Post processing Challenge #455

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This picture was taken near Winton QLD, on a cross Australia trip we did last year.
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This contest will close Monday 18th, 2019 at midnight Sydney Australian time.


72-Hour Post-Processing Challenge Rules


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.

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.

Each entrant is allowed two entries in the Challenge.

At the close of the Challenge, the Challenge Master will select a Winner and Runners-up.

The Winner of the challenge is honored as the Master of the next Challenge.


Notes:

Any/all source images used for the challenge must be the Challenge Master's own images. They are posted solely for the purpose of this Challenge; not 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, the Challenge 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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WhidbeyLVR

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B/W entry (DxO PL2 and Gimp/Silver Efex Pro):
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Color Entry (DxO PL2 and Gimp):
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Edited raw file in DXO PL2: used neural color, tweaked light levels, added ClearView 50%, tried to adjust geometry, reduced default lens sharpening by -1, reduced chromatic aberration, tried to remove lens vignetting. In ON1 Effects added a very slight amount of dynamic contrast and a tad of vignetting. In Elements, reduced blue (sky) saturation, reduced red level, resized (bicubic) then used unsharp mask (35% at a radius of 0.3). Edit: Reduced red further to get closer to the color of the jpeg image (I always seem to find the red channel too strong).

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JPG in Snapseed on iPhone
5x7 portrait crop
Vintage #6
Added vignette

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Entry #2: I tried applying, in ON1 Effects, the "sunshine/radiance" filter to entry #1 and then moved the black level to the right.

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RW2 file processed in DxO PL2. Smart lighting, Clearview, Microcontrast, Colour Accentuation (Vibrancy and Saturation up), ooh and straightened a bit as horizon was tilted.
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B&W from the above, just used Kodak Tri-X 400 preset from CxO Filmpack.
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First one, fixed horizon in LR, then tried two variations on NIK tools

1. mostly tonal contrast, warmth, and color contrast

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2. solarization (for more alien landscape)

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This was a good challenge!
Anyway here are my two edits.
#1
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#2

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Well I've chosen the winners. It wasn't easy at all, many of you have come close to capturing the way I saw it and the look of the Australian Outback. Not sure if you know that from space Australia looks like the red planet of Mars. Have you heard the phrase " the red centre"? Have you seen "Uluru", the huge rock in central Australia? Well anyway the area of the contest photo is similar to the red centre - the soil is very old (from the dinosaur era and fossils are still found here), rocks contain iron ore and oxidation and weathering over time make the soil red.

My preference is for the natural look (see the attached panorama after the results).

So onto the image results -
Lyle - for this scene B&W doesn't work for me, your second entry is nice and the colour close with a little more red needed.
relic 1 - nice colour also, maybe a bit too contrasty
LilSebastian (John) - very different and moody
Ted - also very dark and moody
relic 2 - good colour bit still contrasty
BosseBe - 1. very close to my memory of the shot, B&W I prefer for portraits.
Protapic John 1 - very good, and 2 interesting.
Rob Rider 1 - perfect colours for me on both 1 and 2
patodia Ramesh - 1 excellent colours, 2 good less saturation.

The winner - Ramesh #1 entry
1st Runner up - Rob Rider #2 entry square format
2nd Runner up - BosseBe #1
3rd Runner up - Protapic John #1

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Thanks Robert for selecting me as winner.
Give me time till EoD to post a challenge which I had missed last time I won bcoz I was traveling then
 
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