Post processing challenge No. 147

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  1. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Phil
    Post processing challenge No. 147

    OK this one may seem a little strange but let me explain.

    The photo is of my mother and my son, both are extremely hard to get in a photo individually let alone together so this sort of special.

    I did however as you can tell position them very poorly in the excitement so have some crappy background.....

    Over to the masters of PP to work some magic

    _EM76666x1024.

    Raw File : https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28032744/_EM76666.dng

    JPG: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28032744/_EM76666.jpg


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    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.

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  2. SSSYURRR

    SSSYURRR Mu-43 Regular

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    Sergei Yurin
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  3. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  4. This is rather easy using Photoshop:

    - Open photo, minor alterations in ACR if necessary
    - Quick selection tool in order to select background and then INVERT selection
    - Refine edges tool and save to new layer. This gives You the 2 people on a white background
    - HIDE the original layer
    - Open photo that You want as background; duplicate layer (command-J); select-all (command-A) and using the Move tool, drag this photo to the picture of the 2 people
    - Select the layer with the 2 people and drag it uppermost.


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  5. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dave
    I liked making this into a "head and shoulders" portrait. Both faces have great character, that I think is better revealed with the more intimate crop. That being said, I hope your mom and son aren't too upset with my processing. I know the processing has lots of flaws, but I'm going to use the excuse of only being able to process the JPEG file, as I'm away from home(once again) and only have a rudimentary program available to me.

    Color:
    image150.

    B&W:
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    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

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    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

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  10. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Phil
    Bump.

    Great work so far thanks all.

    It's a long weekend here in Australia so if people don't mind i'll extend this for around 18 hours as I will not be around tonight.

    Cheers
    Phil
     
  11. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Cropped, various adjustments to skin, eyes, background etc.

    16359436302_67a453cb9e_b. contest2a by vorlon44, on Flickr
     
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  12. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    I wanted to keep the connection to the location, so I "fixed" the background by extending the fence. Also a slight retouch on the eyes.

    EM76666_copy.
     
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  13. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Lorenzo
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  14. fireblade

    fireblade Mu-43 Regular

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    over here sharing some wine :smile:

     
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  15. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Phil
    OK - thanks everyone, this is closed, all are great and very close.... this is causing me to think hard......

    I'll come back to you all soon
     
  16. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Phil
    This was tough and i did debate this but i keep coming back to one as my choice.

    1st - Congrats to Zeus1, i really did like the what you did and the explanation has taught me something new as well. This is a print i would gladly hand over to both people.

    2nd - Conrad, congrats, it was a tough call as that fence extension was subtle enough that I had to check twice.

    To everyone else I can honestly say I liked all the efforts and have learnt many things.

    Over to Zeus1

    Cheers
    Phil
     
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