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Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #3

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by KVG, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Hey peoples time for the next challenge. Heres a photo that I took and could never figured out what to do with it.

    Basic rules:

    The jpg(I rarely shoot raw sorry) 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.

    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.:thumbup:

    Heres a link for downloading:
    All sizes | YYC | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    8334186314_0b0affda3f_z.
    YYC by Kelly Gibbons, on Flickr
     
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  2. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    517
    Aug 6, 2012
    First entry:

    pp-chal3-cityscape.
     
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  3. JohnF

    JohnF Mu-43 Regular

    183
    Apr 1, 2010
    Oberursel, Germany
    JohnFPostProcess.

    Used DXO 8 to adjust the image cropping and keystoning, applied a modified cross-processing FilmPack, then exported to Lightroom 4 for final tweaking and export as JPG.
     
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  4. Dalton

    Dalton Mu-43 Veteran

    329
    Jan 24, 2010
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Dan Ferrall
    A bit of this challenge...

    Here is an attempt from me...
    [​IMG]"973" height="2027" alt="Untitled"></a>[/IMG]
     
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  5. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

    135
    Aug 23, 2012
    Tamas
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  6. stonetape72

    stonetape72 Mu-43 Regular

    94
    Jul 24, 2012
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75427647@N07/8335697686/" title="8334186314_b48da8ee35_o.jpg by S P Collins, on Flickr">"1024" height="769" alt="8334186314_b48da8ee35_o.jpg"></a>
     
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  7. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Here's my entry:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30940068@N02/8334694187/" title="PP Challenge #3 (KVG) by jloden, on Flickr"> 8334694187_865be45801_b. "769" height="1024" alt="PP Challenge #3 (KVG)"></a>


    Cropping: Angle and crop adjust
    Exposure: +0.70
    Highlights: -10
    Shadows: +25
    Blacks: -12
    Clarity: +100
    Vibrance: +5
    Saturation: +3
    Point Curve: Medium Contrast
    Sharpening: +32
    Sharpening Radius: 1.2
    Sharpening Detail: +25
    Vignetting: -18
     
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  8. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    517
    Aug 6, 2012
    2nd entry:

    (Edited to a different version)

    I'm looking at all the too-similar versions and tried to look at what's interesting at the source pic. I think the textures and geometries hidden within the dark areas are interesting and I need to bring them out to give the image the twist it needs. Here it is, after being ran thru LR4 (played with the color channels to bring out the details) and finished in Silfer Efex.

    hyper-bw.
     
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  9. Jazztrumpet5

    Jazztrumpet5 Mu-43 Regular

    64
    Apr 20, 2012
    Kansas City
    Trying to do something different than I normally would.

    Both were processed in LR4+Color Efex.

    #1, I thought the light was the most interesting part of the picture, so I tried just focusing on it. I used an infrared film and then BW conversion, lightening up a few areas of lights in the buildings. I added some film grain for grittiness, and then I cropped for maximum light-age.
    8334186314_b48da8ee35_o-Edit-3.

    #2, I thought maybe something a little bit painterly would bring out some features, so I ran it through Tonal Contrast to get a bit of HDR in the textures, a little softening, and brightening up the - to me - second-most interesting thing, which was the juxtaposition of the red cranes moving vertically and horizontally through the shot with the vertical motion blur of the cars. I added some grain and then cropped.
    8334186314_b48da8ee35_o-Edit-2.
     
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  10. yktay2

    yktay2 Mu-43 Regular

    mu-43_pp3-01.
    image one: cropped, added grain, adjustment done at silver efex to create retro feel.

    mu-43_pp3-02.
    image two: cropped and rotated, color efex adjustment
     
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  11. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I like what you have done with the shot here... can you please give a bit of detail on what you did?
     
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  12. stonetape72

    stonetape72 Mu-43 Regular

    94
    Jul 24, 2012
    Thanks - it was all done in LR4 and was all a bit random to be honest; I messed with the angle and cropped it, applied the strong contrast preset, in split toning I warmed the shadows and cooled the highlights, and then applied lots of noise reduction to soften the whole thing.
     
  13. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I like the angle you've cropped it to, and the warmth and feel to the shot.
     
  14. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    714
    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
    Les
    I felt that rotation was the key here, and cropping.
    In LR I darkened the exposure and contrast a tad, brought the highlights and blacks down a lot, upped the shadows a lot, and the whites a bit; upped the clarity to +35, vibrance to +40, and saturation to +10; applied 40 NR and 60 sharpening.

    8337207079_37f6cd4f7c_b.
    KVG_1 by savvy249, on Flickr

    2nd Entry - as Kelly is the king of the framed street shot, I just had to have a go at kellying a kelly LOL :rofl:
    Same edits as before, different crop & rotation, and the top & bottom black bars.

    8338266086_99ef16238f_b.
    KVG_3 by savvy249, on Flickr
     
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  15. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    Here's my first entry:
    8334186314_b48da8ee35_o_HDR-1.
    PP in LR3 with Enfuse Plug-in,
    HDR with 5 shots @ +/-0.7EV apart,
    Rotated to straighten slightly, and cropped to 2x3,
    Boosted Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation,
    Used Medium Contrast Plus Tonal Curve preset

    Second entry:
    8334186314_b48da8ee35_o_HDR-2.
    Same HDR shot, cropped more tightly,
    Desaturated all color except yellow, orange and red,
    Added same grain
     
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  16. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    660
    Sep 17, 2012
    UK
    Thought I'd have a play tonight.

    The first one just a bit of subtle tweaking in LR3, straightening, cropping, sharpening and noise reduction and some highlight vignetting to draw the focus in. Then finished off with some levels adjustments in CS5

    8334186314_fb69978825_k_1.


    The second, tone mapped then posterised edges and a bit of everything else thrown in for fun in CS5

    8334186314_fb69978825_k_2.
     
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  17. dtchan

    dtchan Mu-43 Veteran

    364
    Nov 24, 2010
    Here is mine entry. B/W filter + square cropped + border.

    night-Edit.
     
  18. BAXTING

    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    Bradley
    I'm really enjoying these challenges. Here is one for me.

    Adjusted levels, slight rotate & crop, slight vignette, -50 Saturation, and brought out some cool blues for that cool night feel.


    8334186314_b48da8ee35_o-fnl-01 by BAXTING, on Flickr
     
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  19. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    You guys did some awesome edits on my meh photo:2thumbs: Heres my picks.

    First Place:
    I love the "kellying":rofl: you did with this one it gives it a real urban feel.

    Second Place
    Love the edit that makes it look like a piece of art.

    Third Place:
    The framing and editing made it look like a vintage shot to me, plus I love B&W.

    Savvy your up:biggrin:
     
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  20. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    714
    Sep 28, 2012
    SE Essex, UK
    Les
    Wow, thanks Kelly, there were some fantastic edits put forward here, so to win is special :thumbup:

    Congrats also to Dalton and dtchan, great work.

    Thanks for putting up an interesting challenge, I've only ever tried to work on RAW files before, never JPEG.

    I'll dig out a file and post the next challenge later today :smile:

    Rgds.


    Les.