February 2010: LightZone RAW contest #1 Prize provided by LightCrafts (producer of LightZone) This is the beginning of a new series of LightZone contests, inspired by Uwe Steinmuller of digital outback photo who devised and hosted the first series in 2006. As with Uwe's original series (now, sadly lost), this will be an opportunity for our members to share all imaging steps (including selective corrections) with other readers. You will simply upload a LightZone lzn.jpeg file to our Feb 2010 Contest Gallery. There's a brief introduction to Lightzone for photographers here. And a set of tutorials on the simple tools here. The lzn.jpeg file will contain all steps and operations you performed on this image. If you don't own LightZone please install a demo version. Contact LightCrafts if your demo already expired. Olympus Photo Safari Group members have access to the best available discount (100% of the discount is passed on to Safari Group members) for Lightzone. The main goal is to share imaging techniques and visual interpretations among all of our readers. We provide the original raw file for you to work with : You produce your interpretation (e.g. color, B&W, colorized) of this image using only LightZone 3.8 or newer. Example interpretation : Finally, you upload your saved LZN jpeg file to the Feb 2010 Contest Gallery. Your contest assignment Your task is to create your interpretation of the supplied raw file - try to find a creative interpretation which emphasises the character of the image as you see it. * Download the original raw file attached to this post. (read the copyright notice below) * Only LightZone 3.8 or newer may be used * Open the raw file in Lightzone... apply the tools and finish with "Browse" to exit and save a lzn_jpeg with the name _8122966_lzn.jpg * Rename the lzn.jpeg file to : your_identifier_8122966_lzn.jpg * Upload the lzn jpeg file to our Feb 2010 Contest Gallery. * You may also add a short descriptive outline of your workflow to your Gallery entry. * You grant the free public use of your instructions used in the Lightzone jpeg file Rules and procedures * Contest is open to all people having no affiliation with LightCrafts Inc. * You can download other entries to learn from the processing stacks used - but try to make your own distinct interpretation. * On the first 5 days of March 2010, all members can vote on the results to select their favorite interpretation * LightCrafts may select one or more of these LZN files and feature the result on their own website. * Contest voting must be completed by the 5th of March. Winner announced 6th March. * The image with most votes will be awarded 1 full, non-transferable license for Lightzone. * If the winner already owns Lightzone, the license will pass to the next member in rank of votes. In the event of a tie, voting will be extended until a winner emerges. A Note on Copyright: This image may only be used in the context of this contest and the only site that has the right to publish images is mu-43.com (or other sites that are granted permission, in this case also LightCrafts). If you want to use this image for any other purposes (e.g. marketing) you may request a license from the image owner. We will use this thread to discuss the contest and to help each other master Lightzone for photographic post processing. Raw image attached.