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Post Processing Challenge No 160

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by kevinparis, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Hopefully this shot will offer some interesting opportunities. Shot was taken in Northern California last year - E-M1 with 25/1.4

    P8150354 - Version 2.

    JPEG file here

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/midskteskpgzluf/P8150354 - Version 2.jpg?dl=0

    RAW here


    good luck

    Look forward to seeing what you come up with


    Contest will close Tuesday Morning, CET or Belgium time

    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.
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  2. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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  3. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
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  4. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Great image to play with - took this one fairly far...

    In DXO Optics Pro: slight tonal adjustments, heavily upped contrast and micro-contrast, dropped saturation heavily and upped vibrancy, slight colour curve separations. In DXO Viewpoint: slight perspective adjustment. In DXO Filmpack: Applied cross-processed Kodak Elite (film and grain). In PSE: darkened right-hand car, used a blur brush on background, and finally cropped and re-sized.

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  5. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    I went for the detail and color of the shiny bike, while understating the background but not losing it. Lots of burning, local desaturation, color temperature shifts etc.

    P8150354 copy.
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  6. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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  7. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
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  8. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    great stuff so far... keep the entries coming

  9. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Being a Triumph Rider........ :) 

    For entry one I really wanted to highlight the bike, place it in the old style yellow street lighting whilst making the bike pop and decreasing the background by adding some crazy vignetting.

    16696149927_870812c917_b. Mu43 PPC160 photo by KevinParis by aussiephil1960, on Flickr
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  10. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Entry Two

    Perspective shift to straighten the trees and building lines, also to make the sign look like it's facing the camera. desaturation whilst increasing the vibrance, heavy sharpening to pop the bike.
    In ACR we did some heavy noise reduction whilst trying to hold the detail on the bike. Also in ACR there are 4 grad filters to balance the exposure in front of the bike with the sky and general background

    16878962676_0ee9686934_b. Mu43-PPC160-photo by kevinparis by aussiephil1960, on Flickr

    PS: both images are based on the same Raw conversion
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  11. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Very quick edits here, one to try and bring out some colour to reflect what I can only imagine the bike would look like via Lightroom which I cropped to 16:9 to focus on just the bike. Main edits were to exposure and saturation on specific colours as well as sharpening and noise. No vignetting. In the second b&w effort (again, Lightroom), I tried to bring some sort of atmosphere to the street, so no cropping. Upped the exposure and shadows and again, noise reduction, a lot.

    P8150354-Edit.JPG P8150354-Edit-2.JPG
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  12. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Went for an old, grainy color film look. .. something that might have gotten pushed a bit, possibly.
    2015-03-23 10.34.44 1.
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  13. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    The competition is tough on this one...
    I did some repairs on the foreground (those oil stains were just too distracting), and cropped to emphasize the bike, and increased contrast and sharpness to bring out the chrome, blurred the background some, and obviously converted to black and white

    View attachment 413366 ChallengeBike2 (1) by protapic, on Flickr
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  14. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    OK... closing this one up... off to do the judging...reults soon

    Thanks to everybody who entered

  15. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    As always this is hard to judge.. almost every entry had something element I liked. But decisions have to be made

    Honorable mentions to Conrad, Vorlon and Protapic

    3rd place goes to Tyrphoto

    2nd place goes to Bigboysdad (2nd entry)

    And the winner is Aussiephil and his second entry

    so congrats Phil - look forward to the next challenge

    Thanks again to every one

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  16. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Hey Thanks Kevin,

    I personally preferred the first entry but was bugged by the top right corner that I never got right.

    I'll have a new entry up in the next 12 hours

    If anyone reads this I have a question for the regulars.... I have an image in mind to use but it dates from my 4/3rds days rather than m43.... thoughts on using a 4/3's image?

  17. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium

    I see no problem with using a 4/3 image - actually I see no problem with using any image - the point of the challenge is in developing ones PP skills

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