbeyLVR
 
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