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Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #39 (72 hours)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Lawrence A., Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    OK. This is a shot I never did anything with. I like the deco building, but decided to go back another time to see if I could get something I liked better. So my reject is your challenge. I was thinking in black and white, so the jpeg is monochrome, but if you work from the raw file, the decision is yours. The jpeg is straight from the camera. NO NOTHING.

    It is 6:21, Friday July 5, U.S. Mountain (Daylight) Time Remember Arizona, the rest of us set our clocks forward in the Spring!!

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    For the full size files click My Files

    The PP challenge rules:
    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. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
  3. BAXTING

    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    Bradley
    Ill play..
     
  4. BAXTING

    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    Bradley
    I cropped this best suit what the image represented to me. Outside a theater on a hot day. Not too many cars as not too many decided to venture because of the heat and nobody to be seen since those who did venture out are smart to stay indoors. At first I attempted to do what I normally would, but it just didn't work out and instead I had to do what image told me to do. Dry, warm, bright glare, grainy, saturated colors because of the heat. All seemed to really fit this image and almost tell a story.

    1. Warm color

    ppchallenge39 by BAXTING, on Flickr

    2. B+W conversion (Topaz Labz)

    I really just upped the darks and detail a bit for this one.


    ppchallenge39-2 by BAXTING, on Flickr
     
  5. phidauex

    phidauex Mu-43 Regular

    76
    Jun 17, 2013
    Boulder, CO
    I made two versions, with different ideas, both processed in LR5 off the original RAW.

    The first goes with your idea that you wanted a B&W process - I feel like color should either stand out, or be removed. So I took all the color, and went with a moody high contrast lo-fi conversion, making the sky dark and dramatic. I simplified the image with aggressive crop and cloning, removing elements I found distracting. I'd call it "Imagine the Possibilities".

    9223252107_d065c902ff_b.
    MU43 Processing Challenge #39 (1 of 2) by phidauex, on Flickr

    The second took a different turn. The southwest is full of color, but sometimes you need to drag it out of the highlights and bright sun. I turned up the DR and the color, giving a nearly HDR toned appearance. A little spot exposure correction to highlight interesting areas finished it off. I'd call it, "Hiland".

    9226034514_773830fa1b_b.
    MU43 Processing Challenge #39 (2 of 2) by phidauex, on Flickr
     
  6. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Thanks to Lawrence for kickstarting this :)

    I ended up taking a similar tack to Phidauex.

    Both are square crop - proving once again that m43 has plenty of resolution to play with.

    First, I wanted to accentuate the signage & strong verticals. Processing is just in iPhoto - crop, enhance, straighten, vintage & fade.



    Second is more about the converging lines, the three cars and the two lamp-posts; with a little contrast between the asphalt and sky. Processing is just iPhoto, enhance, straighten & boost.

     
  7. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Keep them coming. Great stuff so far! Everyone has me wishing I could say, "yeah, that's what I meant".
     
  8. ctc

    ctc Mu-43 Rookie

    20
    Nov 5, 2012
    Denmark, Copenhagen
    Claus Tom Christensen
    Challenge #39 Contribution

    Thanks for the challenge. I do not think it was easy, but it was interesting and fun.

    Here is my contribution, a little Lightroom 5 (cropping), followed by Silver Efex Pro 2 (grain, vignette, dodge and burning and frame) and then a little more Lightroom 5 (toning). A total of 15-20 minutes of postprocessing.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/claustom/9223968411/" title="MU43 Processing Challenge #39 by Claus Tom, on Flickr"> 9223968411_08bc40e4a3_b. "1024" height="640" alt="MU43 Processing Challenge #39"></a>
     
  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    No, not easy. That's why I abandoned it. But it's fun to see what folks are doing with it.
     
  10. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Actually - if I had a third picture, looking back at the original image, I'd crop the sign and entrance way and remove almost everything else (I might end up cutting the blue & white cars in half to retain the full sign). Eg - the inference is 'Imaging the possibilities' and a set of doors into a foyer.
     
  11. ctc

    ctc Mu-43 Rookie

    20
    Nov 5, 2012
    Denmark, Copenhagen
    Claus Tom Christensen
    I "borrow / steal" your idea for cropping ... Hope it's ok :)
     
  12. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
  13. ctc

    ctc Mu-43 Rookie

    20
    Nov 5, 2012
    Denmark, Copenhagen
    Claus Tom Christensen
    My second attempt, here I also try the dark black / white version but with the crop as Phigmov suggested (I think). Want to have a cinematic look and a feel of an old black-and-white ganster movie and think the white car and the signs can help to provide it.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/claustom/9227165986/" title="P4260928-261 by Claus Tom, on Flickr"> 9227165986_bdb5428072_c. "600" height="800" alt="P4260928-261"></a>
     
  14. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Is there a rule against a third try?
     
  15. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Yeah, you get two shots which I think is fair. I was just verbalising an internal thought . . . Hindsight is a wonderful thing :)
     
  16. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
  17. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Less than a day left. Keep them coming. The entries so far are impressive.
     
  18. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

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

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
  20. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    OK. I guess this is closed to entries now; the 72 hours is up. I'll study the entries and announce a winner in a day or so. That's the tough part.