Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #4

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by savvy, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    Next Challenge Time .........

    Here is one I took experimenting with shooting into the sun. Not the most interesting shot, but in the end I recovered a fairly reasonable image out of it with PP. I'm sure I could have done much better, and look forward to seeing what you all do with your edits :smile:

    Basic rules:

    The RAW file will be made available to download (link below).

    Use your skills to show us your best take on the image and post here. (Entries limited to 2 per person for this challenge)

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

    As the holiday season is now over, the length of this challenge is back to roughly 72 Hours, in line with the other contests and challenges on the board.
    (Challenge #4 will end at approx. 19:00GMT Tues 8th January 2013)

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

    Here is a link for downloading the RAW (.orf) file:
    MU-43_PP#4.orf at

    Here is the unprocessed original converted to JPEG for reference.
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  2. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    My try. Some serious dodging and burning in ACR. Lens flare concealed in Photoshop via several color balance layers shifting green to magenta (and vv) locally. Final touch up with a curves layer to adjust local brightness and crop to 5:4.

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  3. clockwise

    clockwise Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    New York, NY
    Brian R
    My entry:


    And here are the processing steps I went through:

    Recovery: 100
    Fill Light: ?
    Blacks: 8
    Sharpening: 0
    Crop to 3:2 format
    Open in ProPhoto RGB, 16 bit

    PixelGenius PhotoKit Sharpener for capture sharpening
    Filter > Lens Correction > Vignette +16 to reduce vignetting
    PixelGenius PhotoKit Sharpener to increase mid-tone contrast

    Silver Efex Pro 2
    High Structure (Harsh) preset
    Apply yellow filter
    Add control point to sky and lower Brightness
    Add control points to grass and increase Brightness
    Add control points to mud and lower Brightness
    Apply coffee toning

    Image > Image Size to 512 x 341 pixels
    Convert to sRGB
    PixelGenius PhotoKit Sharpener for output to web
    Save as high quality jpeg
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  4. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    I hope it's OK to post this part way through the challenge.

    A bump for this challenge in case the thread got lost in volume of posts over the last day - only 2 entries in approx 24hrs.

    Maybe it is the technical nature of the challenge that is putting you off? A "creative" PP challenge will be easier to approach in some ways, creativity is more subjective and offers more scope; a technical "recovery" challenge can seem a bit more daunting at first.

    There are AT LEAST two ways you can approach this one, straightforward detail recovery to get the most out of the RAW file, or maybe a silhouette bringing out just the sun and it's reflection in the puddle; then with either, maybe a B&W conversion; then maybe get "creative". It's all possible with this unpromising looking RAW file.

    The 2 entries so far are very good, thanks for playing, and explaining how you approached it.

    This is a good opportunity to have a play with adjustment brushes for dodging & burning, graduated filters, levels & curves, etc.

    Go on, join in, you know you want to, your edit can't be any worse than the original image in post #1 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:


  5. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Savy I was pondering my head how to "fix" this photo.
    It was a tough one.
    My try using Color Effex filters:

    1. BI-COLOR user defined.
    2. Detail Extractor.
    3. Dark Contrast.
    4. Graduate Fog at the top.
    5. Image border.

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  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
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  7. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    kinda overcooked this... too much to explain what I did.. all done in Aperture.


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  8. lubov

    lubov Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 4, 2011
  9. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Here's my entry. I couldn't come up with a color one that looked as good as the B&W to my eyes, the tonal range is much more interesting than the color hues.

    <a href="" title="PP Challenge #4 (savvy) by jloden, on Flickr"> 8354741773_c350da75bc_c. "600" height="800" alt="PP Challenge #4 (savvy)"></a>

    Processed in Silver Efex using a very lightly modified copy of the "Fine Art" preset as a base.
    Structure: +75%
    Vignette: Lens Falloff 3 (-20%)
    Grain: 452, set slightly harder than neutral
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  10. stonetape72

    stonetape72 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2012
    I feel I somehow lost the plot... and yet I kinda like it!

    <a href="" title="MU-43_PP#4.jpg by S P Collins, on Flickr"> View attachment 249972 "800" height="800" alt="MU-43_PP#4.jpg"></a>
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  11. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    hats off luboy... please tell me the sunbeams are fake.... :) 

  12. EasyEd

    EasyEd Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    Hey All,

    I just saw the movie Lincoln yesterday. Thinking of the boy with the glass "photos". If you haven't seen Lincoln - do.

    What I did...

    Light application of Sepia
    Light application of Orton
    Sharpen a bit
    and a bunch of micro adjustments at various points along the way.


    PS Clic the Pic.

    Attached Files:

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  13. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2010
    I love these challenges! The more time I spend in the digital darkroom, the more I realize that no two "prints" are the same.

    Here's my first take on this image:

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  14. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
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  15. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Another totally unatural edit from me........


    Sorry, I lost track of all the edits, but the main changes were add the moon layer, convert to black and white and lots or dodge and burn.
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  16. dtchan

    dtchan Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 24, 2010
    Here is mine... going for a eerie look.
    1. LR b/w filter.
    2. Alienskin exposure - watercolor paper
    3. Recover some highlights.

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  17. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    Challenge extended until 8am UK time Wed 9th Jan

    I just realised that I won't be in this evening to close off and judge the challenge - whoops :eek: 

    Challenge extended until 8am UK Time 9th Jan

    I'll judge it and post the results sometime in the morning after that.
  18. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Here are my two entries, both done in LR3:
    It's hard to keep track of exactly what I did, but the main things were some serious dodging of the sun, increased clarity, exposure reduction and darkened the tonal curve so that it became a silhouette shot, and then cropping it to tighten the frame...

    The framing is the same on this one, as are the dodging, but this time, I just did the opposite, bringing fill light all the way up and reducing clarity so that it becomes like a painting...
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  19. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    another version from me... again all aperture. Sky polarised, some tweaking of color values and various other dodging and burning



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  20. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Since we've gone into extended play, I thought I'd have another go too, this time with a different approach. The main changes were cloning cloud over the blown highlights instead of trying to recover them. The clouds were lightly cloned into the water reflection. The picture was then cropped and all the usual tweaks applied.

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