Post Processing Challenge No. 203

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by vorlon1, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    May 8, 2012
    Thought I'd try something different for the challenge, a portrait. This is a young lady graduating from nursing school taken with an OMD-EM5 and a Sigma 30mm lens. Feel free to edit in any way you like, the image is unedited, right from the camera.

    [​IMG]nurcontest by vorlon44, on Flickr
    Contest will close 10PM Thursday Eastern Time US.

    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. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
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    not real good with portraits, so here's attempt number one

  3. xilef1704

    xilef1704 New to Mu-43

    Oct 5, 2015
    First attempt at a bit of creativity with a portrait..
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  4. Scotsman

    Scotsman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
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    Nice first post, xilef. Welcome to the forum!
  5. EdH

    EdH Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 14, 2014
    Devon, UK
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    Cleaned up and softened the skin (and background) a bit in Photoshop


    For the b&w, I used a the Bright & Airy preset in Tonality. Back into PS for cooling blue filter.

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  6. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
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    well, my copy of Lightroom does not work on my laptop for some reason, and all attempts to fix it have failed so far, so I googled and found for some free photo editing on the jpeg......

  7. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
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    and here's another random site I discovered,, and using their comic conversion

  8. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  9. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  10. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN

    All ready for an advertisement.
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  11. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Used my normal workflow of LR6 and Alien Skin Exposure 7.

    In LR... crop, slight WB adjustment, exposure adjustment, tone curve adjustment, applied a radial filter, softened the skin, whitened the teeth, enhanced the eyes, slight dodging in the hair, sharpening and very slight noise reduction.

    In Alien Skin Exposure... applied Fujifilm Astia preset for the color image with minor adjustments to the color channels. For the monochrome image, I took the final color image and applied the Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros preset with just a hint of sharpening.


    Last edited: Oct 7, 2015
  12. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 5, 2014

    Tried a new proximity method to find edges and turn them into "brush strokes". Blended with a 4-color silhouette using nested OTSU method.

    Attached Files:

  13. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    May 8, 2012
    Lots of creative efforts so far...
  14. WhidbeyLVR

    WhidbeyLVR Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 14, 2014
    Whidbey Island
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  15. vorlon1

    vorlon1 Mu-43 Regular

    May 8, 2012
    Thanks for everyone's participation. First place goes to protapic for his version edited in Nice job of skin softening and skin tone. I looked at that site and it has some very nice free portrait editing tools. Nice find.

    Second place goes to WidbeyLVR, nice job of adding a bit more light in the eyes.

    Third goes to dbuckle for the studio artist version for creativity and a kind of "cubist" version.

    Honorable mention to TNcasual for the nice blue background, and Xilef1704 for the interesting treatment.
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  16. protapic

    protapic Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
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    Wow thanks! Hard to believe going low tech/low budget paid off. Maybe using the lipstick enhancing brush helped?
    I will get something up soon .