Post Processing Challenge No. 175

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by tyrphoto, May 28, 2015.

  1. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    This was taken a few days ago with my X100T. Just playing around with the idea of trying to get the most subject movement as possible while keeping everything else, including the sculpture, background and the sitting couple, in focus handheld.

    I was able to get the shutter speed down to 1/4 second. While not not as sharp as I would prefer, it's somewhat usable at smaller resolutions for web use (up to 1600x1066).

    FUJIFILM X100T, 19MM (28MM EQUIVALENT), F5.6, 1/4, ISO 200


    Contest will close Monday around midnight, South Korea time which is roughly early Monday morning EST (USA).
    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 Lurch 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.
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  2. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Tyrhoto, I had fun playing with the raw file from the Fuji camera, it's certainly different to post processing an m43 file, particularly the different calibrations in LR. Don't know if it's me, but there seems to be more flexibility in what you can edit? Anyway, I'd suggest all the usual regulars to this thread get into this challenge, there could be some great results here. I just tried to focus on the main statue/ artwork in the image and it wasn't hard but what the file produces is good.

    DSCF0258-Edit.JPG DSCF0258-Edit-2.JPG
    Last edited: May 29, 2015
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  3. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Love the gold color....and tried to bring out projected image below the artwork

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  4. sesser

    sesser Zen Master Subscribing Member

    Mar 10, 2015
    Portland, OR
    #1 - Black & White

    #2 - Color
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  5. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
    For me this photo is about the movement of people in a public space, so I didn't want the sculpture to dominate the image, I wanted to try to draw the eye to the people and the background scene overall. So, I reduced the saturation of the sculpture, cloned out the name plate, cropped out some of the right side to move the sculpture off center some, and moved the far right figure closer in, so I wouldn't lose her in the crop. I increased the sharpness and saturation of the people and the background, and I hope what I ended up with was an image that was about people moving through a public space.

    18083791479_ca0721c7ce_b. contest2b by vorlon44, on Flickr
    Last edited: May 30, 2015
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  6. GnedTheGnome

    GnedTheGnome Mu-43 Regular

    Here's my "normal" version:

    18115109309_c247260419_b. Challenge 175 by Jamison Sword, on Flickr

    I brought the focus more onto the couple by cropping and slightly decreasing the saturation and exposure of the area around them. I also brought attention to their relative stillness by increasing the motion blur on the other people just a bit.

    18114395418_5e54f74f41_b. Challenge 175-3 by Jamison Sword, on Flickr

    Edit: Just noticed the 2 picture rule. Removed Artsy rendition. Sorry 'bout that.
    Last edited: May 31, 2015
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  7. aKilter

    aKilter Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2013
    Last edited: May 31, 2015
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  8. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Sheesh. A lot of good entries so far. This is going to be tough decision as it stands right now.
  9. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Thanks for all the entries. To me, this image was about time. About how time moves forward and how time stands still and I wanted to portray that thought in an image. The contrast between the sitting couple and the background busses perfectly still while the passersby are in motion.

    3rd Place: bigboysdad: I like the rich hued, deeply saturated, yet underexposed and contrasty nature of both images. Gives the image a completely different feel.
    2nd Place: GnedTheGnome: I'm also a fan of desaturated or muted images and I think you did a great job of separating the sitting couple from the rest of the world and it conveys the feeling that the couple is lost in time in their own little world.
    1st Place: vorlon1: I'm not the biggest fan of manipulating images to the point of moving things around but in this case it works. I do like that you brought the figures on the right inwards to avoid cropping them and you've captured the feeling of movement quite well.

    So with that vorlon1 hosts the next challenge.
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  10. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
    Thank you for your evaluation. I will have the new one up shortly.
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