MU43 Post Processing Challenge #68 (72 hours)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by langer318, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Welcome to post-processing challenge number 68.

    I took these bracketed photos a few months ago in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, on Giant mountain with my OMD-EM1 and Olympus 12-40. I used them to make an HDR image that was a bit surreal but feel free to process them as a single image if you would like as well. I'd love to see what others can do, have fun!

    <iframe src="" width="1024" height="767" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>

    Links to large JPEG and ORF:

    JPEG: Full-size JPEG on Dropbox

    RAW: Raw ORF

    The competition will close at around 8pm EST on the 1st January (New Years Day).

    Good luck and Happy New Years to you 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" 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.
    • Like Like x 1
  2. LivingLoud

    LivingLoud Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 8, 2013
    Maxim Guselnikov
    Thanks, Chris! Happy New Year too! Great entry, I think It`ll be a tough challenge!
    • Like Like x 2
  3. As these pics were taken around noon, I tried not to create a moonlight impression.
    Tone mapping using Photomatix 5 after white balance and recropping in Adobe Camera Raw. Afterwards some postprocessing using different nik filters.


    • Like Like x 3
  4. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    • Like Like x 3
  5. seonsalaisuus

    seonsalaisuus Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 19, 2013
    • Like Like x 1
  6. Ares

    Ares Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
    Quick B+W Conversion
    • Like Like x 1
  7. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
    Here goes my attempt using Color Efex:
    • Like Like x 1
  8. KennethEU

    KennethEU Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 1, 2013
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Kenneth Madsen
    My entry
    Converted via HDR Pro in Photoshop -> LR -> Graduated filter (blue) - Clarity - Vignetting (white) - Crop.
    • Like Like x 2
  9. jomerads

    jomerads Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    Moorestown, New Jersey
    John S.
  10. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    • Like Like x 1
  11. An item I discovered recently and useful when performing HDR magic....when to do noise reduction during the complete workflow...


    Summarizing from this link:
    "In summary, the experiments show that using a dedicated NR tool before merging and tone-mapping the HDR is the best solution. It reduced the noise and retains details in a way such that the resulting image does not need any further NR step in the post-processing work. The details are preserved best. If you thought that Photomatix would take care of your noise problems, this test may be an eye-opener for you. My advice is: always turn off NR in Photomatix!"
    • Like Like x 1
  12. jomerads

    jomerads Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    Moorestown, New Jersey
    John S.
    #2 Black and White

    A-4 by jomerads, on Flickr

    Thanks again,

    John S.
    • Like Like x 1
  13. jo45800

    jo45800 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 23, 2013
    • Like Like x 3
  14. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA

    After trying lots of things I ended up not all that far from the original, but I calmed down the yellow-blue contrast (which I found too blue and too warm for a winter day), and finally cropped the sun away rather than keep it when it wasn't working out, and emphasized the background landscape bits more (the edge of pines in the lower right, and the far away valleys and haze)

    darktable for most of the development -> gimp to blend the HDR layers and resize -> back to darktable for final careful sharpening.
    • Like Like x 1
  15. franklim

    franklim Mu-43 Regular

    May 11, 2012
    Naga City, PHILIPPINES

    Thank you
    • Like Like x 3
  16. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Thank you everyone for participating, some great entries on this one.

    For the number three spot I have to go with Kennetheu's entry:
    The number two spot goes to robbie36
    And the winner is jomerads. I like the B&W conversion and the smoothness in the clouds.
    I'll turn it over to you jomerads for the next Challenge.
    • Like Like x 2
  17. jomerads

    jomerads Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    Moorestown, New Jersey
    John S.
    Thanks langer318. That was unexpected. Yours is a tough act to follow.

    John S.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.