72-Hour Post Processing Challenge #638 CLOSED - RESULTS ADDED

Kae1

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I've only recently discovered RAW so I don't have many RAW files to post. This is one I took of the Worth Valley (including steam train passing Oakworth station) mainly as a test to see what RAW could do.

Jpeg and RAW files hopefully* here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qzzxnntn4ljqxjg/AABC9V1pW4xNO6L0-_oXOJCFa?dl=0
*first time uploading and sharing of Dropbox

Challenge closes at 18:00 GMT on Sunday 21st February.

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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.
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  • 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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It was an adapted lens - a Canon 70-200 f4L with Viltrox EF-M2 focal reducer.

That explains it.
So here is my first entry without any lens corrections:
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Entry #2:
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Attempt 1

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In Lightroom: Increased exposure a little, adjusted highlights, shadows, noise, CA etc.
In Photoshop: neutralised any colour cast to get a starting point, then opened in Camera Raw and warmed to somewhere where I thought late afternoon should be, increased saturation and luminance of reds and oranges for the house lights and boiler. Selected the steam to make it whiter. Added a vignette and a border.
 

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I edited the jpeg file in DxO PL2 (raw wouldn't open) then tweaked in Elements, cropping heavily.

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There's a lot to process visually, plenty of neat stuff. Went a little bit vertical. DT3.4.

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a bit different look
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Exposure work mostly done in Adobe Camera Raw.
Some tidying up in Photoshop as well as an exposure tweak to draw the eye to the train.

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#2 - alternative crop
Remove the hamlet beyond the sheep.

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Entry #2: Tried a different crop.

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I'm going to steal some ideas and jump on the train for cropping out the bottom half. Choo choo!

Except, wait, we cropped out the actual train. :hmmm:

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I only took the original image to see what could be recovered in RAW in terms of dynamic range and colour and compare it to the JPEG. I knew I also wanted the train and the steam from the train in the image for a potential additional crop but beyond that I expected the image to be a test shot as there’s not really a focal point of interest to make an interesting image. How wrong I was!

I’ve been blown away by what you’ve all been able to achieve in terms of recovering detail, creating colours from a very bland image, removing wires, adding bits plus some interesting crops.

My task to choose a winner has been a challenge, but here goes :-

First place goes to @Zapp DJR Submission #1
I didn’t think that the uncropped image worked but this submission proved me wrong – I like the creation of a focal point of the area in front of the trees, removal of the wires, the enhanced colour of the shrubs and additional bush providing a splash of colour plus the natural looking colours for the rest of the image.

Second place goes to @Robert Davidson Submission #1 I like the crop, lighting and natural looking colours of the houses

Third place goes to @Rob Rider #1 I like the stripped back colour and “atmosphere” of the image

I also especially liked the portrait crop on @roboroto #1 submission
 
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