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Post-Processing Challenge No 167

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by dbuckle, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    This is an early morning view from my backyard.
    6969166791_a87ceebde5_h. March Dawn by dbuckle2695, on Flickr

    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.


    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 19, 2015
  2. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Took awhile to think of an interesting crop for this. Once I got the crop that I wanted, changes made to white balance, exposure, highlight, shadows, saturation, color balance, slight leveling, added glow, added clouds to make the sky a bit more dramatic, sharpening and noise reduction.

    For the B&W image, used Alien Skin Exposure on the color image.

    #1: Color

    View attachment 417204

    #2: Monochrome

    View attachment 417205
    Last edited: May 10, 2015
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  3. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014
    Had a hard time choosing between the two images I played with.

    Here is the first one

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  4. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014
    and here is the 2nd

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  5. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    I like the direction this challenge is taking.

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  6. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    Your backyard pond at sunrise
    March Dawn B.
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  7. yorik

    yorik Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2013
    Scotts Valley, CA
    I went for B&W and some `aging'.

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  8. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    Stock image of birds (a mix of pacific and ... generic seagulls, it was whatever was at the beach :smile: ) over the top of LAB colour edit, various usage of cloning/dodging/burning/colour filter packs/etc.
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  9. Youngjun

    Youngjun Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2015
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  10. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    I've tried to get that cold crisp morning look and feel to the image.

    1. with a 16x9 crop
    E-PL1    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/200s    ISO 200

    2. essentially the same with some oil painting applied
    E-PL1    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/200s    ISO 200
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  11. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    First attempt, many rounds NIK tools...

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  12. Duncan

    Duncan Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 31, 2013
    Used Lightroom to crop to 5x7 ratio to eliminate the left side and some of the foreground in the photo. Used graduated filters to green-up the grass and make the sky bluer. Used a radial filter to enhance the yellow color of the sun. Played a lot with highlights, shadows, exposure, saturation, clarity, etc. Finally, added a slight vignette.
    No 167 Post-2.
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  13. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    Struggled with this one.. Mainly used lightroom and was playing around with the sky gradients. Added some light on the ground and shadows to the posts. Split tone, vignette and crop. Added the lens flare in gimp.

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
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  14. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    Pretty bizarre, but I had fun with it:

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  15. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
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  16. DaninFLA

    DaninFLA Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 2, 2015
    moonrise :) 
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  17. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    There were some amazing artistic examples. Good work by all. I decided on Siftu's image with the sun flares as the winner. I just really liked it.
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  18. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    Thanks dbuckle and everyone else who submitted. I really liked the bird idea by eteless. I'll post the next image up shortly.
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  19. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
  20. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I think my favorite was the black and white conversion by Yorik, but I'm a sucker for a bit of lovely grain.
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