Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #10

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by hazwing, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 25, 2012
  2. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 25, 2012
    Whoops forgot about this:

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    [Title Box] Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #nn [\Title Box] followed by :-
    BBCode Link to unprocessed JPEG image to display in-post so everyone can see what is on offer.

    Any explanation or commentary the Challenger wants to give (optional)

    Download link to RAW file (unless only JPEG available)

    Download link to unprocessed Original size JPEG (so "non-RAW" PP'ers can still participate, and for JPEG Shooters)

    Winner shall be announced on or shortly after the [thurs 7th feb/8pm/australian eastern standard time]

    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)

    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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  3. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    Rotate, crop.
    Boost some color saturation in LR4
    Topaz Detail 3
    CS6 bring back bugs.

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  4. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    You forgot this bit :biggrin: You might want to edit your OP to include it.
    "Winner shall be announced on or shortly after the [Date/Time/Timezone]"

    I'll post up my entries shortly.
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  5. dtchan

    dtchan Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 24, 2010
    Tonal Contrast + Detail Extractor from Color Efex 4.
    LR Filter.
    Rotate and Crop.


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  6. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    First Entry

    MU-43_PP#10-1 by savvy249, on Flickr

    Decided to just go wild with the sliders to really play with the colour/isolation, and make the concrete that the bugs are on look like a proper grey concrete. Quite liked the Orange vs Charcoal look, and the multi-coloured bugs.

    Crop & Rotate to make the bottom concrete horizontal
    Highlights -100
    Shadows +100
    Blacks -100
    Clarity +60
    Vibrance +100
    Saturation +100
    All HSL channels to -100 except Red & Orange to +100
    Some slight localised dodging with Adjustment Brush to raise a couple of highlights

    Second Entry

    To just leave the bugs and the light surrounds with some colour

    MU-43_PP#10-2 by savvy249, on Flickr

    Previous edit, plus:-
    Hue : All channels to -100 except Red & Orange at 0
    Saturation : All channels to -100 except Red to +100
    Luminance : All channels to -100 except Red at 0
    Local Adjustment Brushes to clean up the desaturations
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  7. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2012
    1st entry...

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  8. JLphoto

    JLphoto Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 27, 2013
    San Francisco/Marin County

    Basic LR4 adjustments, plus crop and rotate
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  9. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
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  10. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Here are attempts:
    The first one is a more normal interpretation:
    Temp 4500 Tint +46
    Exposure +1.15
    Recovery 50
    Fill Light 0
    Black 19
    Clarity +50
    Vibrance +25
    Saturation +25
    Tonal Curve: Highlights +60, Lights +10, Dark -20, Shadow -60
    A bunch of color adjustments...
    Lens correction: Vertical -40, Horizontal -33, Rotate +6.3
    3x2 crop
    Sharpening 50 (Detail 10)
    Vignette -10

    My second entry is a more extreme look with muted color, but added contrast (I started with a cinematic preset with this one):
    Temp 5229 Tint -53
    Exposure +0.75
    Recovery 100
    Fill Light 43
    Black 87
    Brightness +67
    Contrast +27
    Clarity +49
    Vibrance 0
    Saturation -46
    Tonal Curve: Highlights +27, Lights -3, Dark -24, Shadow +13
    A bunch of color adjustments...
    Sharpening 60 (Detail 10)
    Vignette -21
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    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
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  12. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    psychedelic bugs

    My second entry

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  13. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 25, 2012
    There were quite a lot of good entries here, tough making a decision. But if I had to narrow it down to the three that I like the most:

    3rd: Jlphoto – I like the cropping you have done, it's a different view than what I envisioned. The texture of the concrete comes out well. I like how the eye gets drawn to the bottom right. Muted colours.

    2nd: Dtchan (first image) – I like the different textures that come out in the concrete. The grain adds a gritty feel to the image

    1st: tdekany (first image) – I don't know why, but I really liked the psychedelic colours! The different shapes in the image are accentuated by the different colours
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  14. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Hey! Thank you!!!! I will start challenge #11 tomorrow.
  15. whatisinthebag

    whatisinthebag Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    Central California
    Missed time cutoff as I was travelling for a while. Wanted to post what I had done anyhow.

    compositing images. tonal changes. texture addition. crop. etc.

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