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Here's something a little different.

First a stack of 40 ORF files, converted to Jpeg for posting.
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And after coaxing, cajoling, stretching and manipulating, here is my interpretation,
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Sometimes monochrome can be so much more dramatic.

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Here's another one of mine. I finally can get back to editing now that my ailing old MacBook has been replaced with a shiny new monster of a MBP and LR doesn't die on me anymore.

Here's what I started out with originally. The image was taken on our hike at Tre Cime in the Italian Dolomites. We had everything set up to shoot the famous mountain range at sunset, as it would be illuminated perfectly. The range in this photo would *not* be illuminated by the setting sun because ... there were other mountains in the way.
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You can see that the very tips of the mountain range are still lit, but I was losing all the sun on these rock-faces. Add to that that my main camera set up was about 200m away from me behind a slope and I was constantly racing back and forth (uphill, mind you!) to make sure I wasn't wasting any opportunities.

Long story short, I didn't get the great light I *wanted*, but hey: that's what creative image editing is for, right? :D This is what I exported from LR for further editing in Affinity. I gave the mountain tops a bit of a glow and tint to reflect the sunset (time of day).
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In Affinity, I used quite a few layers to increase contrast, tweak the colors, the full works. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of completely changing an image but like to stay at least in the ballpark of what I saw, but I'd never have gotten this view with this light and color at this time of year. Maybe there are other times when the light is just right. I'll have to go back ... once we can all safely travel again. For the layer-afficianados amongst you, here's my set up in Affinity.
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And finally, here's what I ended up with:
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A bit of a rainy day prompted me to edit an older image of mine.
Intentionally overexposed hoping it would work well in Photoshop.

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Several layers of different tones (dark, cold for background) a hint of HDR for the bike and then warmed up, blended and masked.
It's a technique that I have seen done by an Austrian photographer where he takes ordinary images and boring locations to then edit them into magic creations.
I have a long way to go but I like the idea...
Shot on E-P5 with a refitted lens harvested from a 1/2 frame Olymus Pen EED: 32mm f1.7

Red Dog at the fence by gnarlydog, on Flickr
 
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Light conditions were too contrasty for decent images of my buddy's motorcycle.
I had to make do with a full shade shot but background was too bright.

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A bit of editing changes the mood and look completely.
I did not use a single global filter or slider because that effects the whole image, but I built it in layers masking out the areas where I didn't want the treatment to appear.
About 20 layers later...

50128011857_080a5c9d66_b.jpg Drew on Duke390_4b_JX180044 by gnarlydog, on Flickr
 
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Light conditions were too contrasty for decent images of my buddy's motorcycle.
I had to make do with a full shade shot but background was too bright.

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A bit of editing changes the mood and look completely.
I did not use a single global filter or slider because that effects the whole image, but I built it in layers masking out the areas where I didn't want the treatment to appear.
About 20 layers later...

View attachment 836114Drew on Duke390_4b_JX180044 by gnarlydog, on Flickr
Nice! Very natural look.
 

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Nice! Very natural look.
well, yes and no
If one doesn't see the original it could be believable, but then if you do a comparison and it looks odd.
My intent was not to crate "fidelity" of what the camera lacks to capture (you know dynamic range and all that) but more of a different "story" than reality without needing to be pure fantasy
 

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well, yes and no
If one doesn't see the original it could be believable, but then if you do a comparison and it looks odd.
My intent was not to crate "fidelity" of what the camera lacks to capture (you know dynamic range and all that) but more of a different "story" than reality without needing to be pure fantasy
And you’ve achieved that. By natural look I meant it doesn’t have that over processed or fake look. I could easily believe it was a SOOC shot on a different time of day when the sunny and shady patches just happened to fall in different places. So on that basis I think you’ve done a great job. 👍
 
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For @ektar the before and after shots of the yacht:

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The post processing was done on Photoshop Elements 2020 and the Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2 add on. I chose the Fine Art High Key template and then used tone number 6 (Selenium tone), added the number 13 border and then used the Red filter to darken the sky slightly.
 

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well, yes and no
If one doesn't see the original it could be believable, but then if you do a comparison and it looks odd.
My intent was not to crate "fidelity" of what the camera lacks to capture (you know dynamic range and all that) but more of a different "story" than reality without needing to be pure fantasy
It looks believable. Your efforts make the rider and bike pop, nice detail and the background doesn't grab my attention. Don't worry about the original V. processed, remember, no one has to see the original but you. I was watching a video on processing several years ago and the guy had an interesting bit of advice. If you're unsure, get it where you think it should be then walk away for 24 hours. When you return, don't open the original, just the processed. How does it hit you? Looking at it after a break and without a refreshed look at the original lets you evaluate it on its own merits. Not something for every photo you process, but if it's something you want to keep//print/sell etc., it makes sense.
 

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It looks believable. Your efforts make the rider and bike pop, nice detail and the background doesn't grab my attention. Don't worry about the original V. processed, remember, no one has to see the original but you. I was watching a video on processing several years ago and the guy had an interesting bit of advice. If you're unsure, get it where you think it should be then walk away for 24 hours. When you return, don't open the original, just the processed. How does it hit you? Looking at it after a break and without a refreshed look at the original lets you evaluate it on its own merits. Not something for every photo you process, but if it's something you want to keep//print/sell etc., it makes sense.
While I am not a purist nor a photojournalist (where editing is frowned upon) but I still like to maintain a certain look that doesn't reek of cheap overcooked editing. I have a long way to go to achieve the level of my inspiration. Watch the very short edit video of one of his works http://lightrider.at/portfolio/lightpainting-motorrad-fotoshooting-kawasaki-z900/
 
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While I am not a purist nor a photojournalist (where editing is frowned upon) but I still like to maintain a certain look that doesn't reek of cheap overcooked editing. I have a long way to go to achieve the level of my inspiration. Watch the very short edit video of one of his works http://lightrider.at/portfolio/lightpainting-motorrad-fotoshooting-kawasaki-z900/
Interesting. It'd be fun to be able to achieve that look, but it's not something I'd want to use a lot. The finished result looks more like a David Mann painting than a photograph.
 

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For @ektar the before and after shots of the yacht:

The post processing was done on Photoshop Elements 2020 and the Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2 add on. I chose the Fine Art High Key template and then used tone number 6 (Selenium tone), added the number 13 border and then used the Red filter to darken the sky slightly.
That is really cool. I find that the "Tri-X Mode" B&W setting on the Pen-F sheds too much detail. PM-ing you with a question.
 

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Picture is a new Class 68 diesel taken at Kirkham Abbey, near Malton in North Yorkshire UK. The original was taken with my EM-1 mkii and the 12-100mm f4 at ISO500. The upper image is just a resize of the original converted to jpeg. The lower image is processed, a bit, in Affinity photo and subjected to my new copy of Topaz Denoise. Please note I've done no sharpening apart from that applied by Topaz during it's procesing. I'd read good reviews but seeing is believing. I'm pretty happy!
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I was not too impress by the light I had available to me: in the middle of the day it was too harsh.
I took some images anyway hoping I could get lucky with post-production.
I used an adapted C-mount lens: Canon TV-16 50mm f1.4 and "aperture bracketed" a few. I wanted subject isolation but at wide open is a bit glowy


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I stacked a stopped down frame over the above one taken at f2.8. Masked the background.
Over several layers I toned the image to bring the motorcycle forward, de-saturated the background, subtle HDR on the mechanical bits, light painted some small spots.
The goal was to create a surreal scene, almost night shot, nothing like when I took the image :)

50178343958_efb8121028_h.jpg Scenic Rim_3 by gnarlydog, on Flickr
 
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Okay. Discussion welcome. The image was shot with an OM-Mount Vivitar 19mm f3.8 @ f8.0. It was not a particularly pretty morning, but I thought that the original image was extra flat. The light was a little adverse, coming somewhat from the right.

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I knew there was nothing to do with it in color. The next image was processed through Luminar 4 first, with the sky enhancement, then through Silver Efex Pro. There's a sharpening step in there that I think created the weirdness in the tree to the right. Also the yellow filter sort of over-emphasized the contrast and the sky. I have no idea why it also jagged the lines in the door. The film emulation was either Plus-X 125 or some flavor of Fuji ISO 125.

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I looked at the original image again, and there was some CA in the highlights that may have created the "crunchy" look in that tree. I toned that down, eliminated the sharpening step, the yellow filter and the specific film emulation. The sky effect in Luminar 4 came out a little different as well.

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Okay. Discussion welcome. The image was shot with an OM-Mount Vivitar 19mm f3.8 @ f8.0. It was not a particularly pretty morning, but I thought that the original image was extra flat. The light was a little adverse, coming somewhat from the right.

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I knew there was nothing to do with it in color. The next image was processed through Luminar 4 first, with the sky enhancement, then through Silver Efex Pro. There's a sharpening step in there that I think created the weirdness in the tree to the right. Also the yellow filter sort of over-emphasized the contrast and the sky. I have no idea why it also jagged the lines in the door. The film emulation was either Plus-X 125 or some flavor of Fuji ISO 125.

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I looked at the original image again, and there was some CA in the highlights that may have created the "crunchy" look in that tree. I toned that down, eliminated the sharpening step, the yellow filter and the specific film emulation. The sky effect in Luminar 4 came out a little different as well.

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I am glad it was not just me that thought that your first attempt at editing it in monochrome was kind of.... overcooked. Scaling it back looks much better to me
 

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Yes. In that second photo the tree is screaming for help. I've done that trying to pull something out of a flat image and not noticed it until later. The second effort is much better.

Just as a side note, how would it look cropped so the lower roofed part of the building was chopped short, just letting it trail off and left to the viewer's imagination? You'd have to do it before the roof runs out or the effect would be gone. The reason I ask is that the garage part is very interesting, the other end of the building just kind of waters it down for me.
 

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For @ektar the before and after shots of the yacht:

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And after:

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The post processing was done on Photoshop Elements 2020 and the Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2 add on. I chose the Fine Art High Key template and then used tone number 6 (Selenium tone), added the number 13 border and then used the Red filter to darken the sky slightly.
I was expecting to see it floating on the incoming tide.
 
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Okay. Discussion welcome. The image was shot with an OM-Mount Vivitar 19mm f3.8 @ f8.0. It was not a particularly pretty morning, but I thought that the original image was extra flat. The light was a little adverse, coming somewhat from the right.

View attachment 839388

I knew there was nothing to do with it in color. The next image was processed through Luminar 4 first, with the sky enhancement, then through Silver Efex Pro. There's a sharpening step in there that I think created the weirdness in the tree to the right. Also the yellow filter sort of over-emphasized the contrast and the sky. I have no idea why it also jagged the lines in the door. The film emulation was either Plus-X 125 or some flavor of Fuji ISO 125.

View attachment 839389

I looked at the original image again, and there was some CA in the highlights that may have created the "crunchy" look in that tree. I toned that down, eliminated the sharpening step, the yellow filter and the specific film emulation. The sky effect in Luminar 4 came out a little different as well.

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Vote for second edit. Clouds and sky look so much better. In the first one sky was too HDR-ish while the trees washed out in contrast. Second edit seems more balanced, also reduced contrast on the garage is great too.
 
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