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Post-Processing Challenge #469

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Robert Davidson, May 20, 2019.

  1. I had trouble finding an image for the challenge and decided to step away from the usual landscape/ scene and go for something different. This was taken in my front garden a couple of years ago. 2 young Kookaburras not long out of the nest. We hand feed the birds most days on our front verandah.
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    JPEG and RAW files can be found here:
    Dropbox - PhotoChallenge - Simplify your life

    Competition closes at 6pm, Thursday, May 23rd, wherever you are. I expect to start judging over Friday morning.


    The usual stuff:

    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 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 honour passes to the next Runner-up.
     
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  2. Dinobe

    Dinobe Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    177
    Nov 23, 2017
    Lochristi, Belgium
    Birds, not exactly my specialty.
    Processing using DT. Square crop, filmic module to set exposure, added a vignette to accent the birds, added local contrast,
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  3. Rob Rider

    Rob Rider Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jan 29, 2019
    Tucson Arizona
    That was nice of the birds to pose for you. Beautiful!

    #1

    I processed this completely in Topaz Studio. I made a version closer to the original crop but then decided to go closer as to see the birds better.

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  4. Rob Rider

    Rob Rider Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    53
    Jan 29, 2019
    Tucson Arizona
    version #2

    I opened in Lightroom and did everything there except for using the Topaz Denoise AI at the end.

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  5. rpatodia

    rpatodia Mu-43 Veteran

    371
    Nov 3, 2013
    India
    Ramesh
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  6. rpatodia

    rpatodia Mu-43 Veteran

    371
    Nov 3, 2013
    India
    Ramesh
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  7. Beautiful picture and not a lot needed to do with it, a great challenge!
    Thanks also for providing a picture of birds, I take far to few pictures of birds so it will be fun to work with.

    First entry: used .ORF in DxO, this time I skipped both Smart Lighting and Clearview, added some Microcontrast and contrast, used Prime Noise reduction, added some lens sharpness and some unsharp mask, lifted midtones and shadows a bit.
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  8. Entry #2: a little tighter crop and lowered the temperature by 237K, more contrast.
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    Entry 1. Finding this very challenging. Too easy to edit for the sake of it.
     
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  10. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    920
    Oct 21, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    Edited raw file in DXO PL2 then used Elements. Photo is very nice so I just tweaked it a bit, mainly by decreasing the saturation and level of the green leaves, warming the white balance slightly, and brightening the image overall. In cropping I tried to use the tree branches as a frame. I see someone in the tree trunk mocking my editing effort by sticking his tongue out at me :) 

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  11. Hendrik

    Hendrik Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    Wayland MA
    Hendrik
    As per usual:
    Exposure tweaks in Adobe Camera Raw.
    Open two smart objects in Photoshop, 1., Birds/limbs; 2., leaves, sky.
    Adjusted exposure, clarity and texture in both.
    Birds got boost.
    Leaves received opposite treatment, but not to same extent.
    Blended layers with a mask.
    Created a raster layer from visible pixels, sharpened high-pass.
    Blended the sharpening over the birds and their limb, not the leaves or other tree parts.
    Created a vignette with a Curves layer, masked the birds from the effect.
    Cropped, flattened, downsized image.

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  12. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  13. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
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    I decided the opposite gazes would work better if the kookaburras were closer together. So I spent most of my time making that happen. Other changes were rotation, crop, color temp, contrast, selective sharpening and detail enhancement. Worked from raw in DxO and Gimp.
     
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  14. bioduck

    bioduck Mu-43 Regular

    115
    Jul 27, 2016
    Baton Rouge, LA, USA
    Dan
    I changed overall exposure and saturation of greens and then used the selective brush to increase exposure on birds and to decrease exposure on branches as well as to increase contrast, sharpness, and clarity on eyes and beaks.
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  15. WOW! So many entries already, this is not going to be easy.
     
  16. betamax

    betamax Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    473
    May 7, 2011
    Illawarra, NSW, Australia
    Alan
    Edited in Capture One to adust tone, contrast and get warmer colours. DenoiseAI. Then into Flex for some sun-rays.

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  17. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    920
    Oct 21, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    Entry #2: Brightened entry #1 using 'curves' in Elements/Elements+

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  18. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    920
    Oct 21, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    Amazing virtuosity. Not a hint as to where things got edited.
     
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  19. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Mono

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  20. It's Pikachu :) 
     
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