Post-Processing Challenge #170

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by WhidbeyLVR, May 3, 2015.

  1. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    A couple of years ago, somewhere along the River Rhine. . .

    Follow the link to a page where the file can be downloaded:


    Challenge will close on Wednesday, May 6th at 8:00PM Seattle time.

    - Lyle


    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. "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. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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  3. P9130800.jpg

    Major work done in ACR 9.0, followed with a sprinkling of Google nik filters.
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  4. P9130800Bis.jpg This view eliminates the annoying barrier on the right side.
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  5. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  6. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Lens correction, crop & slight exposure reduction to try and make the view more focused on a straighter building and it's colours. Adjust greens and blues to try and emphasize grass and sky. Sharpen, unsharp mask and NR reduction adjustments. All in LR5.

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  7. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK

    Playing with the JPG in
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  8. sesser

    sesser Zen Master Subscribing Member

    Mar 10, 2015
    Portland, OR
    This time, I promise to keep an eye on the thread :)

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  9. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    A straightforward rendering with mainly WB and exposure/contrast/shadow adjustment. And a lowered luminosity plus higher saturation of the blue channel (in ACR). Some added clarity to do justice to the wall texture. Finished with a 4:5 crop and some smart sharpening.

    P9130800 copy.jpg
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  10. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    After looking at it for a longer time, I thought: I would have this shot 20 years ago with a nice red filter on t-max 100. So DXO filmpack to the rescue with the settings I had in mind. Turns out I was right ;).

    P9130800 bw.jpg
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  11. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    Tried to make it look a little different. LR5 used for basic edit and basic WB. Nik used for some selective edits. PSE 13 used to replace the sky with one of my old sunsets and some burning.

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  12. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK

    DXO - levels, contrast, b&w conversion, toning. PSE to remove highlight recovery halo.
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  13. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
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  14. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Day & Night versions........LR+NIK (Color EFFEX PRO)


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  15. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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  16. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    The challenge is now closed. I offer huge thanks to everyone who participated!

    As usual, judging was tough. I have a slight regret that there was no entry with flying monkeys or bats, but I thought all submissions were nicely done.

    A special honorable mention for siftu's sunset version. The idea was interesting, but the color on the castle was too saturated, and the source of the light on the castle didn't seem to match the sky.

    In third place, a three-way tie of Halaking, Conrad (first, color entry), and Zeus1 (first entry). These three were quite similar in many ways, and each had its strengths compared to the others.

    In second place, Protapic (first, daylight entry). I liked the color, crop and local detail.

    And in first place, I agree with Conrad on his second (B&W) entry:

    He was right! Congratulations, Conrad! Very nice tonal range and detail enhancement.
    Last edited: May 7, 2015
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  17. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    Thanks! It was a bit of an impulsive edit, but it turned out fine basically first time right. I'll be posting a new challenge in a few minutes.
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