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Post processing challenge No. 146

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Al., Jan 17, 2015.

  1. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    The Rules:

    The Challenger will provide any photo that he/she deems worthy of challenging other members to "improve" by way Post Processing. It must be their own photo, and taken with m4/3 equipment. "Improve" is a subjective term, and includes many creative ideas as well as traditional "fixing". The Challenger agrees that entrants may make any changes they deem fit to post in their entry.

    The winner of the previous challenge gets to post the next Challenge and serves as the judge for his/her PP challenge.

    For obvious purposes, the judge is disqualified from participating in his/her own PP challenge. Instead, he/she should post a photo to start out the challenge.

    ***** If the winner fails to post a new challenge within five days, the responsibility passes to the runner-up. *****

    At the end of the 72-hours (we don't have to be strict about 72-hours, especially with time differences depending on where you are on the globe), the judge will name a winner, a first runner-up, and a second runner-up.


    The Challenger's image is posted for the sole purpose of the PP Challenge; it is not posted to invite Critique or Criticism.

    Entries shall be limited to 2 per member for each Challenge.

    Entrants to post a BBCode link to the Large size image of their PP edit(s), preferably 1024px x npx, or npx x 1024px, if the original image and/or the PP edit allow for these sizes. Also a click-through to the original sized hosted edit if appropriate (but not a requirement for entry). If you post your entry to a photo-hosting site such as Flickr, Photobucket, or a Gallery, etc., please credit the original photographer to make it clear it is not your photograph; something like "Photo taken by xxxxxx over at Mu-43.com" should suffice.

    Entrants are strongly encouraged to post the settings and techniques used for their entry, however this is not a requirement for entry.

    As we all know, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. We may not all agree with the chosen winners, but the judges decision is final without adverse comment from the Entrants; the judge is encouraged (but not required) to state what criteria he used to decide on a winner.

    To make sure we don't break any Mu-43 rules/regulations, by participating in the PP Challenge you are allowing the judge to re-post your image for the sole purpose of announcing the winners in the thread

    E-M5    LUMIX G 14/F2.5    14mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 200

    Sandymouth beach, cornwall. UK

    LINK TO LARGE FILE http://1drv.ms/1yv1jcF
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  2. previz

    previz Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 8, 2011

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  3. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  4. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  5. p33417546-5.
    E-M5    ---    14mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 200
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  6. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    I shudder to think about the high quality of PP that would have been done to this image by the seasoned contributors to this thread (especially the light coming through the clouds) if the raw file had been posted. Having said that, the jpeg posted is pretty good.

    Reduced exposure added density/ structure to the skyline, increased reds, oranges, yellows.

    E-M5    LUMIX G 14/F2.5    14mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 200
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  7. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Would have loved the Raw, best I could do with the Jpg.
    All in PS6.
    Multiple layers to deal with the sky and ocean seperately, lots of colour balancing and adjusting with warming filter on sky and cooling filter on ocean layers
    Crop was freeform and done to nearly be by rule of thirds for the sky. The wide panoramic view suits it i think.
    After blending layers, lifted the shadows on the rocks.


    16307268202_ea04428ab5_b. MU43 - PPC146 by aussiephil1960, on Flickr
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  8. NWright

    NWright Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 13, 2014
    I've been playing with a free trial of On One's Software all day - Thanks for the excuse to pump out one more :) 


    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/127775548@N04/16312272375" title="PP Challenge 146 by Nick Wright, on Flickr"> View attachment 404426 "1024" height="488" alt="PP Challenge 146"></a>


    Some general notes:

    In LR 5 I added some filters to draw out the sunbeams in the sky and darkened pretty much everything else. (Plus the typical NR/Vignetting/Contrast)

    On One Perfect Effects 9 was used to add in some tonality and warmth to the overall image.
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  9. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    OT... I think Perfect Effects is pretty underrated. Aside from the slowness, PE8 is probably my favorite tool overall.

  10. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    These will be my final entries. The first will replace my original submission, as there was an artifact In the upper right corner that has been removed. The second is another take on a simulated painting. Both images are cropped to 16x9.

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  11. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
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  12. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    OK, the 72 hours are up and my vote goes to Aussiephil . his rendition seems to convey the mood at the time of taking. A great effort by all, thanks.
  13. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Thanks Al.

    Curious which of the two you preferred?

    For those that may be interested the second entry is built from three layers.
    Layer to darken and colour the sky to get the dramatic look with a hide all mask with graduated reveal for blending
    Layer to process the sea, the effect use to smooth out the ocean was the oil paint effect in PS6 with attributes that gave it a quasi long exposure look. same hide all mask with graduated reveal.
    The last layer was tweaked to handle the transition of the masked reveals of the other two layers
    All layers then flattened

    I think I saved the PSD PS6 file before flattening if anyone is interested.

    Will get a new challenge up this evening... about 12hrs my time

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