Post-Processing Challenge #179

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by EdH, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    I shot this with my E-PM1 and O17 f1.8 on the way back to work after lunch. I haven't been happy with anything I've been able to do with it. Maybe you lot can do better.


    I'll go with Brian's simplified rules:

    Simplified Rules for Post-Processing Challenge #179

    Entrants may submit one or two images. I will name a winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up after the Challenge ends on Monday, June 15, at 12.30 BST (11.30 GMT). The winner will provide the image for the next challenge within five days. Otherwise, the runner-up takes over.
  2. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
  3. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    I haven't participated in one of these for a while.

    I surprised how much detail it was possible to recover in the highlights. Branches and bushes used to frame the scene

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  4. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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  5. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    First is run through the Legoizer and it has created a 160x112cm image utilising around 7000 bricks (I have the manifest if anyone wants to build this).
    download (1).png
    Second is through Film DxO with a Velvia filter - tweaked to squash the foreground and emphasise the background with some added grain.
    Both of these were with the jpeg. Surprising amount of detail to be had in there.
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  6. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    For me the 'frame' held more interest than the view, so I focused on that.


    Basic exposure adjustments/clarity and curve added in DXO. Selective dodging, slight vignette, saturation adjustment and 'orton effect' (sharpened screen layer overlayed by gaussian blur) in PSE. I enjoyed playing with this one.
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  7. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Cropped to 16:9 and applied graduated filter & contrast in Camera Raw, then used smart sharpen in PS. Could have done more, but still feeling my way around PS.

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  8. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
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  9. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro


    Second try: enhance cloud detail.

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  10. LarsB

    LarsB Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 12, 2013
    Umeå, Sweden
    First time in this game so be nice.... I wanted to enhance the standing in the shadow looking at a sunny landscape that is slightly too bright for your eyes - feeling

    18777554845_9fa7041dbc_b.jpg 03062015-P6030252.jpg by Lars Björkelid, on Flickr
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  11. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    My first entry in a PP contest. Let's see if i've learned anything. I enjoyed working on this. I did a few LR adjustments with highlights and shadows and then used Nik's Viveza for a little selective brightening and toning down of blown highlights, then Color Efex Pro (Graduated Neutral Density Filter for the sky, a bit of Foliage filter to bring out the leaves, selective use of Detail Extractor and a bit of vignette)- I love the framing of the shot.

    I tried to recreate what the scene might have looked like in person (in my imagination, anyway)- the blue sky, the foliage near the edges, etc. while keeping the frame darker than the much brighter center. I also wanted to enhance the sense of dappled light leading you toward the bright meadow.

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  12. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    I went for as natural as possible, with careful WB, contrast, and curve tweaking in ACR. Finished with a 4:5 crop and smart sharpen in Photoshop.

    P6030252 copy.jpg
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  13. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    1st place: Conrad
    2nd place: WendyK
    3rd place: Tyrphoto B&W

    Conrad, it doesn't look PP'd, more like I took a better photo!
    WendyK, I really liked yours, with your attention to the lighting, but the sky was just a bit too strong for me
    Tyrphoto, I particularly liked the detail that came out of the gate and foreground, it draws the eye, but once again the sky was a little to strong for me

    Thanks to everyone for your entries.

    Over to Conrad for the next challenge...
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  14. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    Thanks for the kind words. I'll post a new challenge in a couple of minutes.