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Dec 15, 2013 09:35 |  #1

The game will last 7 days and whoever can produce the best edited image (as judged by me) will be picked and it'll be their turn to post their unedited picture for all of us to take a crack at.

The participants must have their "Image Editing OK" turned on and they must provide at least a simple breakdown of how they edited the image, some entrants are a little vague on this point, please give us all details so we can learn and share tips. For instance if you use the unsharp mask tool or Smart Sharpen, provide us with the adjustments you used so others can try them out.

You can post multiple images, but the first image you post will be the one that is judged - all other images will be considered for knowledge and tip use only. Feel free to comment and/or ask questions at any time. This is a good competition for learning new methods, so let's make it a bit more dynamic. I will be judging edits, not comments. Feel free to comment on the original image as well.

If you happen to be the winner of the game please start the next one with the title of the game and the following number. For example…the next game should read "Before & After #501".

Submissions end, Sunday December 22nd, 2013 at 4:00pm GMT and a winner will be announced.

Here's this week's subject . . .

A shot I took in Napa this past summer. I've played with different crops and adjustments, but never been entirely satisfied with my results. Maybe the collective creativity of POTN can reveal something more interesting.

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Dec 15, 2013 09:51 |  #2

I'll give it a roll. I got the link to the RAW file but for the life of me I can't figure out how to download it.... Here's one from the JPG.

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Lots of steps, but, basically, this is a 'cheat' to try to produce an interesting shot -- Other than the crop, haze cut the trees, adjust color, add an underbrush....

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Dec 15, 2013 10:34 |  #3

IMAGE: http://frenchfx.smugmug.com/photos/i-4tjWXrs/0/L/i-4tjWXrs-L.jpg
Converted to B&W with CS4, added a sepia tint and cropped.

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Dec 15, 2013 14:14 |  #4

Different conversions with DPP, blended together with DPP++.

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Dec 15, 2013 23:03 as a reply to  @ yb98's post |  #5

Nice photo.

My edit was done in LR4

temp 5810
exposure +24
contrast +17
highlights -100
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whites +40
blacks -48
clarity +24
adjust blue and green
sharpen +69
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USM +94 in CS5

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Dec 16, 2013 10:13 |  #6

LR: Adjusted individual color sliders to add more fog to the far distance and to accent the gray shades on the road, square crop


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Dec 16, 2013 15:42 |  #7

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Dec 16, 2013 16:37 |  #8

Loads fun with this.
In Camera Raw changed exposure, white, shadows, blacks, vibrance and clarity. Changed orange and yellow hues under HSL then opened in CS6. Duplicated BG put in multiply mode added layer mask and revealed light on the tractorthen cropped. Painted the light bulbs on own layer and duplicated. Cloned shadows. Added stars on the lights. Used render/lighting effect/spot at 45 degrees to highlight tractor and orangy vines. Smart sharpened to finish.


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Dec 16, 2013 22:55 |  #9

LR- WB and fill light

Photoshop- vibrance, cloned/healed wire lights, crop, sharpen, exposure bump

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Dec 17, 2013 13:24 |  #10

Looks better without the lights......... good idea!


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Dec 19, 2013 13:16 |  #11

Thanks, S. Horton. Great jpg work with your image, man.


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Dec 22, 2013 10:41 |  #12

Thx. Good diversion. Keeps the CS5 skills a bit more current….


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Dec 23, 2013 00:06 as a reply to  @ S.Horton's post |  #13

Thanks to everyone who participated . . . and my apologies for kinda dropping the ball on this thread.

S. Horton's looks a lot like the final edit I landed on; losing the stray bushes in the lower right is an improvement.

Frenchfx, the sepia tone has a nice vintage feel to it, which is consistent with how I was feeling about it when I shot it. Losing the color of the tractor is unfortunate though.

I like the vibrance and the closer crops by yb98 and Colt4570.

T3 Heavy Shop's B&W and unusual crop are intriguing. I need to look at that one a little more to see what catches me on that.

I don't know much about tilt shift, so I can't say much about Krottski's effort. I do like the effect on the tractor though -- looks very toy like.

NigelD gets the award for radical adjustment; it's a totally different picture. The combination of shadows and darkness remind me of older movies shooting night scenes during the day.

But, the winner for me is Dawicka2. Removing the lights and cropping it tighter make it a much cleaner shot -- a real improvement. If I didn't know there were lights removed from the picture, I would never guess.

Again, apologies for my neglect, thanks to all who participated, and congrats to Dawicka2.


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Dec 23, 2013 00:52 |  #14

Great edit, Dawicka. Nicely done.

I really liked T3's B&W version as well.


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Dec 23, 2013 02:30 as a reply to  @ M_Six's post |  #15

Congrats Dawicka2, nice edit.


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