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Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge 2

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by spatulaboy, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hi all. Welcome to the second Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge!

    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. (I will limit entries to 2 for this challenge)

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

    Length of this challenge is roughly one week. I understand it is the holiday season and most people are busy, so one week should give everyone plenty of time. :smile:

    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.

    Here is the file to download for this challenge:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/8296542899/" title="Restaurant-Original by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr"> 8296542899_f81254aa22_z. "640" height="480" alt="Restaurant-Original"></a>

    Looking forward to seeing how creative everyone gets!

    *Challenge ends 29 December*
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  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Here are my two takes using Lightroom and NIK Color Effex and Silver Effex.
    In the first I got the details and increased the contrast.
    For the second I have increased the contrast cropped and blur to remove he details kind of opposite to the first.

    DMC-G2    LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/F1.4    25mm    f/1.4    1/1600s    ISO 200
    DMC-G2    LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/F1.4    25mm    f/1.4    1/1600s    ISO 200
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  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
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  4. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010

    This is mine:
    Using PS:
    Slight increase in shadow density,
    Bump contrast 12-14,
    Third of auto color,
    Half of sharpen edges.

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    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    1st opened with Silkypix
    • set exp to -1/3
    • applied toy camera effect
    • change to film color k
    • then opened in CS5
    • applied high pass filter at 50px for sharpening
    • adjusted input levels for contrast
    • adjusted saturation to -45

    My attempt was to make the light reflection on the floor the main subject of the image.
    View attachment 247375
    P1280508-1 by BAXTING, on Flickr

    2nd opened with Silkypix
    • set exp to + 1/3
    • applied sepia filter
    • eliminate all sharpness
    • opened in CS5
    • aggressively adjusted input levels for contrast
    • applied reverse gradient layer/with soft light blending mode
    • copied flattened image and applied diffuse glow filter to top layer
    • diffused top layer then masked with another reverse gradient layer

    My attempt here was for something different than the first. I really wanted a soft image that highlighted the metal legs of the chairs instead of the light this time around.
    View attachment 247376
    P1280508-2 by BAXTING, on Flickr
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  6. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    Love the white version!
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  7. fullbanani

    fullbanani Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 21, 2011
    Berlin, GER
    Here is mine:
    (Some cross processing, dodge and burn and softening some areas, highpass filter on some highlights)
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  8. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    Behond me.... all i get is a small jpeg when i click on link
  9. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
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  10. pancake

    pancake Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2010
    UK south East
    Bit of photomatix, farstone and lightroom work. Going for a cinematic feel.

    Attached Files:

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  11. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Nice stuff guys, have to admit though...it's a really cool shot you put up Vin.
  12. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Thanks Joe, even though you already know how I processed this series you are welcome to submit your own interpretation. I've always been a fan of your work!

    Outstanding work everyone, keep em coming!
  13. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA

    I preferred a cool muted feel.

    developed in darktable (git master), resized in gimp
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  14. yktay2

    yktay2 Mu-43 Regular

    DMC-G2    LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/F1.4    25mm    f/1.4    1/1600s    ISO 200

    lightroom pp only
    decrease highlight
    increase shadows
    increase whites
    decrease blacks
    increase clarity centrally
    split toning

    brush to create more pop centrally
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  15. dwig

    dwig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 26, 2010
    Key West FL
    shift color balance by raising Kelvin slider to ~5450
    boost Saturation & Vibrance
    add Lumanance Noice Reduction + boost associated Detail
    retouch to remove small leveller under chair leg lower left
    retouch to remove small debris
    retouch to remove glass stem in upper left
    add HSL layer with very reduce Saturation with layer mask to limit effect to red component under table top upper left
    add Levels layer and edit layer mask to create vignette.
    About 10 minutes total.

    Attached Files:

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  16. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Here's my effort.

    Cropped a little, mostly just to remove the glass from the top left.
    Reduced the temperature...(perhaps just a fraction too much in hindsight!)
    Reduced overall contrast and clarity but bumped it up just a tiny bit along the lit floor.
    A little grain and bumped the sharpness a little as well.

    View attachment 247443
    Vins challenge. by Livnius, on Flickr
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  17. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
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  18. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    I went for a desaturated, slightly grainy, cinematic look, without going B&W, and using just the stools/ tables on the right.


    by savvy249, on Flickr

    Heavy crop just to get the stools on the right
    Highlights +100
    Shadows +100
    Whites -100
    Blacks -100
    Clarity +100
    Vibrance -100
    Saturation -10
    Luminance Noise Reduction 60
    Detail 50

    Over into PS to add the top and bottom black bars.
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  19. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    2nd Entry, trying for the same cinematic look as before, but cropping horizontally this time to try and give more of a "widescreen" look to it.
    Also took another 20 points off the saturation, no other changes.


    by savvy249, on Flickr
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