Post-Processing Challenge #249 (closed, winners announced)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by WhidbeyLVR, May 12, 2016.

  1. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Lyle
    PPC #249.

    Man-made waterfall in the Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

    Notes about the photo: I had a variable ND filter, but it didn't fit my lens, so I was holding the filter over the end of the lens with my left hand and handling the camera with my right. I am pretty sure that the pink blur in the bottom right corner is my left index finger. I had no tripod or monopod, so I am pleased that it came out as well as it did at a fifth of a second. Credit that to the amazing IBIS in the E-M5 MkII rather than my technique.

    P5090201_01_small.

    Raw and JPG are here.

    This Challenge will be closed after Sunday, May 15th. I'll announce winners on Monday.

    -- Lyle
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    The Rules:

    The Judge will provide a photo, challenging Entrants to "improve" it by way of post-processing. It must be the Judge's own photo. "Improve" is a subjective term, and includes many creative ideas as well as traditional "fixing". The Judge agrees that Entrants may make any changes they deem fit to post in their entries.

    At the end of the challenge, the Judge will name a Winner, a First Runner-up, and a Second Runner-up. For obvious reasons, the Judge may not enter the challenge.

    The Winner of the challenge shall serve as the Judge of the next challenge. If the Winner fails to post a new challenge within five days, the responsibility passes to successive Runners-up.
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    Entrants:

    The Judge's image is posted for the sole purpose of this challenge; it is not posted to invite critique or criticism.

    Entries shall be limited to 2 per Entrant.

    Entrants are to post their images, visible in this thread with 1000 to 1600 pixels in the longest dimension. 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 Mu-43.com" should suffice.

    Entrants are strongly encouraged to post the tools and techniques used for their entries, however this is not a requirement for entry.
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    As we all know, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The Judge is encouraged (but not required) to state what criteria were used to decide on a winner. We may not all agree with the chosen winners, but the Judge's decision is final. Please refrain from posting adverse comment.

    By participating in this challenge, Entrants allow the Judge to re-post their images in this thread for the sole purpose of announcing the winners.
     
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  2. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

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    John
    entry 1

    entry1.
     
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  3. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    Cropped, spotted and local colour and exposure adjustments in Lightroom.

    Waterfall-1.

    Original at Flickr

    I liked this crop too:
    Waterfall-1-2.
    Original at Flickr
     
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  4. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2014
    Ron
    P5090201_01_small (6).

    Crop, contrast adjustment and color merge to highlight the water path between the trees
     
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  5. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee

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  6. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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  8. NigelD

    NigelD Mu-43 Regular

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  9. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  10. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

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    John
    entry 2, something different

    entry2.
     
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  11. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee

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    Here's a B+W take.

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  12. NY Gadget Guy

    NY Gadget Guy Mu-43 Regular

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    That big rock at the back kept drawing my attention, but I wanted the viewer to start from the front.
    P5090201-water4-1000px.
    Tricks employed:
    - played with perspective to make it smaller
    - cropped such that the rock is away from the center
    - gradient filter to make that area darker
    - selection brush to tame the highlight even more

    (The forum doesn't force the image to fit the visible portion of browser window. Easier to see the whole thing if you right click and view in another window so it scales.)
     
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  13. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    A gentle bump on the last day of the challenge . . .

    Great entries so far! You are going to make it tough on me.

    Still plenty of time for new first or second entries.
     
  14. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Cropped, made local adjustments to sharpness, saturation, contrast etc.

    26941823312_cb14fa87b9_b. rocks2a by vorlon44, on Flickr
     
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  15. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  16. Lodos

    Lodos Mu-43 Regular

    cropped.
    played with levels in faststone quickly to (make blacks less black, increase contrast and brightness).. and boosted saturation slightly.
    then I got rid of the dry plants in the left corner with i)more stones and water ii) more green.

    i) more stones and water
    P5090201_01(1)-isx22r.


    ii) more green, I guess like this one better.

    P5090201_01(1)-isx3r.
     
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  17. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Lyle
    Really tough job judging this one. I want to thank all the participants. I was glad to see that nobody emphasized my errant finger. It was fascinating to see all the variations on crop and processing. Really well done, each of you!

    I have a 3-way tie for 2nd Runners Up:

    vorlon1: Great crop. The colors seemed a little too bright and flat to me.

    dlpruk (entry #2): That tight crop on the upper part of the falls was nice, and I preferred your crop to the similar one by Brian Beezely because it eliminated the dead dark space in the upper right, and I liked the path my eye took down the image.

    Zues1: Nice B&W treatment. The crop left a nice diagonal path for the eye to follow. Special mention for being the only one to clone out the rail in the lower left (and nicely done, at that); I liked that little bit of extra waterfall at the bottom.​

    1st Runner Up:

    Brian Beezeley (entry #2): Nice crop. This may be the most accurate color rendition of that overcast day.​

    Winner:

    Dave "Scotsman" (entry #2): My favorite crop and processing. Taking out some of that dead space at the top took it above your first entry. While the warm colors and higher saturation were probably less accurate than Brian's, I found that they made this image the most appealing to me.​
     
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  18. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dave
    Thank you, Lyle! I certainly didn't envy your judging this challenge, as there were a lot of very good entries. I agree with you, that eliminating the "dead space" at the top of the frame (from my first submission) really improved the image.

    I'll post a new challenge sometime tomorrow.