Post Processing Challenge No. 194

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

  1. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    This was from the Fourth of July celebrations that I was invited to last year at the Seoul Grand Hyatt. I got there a little early and saw the pastry chef along with a few of his assistants decorating the Independence Day cake and was able to snap off this shot. I like the image overall but there's a lot of room for improvement with this image, so let's see what can be done to it.

    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1, 25MM, F1.8, 1/60, ISO 200


    Contest will close Sunday around midnight South Korea time which is roughly early Sunday 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. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    LR adjustments (some local) and square crop

  3. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

    P7030014 (4).jpg
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  4. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    thought i posted this yesterday..... oh well
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  6. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    As there were only four entries, I won't bother with naming a runner up.

    The winner for me this time around was AussiePhil who was able to bring out the shadows of the chef while still isolating him by keeping the background dark. I also appreciate the 3x2 crop which allows both of the assistants to frame the chef properly in terms of composition.
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  7. sesser

    sesser Zen Master Subscribing Member

    Mar 10, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Heh... I was just working on one to submit. Guess I'll wait until the next one :)
  8. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Oooops. Sorry. Yesterday was the deadline but I held off another day to allow for more entries, just in case, but didn't get any.

  9. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Hey thanks tyrphoto, wasn't expecting this.... I had originally posted more detail about what i had done, but largely cloned some of the background to black to isolate the chef and the rest of the forground and did try to frame the image as you picked.

    I'll find an image in the next 24hrs, sorry for the delay everyone