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Post-Processing Challenge No. 166

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by WhidbeyLVR, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

    603
    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    Here is an available light photo which is... umm... problematic. The dynamic range is saturating on both ends, the color (in RAW) is funky green, and the composition is... well, it is what it is.

    PC292068small.

    For the benefit of those working from the JPEG in this challenge, I pre-processed the JPEG from RAW to retain additional color and dynamic range, so you at least have a fighting chance. I am not suggesting that these are the "proper" colors or exposure. Those of you working from the RAW file are going to see that the image actually looks like THIS:

    PC292068raw.

    Follow the link to a page where the file can be downloaded:

    JPG: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-LDJOgT2DpKME9vNGNVclVZdXc&authuser=0
    RAW: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-LDJOgT2DpKUVBqWmdieldFOGs&authuser=0

    Challenge will close on Thursday, April 16th at 8:00PM Seattle time.

    Enjoy!
    - Lyle

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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. "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: Apr 13, 2015
  2. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

  3. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

  4. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran

    633
    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    siftu
    I also went for the vertical crop. Basic editing in LR5, targeted editing in Viveza 2, light rays in gimp.

    CjTV7PR.
     
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  5. Youngjun

    Youngjun Mu-43 Regular

    156
    Feb 24, 2015
    USA
    Youngjun
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  6. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    317
    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    John
    Photoshop to grab ends of dynamic range, Aperture, NIK Define and Color Effex Pro

    C166No1.
     
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  7. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  8. DaninFLA

    DaninFLA Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Apr 2, 2015
    Dan
    edit1-292068. this one was a bit challenging. didn't really know where to go with it:
     
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  9. Youngjun

    Youngjun Mu-43 Regular

    156
    Feb 24, 2015
    USA
    Youngjun
    Looks perfect for a jigsaw puzzle image!
     
  10. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    775
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
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  11. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    775
    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Phil
    and something different, the image is begging to be cropped to the little boy who is fascinated with the view
    16958693338_c95de5f6c6_h. PC292068v by aussiephil1960, on Flickr
     
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  12. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    This one took a bit of time trying to come up with something that was pleasing, at least to my eye.

    Used Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure with Kodachrome 25 film emulation. Crop, exposure, contrast, color adjustments, straightening, border, sharpening, noise reduction, etc... etc... etc... LOL.

    #1 (Color):



    For the B&W version, took the above image and ran it thru Alien Skin Exposure's Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film emulation.

    #2 (B&W):

     
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  13. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

    603
    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Lyle
    Yeah, the source material is admittedly challenging. I love the range of approaches folks are taking on this!
     
  14. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    658
    Dec 13, 2013
    États-Unis
    Dave
    "the image is begging to be cropped to the little boy who is fascinated with the view" - AussiePhil

    I agree! The crop should accentuate the little boy and where he's looking.

    Thanks Lyle, for trying to accommodate us JPEG'ers. I hope to be able to process RAW files soon.

    image.
     
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  15. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    This is a difficult image to work with. I made lots of changes on color, levels, contrast, noise, sharpening, saturation. I tried to use some symmetry to oppose the brightness of the boy and top right with the dark group on the right and top left seaweed. I also tried to mask the girl looking up, it seemed distracting to me.

    17148804285_5e59b16069_b.
     
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  16. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    658
    Dec 13, 2013
    États-Unis
    Dave
    Here's another take:
    image.
     
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  17. Conrad

    Conrad Mu-43 Veteran

    That was some freaky light, but the dynamic range of the camera was actually not exceeded. I assumed that the fish were blue... (and cloned out the odd orange one).


    PC292068 copy.
     
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  18. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
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  19. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  20. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    789
    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Richard
    challenge166.
    Struggled with this one, and gave up with a photo-real approach. Paint.net
     
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