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Post-Processing Challenge #470 (closed, winners announced)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by WhidbeyLVR, May 24, 2019.

  1. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
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    A Basilisk (AKA, Jesus Lizard) from a recent trip to Panama -- known for being able to run on water (at least for awhile). The green spot is a laser pointer from our guide. The trails are termite tunnels on the branch. I was working in a shaky boat at the long end of my 75-300, and was in shutter-priority, so the ISO is high and there is plenty of noise. Perfect framing was far from my mind; staying inside the boat was higher on my list of priorities, 'cuz there were plenty of these around, too:

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    I think there is enough image left for a decent challenge. Have fun!

    The RAW and JPG files are here.

    This Challenge will close in three days, at the end of the day Sunday, May 26th.

    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:
    • 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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  2. Dinobe

    Dinobe Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    175
    Nov 23, 2017
    Lochristi, Belgium
    Processing in DT.
    Started from ORF file, cropped,used filmic module to set exposure/tone curve, added local contract
    Tried removing the green blob with the retouch module, but opted for the spot removal tool. Removed distracting tree branch on the left.
    Give it a good 'swing' in contrast and saturation (I always seem to be too cautious with this).

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  3. Cleaned up the out of focus (distracting), background.
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  4. Same idea as Robert D.

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  5. betamax

    betamax Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    470
    May 7, 2011
    Illawarra, NSW, Australia
    Alan
    Clarity, highlight and saturation tweaks in Capture One, then into Denoise AI.
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  6. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Learnt something new about how ACR can deal with noise with this image
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    Here's my ACR settings,
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  7. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Now what Lyle didn't realise was the hidden lizards in the jurassic park
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  8. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    Wow! The Aussies and the Flemish (no offense if you’re not) got off to an early start! Dunno what a Californian was doing up at 3:30 AM. We’ll see if the rest of the world can catch up. Keep ‘em coming!
     
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    Another beautiful picture to play with.
     
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  10. Got rid of the background by using a auto mask and lowering the exposure, cropped closer.
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  11. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    You think you were kidding, but only a few dozen yards away was a bask of baby crocs...
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  12. rpatodia

    rpatodia Mu-43 Veteran

    369
    Nov 3, 2013
    India
    Ramesh
    I have just done simple post processing. Not expert in PS to remove objects :-(
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  13. Rob Rider

    Rob Rider Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jan 29, 2019
    Tucson Arizona
    It sounds like an experience to remember on that boat at night.

    I thought of this and then tried to make it work. A bearded dragon from the zoo here in Tucson for the other creature.

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  14. Could be a scene from Jurassic Park! Looks like the Jesus Lizard is about to be swallowed whole.
     
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  16. No I was wrong its GODZILLA
     
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  17. Hendrik

    Hendrik Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    Wayland MA
    Hendrik
    On a more pedestrian note...

    I had also hit on BosseBe's trick of simplifying the background by an exposure move but wished to keep a sense of the environment. I discovered I liked the approximately equilateral triangle ...

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    ... but wondered if I might like it better to align the twig and the lizard, which nets a right triangle.

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    As per usual, multiple smart objects blended in Photoshop. The eyes get teased up on a curves layer. The laser spot goes last, on a flattened layer, different & better each time.
     
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  18. Rob Rider

    Rob Rider Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    53
    Jan 29, 2019
    Tucson Arizona
    #2

    Here is a more straight version. I used photoshop, darkened the log, Topaz AI Denoise and AI Sharpen and the blur gallery for the background.
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  19. A bit more fun.
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  20. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    We are all having too much fun
     
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