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Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge 18!!!

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by spatulaboy, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Hiya Kids. It's another fun and exciting Post Processing Challenge! I love portraits and don't seem to recall too many portrait challenges being offered, so here's one for ya. This is a shot I did for a lens comparison, so I haven't done much of my usual editing to it. I'm curious to see what you creative fellows can come up with!
    Here is the file to download for this challenge:

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2qYAfdUV6oVVFBMWE44NjZWUjA/edit?usp=sharing

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/8193785083/" title="Orange Sweater2 by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr"> 8193785083_25a5d5707a_c. "800" height="600" alt="Orange Sweater2"></a>

    Basic rules:

    A Raw file will be made available to download.
    Use your skills to show us your best take on the image and post here. Entries are limited to 2.

    Each contestant can post the settings and techniques used for their entry. However this is not a requirement.

    Length of this challenge is roughly three to four days.

    A first place winner will be chosen along with second and third place mentions. The Challenge winner will then post a new file and chose the next winner.

    This challenge will end around 14th of March. Have fun!
     
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  2. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    702
    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
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  3. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    Love the second try drewbot!
     
  4. radamo

    radamo Mu-43 Regular

    183
    Aug 22, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    Rich
    Thanks for the challenge... I am new to B&W conversions and was glad to see this posted. Here is my first attempt.

    Critique is welcome...
     
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  5. JStheoriginal

    JStheoriginal Mu-43 Veteran

    271
    Mar 9, 2013
    Canada
    Justin
    I like this b&w one more than the first for some reason! Great job.
     
  6. radamo

    radamo Mu-43 Regular

    183
    Aug 22, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    Rich
    Thanks JS! This is a great photo to work with.
    Rich
     
  7. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I shouldn't do this since I don't want to have to host a challenge but I couldn't resist the temptation to have a go at the file. Please do not treat this as an entry.

    P1450645.

    Edits:

    - cropped the tree on the left side and a little off the top to remove a small bit of sky

    - a small white balance adjustment, +200 degrees plus a small change in the hue

    - I used Lightroom's Auto tone adjustment and thought it did a nice job so left the tonal adjustments at that, a +0.5 exposure adjustment, +16 contrast, +25 whites, -6 blacks

    - I made a small clarity adjustment, +21

    - In the HSL panel I used the targeted adjustment tool to select her upper lip and reduced the luminance slightly to darken her lips a fraction while maintaining the same colour.

    - I used a healing brush to remove a spot on the right cheek.

    - I used the Lightroom Sharpen-Faces preset for sharpening and set a very small amount of luminance noise reduction (11)

    - finally, the big one for me was to use the adjustment brush and auto masking and paint the whole scene apart from the girl with a -0.86 stop exposure reduction, a -16 reduction in contrast, a -11 reduction in saturation, and a -24 reduction in sharpening to just tone down the background, darken the foliage a little, and make the subject "pop" against the background. It's really the first time I've tried using an adjustment brush.

    Great photo to start from. I think the thing I like most about these challenges is starting from an image without knowing what the actual scene looked like so I find it easier to treat the image on its own terms without being concerned about trying to be faithful to how I remember the scene. Instead I try to get things to how I think the scene might have looked and perhaps add a little drama or strength. I learnt a few things from this one which is great.
     
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  8. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

    511
    Oct 18, 2011
    The present.
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  9. JLphoto

    JLphoto Mu-43 Regular

    91
    Jan 27, 2013
    San Francisco/Marin County
    Jack
    Dayglow

    Mu-43PostProcessingChallenge18_copy.

    Went for a "sunflare" look, with lots of brushing a graduated filters applied. Made it look warmer with some white balance and my warm glow filter. Great image to start with, and I love your photos on the portraits thread!
     
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  10. JStheoriginal

    JStheoriginal Mu-43 Veteran

    271
    Mar 9, 2013
    Canada
    Justin
    Where's her beauty mark?!? ;)
     
  11. JLphoto

    JLphoto Mu-43 Regular

    91
    Jan 27, 2013
    San Francisco/Marin County
    Jack
    Mu-43PostProcessingChallenge18BW_copy.

    Black and White Version of my original edit. Added a slight vignette, and softened the highlights a tad.
     
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  12. JStheoriginal

    JStheoriginal Mu-43 Veteran

    271
    Mar 9, 2013
    Canada
    Justin
    Here's my first ever submission!


    I chose 1:1 because I think it matches her look.
     

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  13. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Aug 23, 2012
    Tamas
    Nice image to work with

    First I did basic panel adjustments in LR, then I desaturated everything except the orange sweater. I think softening up most of the background brings the eye more to the subject and the isolated color really ads some pop to the whole image.
    Some noise adjustments and sharpening, and a minor crop to finish it up.

    I will have a second go at this when i get a chance, once again great image to work with.

    pp15-1450645.
     
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  14. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    Bangkok
    rob collins
    Cropped
    Vignette
    Cool glow to match the clothes...

    PP181_1_of_1_.
     
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  15. RedNumber5

    RedNumber5 Mu-43 Regular

    158
    Dec 13, 2010
    Antioch, CA
    P1450645-7.

    In LR
    Cropped
    onOne Preset Tinting Orange
    Set Red Saturation -31
    Auto Tone
    Vignette Medium
    Clarity reduced to -29
    Adjustment Brush to Saturation -100 on some parts of the picture that also showed orange but was not on the subject.
     
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  16. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Good stuff guys, surprising number of black and white entries. Keep them coming! Remember you get two shots at this until Thursday night/Friday Morning.

    Also: I love people who think outside the box and does something completely unexpected. :wink:
     
  17. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    Bangkok
    rob collins
    Yeah... Great chat up line mate.....
     
  18. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    My first entry, using my soft-focus preset, adjusted for brightness, exposure, and lightened edge:
    P1450645-1.
     
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  19. JStheoriginal

    JStheoriginal Mu-43 Veteran

    271
    Mar 9, 2013
    Canada
    Justin
    I'm uploading a higher res version of my first submission...

    image-3729352421.

    ...and providing a second. More pixels would have been nice ;)

    image-1283322328.
     
  20. Mr.Kilawin

    Mr.Kilawin Mu-43 Regular

    65
    Sep 23, 2012
    First Entry.

    Good shot by the way :thumbup:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/70084627@N07/8553667536/" title="Mu43PostProcessingChallenge18 by Mr.Kilawin, on Flickr">"1024" height="731" alt="Mu43PostProcessingChallenge18"></a>

    Processed using GIMP with Lightroom for PSD conversion
    • Some cropping
    • Converted to B/W using LAB
    • Use colorize and Saturation adjustment to achieve the color
    • Remove the block on the lower right using heal clone script
    • Applied minor Dodge and burn
    • Gaussian blur on the background.
     
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