Post Processing Challenge No. 159

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by ManofKent, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    One of those shots that must have appealed at the time, but back at the computer looks dull and uninteresting. Is there an image worth dragging out from this mess?


    Full size jpeg:

    Contest will close Friday night, GMT.

    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" 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.
  2. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Nice pic - it has touch of gloaming to it.

    Both processed in Film DxO - first black & white with grain and contrast pumped up a bit and a simulated filter to bring out more detail, the second is a square crop and a Fuji film process.


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  3. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Nothing wrong with that image ManofKent. I really like that DxO film pack as well.
  4. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  5. previz

    previz Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 8, 2011
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  6. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    A bunch of stuff in Aperture and Aperture only.... Really just an experiment - wouldn't hold up to close scrutiny !!!!

    Square Crop
    Black and White Conversion
    Color Monochrome
    2 Masked Curves brushed in to adjust foreground and background seperately
    Some basic exposure/brightness tweaks
    A lower contrast brushed into the trees
    A colour temperature tweak
    some dodge and burn
    and a slight blur painted into the background
    finished off with a vignette

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  7. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Thanks for the posts so far.

    You lot aren't making judging this easy.

    Keep them coming! :clapping:
  8. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    blue hour version
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2015
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  9. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    May 8, 2012
    Image edited from raw:

    16834613976_82ed99f4dd_b.jpg challenge4a by vorlon44, on Flickr

    HDR made by increasing and decreasing exposure 2 stops and combining with original in Photomatix Pro. Cooler tone and mildly surrealistic look compared to the other edit above.

    16240512233_eec03a9236_b.jpg challengehdr by vorlon44, on Flickr
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  11. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  12. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    A sort of Golden hour version... similar procedures to my B/W conversion above... again Aperture and Aperture only


    challenge159 - Version 3.jpg
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  13. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    You folks have made this contest too tricky to judge...

    I shall sleep on it and make a decision early Saturday morning (GMT).
  14. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Great entries - I like them all.

    Phigmov -nice use of filmpack

    Dbuckle - I particularly like your first entry, very nice B&W conversion.

    Previs - that slightly bleached colour version looks great.

    WhidbeyLVR - the blue hour look works well.

    Vorlon -nice job, I think the first one comes closest to capturing the scene as it was.

    Zeus - you've really brought the detail out nicely.

    Unfortunately there can be only one winner, and for the sense of depth that Kevinparis has added, his second shot wins this one.

    Over to you Kevin...
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  15. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Many thanks Richard - and thanks to all the other entries as well.

    Personally I prefer the monochrome version... but both versions were an interesting exercise in how far you you can push an image using just the tools you find in Aperture (or indeed in Lightroom, Capture 1 or any other major image editing application)

    Onwards to the next challenge which will be up shortly

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