Post-processing Challenge #482

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Taken during a fishing trip earlier this year on the Bighorn River near Fort Smith Montana. While there appear to be dust specks on sensor (reasonable question since these are taken using LX100ii) there is a rather high density of insects in the air (hence good trout fishing in the area) so I believe the "spots" are out of focus insects (these "spots" do not appear in other pictures). An added "challenge" for your creative editing.
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This Challenge will close in about three days, judgement to be on are around on Monday morning of July 22, 2019, 8AM ETS.

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.
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  • "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.
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Nice scenery for a walk, beautiful piture, John.
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The .RAW file worked fine!
So here are my entries, first a colour version:
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And a B&W:
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Just some shadows and Highlights a warm up and using Affinity Photo

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Very beautiful image. Used raw file. Edited it in DXO PL2 (basic light levels including some Clearview), minimal noise reduction, minimal lens sharpness, chromatic aberration correction (just in case...), removed the insect clusters. In Elements, "leveled" [sic] the image, some shadows/highlights correction, resized. In ON1 Effects, applied a little dynamic contrast and mild vignetting .

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@protapic From the EXIF it looks like this picture was taken in the evening at nearly 22:00?
Could it be that the quite large smudges is bats or something hunting the insects? They seem to be to large to be just out of focus insects and only show in the sky.
Hi @BosseBe . The picture was taken right near sunset, which would be closer to 8 or 9 PM if I remember correctly. The EXIF data is off by two hours from Cleveland OH time (I should, but never do, change the time on camera when I travel). According to the internet sunset then was about 8:30PM, and this was as last light was hitting the abandoned building. I did not see any bats, I'm pretty certain I would have seen them (I'm a bat fan and also look for them).

I am attaching a picture taken taken of that cabin about a minute later from a different angle. If you zoom into sky you will lots of the little bugs flying around (and see the "spots" in new places). I'm also including a picture of one of the fish I caught, and one of those bugs photobombed the picture.

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zoom into sky

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bug photobomber:

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A post with other fishing pics from this couple day trip are here
 
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Hi @BosseBe . The picture was taken right near sunset, which would be closer to 8 or 9 PM if I remember correctly. The EXIF data is off by two hours from Cleveland OH time (I should, but never do, change the time on camera when I travel). According to the internet sunset then was about 8:30PM, and this was as last light was hitting the abandoned building. I did not see any bats, I'm pretty certain I would have seen them (I'm a bat fan and also look for them).

I am attaching a picture taken taken of that cabin about a minute later from a different angle. If you zoom into sky you will lots of the little bugs flying around (and see the "spots" in new places). I'm also including a picture of one of the fish I caught, and one of those bugs photobombed the picture.

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zoom into sky

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bug photobomber:

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A post with other fishing pics from this couple day trip are here
Even if I can't see the bugs in your other pictures except the fish one, I have seen those smudges in my own photos (Kukkola rapids) and concluded that they are bugs after finding a mosquito bite in my face. :(
So I'm sure you are right.
 
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Perfect picture to start with except for those bugs or spots on the lens/sensor. So I just did bug removal and added some vibrance for #1 entry, then played with some effects for #2 entry.

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After reading your description of the time of day when taken, I tried to imagine the lighting.
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On this I used the Topaz Impression plugin for a different look.
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Nice setting. Looks very peaceful. I used luminar AI, then some red/orange/yellow HSL adjustments.
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and #2 is through topaz studio's 'a bit sketchy' filter.
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Cleared the sky from spots (hope I got all them bugs), adjusted colours, saturation and brightness and chose 16:9 format. And got rid of the electricity pylons on the horizont line. All PP done with LR.
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a little brighter
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Lovely image to start with. I felt it needed to be black and white, don't ask me why.
Processing in DT. B&W, cropping, perspective correction, dodge and burn, vignet, retouch (removing the spots), local contract, added some grain
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