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Mu-43 Processing Challenge #119

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Scotsman, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    In keeping with the "water" theme, here is the next image for processing(warts and all):

    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 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.

    JPEG: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pcbhdr0y9s9536c/JPEG P1010256.JPG?dl=0
    RAW: https://www.dropbox.com/s/p7fjzkzqhyecq1o/RAW 1010256.DNG?dl=0

    I'm not certain of my RAW file upload; so let me know of any problems.

    The contest will end Sunday, September 14 around 9:00pm New York time.
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  2. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
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    my BROWN preset for some punch
    then painted in some extra clarity in the sky and water
    and darked the blues a bit
    cooled the overall image, and boosted the warmth of the shadows
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  3. Matero

    Matero Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 22, 2013
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  4. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
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  5. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Slight crop to remove the pole on the right and place the water in the bottom third and the sky mainly in the upper third, followed by careful exposure adjustments during raw to lift the shadows, pull down the highlights. Grad applied to the sky and to the water. Some more tweaks of exposure in PS before doing an oil painting, not a fan per se of the arty type PS stuff but this seems to suit it well in my opinion.

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    RAW 1010256 by aussiephil1960, on Flickr
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  6. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Aug 31, 2010
    Smithville Ontario Canada
    David Buckle
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  7. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    Wow! I wake up this morning and am overwhelmed by all the entries. Thank you all for your participation.

    Matero, with five submissions, seems especially enthusiastic. Unfortunately, a little detail called "the rules" only allow for two. Therefore Matero, I need you to pick which two of your five submissions you would like me to judge. Please do not remove any of the other submissions, but leave them posted for our enjoyment.......and the chance you might change your mind before the contest closes. It will be interesting to see which two you prefer.

    Thanks again, everyone......and keep'em coming!
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  8. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again and again Subscribing Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
  9. Matero

    Matero Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Oops, sorry. I didn't read the rules that carefully.

    Obviously I'll reject the tests with another forum member's presets: Belarus and Instagram. And the punch settings made actually for my Fuji pictures is not working as my likings.

    So, I'll keep Square and Dynamic in the race :D 

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  10. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    Just a reminder: a little over 24 hours to go!

    We started off with a flood of entries, but then it slowed to a trickle, and has since come to a halt. Hopefully, we will see some more before the final bell sounds.
  11. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Of course someone HAD to do the tilt shift effect. Just a quick edit on my Nokia. I'm no good with applying this effect in a remotely convincing way, but oh well!
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  12. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 26, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    José Saraiva
    Processed with Raw Therapee, specially making WB a bit warmer, shadows/highlights and adjusting the curves, mainly the blue channel (to an "S").

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  13. Coming late to this competition, all the interesting interpretations have already been done...
    Therefore, something quite different...

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  14. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    Dodging/burning, white balance, local changes to white balance, clarity and saturation in ACR.
    Selective desaturation (red channel) and local increase in saturation (yellow and green channels) in Photoshop. Finished with smart sharpen before and after resize.

    RAW 1010256 copy.jpg
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  15. imahawki

    imahawki Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2014
    My first entry into these threads, I did a little crop, removed all the telephone wires and the guy on the dock, as well as the dish and spotlight (and its reflection) as I thought they were distracting. Then I played with the highlights, whites and blacks, applied a little vignetting and a custom cross processing preset I developed.

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  16. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    Ok, last call!

    I'll let it remain open for any last minute entries for another hour, or two.

    Thanks again to everyone that has participated.
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  17. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    u didnt officially say closed! :D 

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  18. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    You're right, Bokeaji! :eek: 

    Ok, the challenge is now officially closed. Results forthcoming.....probably sometime this evening.
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  19. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    i opened lightroom and realized i still had that one sitting there, lol
  20. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    I had a truly difficult time picking a winner and went back and forth several times, even among entries that did not place. Inevitably, I had to decide and here are the results:

    1st place: AussiePhil

    2nd place: sokar

    3rd place(tie): Bokeaji #1 & Conrad

    Overall, I think AussiePhil did a great job.

    The subtle crop works well, and his exposure adjustments are spot on. The image is dynamic, but not artificial looking. There is enough contrast, but details in the shadows, as well. Note, especially, the shadow details in the windows on the building and the reflections on the water.....they're not just blobs of black.

    One thing AussiePhil did a great job on, and something I was looking for, is tone down the brightness of the "On Tap" signs and make them legible......instead of appearing like a couple of headlights. Well done!

    Finally, I agree that the "arty type PS(oil painting) stuff" is, in this case, subtle enough and suits the image, without becoming a distraction.

    Congratulations, AussiePhil!

    It is now up to you to host the next challenge.
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