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Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #5

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by stonetape72, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. stonetape72

    stonetape72 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2012
    OK then, here we go with PP#5.

    I decided to go for something recent - a shot I took of a street in Covent Garden just before Xmas. Not a great photo, but lots going on and I'll be very interested to see what folks come up with...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75427647@N07/8364646111/" title="PB300157 by S P Collins, on Flickr"> View attachment 250417 "800" height="600" alt="PB300157"></a>

    Basic rules:

    A DNG and JPG file will be made available to download (links 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.

    This challenge will end at approx 20:30 GMT on Sat 12th 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 files;


    Good luck and happy processing!
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  2. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    hmmm DNG file doesn't open in Aperture... whats wrong with posting the .ORF

  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    actually don't bother with the orf, well not on my account anyway... had a look at the JPEG and no amount of PP will save this picture.

    sorry.. not worth the effort... there is actually nothing going on in the picture... well to my eyes anyway... hopefully I will be proved wrong

  4. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    hope I haven't killed this thread or series of threads... but sorry stonetape that was a seriously broken photo... I know the EXIF says it was the 75mm on a OMD at ISO 1000.... but I cant work out how its so noisy and nothing is in focus apart maybe from the building in the far distance is in focus. I have the same set up and seriously struggle to see what you are doing to get that image.

    The benefit of a thread like this is will come from sharing techniques and opinions.. If you are chosen to provide the next image , choose something you like but never quite got right...not a random bad photo that should have been binned in the first pass of the days shooting.

  5. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2012
    Well, one contestant down! ;) 
    Sounds like the challenge has just gotten more interesting for others to apply PP wizardry to this supposed 'broken' photograph...
    Ps: it may be time to add a 'non judgmental clause' to the rules similar to the salon competition thread.
  6. chipshot713

    chipshot713 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 24, 2012
    Pearland, Texas
    Friendly thread! more like a cowchip tossing contest. :grin:
  7. powderbanks

    powderbanks Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 7, 2012
    north carolina
    despite the criticism of the op's photo, figured i'd give it a try. to be honest, i'm not really sure what you were taking a picture of, other than the street; but, the lights over the street kept drawing my eye. i only used adobe's camera raw program.

    the first one, kind of a cinematic-type grade/post processing. i wanted to crop it to a more widescreen frame, but it just didn't work. cooler white balance, tweaked the curve, a little bit of split toning, and some other little things. i tried to get the yellowish light tubes to stand out against the background.

    the second one, i tried to keep it pretty faithful to what it probably looked like in person. warmed the wb a bit since it was taken later in the day, brought up the shadows/darks a little bit in curves, a few other tweaks
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  8. whatisinthebag

    whatisinthebag Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    Central California
    Pass 1, my view of this image in its natual light, subject-less state:

    Settings from Camera Raw Snap for the above tweak for those interested:

    Pass 2, adding grit, and still a subject-less image:

    "Grit" was added with a variety of settings not screen capture-able.
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  9. Cankin

    Cankin New to Mu-43

    Jan 11, 2013
    Toronto, Canada
    Hello, I'm a new member here. I'd give it a try too.

    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 1000
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  10. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    A very rushed effort from me due to lack of time on my part......

    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 1000
  11. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    well at least I kicked you into action :) 

    I like cankins crop and whatsinthebags gritty version

  12. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Here's my take on this one, for what it's worth.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30940068@N02/8370651600/" title="PP Challenge #5 (stonetape72) by jloden, on Flickr"> 8370651600_d66f9ae251_c. "800" height="791" alt="PP Challenge #5 (stonetape72)"></a>

    Crop: square-ish crop, adjusted angle to straighten off vertical signs
    WB Temp: 5656
    Highlights: -25
    Shadows: +25
    Clarity: +35
    Vibrance: +12
    Saturation: +5
    Tone Curve: Medium Contrast
    HSL: Orange -15, Yellow-11, Green -25, Aqua -9, Blue -17
    Sharpening: +35, Radius 1.2, Detail 30
    Vignetting: -10

    And here's a selective color version... I tend to avoid selective color but I struggled with a plain B&W conversion since there's not a lot of focal interest aside from the lights. Figured I'd give this a try and post it up anyway.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30940068@N02/8369586719/" title="PP Challenge #5 (stonetape72) - B&amp;W by jloden, on Flickr"> 8369586719_5da648828d_c. "800" height="791" alt="PP Challenge #5 (stonetape72) - B&amp;W"></a>

    Starts from same file as the color version, PP in Silver Efex 2 with a modified Fine Art preset w/just a touch of added grain, then selective points for the lights (IIRC it was at 48% selective color) and removing color from the streetlamps and car lights as much as possible.
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  13. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Here's my first take at it, trying to desaturate everything but the decoration lightings:
    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 1000

    Main things I did in LR3:
    - Rotated +1.2 and cropped to 2x3
    - Exposure -0.30
    - Recovery 100, Fill Light 15, Black 8
    - Clarity +25, Vibrance +25
    - Boosted contrast in tonal curve
    - Orange saturation +100
    - Reduced all other color saturation by -85 except for yellow -15
    - Added Grain by 25
    - Added Vignette
  14. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Both my entries i have cropped in LR4 and set
    Contrast -5
    Highlight -60
    Clarity -52
    Vibrance 33
    Saturation 43

    In HSL
    Orange and yellow 27 (Enhance the lights)

    Noise Reduction
    Luminanace 35

    Then I ported them to NIK Color Efex

    First picture I have used the following filters:
    Foliage - To increase the lights
    Sulight - add luminosity and darken shadows
    Tonal contrast - darken more the shadows and add contrast

    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 1000

    Second picture in Color Effex
    Detailed extractor - Add contrast
    Dark contrast - Add darkness and contrast
    Image border - To make WWII victory, photo inspired by the flags
    B/W Conversion

    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 1000
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  15. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    My Entry ......

    Colour didn't work for me at all, so I tried to give it a "street" feel - cropped and rotated slightly, and a vignette to draw people down the street.

    MU-43_PP#5 by savvy249, on Flickr

    In LR4
    Crop & Rotate
    Exposure +0.20
    Contrast -9
    highlights -60
    Shadows +45
    Whites +10
    Blacks -15
    Clarity +5

    Exported into Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
    Started off with "Wet Rocks" preset
    Reduced Grain per pixel to 350, and upped the hardness by approx 60%
    Added a Black frame 2 Vignette, altered the centre point, Amount to -100%, Rectangle, Size 55%

    Back into LR4
    Highlights +15
    Shadows +10
    Blacks -10

    No LR Sharpening, No LR Noise reduction

    Exported using "Basic Sharpening" using LRMogrify2 plugin.

    And that's it .........
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  16. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ

    Nicely done... I had the same idea in mind but couldn't make it work quite as well as you did there so I scrapped it.
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  17. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
    All Lightroom. I tried to simplify the scene with a big crop. Next white balanced off the grey/white on the Murdock sign. Then lots of messing around with the sliders, including -100 on Highlights, +100 on Shadows, and 100 on Luminance. Fiinally graduated filters on the upper left and lower right of the crop to even out the exposure.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/26500845@N08/8370608141/" title="PatrickVA_edit by kcirtap89, on Flickr"> View attachment 250768 "567" height="800" alt="PatrickVA_edit"></a>
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  18. clockwise

    clockwise Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    New York, NY
    Brian R
    I wanted a real lo-fi look, so did some heavy cropping and lots of work with curves to get this:

    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.75mm F1.8    75mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 1000

    If anybody wants more info, let me know.
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  19. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I ended up preferring hiding lots of details in what looks like a cheap printing job. It still doesn't look composed to me, but no crop looked any better.


    As usual, processed severely in darktable, and resized+sharpened in gimp.

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  20. F1L1P

    F1L1P Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 2, 2010
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