Post-processing Challenge #260

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by ionian, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. ionian

    ionian Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 20, 2016
    Kent, UK
    Simon
    Just a single image, and just a jpeg - my laptop died a week ago so I've been shooting JPEG and processing on my iPad whilst avoiding fixing it...

    Because it's a jpeg you will have to think carefully about what you push and how far you push it. Good luck!

    image.

    Full sized download:
    Dropbox - image.jpeg


    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 XXXXX 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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    Contest will close on Wednesday July 13th, at midnight BST.
     
  2. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    317
    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
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  3. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    Quite a challenge!

    There was so much one could do to remove the distracting posts, cables and suchlike that I soon passed-on to trying to emphasise the red fishing boat and the black net stores and holding-back the dockside clutter. Done with a bit of PSCC 'cause I prefer the clone tool there but mostly with LRCC filters, brushes and overall colour and tone adjustments:

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    Original at Flickr

    Then I thought a portrait crop might be stronger:

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    Original at Flickr
     
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  4. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    317
    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
    second entry: toy boats

    C260b.
     
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  5. ionian

    ionian Mu-43 Veteran

    404
    May 20, 2016
    Kent, UK
    Simon
    Thanks to @dlpruk@dlpruk and @protapic@protapic for entering. I'm going to give the win to dlpruk for his cropped entry, with second prize to protapic's toy boats.

    When looking at this in post when I got home, I realised there were several pictures in the frame and I felt it needed a crop to work. There were a few options, none of which (to my taste) were perfect but I settled on using just the boats. I'm developing a style of post processing that mixes digital clarity with retro processes, and you can see that in the image below. This needs more room at the top but I wanted to avoid that cluttered dockside scene.

    image.

    So it's down to dlpruk for the next competition - well done.
     
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  6. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks ionian. I thought this was one of the best challenges ever as you gave us so many possibilities so I'm amazed that so few wanted to play. (Did you notice that I tried to follow your tip about Vibrance?)

    But, as I did the last one, I'd rather protapic did the next so I'll pass the baton if that's OK by him?

    David
     
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  7. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    673
    Dec 13, 2013
    √Čtats-Unis
    Dave
    I agree with David, that the photo for this Challenge was outstanding, because of all the possibilities. I'm sorry I was not able to enter, but warranty work being done to my house required my full attention.
     
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  8. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    317
    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
    @dlpruk@dlpruk
    David
    Yes, I can put something up, but I agree, it was a great pic, and only two entries is a shame...I've been traveling a bit this summer, maybe others having a busy summer as well?
    John
     
  9. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Regular

    Good oh John!

    I promise to enter.

    David
     
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  10. ionian

    ionian Mu-43 Veteran

    404
    May 20, 2016
    Kent, UK
    Simon
    No problems about the number of entries and I'm glad you both enjoyed working on it.