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Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #38 (72 hours)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by ovengloves, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. ovengloves

    ovengloves Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Mar 16, 2013
    England, UK
    Shot this little fella in flight with the OM-D's trusty kit lens in macro mode.
    Hope you enjoy :smile:

    P6160751screen.
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    <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/7wmuc7f1iu4sgqi/P6160751.jpg">Full JPEG Here</a>
    <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/ag07tvojkjuiwyo/P6160751.ORF">Original RAW File Here</a>
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    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. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    609
    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rpamparo
  3. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    609
    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rpamparo
  4. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    P6160751.

    IN LIGHTROOM

    exposure -40
    contrast +15
    highlights -100
    Shadows +86
    Clarity +15
    Sharpening:
    Amount 40
    Radius 1.0
    Detail 3-
    Mask 0

    NR kept at LR defaults: no luminance reduction
    25 color with detail 50

    Export to Photoshop as 16 bit tiff

    ADjustments
    Exposure
    +30
    compensation -10

    High Pass sharpening of 1.3


    +3 blue in HL
    +1 green in midtones
    preserving luminosity

    hue -2
    saturation -5

    reduced to 8bits
    reduced to 1024 on the long side
    sharpened unsharp mask : Amount 40, radius 0.3, threshold 0

    Tweaked levels to bring highlight up.
    Burned white petal center bottom slightly to retain tone
    added thin black border.
     
  5. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
  6. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
  7. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    Bangkok
    rob collins
    I liked this photo. I have never taken a macro in my life but do occasionally think about it. I am impressed you got that shot with the kit lens.

    bee8.
     
  8. ovengloves

    ovengloves Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Mar 16, 2013
    England, UK
    Yes, the 12-50mm kit lens in my opinion gets unwarranted bad press, and yet I must admit I rarely use it. It's hardly the fastest lens I own, but I've found it to be nice and sharp, and has no probs blowing out the background in macro mode at f6.3. The bees didn't agree however, I got chased around the garden a few times to get that shot :smile:

    Thanks for the entries so far guys, I'm loving them.
    Keep em coming!
     
  9. ovengloves

    ovengloves Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Mar 16, 2013
    England, UK
    I'll extend this for another 24 hours to see if we get any more entries
     
  10. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
  11. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    My second entry, subtly different. Added a diagonal graduated filter to brighten the exposure from the upper right corner:


    Challenge 38 - Entry #2
     
  12. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Andrew
    I lost track of what I did, basically just played around

    9122056120_160d5e8359_b.

    Sent from my Samsung Note II via mu-43 app.
     
  13. ovengloves

    ovengloves Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Mar 16, 2013
    England, UK
    Hi guys. Sorry this went past the 100 hours - I've had unavoidable work commitments.
    Anyway, many thanks for the entries!

    2nd runner up goes to Tdekany, I loved the clumsy bee:)



    1st runner up goes to Rhoydotp, I love the creamy thick colours in this one.
    9103106443_2588318fe2_b.

    And the winner is....
    Lawrence A !
    I kept coming back to this one time and again, I just love its tonal qualities.
    Congratulations:D
    P6160751.
     
  14. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    609
    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rpamparo
    thanks for the 1st runner up & congrats to Lawrence A! :2thumbs:
     
  15. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Congrats all! :biggrin:
     
  16. Rick B.

    Rick B. New to Mu-43

    3
    Jun 26, 2013
    Too late?

    I'm a new mu-43 member and just saw this thread. I'm probably too late for the challenge, but will post my edit anyway. I tried to enhance the detail and color on the bee and central part of the flower with the basic Lightroom adjustments, applied some Unsharp Mask in Photoshop, and used Serif PhotoPlus X6 for noise reduction. I've also been playing with a technique that uses extreme saturation coupled with vibrancy reduction in Lightroom, which I tried here. It sometimes helps bring out more color.
     

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  17. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Thanks for the nod. I think all the entries were very worthy.

    And it was fun working on a bee shot!
     
  18. ovengloves

    ovengloves Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Mar 16, 2013
    England, UK
    A smidge too late Rick B, sorry! Thanks for the entry though - these competitions run continuously so get in on the next one :2thumbs:
     
  19. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    Thank you so much!!!! I had fun with this picture.
     
  20. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Where's challenge #39? I've searched but don't see a thread. Larry, the torch passes to the winner of the previous challenge. My apologies if there's a thread and I just can't find it. :confused: :smile: