Post-Processing Challenge #257

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Zeus1, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. In February 2016 we spent a week in Norway for some fun in the snow. Visited Tromso and environs; went reindeer sledding, dog sledding, a trip on a snow mobile (never again!) and long walks .
    The following pictures were taken at sunset overlooking Tromso harbour. It is a bracketed series of 5 images. Start up Your HDR software on this series or use one image to improve its dynamic range.


    Download links:
    RAW: archive of 5 RAW images in .ORF format:
    JPG: archive of 5 jpg images:

    Note added 16/06/25:
    Download links for only the middle picture:
    RAW: 14_32_50_P2132992_Norway.ORF
    JPG: 14_32_50_P2132992_Norway_IJFR.jpg

    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 6/28/2016 around 12:00am CET.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2016
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  2. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
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    1st try, subtle tweaks, LR + ColorEfexPro


    2nd try, not so subtle tweaks, LR + ColorEfexPro

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  3. Tenpenny

    Tenpenny Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 16, 2015
    Nampa, Idaho
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    Brent Watkins
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  4. sesser

    sesser Zen Master

    Mar 10, 2015
    Portland, OR
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    2016-02-13 14_32_50_P2132992_Norway-HDR.jpg
    2016-02-13 14_32_50_P2132992_Norway-HDR-edit-2.jpg
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  5. Somebody asked for only the middle picture of this series, in order not to have to download the complete zip archive. I entered the links in my first post.
  6. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    May 8, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2016
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  7. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
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    One trying to capture the orange tones onto the water
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  8. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
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    and one just completely weird :)

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  9. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    Great option for a contest as I have never played with HDR before. All 5 images used and then finished in LR (color) and Nik SEF (mono).

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  10. NigelD

    NigelD Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 23, 2015
    Topaz denoise, LAB colour boost, painted with light on 50% grey layer, various blending tweaks and sharpen

    Post-Processing Challenge #257.jpg
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  11. scamartist

    scamartist Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 10, 2015
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    Lightroom >Enfuse and then ColourFX Pro.

    Photo edit CJ.jpg
  12. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
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    [​IMG]Norway-HDR.jpg by Kian j, on Flickr
    flickr web uploader is down again, had to use email upload, this one is too good to miss
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  13. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Ack... AutoISO with HDR! Still, a fun image to play with given all the textures and colours. :)

    I like it dark and nighttimey with flares of orange against the blue.
  14. Wow, nice entries!
    You still have 24 hrs to upload Your next masterwork :bravo-009::bump:
  15. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 1, 2016
    Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK
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    Great shot and a great challenge, thanks!

    From the RAW stack with lots of Lightroom brushwork after losing the telecoms mast:
    Original at Flickr

    I didn't want to overcook this image but I thought it might stand a bit more punch:
    Original at Flickr

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jun 27, 2016
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  16. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Loved the idea of the HDR shot but I did not had time to find a good tool for this (for Linux). These are from a single pic:


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  17. TXS to everybody for participating! You made it difficult for me: so many different interpretations of the scene.

    To me. there are 2 categories to judge: color and B/W.
    In B/W I like the work of BrianBeezly (2nd entry) and KLorenzo; in color I prefer the work of NigelD and jyc860923.
    My choice goes to
    - 3d place: both B/W interpretations
    - 2nd place: jyc860923
    - overall winner: NigelD: I really like Your colors!


    And my own HDR rendering:

    2016-02-13 14_32_50_P2132992-6TM.jpg

    Over to You, NigelD, to host the next competition.
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  18. NigelD

    NigelD Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 23, 2015
    Thanks very much Zeus1 - good standard of entries. I'll get one up in the morning.