Post Processing Challenge #237

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by dlpruk, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    This was an attempt to photograph the famous 'Flying Scotsman' en route from London to the National Railway Museum at York along the British East Coast Mainline after a £4million refit that has attracted widespread interest in the UK.

    I found a perfect spot in a carpark alongside the line, but several hundred others had the same idea so this had to be taken single-handed, reaching through the crowd as she approached at 75 mph and passed me about 10 yards away. The brilliant sunshine made my screen useless so this was point-and-hope.

    See what you can find!

    RAW: Dropbox
    JPEG: Dropbox

    Contest will close Thursday, March 10th at 10:00PM GMT
    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.
  2. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
    Cropped, cloned out some distracting elements, and lifted some shadows a little bit.

    24984933183_1d8b273546_c. train2ab by vorlon44, on Flickr
  3. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Entry 1:
    Perspective corrections to try and straighten some things up so it didn't look like you shoot over some heads.
    Cloned out the branch and the white bags on the far side of the road.
    Got rid of the air conditioning units.
    General exposure bits in ACR.
    2.35:1 crop, cinema widescreen.

  4. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Entry 2:

    Got rid of the other white bags, then applied Oil paint affect in PS6

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  5. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Sorry, couldn't help thinking of this (which would have happened had I been there).

  6. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    I feel for that chap. It was a bitterly cold day and everyone had to hang around waiting patiently as she was delayed by some over-enthusiastic (idiot?) photographers trespassing on the lines just North of London. Not very clever when Flying Scotsman was scheduled to run up to York at her safety-limited 75 mph maximum, fitting-in between Virgin's 100 mph mainline services.
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  7. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    Just 23 hours to go ...
  8. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    I'm sorry this didn't excite many people so it's time to close and move on.

    My second runner-up is bigboysdad, who entered into the spirit.
    First runner-up is Vorlon1, for a well-judged tight crop, but:
    The winner is AussiePhil, for his first entry that shows skillful cloning and I like the impression of speed he found by choosing a wide-screen format. Well done with your second entry too.

    Over to you Phil!
  9. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Thanks David,
    Sometimes funny what gets people interested, I personally liked the challenge
    Ok spent the last couple days shooting a couple for events, will look through for a photo, think it will be from the hot air balloons an hour ago