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Post Processing Challenge #243 (closed, winner announced)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by heli-mech, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Andrew
    Taken a couple weeks ago at Pipers Lagoon Park in Nanaimo BC. I processed a few similar ones but never did anything with this set. I have included a (handheld) 2 stop exposure bracket for those that want to play with that or just to choose which exposure they want to start with. I will try to not base judging much on whether someone uses the brackets or not.

    P3280296 sample.JPG

    Full series Jpeg and RAW is here : Challenge Photos (let me know if there are any issues downloading)

    I may be busy on Friday so contest will close Saturday April 9, at 12:00pm Pacific Standard time (7:00pm 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.
     
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  2. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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  3. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
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  4. sesser

    sesser Zen Master

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    Mar 10, 2015
    Portland, OR
    randy
    Haven't entered one of these in a while...

    Color
    P3280296_0-HDR-edit-2.

    B&W
    P3280296_0-HDR-edit-2-edit.
     
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  5. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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  6. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
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  7. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Ian
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  8. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

    608
    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    #2

    Front Row Seat

    PPC243fishA.
     
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  9. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  10. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

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  11. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    What a great idea to include a stack!

    I was concerned that the central seat distracted from the sunset reflection to the left and the stunning tree to the right so I started by toning it down and then moved on to spotting, straightening, clearing some litter and the twigs that broke the clean shoreline before colour and contrast adjustments. (I used PSCC for straightening and cloning because I find that easier than LRCC, which I used for everything else.)
    26208501891_7d65d26e6e_b.
    Original at Flickr

    Then, because I'd found so much colour in the tree, I wondered if it would stand a bit more emphasis without going overboard:
    26274730945_8d97f581a2_b.
    Original at Flickr
     
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  12. kwido

    kwido New to Mu-43

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  13. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Andrew
    Thanks to all entries, judging this is not easy as I liked several for different reasons, so I will keep it short and sweet.

    Runner-Up
    @sesser@sesser with his B&W take. The darkness/vignetting really worked well with this scene IMO.

    Winner
    @tkbslc@tkbslc I just found this one to maintain a great balance of a natural look while still bringing out the colors. Congratulations next challenge to you.
     
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  14. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks! I'll get the next one up later tonight.
     
  15. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    317
    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
    This challenge was fun, for me the best ones force me to learn new things. This time I learned something about the HDR merge feature in Lightroom I did not know before. When I first did the merge and worked on file it was not until later I realized there was a "doubling" of some of the smaller branches (wind motion?). Then I researched and applied the strong deghosting setting during HDR merge and LR smartly applied a mask over parts of the tree and fixed this problem. Really cool and impressive. Thanks heli-mech for the lesson!
     
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