Post-Processing Challenge #323 - Challenge Now Closed - Winner Announced

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Here is a shot taken (hand held) from the end of the pontoon at Wallasea Marina, Essex, UK, where I used to moor my own boat before we moved to Yorkshire. It looks a bit unpromising, but I managed to PP it into a nice image, it has good colours and detail in the sky.
Let's see what you all can do with it !!
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RAW : Dropbox - 201305_017-46_RAW.orf
Unprocessed JPEG from the RAW : Dropbox - 201305_017-46_Unproc.jpg
SooC JPEG : Dropbox - 201305_017-46_SooC.jpg

This challenge will run slightly longer than the usual 72 hours as I am in hospital for an operation on Thursday, due back home on Saturday morning, all being well. I don't want to judge this one on my phone in hospital ( I know I can't compete with Phil on the monitor front ;) but my 23" calibrated and profiled monitor has got to be better than a 5" phone screen !!).

So, the challenge will end mid-day (BST) UK time on Saturday, and I'll judge it as soon as I can after that.


72-Hour Post-Processing Challenge Rules

  1. The Challenge Master provides an image or images to be "improved" upon by way of post-processing, as well as a closing date for entries.
  2. Entrants are to post their entries, visible in this thread, at a resolution of 1000 to 1600 pixels in the longest dimension, prior to the closing date.
  3. Each entrant is allowed two entries in the Challenge.
  4. At the close of the Challenge, the Challenge Master will select a Winner and Runners-up.
  5. The Winner of the challenge is honored as the Master of the next Challenge.
Notes:
  • The image used for the challenge must be the Challenge Master's own image. The image is posted solely for the purpose of this Challenge; it is not posted to invite critique or criticism nor for other uses. If Entrants post their entries at a photo sharing site, they should credit the owner of the original image.
  • "Improve" is a subjective term, and may include many creative ideas, as well as traditional "fixing". The Challenge Master agrees that Entrants may make any changes they deem fit in their entries.
  • Entrants are strongly encouraged to share the tools and techniques used for their entries, however this is not a requirement for entry.
  • As we all know, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The Challenge Master is encouraged (but not required) to state the criteria used to decide upon a Winner. While we may not all agree with the result, theChallenge Master's decision is final. Please refrain from posting adverse comment.
  • If the Winner is unable to post a new Challenge within five days, the honor passes to the next Runner-up.
 
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This challenge will run slightly longer than the usual 36 hours as I am in hospital for an operation on Thursday, due back home on Saturday morning, all being well. I don't want to judge this one on my phone in hospital ( I know I can't compete with Phil on the monitor front ;) but my 23" calibrated and profiled monitor has got to be better than a 5" phone screen !!).
Best wishes and may things all go well on Thursday
Cheers
Phil
Ps gives us more time to play :)
 

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Fun image to play with. I didn't worry much about accuracy since I wasn't there to see it, instead just found colors I liked, in this case contrasting the blue sea and sky with the gold and violet. Also liked the ship as a silhouette with a highlight from the sun enough to catch your attention but not command the scene.

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Just picked up Affinity Photo so was just playing with various things. Good photo to play with so will probably do another ;)

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Deep strong colors are what i saw in it.

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Entry 1: B+W, square crop, darkened the sky
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I want to work on a color one as well, but the colors are eluding me right now.
 

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This is my interpretation.
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Great entries so far, lots of interesting takes on it - this is going to be a very tough one to judge.

Closes tomorrow at 12 noon BST, if anyone else wants to have a go.
 

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All in LR: I didn't want to go overboard with that stunning sky and reflection so I hope my play with the tone and colour curves seems reasonable. I also lightened the ship slightly and added a vignette to emphasise the centre of the image.

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Original at Flickr

I like this crop too:

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Original at Flickr
 

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First of all, I find it a very lovely image of a calm time. Thanks for letting us play with it.

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I worked with a view to emphasizing the diagonals in the image and elaborating the calm texture of the water. Otherwise a simple approach, veering away from the dramatic more toward how it was probably perceived at the time.

All in Photoshop
The general exposure levels in ACR along with opposing gradient filters to balance sky and water. Also used for removing the light poles (& reflections) and the crop (maintaining 4:3).
In Photoshop itself a 50% gray fill layer set to overlay with freehand brushwork used for local burning & dodging.
 
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Entry two, a little more creative...
 

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I too liked the wide panoramic crop
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Lets also try a canvas print framed look
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Entry two, gave a grainy B&W a go: (opps first upload was uncropped version...fixed)
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