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Post Processing Challenge No. 158

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by TNcasual, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    I took this picture of a mockingbird about a month ago. I never got around to doing anything with it. I think it is a good example of the IQ that comes out of the "cheap" 40-150R, but could use a little help.

    So it is up to you to make it really sing.

    16196749713_8ec047a96b_c.

    Like before, I only take jpegs so here is the link to the full version on Flickr.

    Good luck!

    Contest will close Tuesday evening, EST.
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    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.


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    Entrants:

    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.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2015
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  2. previz

    previz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 8, 2011
    Slovenia
    Peter
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  3. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
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  4. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    789
    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Richard
    Tonal adjustments, slight contrast adjustments, and warmed up in DXO 10. Slight rotate, crop and clone out of plant on left in PSE:

    challenge_158_1.
     
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  5. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    785
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Entry one:

    Crop and colour corrections and a very subtle perspective shift
    PPC158-1.

    And now for the Alfred Hitchcock version:
    Entry two

    PPC158-2.
     
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  6. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  7. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    789
    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Richard
    challenge_158_2. Second entry - played around with paint.net :
     
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  8. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    I'll make my decision today. There is still time for more entries!

    All of the ones currently posted have been great.
     
  9. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    I guess I will go ahead and make my decision. There are lots of good options.

    Second Runner Up - Protapic. I am usually not a fan of the monotone plus color highlight look. But yours works well. Maybe its because mockingbirds are already monotone. Well done!

    First Runner up - Aussiephil. Your first edit was nearly perfect. It was exactly what I was looking for. If I ever get around to PP this image, I will definitely go for this look. But...

    Winner - ManoKent! I was really looking for the best, most realistic edit as possible. Your second edit made the image more artistic. It really stood out and made a photo-record image into something more. Very nice! Thank You!

    Congrats! ManoKent its on to you.
     
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  10. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    183
    May 8, 2012
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  11. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    785
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    congrats to ManofKent, looking forward to the next challenge
     
  12. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    789
    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Richard
    Thanks - I shall get something up within the next 24hrs