Post Processing Challenge 269

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by tkbslc, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    A new post processing challenge for you:

    Shot this in Yellowstone and I kind of like it, but there is also a lot going on and I kind of feel like it needs work, but I'm not sure what. It's got some fisheye distortion as it was shot with the 7.5mm.


    hopefully these links work:

    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 close on Aug 24, at 10PM Mountain Time.
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  2. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    Amazing that nobody has wanted to play with this shot yet so I'll set the ball rolling. (Lovely water BTW and much more to my liking that the creamy soup that's become so popular!)

    I started by tackling the lens distortion in PSCC but finished that in LRCC when I also added a light grad filter and made my usual overall and local colour adjustments, concentrating on the far bank.

    Yellowstone 1.
    Original at Flickr

    But I like this crop better:

    Yellowstone 2.
    Original at Flickr
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2016
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  3. Yellowstone.
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  4. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    A little more 'fished', cropped and strong monochrome PP.

    PP269 (1 of 2).
    PP269 (2 of 2).
  5. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
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  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Good stuff so far. Still a few hours left if anyone else wants to join in.
  7. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Okay, I really liked all of these and thanks for participating. I always have a hard time judging, but I keep going back to the awesome sky processing on @Zeus1@Zeus1 shot that also really accentuated the steam. So I'm going to give it to @Zeus1@Zeus1 this round. Your turn to start the next round.

    runner up, I'm going to give it to @dlpruk@dlpruk for his second crop and color processing.

    Thanks again for playing.
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  8. Thanks, "tkbsic", but I'll have to pass the bucket.
    Leaving in a few hours for a few days in Rome and afterwards our big adventure: a roadtrip in Namibia! I don't have any idea what my internet connection will be like, so it will be better of somebody else ("dlpruk"?) could host the next competition.

    PS I used some "Clarity" and a hefty dose of "Dehazing" in Camera Raw to accentuate the sky., followed by Color Efex Pro>Dynamic Contrast to finish.
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  9. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    OK Zeus1; I'll see what I can find. Your trip sounds fabulous so I'm sure you'll bring back loads to show us!
  10. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    #270 is now here so see what you can do with it!
  11. dlpruk

    dlpruk Mu-43 Veteran

    Don't forget that #270 ends in a few hours!