Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #80 (72 hours)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by jomerads, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. jomerads

    jomerads Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    Moorestown, New Jersey
    John S.
    Hello to everybody!

    Thanks again Phigmov. It is an honor to host PPC #80.

    Okay, a new genre for you all: a Macro. Again have fun with this one and anything goes. Taken with the EM5 and an adapted lens: the Canon FL 50 macro. I forgot the settings since there is no EXIF data. The challenge will start Friday February 28 12 noon New York City time and will end Tuesday March 4 12 noon same time. It is not exactly 72 hours since I will be working the whole day Monday March 3 (my apologies).

    _6240505 by jomerads, on Flickr

    Here is the RAW:

    Here is the JPEG:

    John S.

    The 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.

    ***** If the winner fails to post a new challenge within five days, the responsibility passes 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. D4rK89

    D4rK89 Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 25, 2013

    Hard to PP really nice captures. For me this one is only a bit under exposed and too soft.
    Everything what i did is + ~1 expose, boost sharpening, boost clarity, boost noise reduction, fixed some colors and pulled shadows.
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  3. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin

    Nik Filters, Color FX4, Viveza
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  4. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    My take on this one. Pulled down the exposure a bit, slight warming, slight increase in saturation, increased the shadows to draw attention to bright center. +12 contrast, -9 brightness, resized to 1024, and added 50% sharoening to edges. Photoshop. I have the full sized JPG and DNG, but no place to post them for viewing.


    Decided to add the B&W version also
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  5. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
  6. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
  7. previz

    previz Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 8, 2011
    Here is my version:

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  8. jo45800

    jo45800 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 23, 2013
  9. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
  10. jomerads

    jomerads Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    Moorestown, New Jersey
    John S.
    Okay let's bump this so that the people from Asia and Australian region can download and submit entries. Or that is if you are working late in other parts of the world as well.

    John S.
  11. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Found this pretty tricky. Its difficult to mess with mother nature. For some reason the flower reminded me of an underwater coral reaching out to grasp passing plankton.

    Both processed in Aperture, Auto-Enhanced & Square Cropped.

    First is through Nik ColourFX - tried a Varitone filter buried in the Wedding section. A white rendition of the flower gives the picture a slightly different feel.

    Second, as per other posts, just trying to refine whats already there - its a pretty vanilla take on the original.

    Attached Files:

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  12. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    this is begging for a paint theme!


    12837026763_b96008d8c3_b (1).jpg
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  13. franklim

    franklim Mu-43 Regular

    May 11, 2012
    Naga City, PHILIPPINES
    tried topaz simplify, oil paint,,

    [​IMG]"800" height="748" alt="untitled-6240505-2"></a>[/IMG]

    Thank you.
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  14. Zeke

    Zeke Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2013
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  15. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
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  16. it'sAlvin

    it'sAlvin Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2014
    Bay Area CA
  17. ug4eva

    ug4eva New to Mu-43

    Mar 1, 2014

    Raw converted in DxO Optics Pro 9. In photoshop: various photo adjustments (levels, selective color, brightness/contrast, exposure), some manual lightening and darkening, and sharpness and exposure masks.

    In the spirit of the fun ones… an homage of sorts...
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  18. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
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  19. killjed1987

    killjed1987 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    Bay City Laguna
    So many amazing entries! :)
    My take.

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  20. jomerads

    jomerads Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    Moorestown, New Jersey
    John S.
    Great job everyone! I'm blown away by your renditions. It's going to be tough picking winners. Thank you for all your efforts.
    John S.
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