Post Processing Challenge #235

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Conrad, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    This is a scene from a watch tower in the center of The Netherlands (near Doorn). The view was spectacular when standing there. Nice fall colors, bright light. The small hills in the distance slowly disappearing into the haze.
    Photographically a nightmare. Straight into the sun, hazy sky, dynamic range just exceeding the useful range of the GH4. And oops, some dirt on the sensor. The in-camera processing falls terribly short compared with what your brain created at the time. Post processing to the rescue!


    For your convenience I provide 4 exposure bracketed files. Hand held, so realignment is needed.

    P128042: RAW JPG
    P128043: RAW JPG
    P128044: RAW JPG
    P128045: RAW JPG

    Contest will close Tuesday, March 1st at 11:00PM CET


    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 dlpruk 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. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
    Tried to get this how I imagined it might look if I had been standing there.

    25042747790_8dfe680562_b. autedit3c by vorlon44, on Flickr
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2016
  3. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Just to create a level playing field and fully enhance this image, try importing the 4 files into LR, then export to PS as layers, auto align, open as a smart object, work that PP magic, then save back to LR. I'm sure there's a similar method for GIMP users too.
  4. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 1, 2016
    Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK
    I've little experience of blending so I Googled for recommendations and found LRCC could do the job via Photo > Edit in > Merge to HDR Pro in Photoshop to create a TIFF that then opened automatically for exposure and colour adjustments in LRCC as soon as I closed Photoshop. So thanks Conrad for making me think and thanks BBD for your suggestion.

    At Flickr

    A brighter version:
    At Flickr

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
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  5. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    First try with LR/Photomatix/Nik

  6. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
  7. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Went nuts, but had fun:


    (Softness and glow is intentional)
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2016
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  8. Number one is based on a single file (P1280044), as this file has a near optimal histogram (slight over-exposure, easily mended in Camera Raw).


    Number two is an HDR , made with Photomatix.


    I prefer number one.
  9. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee Subscribing Member

    May 3, 2013
    I didn't bother trying to save the overexposed area, I think it looks good blending to haze in the background. Just white balance + selective contrast to draw the eye to the most interesting part of the photo, the swath of trees stretching from close-left to far-right. Cropped out some empty sky.

  10. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    I'm always a little conservative with HDR's. This was all done in LR CC. The OP said it was fall so i tried to bring out those colors. I also tried to find the balance between shadow and light, ground and sky.

    The linked can be clicked through for the full sized version.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016
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  11. mossie

    mossie Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 14, 2012
    Great view! I've used LR + Nik.

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  12. Tenpenny

    Tenpenny Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 16, 2015
    Nampa, Idaho
    Brent Watkins
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016
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  13. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    @Conrad@Conrad Friendly reminder, it's past judgment day.
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  14. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    Thanks for all the entries of what may have been a difficult one. I found it difficult for myself to process this image, but you gave me some good leads on how to proceed myself. The results (after some not intended delay, work related...).

    2nd runner up: BigboysDad first entry. The colors in the sky are, for lack of a better word, nuts, but it gives a great atmosphere and the layers of hills are nicely accentuated.
    1st runner up: Dlpruk's second entry. Again surreal coloring, but a very nice balance between brightness and detail in the sky.
    Winner: Mossie. For me this is the best color palette, combined with detail in the sky while keeping the bright feeling. Great job!

    Mossie, next one's on you.
  15. mossie

    mossie Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 14, 2012
    Thank you! This has certainly made my day. I will go find something interesting for the next challenge.
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