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Post Processing Challenge No 161

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by AussiePhil, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    787
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Here is number 161, this one is a little different due to lack of objections i have dug back into the archives. The image was shot with an E300 and one of the kit lens so we are still firmly in the Olympus family.
    At first glance this looks a boring image but I have processed this a few times over the years and had it printed as large as A2 with a lot of people liking it.
    This was taken somewhere around Lightning Ridge NSW if anyone wants to look at a map.

    Have fun with it:
    _C293369x1024.

    JPG: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28032744/_C293369.jpg

    and as I convert all to DNG
    DNG(raw): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28032744/_C293369.dng

    It's 11PM Wednesday now so we will close 11PM Saturday Night Australian

    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. "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.
     
  2. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Cropped and removed power poles, brought up exposure and saturation, added contrast in the trees.
    16926381752_ab7bc744f0_b. aus

    Quick question: Is asphalt in this part of Australia really that red/pink?
     
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  3. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    183
    May 8, 2012
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  4. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    787
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Hi mate,
    Yeah it can be, the surrounding earth/soil/dust is a red/ochre colour and the asphalt gets infused and coloured with the dust, you tend not to notice it much when driving on it unless you cross a patched/new section, but it can show up in photos.
    Cheers
     
  5. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  6. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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  7. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

    _C293369.

    Slightly different crop so that left line ends in the corner. After I did that, I noticed that someone earlier had done the same!

    This image makes me wonder what's beyond the trees around the bend.

    Brian
     
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  8. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Thanks. I have been to places in the US where the asphalt is orange/red. That is the color of the local aggregate used in the mix. This pink/red color surprised me. I like it.
     
  9. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
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  10. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    787
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    Hi JYC....
    I'm curious about the angled cropping and the thought behind it, I know what it reminds me of.
     
  11. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    Hi Phil first apologise for my English.

    I think such angle must remind us of something, combined with the classic road scene. I understand that you must have put a gradual filter to darken the sky, however I tried to bring it back a little as I wanted that to not attract too much attention; the road, the angle are what make the picture in my opinion.

    And I probably wouldn't thought of trying so aggressively on my own photo, the PP challenge opens up unlimited possibilities.
     
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  12. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

    What happens in the Challenge, stays in the Challenge.

    Brian
     
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  13. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    B&W but dodging & burning in an attempt to try and separate the tones of the road, grass and sky. No sharpening, but slight noise reduction. All this done with the intention of focusing on the impact on the whole image at the cost of detail to certain parts of it. Cropped to 16:9.

    C293369-Edit.JPG
     
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  14. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    Color


    B&W
     
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  15. Color interpretation: _C293369.

    BW version:

    _C293369BW.
     
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  16. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

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  17. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    That's fantastic Conrad
     
  18. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    317
    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
    Well, since we are going down that road.....a couple a different views....

    C161 1 by protapic, on Flickr


    and an off-world look:

    C161 2 by protapic, on Flickr
     
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  19. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    317
    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
    reminds me of riding a motorcycle and making the turn.... neat crop!
     
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  20. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    789
    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Richard
    DXO wouldn't open the DNG for me so a couple of very quick attempts in Perfect Effects 9 with PSE for cropping and resizing:

    based on Grunge preset with added saturation:

    ROAD1.

    and based on tilt view preset, with a bit of contrast, brightness and saturation adjustment:

    ROAD2.
     
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