's Post Processing Challenge - #14!

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Bokeaji, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    (ending Feb 28)

    Saluton, Mondo!

    Time for the next post processing challenge! David A couldn't get a raw file uploaded, so asked if I, as second place, could host up the next challenge...

    WOW! I hadn't really taken anything this year yet that I've even bothered to pp... So my entry is from awhile back during my best friends visit to Austin, TX!

    We had spent the day wandering around doing some urban/street/whatever photography and letting him get to play with his new camera(sadly a nikon, not a mu43... lol) and stumbled into a "Healthy Fast Food" eatery in the middle of downtown.

    We sat along the bar at the window so we could look out at the people going about their days on the street, and I noticed this guy sitting at the far end of the bar eating alone. I picked up my camera, and snapped a photo...

    This is what I got:


    Jpg:!P71000162 2.jpg

    I had wanted to really throw you guys off by posting up an extra terrible photo that I had to severely tweak to get something interesting out of. Just to shake things up a bit. My buddy said I shouldn't force you all into "Eliot-ifying photos" tho :) So I went for something requiring a bit less drastic PP Spazzing :)

    I'll announce the winner, and also post up the treatment I gave it, on Feb 28,... whenever I get to the computer ;) Prolly sometime in the afternoon.

    Mu-43 PP Challenge 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.

    Should the winner not be able to commit to being the next challenger/judge, the responsibility is passed on 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.


    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" 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.

    PP Challenge Rules Template here :-
    Mu-43 Post Processing Challenges - Objectives/Rules/Criteria Discussion Thread
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  2. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    These are what I was able to come with


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  3. previz

    previz Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2011
    Real Name:

    -camera raw (underexposed outdoor, overexposed indoor)
    -color and level balance
    -played with contrast high for bw

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  4. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Great work Previz!!
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  5. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    2 fantastic ones already! im excited!
  6. woody112704

    woody112704 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2012
    Real Name:
    I'm really enjoying these challenges, but man this one was tough. Played around with these for a couple hrs tried getting rid of most of the noise, did the best I could.

    1. Made a gradient going from the outside window and dropped exposure a little bit. Messed with the colors darkened reds a bit.

    2. For this one I cropped it a bit and sent it to PS and used the free trial for topaz perfect b&w. Liked the way this one looked and how different it was.

    <a href="" title="contest-2 by woody112704, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="953" alt="contest-2"></a>

    <a href="" title="contest-1 by woody112704, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="932" alt="contest-1"></a>
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  7. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Second one is awesome!
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  8. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Real Name:
    Kelly Gibbons
    He looks so deep in thought that he's even thinking about the food in front of him.

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  9. JLphoto

    JLphoto Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 27, 2013
    San Francisco/Marin County
    Real Name:

    Processed in LR4
    Basic adjustments
    Converted to B&W
    Added some Graduated filters to bring focus to the man in the corner
    Narrow Vignette
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  10. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    [​IMG] PP Challenge #14 by Drewbot 95, on Flickr

    Personally I chose to remove the window entirely from my frame.

    At ISO 6400, there isn't much leniency with the RAW file and I chose to exploit the grain by making a desaturated look.

    I feel that the lowered contrast and clarity, along with low saturation play along with the subject's look on his face.

    Cropped in LR4 to a 3:2 frame (obviously in portrait orientation)

    Upped exposure by half a stop. Played with exposure curves.

    Yanked out saturation and added a magenta cast.

    Further removed greens and yellows (I think).

    Luminance and color NR due to excessive crop.
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  11. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    Best crop thus far well done!
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  12. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Nice entries so far, keepem comin!
  13. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
    Real Name:
    Difficult one this, with wanting to crop to get closer the man, but this emphasises the noise.

    I wanted to really focus on him, contemplating his food, so quite a large portrait crop, and also wanted to try and show him in a slight "silhouette" image against the wall in an old film type grainy shot.


    by savvy249, on Flickr

    LR4.3 as usual
    Crop in to the man in portrait

    Into Nik DFine2 for NR, Used Automatic Method, let it analyse the image then applied Reduce.
    Into Nik Sharpener Pro3 to try and get back the softness introduced by the NR, applied Adaptive Sharpening at 70%, mid range between Areas & Edges, High ISO.
    Into Nik SFXPro2 to convert to B&W, started off with Silhouette EV +0.5, Brightness 22%, Contrast 55%, Structure -15%, Grain pp 500.

    Back in LR4.3
    Added more grain +100, size 5, Roughness 50
    Added Vignette, Highlight Priority -85, Midpoint 50, feather 50

    This left lots of small light dots showing through the mesh of the chair back on the right, which was distracting in this dark image. So:-
    Adjustment brush on the chair back : Exposure -4.0, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Clarity, Saturation, Sharpness, all -100

    Exported to JPEG with LR/Mogrify2 with Outer & Inner Borders and minimal sharpening for screen.

    Not sure the final result I achieved was worth all that effort, but see what you think ......

    Interesting image, thanks.
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  14. Mr Hahn

    Mr Hahn Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 9, 2010
    SLC, Utah
    Real Name:
    My entry, I gave it a slight crop in Aperture and then sent it to the Nik Color Effex Pro 4 plugin for:

    -Tonal Contrast
    -Detail Extractor
    -Reflector Efex
    -Level & Curves

    While everybody else decided to crop the image tight by comparison, I left it wide with just a slight crop to the corner on the napkin.

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  15. dtchan

    dtchan Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 24, 2010
    Just crop and VSCO film presets.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  16. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    I like the creativity and variety of edits, people are contributing to this challenge.
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  17. recasper

    recasper Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 12, 2012
    Alameda, California
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  18. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA

    I tried to show the light coming in the window.
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  19. ill_dawg

    ill_dawg Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2010

    Just a quick edit from my tab.

    Sent from my A500 using Tapatalk HD
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  20. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Quick question: does the bottom half of my post processed image above look completely black to you? It had lots of dark details when I was editing, but looking at it on two other, uncalibrated screens, it looks almost perfectly black. I'm wondering if my editing monitor calibration is out of whack in the dark areas.