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Mu-43.com Post Processing Challenge #125

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by esnift, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

    247
    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
    Dan
    This may prove to be too many "sunset" type photos in a row for this challenge, but I'm on the road and it's all I have access to. This was a case of being at the wrong place at the right time. The sun peaked beneath the clouds just before descending below the horizon, resulting in a deep red hue combining with the pinks and oranges higher in the sky. I was stuck on a bridge and it only lasted a minute or two so the best I could do was lean out of my car window and capture what I could. I haven't decided if the image is entirely salvageable on it's own or as a composite, but I am curious to see what people make of this one:



    Links to download unprocessed file:

    RAW: https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRUS3hVdkd1Yk9HR3NUQw

    JPG: https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRUS3hVdkd6NEpjR01UQw

    The Rules:

    The Challenger will provide any photo that he/she deems worthy of challenging other members to "improve" by way Post Processing. It must be their own photo, and taken with m4/3 equipment. "Improve" is a subjective term, and includes many creative ideas as well as traditional "fixing". The Challenger agrees that entrants may make any changes they deem fit to post in their entry.

    The winner of the previous challenge gets to post the next Challenge and serves as the judge for his/her PP challenge.
    For obvious purposes, the judge is disqualified from participating in his/her own PP challenge. Instead, he/she should post a photo to start out the challenge.

    ***** If the winner fails to post a new challenge within five days, the responsibility passes to the runner-up. *****
    At the end of the 72-hours (we don't have to be strict about 72-hours, especially with time differences depending on where you are on the globe), the judge will name a winner, a first runner-up, and a second runner-up.

    Entrants:

    The Challenger's image is posted for the sole purpose of the PP Challenge; it is not posted to invite Critique or Criticism.
    Entries shall be limited to 2 per member for each Challenge.

    Entrants to post a BBCode link to the Large size image of their PP edit(s), preferably 1024px x npx, or npx x 1024px, if the original image and/or the PP edit allow for these sizes. Also a click-through to the original sized hosted edit if appropriate (but not a requirement for entry). If you post your entry to a photo-hosting site such as Flickr, Photobucket, or a Gallery, etc., please credit the original photographer to make it clear it is not your photograph; something like "Photo taken by xxxxxx over at Mu-43.com" should suffice.

    Entrants are strongly encouraged to post the settings and techniques used for their entry, however this is not a requirement for entry.

    As we all know, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. We may not all agree with the chosen winners, but the judges decision is final without adverse comment from the Entrants; the judge is encouraged (but not required) to state what criteria he used to decide on a winner.

    To make sure we don't break any Mu-43 rules/regulations, by participating in the PP Challenge you are allowing the judge to re-post your image for the sole purpose of announcing the winners in the thread.

    Contest will end 10 Oct 14 at approximately 5PM PST.


    Have fun and good luck!
     
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  2. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

  3. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
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  4. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    Most of the color and contrast work in ACR, cloning out the trees in PS.

    P9210509_copy.
     
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  5. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    And a second edit moving away from natural to "the sky is on fire".

    P9210509_copy2.
     
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  6. cgomez

    cgomez Mu-43 Regular

    93
    Dec 17, 2013
    15483377655_5663c26535_b.

    I just realized I hadn't fully cropped out the barrier in the foreground. I'm going to leave it as I think it creates more depth.
     
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  7. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    392
    Nov 30, 2011
    Struggled to come up with a descent crop and therefore tried the 1 x 1 crop. Both images processed via LR / Nik Define and then Colour Effects and Silver Effects.

    Just purchased a new monitor and having a few issues calibrating the colours with my spyder 4. Why are these new monitors so bright out of the box? Apologies if the monochrome conversion is a bit drastic. It is difficult to tell what I am looking at :)

    Comp_125.

    Comp_125-2.
     
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  8. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    774
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Two different colour interpretations for you, both are cropped to 16*8 and then cropped to center the setting sun, the rest is nearly pure ACR processing
    Thanks for the challenge

    15299538539_9b6eb2ab61_b. P9210509 by aussiephil1960, on Flickr

    15486075582_a359b64ddf_b. P9210509a by aussiephil1960, on Flickr
     
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  9. previz

    previz Mu-43 Veteran

    207
    Apr 8, 2011
    Slovenia
    Peter
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  10. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    774
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Bump to the top of the search results.... Come on have a go
     
  11. 16/9 cropping. Some retouching in ACR. Special technique to increase visibility of sun rays. Viveza to increase saturation of red colors of the sun.

    p368170496-5.
     
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  12. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

    247
    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
    Dan
    Sorry for the late results; still away from home base and didn't have access to my computer yesterday.

    Post Processing Challenge #125 results:

    15486075582_a359b64ddf_c.

    Winner: AussiePhil 2nd entry

    I usually sway more toward the conservative end of processing styles, but this image really cries out for a dramatic touch. I like the intensity of the sun rays and the detail maintained in the trees, mid ground, and sun. "Fire in the sky" award goes to you sir.


    1st Runner up: cgomez

    Even without the extra drama of the other two, this rendition is very pleasing. Great balance to the crop as well.


    2nd Runner up: Conrad

    Also like the dramatic style here and the abundance of deep red hues. Well done on the tree removal.
     
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  13. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    392
    Nov 30, 2011
    Agree, great entries by Phil
     
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  14. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    774
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Thanks to esnift for the chance to work on the photo and to sokar for the kind words. It was an image that cried out for the dramatic touch.

    I think everyone did a great job.

    Now I need to dig into the library and find an image to offer up.

    Cheers all
    Phil
     
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