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Mu-43.com's Post Processing Challenge #20

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by redalien, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Aug 23, 2012
    Tamas
    Thank you Bokeaji for providing such a great picture for the last challenge. I have been thinking about posting a nature shot but then I saw a comment that was predicting a baby picture for the next challenge, and so I decided to fulfill that prophecy.
    I really wanted to post a picture that was taken with my current 25mm lens and G5 body, and since I am a busy dad I don't have a lot of subject matter besides my family.

    It took a lot of shots until my baby girl finally decided to express herself and I love this picture of her, it is hanging on my wall right now. I used the print services of Sam's Club (they actually have a decent service from Fuji, reasonable prices and nice large prints) and when I went to pick up my prints they asked me to sign a release form because my shots look professional and they don't want to get sued by the models... lol, that made me feel good.
    I hope its not too simple and cant wait to see what everyone has in store on this picture.

    Here is a small preview version
    baby_preview.

    JPG LINK
    http://sdrv.ms/14g0lTj

    RAW LINK
    http://sdrv.ms/14g2vCj

    DNG LINK
    http://sdrv.ms/14g2wGj

    Sunday the 24th of March should be the last day for entries, I will go trough the images on Monday the 25th and hopefully announce the winner late Monday night.

    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.

    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.
     
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  2. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    LOL!
    i opened 23454 tabs and forgot what they all were... got to this one, and busted up laughing :D i totally knew youd grab the baby idea! i knew it! :D
    how fun!!!! :D

    heres my first try!

    P1000445.

    its about 502345234 filters from color efex, and then dragged into silver efex
    i tried to go for a desaturated old fashioned look in color, but couldnt get it right.. so popped over to silver efex, and used about 20 u points to brighten, darken, smoothen, boost structure all over the place
     
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  3. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Aug 23, 2012
    Tamas
    Very nice, you set the bar high off the bat, love it.
     
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  4. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    ill fiddle around again later and try for the desturated look i orig wanted, ive only stumbled into it once in a wedding photo i processed... every other time i try for it, i fail, lol :)
     
  5. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    I went with a close crop with this one. Other than the crop I just fiddled a bit with curves in Lightroom.

    CloseCrop_1024.
     
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  6. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    For my second entry I again went for a fairly extreme crop. I did this because I think it's interesting, but also because my PP skills are in their infancy, so I doubt I can compete with other more "traditional" entries.

    Crop, slight rotation, fix levels in LR, B&W conversion and border in Silver Efex.

    Closeup_BW_1024.
     
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  7. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    oh i love that tilt! why didnt i do that?!
     
  8. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    702
    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
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  9. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    couldnt get the old fashioned desaturated look i wanted, so i just went with the tilt on the original entry lol

    P1000445%20%283%29.

    altered tint a tiny bit as well
     
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  10. Joltinjess

    Joltinjess Mu-43 Regular

    120
    Jan 6, 2013
    Port Moody, BC
    Jesse
    First time doing this. I figured that it's a good way to force myself to learn some PP. Gimp 2.8.

    Cropped
    Desaturated
    Removed blemishes
    7% opacity pink layer
    Vignette

    Any advice welcome.

    Beautiful Subject!!

    PP_20.
     
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  11. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    Bangkok
    rob collins
    Well just for fun....

    bart_1_of_1_.
     
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  12. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Aug 23, 2012
    Tamas
    That is awesome robbie36, I should have mentioned this image is primed for masking and fun backgrounds, glad you saw it and delivered a nice pp.
     
  13. JLphoto

    JLphoto Mu-43 Regular

    91
    Jan 27, 2013
    San Francisco/Marin County
    Jack
    For my first entry, I did basic adjustments, and then cloned out the wrinkled cloth that you had mentioned in the Portraits only thread a while ago. After that, I made her skin as baby soft as possible, and accentuated her eyes. Then I cropped it for accent on the expression. All in Lightroom 4.


    mu43ppchallenge20COLOR | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    For my second entry, I made a copy of my original edit, and turned it black and white. Then, I pulled out the shadows on the cloth, to bring a lighter look to the image. After that, I did some more work on her cut little eyes, and de-cropped it.


    mu43ppchallenge20BW | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    I love this image, and is very different from the type of stuff we were doing before, so kudos for breaking the trend well! Very cute baby!
     
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  14. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    714
    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
    Les
    @redalien, such a great photo of a beautiful little baby girl :2thumbs:
    Shame to butcher it with my attempt - apologies now :eek:

    I rotated the other way to others to get her resting her chin on her little hand.

    8582626495_cc7afd6a7f_b.

    MU-43_PP#20_redalien_-1
    by savvy249, on Flickr

    Getting back into sharing the settings used for the edit :-

    All in LR4.3
    Crop & rotate
    Contrast +60
    Whites +40
    Blacks -15
    Clarity -65

    Highlight Priority Vignette
    Amount +62
    Midpoint 0
    Roundness +100
    Feather 100

    No Sharpening or NR

    Exported with Border using LR/Mogrify2 plugin.
     
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  15. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    the eyes look great
    i think the vign made the center of the face into a noticible white circle tho
    mebbe less of a blend, or a larger center size?
    are you seein what im talking about?
     
  16. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    714
    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
    Les
    My 2nd entry, I'm probably going to alienate myself from the whole forum community for doing this to your beautiful baby, but the rules say anything goes.

    I wanted to try and get a horror baby doll effect. I couldn't quite get the horror look I really wanted in LR, but wanted to avoid going into PS as my daughter says she probably wants it back now for her new laptop (I don't use it much anyway, so will not buy another copy if she does take it).

    Lots of custom brushing in LR desaturating, dodging, burning, highlights, shadows, smoothing skin, and a tiny bit of red put back on the tongue. (I got a similar effect using the Topaz trial, but wanted to try it all in LR)

    Still, quite a creepy effect, so sorry again redalien.

    8584694545_fc0ecdb3a2_b.

    MU-43_PP#20_redalien_-2
    by savvy249, on Flickr
     
  17. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    714
    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
    Les
    Brilliant Rob !!:2thumbs:
     
  18. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    It's a baby, hard to do anything too extreme to it! (tell that to savvy though... :happy-084:)

    I think the most important change I did here is to use a square crop. Compositionally it holds the picture together much better.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/8586308272/" title="Mu-43.com Post Processing Challenge by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr"> 8586308272_a012e0d4e0_c. "800" height="800" alt="Mu-43.com Post Processing Challenge"></a>
     
  19. Joltinjess

    Joltinjess Mu-43 Regular

    120
    Jan 6, 2013
    Port Moody, BC
    Jesse
    I definitely do see it. It was the first time I did a vignette, I think I need to find a better way to do it. Thanks for the critique.
     
  20. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Aug 23, 2012
    Tamas
    Thank you for the entries people, I will post the winner today when I get a chance to sit for a while.