Post Processing Challenge #523 - CLOSED - WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Shot in local recreational park just 5 minute drive for my local place in summer 2018
I struggle to give it punch, interested what you guys can do with it.

Link to jpeg and raw files is here: JPEG: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PF1zoGenWHdad9c2cDzPUuEdVMvYlJyg/view?usp=sharing and RAW: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Zaj4VXmU8c4Vjrca9VClST2S2LrxwT1H

Contest closes sometime after Monday 9pm CET time, Monday 8pm in London and 6am New York.

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 honour passes to the next Runner-up.
Enjoy!

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Beautiful shot. I edited raw file using DxO PL2, then tweaked the image in elements. No major work, just tweaking light levels, contrast, saturation, etc. Edited entry (I thought it was too "glary") by using Nik Color Efex to warm it up (2%) and increase "perceptural saturation" (10%).

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Entry 1

Lightroom: Cropped/straightened. Profile artistic 04 (can't recall where that was from), set w/balance, highlights/shadows/whites/blacks. +10 saturation, - green luminance. Pushed reds in camera calibration. Modest amount of N/R and sharpening.

Photoshop: Vignetted. Orton effect in treetops. Highlights pushed in treetops. Selective lightening on banks.

Edit. Increased contrast.

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Heavy lifting in DxO PL3, with tweaks in Gimp. Interesting that Relic and I coincidentally ended up with nearly identical crops.
 
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B&W entry, via Silver Efex.
 
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Lots of colour, contrast, exposure, LUT, and glow adjustments... kind of threw the kitchen sink at this one (it isn't easy being green). Luminar 4:

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As the topic opener struggled to add punch to the photo I set myself the goal to focus on this in doing this edit. The image sparked a feeling of a vintage camera so crushed blacks and muted highlights while giving it punch and vibrancy. I did some work to increase the color of the house and local dodging to focus the viewer's eye.

Two edits.

#1 a bit moody and dark
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#2 a little bit more vibrant
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Entry #1: Colour version in 1:1 crop.
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Entry #2: B&W version.
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I think this works well as a B&W image, probably mostly because of the the dark water.

I'd like to show you another attempt out of contest, a Selective colour version.
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This one was done in Nik Silver Efex, for this I used 3 control points, one on the house itself, one on the reflection in the water and one on the trees to the right to get rid of the colour.
 
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opened in camera raw - daylight WB and used Olympus natural for color. fixed some purple areas over the house and tried to bring out the blue in the sky a little. Topaz Denoise AI to finish.
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on this version I used the Oil paint filter on a copy layer at about 65% and cropped in closer.
I did an edit where I selected the house on the top layer with the oil paint filter and then erased to leave the house looking sharp.
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Entry #2: converted entry #1 to B&W using Nik Silver Efex.

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#2

Monochrome Orton version (Luminar 4):

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Done in Darktable. Crop and straighten, a little sharpening and a touch of contrast and vibrance. Applied red/yellow split toning.

EDIT! After looking at it this morning I realized I had not rotated enough, so I fixed it. that was the only change. I understand if that's against the rules and it's disqualified but I couldn't let it stay, it bugged the crap out of me!
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Dxo PL3 with HSL luminance adjustments, a touch of clearview plus and highlight/shadow adjustments.
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Such a beautiful scene I couldn't resist having a go. But please don't include me in the comp as I'm going away for a few weeks.
I'm sure there will be plenty of great entries.

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All done in ACR:
Camera Muted, 6000 K WB, -0.7 exposure, -85 highlights, -50 shadows, +10 whites, -15 blacks, +15 clarity, +25 dehaze, +25 vibrance
Straightened, cropped, and vignette added.
 

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