72 hour post processing challenge - #631

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October 2020, from the heart of Amish country in Volant, Pennsylvania during a socially distanced fly fishing outing on the Neshannock Creek. Must say the SOOC jpeg from my LUMIX 100ii did not capture the colors-details as I hoped......Let's see what you all can do!


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Raw and JPG and DNG files can be found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/soxpfbml955nwll/AACfDYf2Htdxj4zhUzakPV5xa?dl=0


Challenge will close on Friday, January 28th at 4PM Noon EST

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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.
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  • "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.
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  • Compositing is allowed provided the use of the donor image does not violate any licensing or copyright restrictions.
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follow up-if you dowloaded files P1011531 before 4:45PM EST, please re-download files as the original files were not the intended ones (same scene, but the image resolution was lower, probably camera shake or missed focus). The ones you need are P1011532

sorry!
 
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Entry #1:
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Used raw file. Edited in DxO PL2 (light levels, noise reduction, lens sharpening, and a negligible amount of straightening), then tweaked and cropped in Elements. Using ON1 Effects, "Increased color" (in view of Challenge Master's comments about the SOOC jpeg), added a little "Dynamic contrast" and a hint of vignetting.

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Entry 1

In Lightroom, warmed the image, shifted the blue and red hues towards teal/orange in camera calibration (I find this more controllable than the new wacky colour wheels). Lightened shadows, selectively lightened barn.
In Photoshop, masked the highlights on the barley and foliage and raised them. Warmed some more. Lightened the blacks. Part replaced the sky. Added a vignette.
In ON1 increased the micro contrast on the trees and masked in in Photoshop. Added a heavy white border with keyline to further emphasise the warm colours.

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Entry #2: Applied "Fall colors" (ON1 Effects) to entry #1. Re-edited entry to reduce contrast and saturation, and cropped from the bottom.

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Edit: New Entry 1 (since 1st try was nearly identical to Robert D's)

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Processed in DT3.4
 

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This is out of contest!
I wanted to try to process the JPG file, so I did about the same things with it and the results are good in my opinion!
Oh, I did crop the JPG to 16:9.
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With a good picture to begin with you can obviously do a lot with a JPG!
 

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DT 3.4 for this. Couple of masks to brighten the structure a bit and tone down the bottom third a bit. (edit: on second thought, it was a bit dim. Exposed it more.)

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I like this photo, very peaceful.
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a different crop

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Lovely pic! Agree, calm.

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My intent was to make the line of trees and the barn the most arresting part of the photo.

Adobe Camera Raw.
Adjusted exposure and balances.
Used HSL panel to darken and desaturate sky blue.
Used HSL panel to slightly boost the fall colors.
Used a linear gradient to darken and desaturate the foreground.
Used adjustment brush to bring out the barn.
Cropped.
 

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Entry 2, tighter crop

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Entry 2

Took my first entry. In Photoshop, applied a 'LUT to shift the colours away from warm. Added filter: diffuse glow (grain 0/glow 20/clear 20). This looks terrible with black sky and foreground, but you need to change the blend mode. Go to edit > fade diffuse glow. Here you can set the filter's blend mode to your choice - I went for 'screen'. The effect was to flatten the contrast and add a slight glow to the highlights. Next I added a tilt/shift blur to soften the foreground.

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