72 hour post processing challenge - #630 - Closed

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Picture taken last spring just before the pandemic!
What you see is a part of Stockholm.

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Raw and JPG files can be found here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p1bslea3qigzfm0/AABsScGoDMOaVf4lAVzbQtLia?dl=0


Challenge will close on Monday, January 25th at 18:00 CET. (Then I will be home from work.)

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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 honoured 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 honour passes to the next Runner-up.
 
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As usual, a black&white...

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DXO PL4, NIK Color Efex Pro

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Entry 2 (different crop)

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I took the raw file through DxO PL4. I exposed to keep the high-contrast silhouette vibe of the scene while still bringing out some of the detail of the buildings across the water. I also made a slight crop to 16:10 aspect ratio. Moving to Gimp, I made some further color and local contrast tweaks. Then I added the starburst using a G'mic plugin and the lens flare with a Gimp filter.
 
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Entry 2

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Used Nik Silver Efex 2 and Gimp on the base image from DxO.
 
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In Lightroom, adjusted highlights/shadows/whites/blacks. Made some correction for the leaning tree. Warmed image up. Cropped.
Added a warm colour lut in Photoshop. Moved to ON1 to add a sun flare. Back to photoshop to add a texture and border.

EDIT: Noticed some regular patterns in the Photoshop texture. Changed it for a picture of gold canvas, desaturated and applied in overlay blend mode.

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Beautiful shot. Edited raw file in DxO PL2 then tweaked in Elements, just basic levels, contrast, etc. adjustment, then slight warming using Nik Color Efex.

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