Post Processing Challenge #135

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Zeus1, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. End of August, our family went to West Canada for the usual sightseeing tour of Banff-Jasper-Clearwater-Whistler and ending in Vancouver.
    In Vancouver we went cycling in Stanley Park. On the coast we noticed these stones, seemingly balancing without glue. I tried to take a picture in order to capture their beauty, however, I'm not certain I did well. let's see what You guys can make of it: try to bring out the beauty of these balancing rocks. See also the following link:



    You have until Tuesday 1200 hrs GMT to process this image and to surprise me :thumbup:
    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. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  3. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
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  4. dpaultx

    dpaultx Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 19, 2014
    North TX
  5. Still about 36hrs to go in this competition. The weekend is over, You no longer have to work in the garden, You no longer have to clean the stable or to repaint the up Your computer and let the creative inspiration get to You. :smile::smile:
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  6. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Well this is what I saw or what I would be looking at if I were where the pic was taken. Reminds of a place in Australia called Mackay, tropical heat, but industrial.

  7. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
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    Here's mine this time
    [​IMG]PPC135 photo by Zues1 by aussiephil1960, on Flickr

    Huge clarity and sharpening in ACR plus grad filter for sky and water, then a reverse grad filter for the rocks, both used to tweak colour and detail.
    PS work was to remove the right hand tanker and the canoe, both dragged the eyes away from the rocky shore.
    I find the single container ship allows your eyes to move away from the rocks before immediately falling back to look for other bits.

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  8. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    4x5 crop, White balance adjustment, different for foreground and background. Exposure adjustment and burning. All in ACR. Smart sharpen in PS.

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  9. Time to close this competition...

    My idea was a B/W rendering of the scene, but keeping the color in the rock formations by masking them out.

    Second runner up: dbuckle with his B/W interpretation

    First runner up: Conrad

    The winner is esnift. Congrats! Good idea to multiply the rock formations in order to draw the viewers attention

    [​IMG]PPC #135 by criddlenation, on Flickr

    It's now up to You the host the next challenge!
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  10. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
    Real Name:
    Thanks Zeus1! I actually did do a selective mask, but instead of B&W, I did a -.5 EV on everything except the balanced rocks to help separate them from the background. Besides the other stuff, I also moved the Kayakers a little up and to the right to balance the image. For some reason their actual location was totally messing with my scale and depth perception. I'll get the next challenge up ASAP.