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Post Processing Challenge #242

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by dlpruk, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    Clipstone Mine closed in April 2003 but these headstocks remain as a local landmark as they are the largest still standing in Europe and are subject to a preservation order that prevents regeneration of the site.

    I photographed them on a sunny day but see what you can do to emphasise decay and dereliction.

    phpFcsu28AM.

    JPG: Dropbox
    RAW: Dropbox
    Contest will close on Monday 4th April at 11PM GMT

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    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.
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    Entrants:

    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 Mu-43.com" 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. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

    P1000798a.

    I used RawTherapee for demosaicing, false color suppression, defringing, straightening, cropping, detail contrast enhancement, resizing, sharpening, and JPEG output. I did not alter overall contrast, brightness, white balance, or color. I couldn't figure out how to emphasize decay so I just went for a realistic image.

    Brian
     
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  3. kauphymug

    kauphymug Mu-43 Regular

    85
    May 1, 2015
    Cowford, Florida
    mill.

    Raw to DXO then to B&W
     
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  4. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    183
    May 8, 2012
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  5. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    659
    Dec 13, 2013
    √Čtats-Unis
    Dave
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  6. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    659
    Dec 13, 2013
    √Čtats-Unis
    Dave
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  7. joma416

    joma416 Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Aug 31, 2014
    Toronto, ON Canada
    John
    I really liked what everyone else has done so far, so I wanted to try something a bit different so I don't feel like I am copying ;-)

    I think I will try again, but here is my first attempt. I did a relatively tight portrait oriented crop, trying to place the horizon relatively close to the line of thirds mark rather than the centre. I decided to use the gravel path for some foreground interest and made quite a few local adjustments there to play up the gravel look. I also tried to make the tufts of grass prevalent and wanted the grass to look unkept to play into the abandoned theme. I did a further local adjustment on the front facing parts of the building to make it lighter. Finally, I added a pretty noticeable vignette (maybe could be a bit more subtle there).

    EDIT: Used Lightroom cc

    full.
     
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  8. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    A quite brilliant start so thanks everybody. Just one thing though: it makes judging much easier if you give an outline of what tools you used and I think everyone likes to see examples of what can be done by other people using their favourites, be it a freebie, like Picasa or GIMP, or something more advanced.
     
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  9. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Top Veteran

    851
    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    Sameer
    I immediately thought newspaper Black & White when I saw the original image. I decided to go with a portrait orientation to bring out the barren ground in the foreground. Also, I am evaluating ACDSee Pro to decide whether to buy it, so I used it for this challenge. Converted to B+W, changed WB to Sunny, lifted shadows, pulled down highlights, adjusted the horizontal level and applied mild perspective correction.

    I am not sure I manged to convey decay, but I think I got close to my initial view of the image. This is my first try at a challenge, so I would love comments and criticism.
    Mine head decay.
     
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  10. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

    607
    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    P1000798_01B.

    DxO to convert from RAW and GIMP + G'MIC for editing, enhancing, and blending.
     
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  11. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

    607
    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    P1000798_01C.

    DxO to convert from RAW and GIMP + G'MIC for editing, enhancing, and blending.
     
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  12. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    776
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Something different, cropped into the left tower and played around with filters in PS6
    P1000798.
     
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  13. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Steps:
    SilkyPix - RAW converted to two separate JPEGS exposed for shadows and highlights
    Corel PSP HDR Blend
    DxO filmpack film effect
    ND Grad effect NIK Color Efex
    Color replace to fix grass color (a little bright, but I gave up and called it good enough)
    Contrast/brightness/levels adjustments
    straighten and Crop

    P1000798b_a_Localtone.
     
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  14. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    My take on dilapidation
    P1000798.

    I used Photoshop to 'cheat' and content aware fill some sky back to the top of the image because I felt there was way too little left after rotation, correction and cropping. The rest of the processing is all in ACR:
    -Chromatic aberration, perspective and levelling, WB correction
    -Reduced overall exposure, lifted shadows, reduced highlights and blacks, added dehaze and clarity, reduced vibrance and partially desaturated the yellow channel
    -Graduated filter to lower sky exposure
    -Local mask adjustment of shadows, dehaze and clarity for building and certain areas of foreground
    -Split toning to warm highlights and cool shadows
    -Added grain and vignette

    Shame that the highlights in the sky couldn't be recovered...
     
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  15. TonyG

    TonyG Mu-43 Top Veteran

    584
    Oct 15, 2012
    Ontario Canada
    P1000798 -1.
    I kind of gave up on the original guidelines since I couldn't get something that worked so I went with this.
     
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  16. mossie

    mossie Mu-43 Regular

    86
    Feb 14, 2012
    P1000798-Edit.
    LR 1:1 crop and tilt. Highlight recovery.
    Export to Silver Effect. Cool Tone. More spot recovery of sky.
     
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  17. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    It may break some rules if I chip in before closing time but I'm surprised nobody has dug a bit deeper and played with the vandalised windows:

    (Unprocessed)
    Windows.

    I'm not very good at counting so I won't disqualify anyone for a third entry if you want!
     
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  18. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    776
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    I was going to, but was never quite happy with the crop....
     
  19. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    776
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Ok i quick edit, I had PS6 open doing other stuff
    P1000798v2.
     
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  20. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

    P1000798b.

    OK, I'll bite. I had deleted the RAW file but was able to recover it. I used a large amount of detail contrast enhancement and sharpening. I think that's why the image is noisy. But it seems to add to the grittiness of the decay so I left it. I just can't bring myself to magnify beyond 100% crop so here's the result.

    Brian
     
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