Post Processing Challenge No. 182

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by tyrphoto, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Haven't seen a portrait challenge for awhile, so here it is.

    This is a candid shot from a friend's wedding over a year ago, shot on my Canon 5D Mk.II. I kept my ISO at 6400 because of the varied lighting and from my experience shooting the 5D Mk.II for a number of years, the grain from ISO 6400 cleans up nicely in post.

    Let's see what we can get from this shot.

    CANON 5D MK.II, 99MM, F4, 1/500, ISO 6400


    Contest will close Wednesday around midnight, South Korea time which is roughly early Wednesday 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.
  2. caspert79

    caspert79 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 4, 2013
    I felt this picture somehow looks better in B&W. Besides that, most important changes are exposure, crop, noise, levels.
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  3. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
    I do not have good tools for reducing chroma noise, so I found this to be a tough challenge.

    edit: I had a bad layer in the stack, so I had to do a little rework.

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2015
  4. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    IMG_4017. I really enjoyed working with this one and learnt another PS6 technique in the process

    ACR to do the original processing and drop the noise out, also played a balance act between the NR and the overall sharpness.
    cropped to 8x10 to remove the distractions top left and right

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  5. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Not a lot of entries on this challenge so I'll skip any runner ups and just pick the winner.

    The winner is AussiePhil. It's the cleanest image while retaining good detail.
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  6. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Thanks Tyrphoto, my whole aim was to clean it up and to try and get that super smooth look you often see with wedding photos

    Un-usually small entry set.

    Sorry not checking in so much will get a new challenge up in the next 24 hours
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