Post Processing Challenge No. 195 - Closed, winner announced

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by AussiePhil, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Well Christmas is coming and the Season of Christmas lights is getting closer, as I'm currently deep in building the light display for this season a photo from xmas 2014 seemed like a good idea.
    This was taken outside my house a couple nights before christmas, the two families that own the old cars generally drop in at the end of their tour around and stay to chat for an hour whilst watching the display.

    Shot with EM1 and 4/3rds 12-60mm using only the light that was available.
    Handheld 1/4s, F3.2, Iso2000 18mm

    Have fun

    Yes that is my display reflected in the front fender of the first car :)



    Contest will close Friday around midnight Australian time.
    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. sesser

    sesser Zen Master Subscribing Member

    Mar 10, 2015
    Portland, OR
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  3. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014
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  4. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Decided to something a bit outside the norm for me. Some split toning and some selective coloring.


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  5. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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  6. rmcnelly

    rmcnelly Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Portsmouth, VA
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  7. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
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  8. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Lots of adjustments (spot, color, clone, etc.) in LR...

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  9. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
    Found it difficult to get something I liked with this one. Ended up mucking around in the PS filter gallery:

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  10. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    some really interesting entries so far.... keep em coming :)

    This is one that is still in my to-do pile as it is quite challenging
  11. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I agree, especially "quite challenging"
  12. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2012
    Cloned out some stuff, cloned in some stuff, other adjustments, small crop at the bottom.

    20484683173_e58f0e1ef6_b.jpg cars2 by vorlon44, on Flickr
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  13. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Ok thanks everyone, gave me some ideas and I'll throw my own version into the cars thread soon.

    Third goes to "sesser", just something appealed, it felt balanced.

    Second goes to "bigbpysdad", that colour is just about spot one from memory, haven't seen the cars for ages but everything else looks right.

    First does go to "protapic", I just love the work done to isolate the cars as the central feature and you showed me the car in the background can be got rid of :)

    Over to protapic for the next round.

    Cheers all
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  14. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Thanks Phil,
    Once I removed that background car (which was first on my fix-it list), I figured I had creative license to remove a whole lot more....the thing I like about these challenges is that they forced me to learn and push my PP skills. Removing the car was actually much easier than removing/diminishing the blue-purple blob behind the main car. I still did not find a good way to do this selectively in LR, giving up and darkening whole second car in the end.
    Will have next one up shortly!
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