Post Processing Challenge #219

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by vorlon1, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
    Been taking a lot of suburban "shots around town" lately and seeing what I can do to make them interesting, and or dramatic. Here is one I haven't worked on yet for everyone to work with and have some fun.

    23622120642_857dda2f2e_b. sky1 by vorlon44, on Flickr

    Contest will close Wednesday, December 16th, somewhere around 5PM EST.


    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 Lurch 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.


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  2. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro


    Updated image with spot white balance on the pavement stripe.

    Last edited: Dec 13, 2015
  3. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
  4. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
  5. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    It's a great image to get creative with.

    Mainly Grad ND in ACR, level adjustments, got rid of the overhead sign, made the clouds really stormy, added in some lightning and some final tweaks
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  6. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    Bit of LR & PS CC with a touch of Tonality to finish...

  7. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Applied adjustments in PS Camera Raw, then in PS/Nik applied structure to just the sky.

    sky1 copy copy.
  8. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015
  9. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Haven't done one of these for a while. As always, Aperture and Aperture only.

    1) cropped to 21:9 cinema style ratio
    2) Brushed in separate contrast and Saturation settings for the sky and the ground
    3) Dodged in the cars
    4) Some minor curve tweaks
    5) Tweaking of white balance
    sky1 (1).


  10. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Had a couple of hours to kill today, so I put this short tutorial type thing of how I created my entry for anyone who is interested


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  11. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    First entry

    Second Entry
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  12. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
    First place goes to WendyK's first entry. I liked the saturation and the work on the sky. Second to Kevinparis, which was similar, but lighter. Third to AussiePhil's lightning, and an honorable mention to WendyK's second entry, which was very different. Thanks to all who entered.
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  13. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    Thank you vorlon1! I have posted the new challenge here: Post Processing Challenge #220