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Before and After - The Weekly Editing Challenge

 
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Jul 25, 2015 13:43 |  #46

After seeing what everyone else was coming up with, I was hesitant to get into this one. So, I didn't look at it for a few days and then took a stab at it this morning.

I was essentially just floundering and experimenting; started off by opening the three images as Photoshop layers and then aligning them. I wish now that I had done some of the adjustments in Camera Raw before starting, but I really didn't have any idea where I was heading with this. Anyway, I just goofed around with masking, blend modes, and adjustment layers, trying to bring out the foreground and some colors, but without losing the blown out sun and mist.

There's so much that could be done here and it's hard for me to resist starting over with more of a plan. I would love to have a Photoshop course based on this one image.

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Jul 26, 2015 12:48 |  #47

Round 3 Wrap-Up

Wow, I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the great edits. It was very hard deciding which submission would get the win. One thing that was a bit disappointing is that nobody attempted to add any clouds to the sky. I was playing around myself with this set and can post what that looks like, if there's any interest. But here's my wrap-up and decision. Understand that all comments are purely subjective and you all did fine work.

First, the original image and challenge

bumpintheroad wrote in post #17636879 (external link)
If it is okay with everyone I'd like to do something a little different. I like the misty look of this sunrise scene but obviously in this SOOC image the sky is a bit bright and the foreground very dark. And the sky lacks drama. There's also some sensor dust visible. I shot three bracketed exposures, you can choose to work with one or HDR whichever you think work best. Here is the middle exposure:

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The files are here: https://www.dropbox.co​m …WnMfoCkIJE83HI-MJFTa?dl=0 (external link).

Galix wrote in post #17637075 (external link)
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On one hand I like the crop, but on the other it seems to me it leaves too much empty sky. I'd have liked to see more recovery in the shadows.

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Very nice. I like how the glow of the Sun's been emphasized and recovery of the shadow detail. The only thing that bothers me is all the foreground vegetation looks snowy. Admittedly it was early morning and everything was covered with dew.

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I think I know where you were going with this edit but it's bit overdone for my taste. The orange highlights are a unique touch, but the sky has gone brown, at least on my monitor calibration.

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Very nice! It's a bit too "crunchy," maybe cutting a bit down on the contrast and detail enhancement. But the thing that put me off was the glow around the edges. I don't use DPP so I don't know how to reduce that effect.

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I really like this edit. Good job at recovering the foliage without completely blowing-out the Sun. If anything, I think it should be just a tad darker. But I really like this one.

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At first I didn't like the crop. Then the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Now I want to go back and shoot from further to the left so the Sun is closer to the trees. I do wish there was a bit more detail in the shadow though.

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Wow! An impressive amount of work and it shows. I'd like to see this larger but for some reason I can't open it on Flickr.

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IMHO, this is the perfect exposure adjustment except that the sun and surrounding sky is blown-out.

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Very nice job for "not knowing where you were heading." I think you got the foreground exposure just about perfect but I don't like that huge washed-out sky around the sun or the color fringing around the trees on the left (probably due to wind moving the leaves between exposures).

As I said above it's so hard to choose "the best." But choose I must and so this week's challenge goes to Vertigo235:


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Jul 26, 2015 13:07 |  #48

Congratulations vertigo, very worthy winner. Top edit.


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Jul 26, 2015 13:30 |  #49

Congrats Vertigo, great work.


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Jul 26, 2015 13:47 |  #50

Good job Vertigo. And I'm glad I didn't have your edit open as I was doing mine - it would have been very tempting to copy it!

For me, the primary challenge in this edit (not counting my struggling through Photoshop techniques) was interpreting the image. With mist on the ground and shooting straight into the sun, I was tempted to start over and go even blurrier on some of the background and accentuate the blown out sun and lens flares. I guess my thinking is that, in real life, you'd be looking at this scene through squinted eyes.

I recently bought a piece of welder's glass to use as a neutral density filter. This would have been a good scene to experiment with - I wonder what the effect would have been; smoothing of anything that is slightly moving and maybe even more pronounced sun rays?

Anyway, this was a very good selection for this challenge. There was no easy or obvious solution. I tried to get rid of the color fringing on the trees but didn't have much luck.

Edit: I still had this open in Photoshop, so I thought I'd try adding some more lens flare and really emphasize the bright sun. While I was doing that, I found Filter | Render | Difference Clouds. Your idea to add clouds didn't sound good to me at first, but with a little more work, these very slight clouds could be pretty believable. In the future, I'll try to be aware of those cloud filters.

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Jul 26, 2015 13:52 |  #51

Wow! Thanks! I loved all the edits, I feel so special being chosen as the winner.

Here is the link to the original size, I only make my own photos public on Flickr so that's why the link doesn't work above.
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Let me dig through my library and find a good photo for next week, I should be able to put it up later today.


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Jul 26, 2015 16:40 |  #52

Nice one Vertigo235. The pallette looks slick like a glossy print.




  
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Jul 26, 2015 16:45 |  #53

vertigo235 wrote in post #17645091 (external link)
Wow! Thanks! I loved all the edits, I feel so special being chosen as the winner.

Here is the link to the original size, I only make my own photos public on Flickr so that's why the link doesn't work above.
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Let me dig through my library and find a good photo for next week, I should be able to put it up later today.

Thanks for the link. Again, very nice work.

Cacawcacaw, I've found the free video series from Jimmy McIntyre to be a great resource for working with luminosity masks, and his free action panel is a huge timesaver. I'd start out with this video:

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Here is what I actually came up with myself:


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Jul 26, 2015 17:35 as a reply to  @ bumpintheroad's post |  #54

Wow those clouds are really cool!


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Jul 26, 2015 23:10 |  #55

Here ya go guys, see what you can do with this.

Before and After - The Weekly Editing Challenge
...now compiled into a single, easy to locate thread, that can be added to your subscribe/follow list!

Rules are simple:

  • Download the image file from the current week

  • Contestants will have 7 days to edit the image and post their edited version to the thread (1 entry per week)

  • The owner of the original image will choose a winner

  • The winner will copy & paste this post and include a new downloadable image link

    The new image must be unedited / SOOC (straight our of camera), full-resolution, and in a RAW format, ie. CR2, DNG, TIF, etc
    (Dropbox works well for uploading and linking these large files)



The purpose of this game is to be creative and learn new editing techniques. You must give some insight into exactly how you went about editing the image. For example, increased shadows sliders, reduced highlights, local sharpening, white balance adjustment, specific filters used, tone curve adjustments, etc. Comments and/or questions regarding the edits are encouraged.

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Jul 27, 2015 00:46 |  #56

Crop, add color to sky, tweak contrast, highlights, shadows and vibrancy until I'm happy with it.


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Jul 27, 2015 01:53 |  #57

Layered in GIMP several results from LuminanceHDR (Mantiuk06, 08, Fatal overlay, Pattanaik) and tone mapped conversions from Rawtherapee. Final unsharp in GIMP.


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Jul 27, 2015 13:09 |  #58

Highlight/shadow adjustment. Crop, dehaze, slight brush on ships. Saturation/vibrance/vi​gnette


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Jul 29, 2015 08:47 |  #59

All Lightroom. Cropped, couple of grad filter runs, probably too much painting with the brush and the standard levels and vibrancy adjust.


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Jul 30, 2015 00:55 |  #60

Tried my best...this is a tough shot ;-)a


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