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Before and After # 120

 
SilverHCIC
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Oct 18, 2008 21:56 |  #1
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This game is to help those of us who are trying to learn new tricks when it comes to editing.

Here's the breakdown of the game. I will post a picture that I choose, resized to exactly 1024 pixels maximum on the long side. Outside of being resized it has to be unedited...meaning no adjustments to any levels, it has to look like it did as it came out of the camera.

The game will last 48hrs 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.

Also, please keep all comments, be they positive or negative, to yourself until after the game has ended.

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 and After #121".

This is all about having fun so have at it!!!
Any edit, over-the-top creative or subtle, is encouraged!

This game will end on Monday, October 20th at 8:00 pm (PST)

This shot was taken in the midst of the Canadian Rockies - some of the most beautiful terrain on the planet. It was way too cold for my wife & two daughters, so I spent the morning taking pics like this all by myself. It was so peaceful and quiet, all I could hear was my own breathing and the little stream. -- I'm sure one of you can bring this picture to life !!!

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Oct 19, 2008 09:43 |  #2

ACR - White balance correction, added some fill, and adjusted the recovery slider as well
Levels
Copied original to a new layer and painted the sky back in


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Oct 19, 2008 11:22 |  #3

i thought it would look cool in black and white.

i boosted contrast. used gradient tool in LR2 to keep the sky darker, and used it again to lighten up the bottom half of the photo. just used basic desaturation, adjusted balcks, sharpness to my taste.

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Oct 19, 2008 13:04 as a reply to  @ shannyD's post |  #4

I spent most of the time correcting colors - and by correcting I mean changing them to what I'd ideally have seen :D
Most work was done with levels adjustments and masking
Color changes simply via hue adjustments
Burnt some areas with layer on soft light
Used gold and silver to add a little dimension to the snow
Noise ninja on just the sky

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Oct 19, 2008 17:57 |  #5

ok here is my offering. it has quite an xmas feel to it.

cropped the image a little
played with the colours a little
saturated some of the image
brought the colour out of the sky
added lens flare to create some sort of fairy lighs and added some white patches to give the snow effect

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Oct 20, 2008 17:41 |  #6

I worked on this the other day, but didn't have time to upload it. Now I can't remember what I did (other than the obvious). Sorry!

Beautiful place you found there, Silver.

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Oct 20, 2008 19:26 |  #7

maybe a tad late, not sure....
crop
HDR
b\w
dodge burn
HDR again
dodge and burn

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Oct 20, 2008 22:16 as a reply to  @ frenchfx's post |  #8
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Good stuff here !!! Nice job to all:

Monty – Very nice color adjustments. One problem that is very common with snow scenes is that the white balance is shifted to the blue end. You did a nice job fixing that. Furthermore, your lighting adjustment brightened the lake area nicely (… that’s actually a frozen lake !!!).

Shannon – I was glad to see a B/W conversion, because that’s what I originally did with the picture. You also did an excellent job brightening the foreground & frozen lake area. Your edit was pretty close to mine, except I bumped the contrast slightly and did some selective sharpening of the water (to enhance the reflection) and of the ridgelines (to give the image more depth). But otherwise, I kept the same crop and the tonal range was similar to yours. – Nice job.

Justin – Your image is just splendid. The colors are so vibrant!! It had just snowed the night before, and your snow is so white, it looks like it just fell. And the subtle color of the stream makes the water look COOOOLD (I’m guessing it was about 33 degrees).

shaunjoyce – If it was December, I’d have to give this one to you. At first, I thought it went too far with the xmas/holiday theme. But as I kept examining each image, I began to appreciate the softness you gave to this picture. It seems rather dreamy, and makes me look forward to the holidays!! Very creative edit.

Suzy – Cracks me up that you don’t remember what you did “(other than the obvious)”!!! – Well, one thing that’s obvious – you melted the frozen lake a couple months earlier than normal with the extension of the stream !!! You did an awesome job with that. Adding the reflection of the mountain in the extended portion of the stream was a nice touch!! – You’re the Queen!!

Richard – Another fantastic B/W conversion from you. Gorgeous. BTW, by switching to a landscape crop rather than portrait orientation, your image has a completely different “feel” than the original image, which is quite nice. What do you use for HDR?? (Photomatix? CS3? Other?)

OK, after one final look at all the edits, I narrowed it down to Justin’s color version and Richard’s B/W. Both looked like images I would gladly enlarge and hang on the wall. It was a virtual tie. I couldn’t decide which I preferred. Really!! Oh well, Heads – Justin; Tails – Richard ………. And the winner is Heads.

Justin – You’re up!!


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Oct 20, 2008 22:22 as a reply to  @ SilverHCIC's post |  #9

my gosh I loved the edits on this. Every one of them!
(but to name a few)
Monty, really liked how you made the light look so real.
Richard, your B&W is spectacular
shaunjoyce, your fantasy look is so cool! I really like how you did that.

and Silver, what a beautiful shot of an incredible landscape. I'm so curious how you processed it.


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Oct 20, 2008 22:36 as a reply to  @ Permagrin's post |  #10

Lots of wonderful edits! shaunjoyce, that could totally be sold as a Christmas card :)

Next one is up.


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Oct 20, 2008 23:09 |  #11

Nice work, Justin - congrats!




  
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Oct 21, 2008 06:18 |  #12

Congrats Justin - awesome job. Awesome edits everybody.




  
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Oct 21, 2008 07:25 |  #13

Congrats Justin!! -great edit. Great edits by all, love the xmas card :-)
I use Redynamix (external link) by DCE-tools. It's more of a psuedo HDR. I mainly use it to pull a little detail out of the shadows,de-haze and use the actual HDR effect very conservatively. It's a fantastic little tool for $16. btw: My b\w plugin is B\W styler.


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