Mu-43 Processing Challenge #119

aKilter

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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.

Entrants:

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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lightroom
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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Highlights and shadows adjusted in LR. Minor cropping and the house on the far left removed. Edited in Dfine 2 and then SEF 2. Attempted not to treat the sky too harshly as there is enough in the shot to grab the viewers attention without over-exaggerating the sky definition.

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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
 

aKilter

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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!
 

Matero

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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.
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

Thanks!
 

aKilter

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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.
 

jssaraiva

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

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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.

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imahawki

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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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aKilter

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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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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.
u didnt officially say closed! :D

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You're right, Bokeaji! :eek:

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

aKilter

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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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