Post-Processing Challenge #256

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by rloewy, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014
    Here is an image I took while playing with an old telephoto Rokkor manual lens (135mm or 200mm - can't remember). Unfortunately, I only shoot JPG - hopefully this is OK.

    It is quite clear that exposure could be a lot better on this - but I am sure there is a lot more that can be fixed, enhanced or made into a creative image.


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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.



    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 XXXXX 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.


    Contest will be closed 6/24/2016 8:00am Pacific time. Enjoy and I am looking forward to seeing your edits.

  2. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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  3. AG_Alex2097

    AG_Alex2097 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 18, 2015
    Alex S.
    The stems on the other flowers kept drawing my eyes away from the subject (the emptiness bottom left made it worse, pulling me into nothing), the flower on the bottom right had seen better days and made it really grim looking (even more so since it's a darker part of the frame), i ended up with a square, which i'm usually not a fan of, but it seemed to work here :)

    Quite a heavy crop though, don't expect to print this one :p

    Color Version:
    Kept some of the low contrast on a radial gradient from the top right corner to simulate some light bleeding, adjusted levels, boosted contrast, minor adjustment to white balance and some extra brightness and contrast on the center part of the flower using another radial gradient

    Black & White Version:
    Some extra adjustments to the color one, with more overall contrast & brightness and some extra of the same to the center part of the flower again
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2016
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  5. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 1, 2016
    Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK
    Quite a challenge!
    I started with the Unsharp Mask in PS and moved over to LR to crop and rotate slightly to diminish the stalks. Then I played with the LR Radial Filter to emphasise the foreground blooms and with the colour adjustments until I liked it.
    Flowers-1-2.jpg Original at Flickr
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  6. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 1, 2016
    Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK
    But then I thought I'd left a bit too much blue so I tried again:

    Original at Flickr
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  7. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
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  8. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    More fun with PS filters, this time the blur filter with a square crop


    #2 Inverted with some colour balance changes
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  9. sesser

    sesser Zen Master Subscribing Member

    Mar 10, 2015
    Portland, OR
    P4032461-edit-edit-edit.jpg P4032461-edit-2.jpg
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  10. Tenpenny

    Tenpenny Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 16, 2015
    Nampa, Idaho
    Brent Watkins
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  11. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
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  12. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016
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  13. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014
    Contest is closed. Thanks for all the entries. This image needed a lot of help - and there are so many great entries it was hard to limit it to just 3...

    With that in mind -

    3rd - AussiePhil - I really like the selective focus on the flower with the blur around it

    2nd - sesser - This black and white works for me

    1st - Zeus1 - Love what you did there - simplify and give it a nice artistic twist.

    @Zeus1@Zeus1 is up next
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  14. Wow, TXS! My personal pick is the entry by Scotsman, love the painterly rendition.

    Will host a new competition ASAP.
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