Post Processing Challenge #462

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Post Processing Challenge #462

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the jpeg view from the zoo.

the files are here
jpeg
Dropbox - _5220014.JPG
Raw
Dropbox - _5220014.ORF

I will leave an extra day for Easter.
This contest will end Tuesday midnight AZ time
I will judge on Wednesday.

Good luck everyone!

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 honoured 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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Lovely portrait of a gorgeous bird. I edited the raw file in DXO PL2, tweaked some settings, but the main thing was increasing vibrance and tried to decrease the brightness of the hot spot in front of its head (I now think I could have done a bit more to fix that spot). Added some dynamic contrast in ON1 Effects and modified tone curve slightly in Elements+ plugin in Elements. Edit: Greens were "glowing", so I reduced the saturation of the green channel.

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Yes, that's a great shot of a colourful guy.

Processed in Luminar Flex using Accent AI. I wanted to add some more red, so I shifted hue for each HSL colour. Upped red and yellow luminance and saturation.
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In vivid mode
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Very nice bird taken with the necessary closeness to focus on its main "assets".
I only did a little PS and LR playing with colours and saturation and I cropped it to 4:3 format to get the head a little more off-centre (crossing of the thirds). To finish it up I added a very discrete art filter (poster edges).
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Tripping back to the Sixties
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Took off brightness from the surroundings of the beak and worked a little more on the greens
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Always fun to work with so nice pictures!
Used the .ORF file in DxO PL2, Clearview, tone curve, Microcontrast and some slight Vibrancy and Saturation.
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Sent the above picture to Nik SilverEfex for B&W treatment and made it a selective colour.
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From the raw. Two smart objects. The second is only tasked with mitigating the blown highlights next to the peacock's head.
Some brushwork to balance details.
Crop to what I see as the essential information.
So much of what is lovely about the image is simple luminance information that mono seemed justified.

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On the other hand, the colors are lovely, as well, and complement the lively patterns.

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Contest over
Winner announced

To start with, there were so many nice entries it made it hard to pick the winner.
I really did like all of them. If you thought yours was the best you're probably right.
But a contest needs a winner so....

Winner Walter #1
1st runner up Robert Davidson
2nd runner up Zeus #1

Congratulations Walter
 

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Thanks a lot, Rob.
There were so many superb solutions this time, I really enjoyed the contest.
It was tough work to reduce the greens in the feathers so the "eyes" came out better against a more brownish tone of the feathers without distroying the fabulous blues of the breast.
The entries of BosseBe, relic, Robert and Zeus1 would have qualified for winner just the same imho.
I'll look for an interesting subject for the next contest and post it asap.
 
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Thanks a lot, Rob.
There were so many superb solutions this time, I really enjoyed the contest.
It was tough work to reduce the greens in the feathers so the "eyes" came out better against a more brownish tone of the feathers without distroying the fabulous blues of the breast.
The entries of BosseBe, relic, Robert and Zeus1 would have qualified for winner just the same imho.
I'll look for an interesting subject for the next contest and post it asap.
Hi Walter,
I agree there were many great entries.
Congratulations again
Rob Rider
 
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