Post Processing Challenge #140

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by minibokeh, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    Here's the next post processing challenge:
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    RAW: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?res...6735&authkey=!AC5WvSRkhYdVZBs&ithint=file,ORF
    JPEG: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?res...authkey=!AAKWiOHzkLKysuA&v=3&ithint=photo,jpg

    Image taken with OM-D E-M1, 12-40mm f/2.8 kit lens.
    JPEG rendition (ugly, IMHO) Lightroom 5.7 defaults.

    Submission deadline shall be December 14th, 11am PST (GMT-8)

    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.
     
  2. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Intention here surely is to process with the aim of focusing on the piano player, right? So, in LR5, applied graduated filter to the corner of the images to try and take exposure and shadows off the chairs, clipped highlights for the area behind the piano player, applied clarity, sharpening and noise reduction. Structure, toning & contrast were applied through Viveza/SEP2. The processing wasn’t neccesarily in the order described, but that’s what I did.

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    C160011-Edit.JPG
     
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  3. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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    I'm not sure I like either of these crops better than the original image, but here they are. I just wish the table and chairs weren't there. Maybe someone with fancy software will remove them.

    Brian
     
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  4. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  5. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
    Dan
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  6. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    183
    May 8, 2012
    Brought the raw image into ACR and made 2 more images, one with increased exposure and another with less exposure. Took them into Photomatix Pro to make a pseudo HDR image. Then brought that back into ACR and used a gradient to darken the sky and added some color to it. Back into photoshop for some cloning (took out the object on the upper left side), and various sharpening and contrast and brightness adjustments etc.


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  7. Matero

    Matero Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2013
    Finland
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  8. tortau

    tortau Mu-43 Regular

    35
    Aug 17, 2014
    Waterloo, Canada
    Entry #1: Post-processing in LR, b/w with radial gradient to hide the tables and highlight the pianist

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    Entry #2: Post-processing in LR, b/w

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  9. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
    Dan
    Second entry. I liked the spacing of the original crop and tried to remove the more distracting elements.


    PPC #140 Entry 2
     
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  10. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 13, 2013
    États-Unis
    Dave
    Like Matero, I did not like the background. I also did not like the vertical rosewood of the piano with the horizontal rosewood (which is also a different shade) of the chairs. Therefore, in both images, I went for a high contrast look. This served four primary purposes - minimize the background, eliminate the rosewood grain on the piano and, most importantly, impact and subject emphasis. I feel the minor crop also serves to put more emphasis on the subject.

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  11. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    as always with me, Aperture and Aperture only

    basically a crop, a seriously skewed curve adjustment brushed in to blitz out the background, a b/w conversion, some dodge and burn on the rest of the image, and a colour monochrome adjustment with a blue tint

    chairs and table too much to deal with in Aperture.... would have been better if there were people in the seats :)


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  12. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    183
    May 8, 2012
    This is my second version, edited in lightroom, silver efex pro 2 and topaz to give vintage B & W look. Blur added to the chairs and table area to simulate depth of field and attempt to direct the eye to the musician.

    15399836534_b74def5545_b. 1212pianovintagecr3t by vorlon44, on Flickr
     
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  13. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    Lots of great entries - thank you all for participating. Winner is Matero - BW. He eliminated clutter while preserving context:

    We all seem to agree that the scenery is distracting; at the same time, I believe that this circumstance is part of what you see in the pianists look and body language. An exceptionally talented player, somehow stranded in this airport environment, playing to a transient audience. He is really good, I remember dropping $20 for his efforts - nice to have met him, but feeling sad he didn't get the stage he deserved.
     
  14. Matero

    Matero Mu-43 Veteran

    455
    Jun 22, 2013
    Finland
    Thanks a lot! I'll set up a new challenge soon :smile: