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Post processing challenge #475 - WINNER ANNOUNCED

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by RichardC, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. This photo taken in Pisa a couple of years ago needs some TLC.

    Let's see what you talented lot can do with it:

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    The original raw and SOOC jpeg can be dowloaded from here:

    Dropbox - P1011350.ORF - Simplify your life

    Dropbox - P1011350.JPG - Simplify your life

    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.

    Competition closes 3 days hence, 09.00 GMT Monday 17th June 2019.
     
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  2. rpatodia

    rpatodia Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 3, 2013
    India
    Ramesh
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  3. Wish I'd kept that 17mm now. Suspect I was using it on the wrong camera at the wrong aperture and I used it in the days before I realised that RAW files had to be processed! Might get another one.
     
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  5. #2

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    Both my entries used the ORF file, processed in Adobe camera raw and Photoshop.
     
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  6. gwydionjhr

    gwydionjhr Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Nov 7, 2017
    Joel
    Isn't part of the point of the PPC to help others learn? As in, describe what you did in post to achieve your submitted image?
     
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  7. It's never been a requirement for entry. Some do, some don't. Although, there's nothing to stop someone from asking when the challenge is over.
     
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  8. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    I haven’t entered one of these,in a while....
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  9. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
    Transform perspectives and crop in LR, then used ProCotrast, detail extractor, and warmth in ColorEfexPro (NIK tools), then back to LR for final noise and details and export

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  10. Used .ORF file, DxO Viewpoint to fix the perspective, PL2 for Smartlighting, Clearview, Microcontrast and some contrast.
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    B&W from the above, DxO Filmpack, Kodak Tri-X 400 preset + darkening the blue.
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  11. Walter

    Walter Mu-43 Veteran

    487
    Aug 6, 2016
    Germany
    Beautiful building reminding me of my trips to Italy.
    Corrected perspective (vertical, horizontal and a little rotation), lightened the shadows, colour adjustment to bring out the beautiful marble shades of the building the way I remember them. All done with PS and LR.
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  12. Walter

    Walter Mu-43 Veteran

    487
    Aug 6, 2016
    Germany
    #2
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  13. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    928
    Oct 21, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    I edited the raw file in DXO Pl2, adjusted geometry and tweaked various parameters, then tweaked some more in Elements.

    What I did in very boring and painful detail for anyone interested and is prepared to put up with it (a WARNING though: I am a rank amateur in this and learning is the reason I enter those challenges). In DXO, adjusted geometry (DXO Viewpoint), increased exposure by 0.3 stop, set ClearView at 30, contrast -10, microcontrast +35, vibrancy +10, saturation -20, PRIME noise reduction luminance 20, global lens sharpness -1, applied chromatic aberration correction, and exported tiff file. Loaded tiff file in Adobe Elements 14, changed mode to 8 bits, duplicated layer, and, using adjust lighting/levels, reduced red channel level by 5 bits. In a duplicate layer, in ON1 Perfect Effects 10 plug-in, I used dynamic contrast (small 4, medium 8, large 12, and reduced highlights to -45). Using clone stamp in Elements, in a duplicate layer I "removed" parts of the buildings on either side of the main building to allow more room in order to prepare for cropping. In this case I was constrained to make a square crop (since I wanted to remove the side buildings) even though i usually try to avoid square crops. I then removed the shadow at the bottom of the image by copying and pasting the part above it. I then applied a very mild vignette (brightness -10) using ON1 Effects plug-in. I saved the tiff file under a different name. Still in Elements, I applied "Haze Removal" to the two faded panels on either side of the main entrance, resized the file to 1600 x 1600 pixels using "bicubic" routine (in my view, "bicubic sharper", recommended by Adobe for size reduction, usually results in perceptible oversharpening, so I prefer to sharpen later as the next step). I then used unsharp mask (amount 30%, radius 0.3 pix), then saved the tiff file under a different name. Finally, while still in Elements, I flattened the image and saved it as JPEG (maximum quality), which is the file that I uploaded.

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  14. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Oct 21, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    Entry #2: In Elements, I added a duplicate layer to entry #1, converted it to B&W using ON1 Effects, then changed the blending mode to "Luminosity" (without knowing beforehand what the result would look like, but I thought it looked rather interesting):

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  15. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    II.
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    Sorry Richard, couldn’t keep it real. The allure of gold, was just too much.
     
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  16. betamax

    betamax Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    473
    May 7, 2011
    Illawarra, NSW, Australia
    Alan
    upped the contrast, whites and saturation. Then into Snap Art to create the canvas.
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  17. betamax

    betamax Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    473
    May 7, 2011
    Illawarra, NSW, Australia
    Alan
    ..and #2
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  18. Corrected symmetry, increased Texture, Clarity and Dehaze, all in latest ACR.

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  19. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    Entry #1
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    I tried to use a light touch. Employed DxO PL2 for the heavy lifting (perspective, straighten, barrel correction, crop, exposure, color warmth, etc.), followed by some minor tweaks in Gimp (scaling, sharpening, and detail enhancement). I tried to make it feel like a late afternoon in Tuscany, with more warmth in the sunlight and lengthening shadows.
     
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  20. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Mainly cropping, aspect adjustment, cloaning and curves

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