Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #41 (72 hours)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by oldracer, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    OK, my turn to start one of these I guess. We came across this guy as we were driving along a public road near the Timbavati area of Greater Kruger Park, South Africa. The shot, with some post processing, turned into one of my favorites from the trip. I'll wait to see what you guys do, then announce a winner and also post my version.


    JPG Version

    RAW (Panny G1)
    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.


    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" 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.
  2. pod

    pod Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 4, 2012
    First in ...
    Some desaturation generally and split tone + sat for the oranges to get that dry bush look ..
  3. Joltinjess

    Joltinjess Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2013
    Port Moody, BC
    Great picture!!

    9319171074_1fc1215a63_b.jpg Oldracers photo by Joltinjess, on Flickr

    Square crop
    Black and White
    Darken background
    I tried to treat it like a human portrait.
  4. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
  5. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M

    LR to CS
    poorly executed mask
    gaussian blur
    inverse color backgroung layer
    CS to LR
    neg exp brush
    export to flickr
  6. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    ^^^ i like this one John!
  7. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Thank you.
  8. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    OK, time for a mid-contest bump!

    Mediafire says the photo has had 15 downloads, so we should be seeing some more entries soon.
  9. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    lol.. I DL almost everyone of these... complete very few. All LightRoom 5

    <a href="http:[email protected]/9330005812/" title="20111113-mu43pp43.jpg by slimmerjim, on Flickr"> View attachment 292341 "534" height="800" alt="20111113-mu43pp43.jpg"></a>
  10. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    Well, congratulations for breaking the bad habit! Recipe, please?
  11. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    Umm lots of stuff.

    WB as shot
    exp +.10
    con +5

    Highlights 3
    shadows 19
    blacks 43
    whites 20

    clarity 11
    vibrance 20
    saturation -5

    dropped the curve a touch on the lower 42%

    Orange 12
    yellow 9

    Split toned the highlights
    55 and 10 a touch more yellowish

    Split tones shadows
    207 and 5 a touch cyan

    13, .8, 13, 75

    No lens corrections

    Radial on center exposure inverted mask, saturation sharpenin and contrast bumped up, clarity minus 10

    Radial center exposure -.4, highlights minus 100, clarity +11, saturation 94. sharpness -100 noise +100
  12. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Great pic :smile:

    Messing with snapseed but keeping it simple - square crop, seventies filter and one of the canned frames - going for a 70's safari feel.

    Attached Files:

  13. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Developed in LR5.

    4x5 crop. Adjusted WB to warm up, then used HSL hue slider to make the leaves more green and less yellow. Used a radial mask to darken, slightly desaturate and lower clarity on the background. Used an inverted radial mask to brighten the giraffe's face, increase saturation and add a little bit of clarity. Adjustment brush on the neck to slightly brighten what I missed with the inverted radial mask. :smile:

    View attachment 292632
    Challenge 41 - Entry #1 by twokatmew, on Flickr
  14. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    OK, time's up!

    Runner-up: To Just Jim for his unbelievably complicated recipe and for his finally submitting a photo to one of these!

    View attachment 292676

    Winner: I have to give the big stuffed teddy bear back to mnhoj for showing me a new trick with the Gaussian blur. I am relatively new to this post-processing game and I didn't realize what a great job that tool does in de-emphasizing the background. I am actually not too fond of the sepia but really like the way mnhoj has snapped Brutus out of the background.


    Edit: I'll post my version and some more rationale tomorrow. I have a tight schedule tonight and don't have time. Sorry.
  15. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    OK, dinner guests running late ...

    I think everyone's idea was to pick Brutus out of the background and to make the composition squarer. Me, too. Here's roughly what I did:

    • Square crop
    • mask/select the background and reduce the exposure
    • mask/select Brutus' neck and lighten it up
    • bring up the overall exposure a bit
    • warm it a bit
    • add a subtle dark vignette. I find that I do this a lot -- never wanting the vignette to be really detectable but letting it draw the viewer's eye to the center. I will be interested to play with LR5's new mask tool for this as twokatmew did.

    One of my goals here, and it is usually a goal for me, is to enhance the photo without taking it to the point where a non-photographer viewer would think there was anything odd or artificial-looking about it.

    So here's my result:


    Thanks, guys. I really learned from your techniques and will be paying more attention to this challenge in its future incarnations.
  16. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Thank you very much.

    Next challenge will post tomorrow.
    Hope to see you all there.
  17. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Congrats! Looking forward to the next challenge. :smile:

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