Post-Processing Challenge #193

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Brian Beezley, Aug 23, 2015.

  1. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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    I took this shot on the pier at Oceanside, California. I found it very difficult to get it to look natural. I abandoned Olympus Viewer 3, which normally I use as a first step, because of the overblown facial highlights it yielded with default settings, as shown above. Let's see what you can do with it.

    Entrants may submit one or two images. I will name a winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up after the Challenge ends on Wednesday, August 26, at 1300 UTC (9 a.m. ET). The winner will provide the image for the next challenge within five days. Otherwise, the runner-up takes over.

    RAW: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kqooi7195al3tc6/challenge.ORF?dl=1
    JPG: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wh0ny01drruy6z8/challenge.jpg?dl=1

    Brian
     
  2. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    I wanted this guy to have a slight gritty and edgy look without going overboard.

    Used my typical workflow of LR6 >>> Alien Skin Exposure 7 >>> LR6
    - Cropped out the dead space to the left and slightly straightened the image
    - Masked off the face to reduce exposure and highlights on face
    - Brought out the shadows elsewhere in the image, especially in the clothing
    - Added a little contrast
    - Increased vibrance to bring out the blue in the background
    - Decreased saturation slightly
    - Double sharpened (once with masking, once without) to give a grittier edge to the image and exaggerate the guy's weathered face
    - Film simulations applied: Kodak Kodachrome 25 (color), Fuji Neopan 100 Acros (B&W)
    - Added heavy vignette

    Color:
    20814889815_18b4c07bb4_b.

    Monochrome:
    20821947141_65637f8087_b.
     
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  3. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    What blown highlights :)

    A classical 8x10, nearly all processing in ACR.

    challenge193-1.
     
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  4. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    788
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    and a much tighter crop, really intrigued with who he was speaking with

    challenge193-2.
     
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  5. CharlieL

    CharlieL Mu-43 Veteran

    237
    Aug 2, 2014
    Burkburnett Tx USA
    Charlie
    Here is my go at it. I cropped and adjusted tone curve in Darktable, exported to jpg. In Gimp I added several layers using overlay and difference blending modes. I attached a screenshot of what I did in Gimp.

    challenge-1. 2015-08-23-120140_1440x900_scrot.
     
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  6. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  8. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Well this is weird. I didn't see the other entries, but spent a bit of time in Camera Raw cropping, adjusting temperature, highlights, clarity, saturation, dehazeing, then smart sharpening filter in PS. After all that and apart from the cropping, it looked exactly the same as the original file! Back to the drawing board...
     
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  9. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 30, 2011
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  10. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
  11. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2014
    Ron
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  12. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran

    639
    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    siftu
    I usually PP people fairly mildly. Exposure was already spot on, I just did some very standard adjustments in LR% for the color version. For the monotone version I applied my copper tint in silver efex.

    #1
    3INuCXbh.

    #2
    dQSlkcjh.
     
  13. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

    First place: tyrphoto, color
    Second place: tyrphoto, b&w
    Third place: bigboysdad

    What influenced me most was lifelike color (or natural grays) and suppression of the overblown facial highlights. I was impressed by the sharpness of many of the entries and the boldness of the tight crops. The original image is not that sharp.

    Here's my own take on the image, processed earlier this year:

    https://flic.kr/p/qwrUz2

    Over to tyrphoto for the next Challenge.

    Brian
     
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  14. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    Wow. That was unexpected. To win one of these challenges is always an honor due to the strong entries.

    Thanks and I'll post the next challenge in a few.