Post Processing Challenge June 20, 2020

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by PuntaColorada, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. There are no rules as to how you apply your post processing to this image; but, please let us know what you have done so we can all learn.
    If you would like to post a candidate image next week, please ensure it is of sufficiently high resolution for manipulation by the participants (3000px on the long side, 300dpi for example).

    Most of all, let's have fun while we are learning or demonstrating how we use our post-processing software, imaginations and interpretations.

    Taken at 7AM local time here (Punta Colorada, Uruguay) on the 1st day of Winter.

    Fog near Rambla.jpg
  2. Nice image Punta. Didn’t do much with this. Adjusted shadows in LR and added tonal contrast in NIK 1611003_b095fa132643c0a6dc7622efa4023903.jpg
  3. Thanks for the photo, Punta. I had two versions, one gloomy and one too bright, so I combined them.

  4. ppc 6-20.jpg

    Nice photo Punta. I added some clouds to the blank sky, then added the horse eating the red plant and the humpback whale in the distance. Finally, I converted the color pallet to Kodachrome 64 in NIK ColorEfex.
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  5. 1611003_b095fa132643c0a6dc7622efa4023903-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg

    I’ve been working my way through Dan Margulis’ book “Photoshop Lab Color,” so I decided to play this one fairly straight. I had three goals: (1) bring out the colors while maintaining a wintery look, (2) liven up the sky and draw attention to the approaching squall, and (3) make the road look wet. So:
    1. In Photoshop, I switched to Lab mode, steepened the a and b curves a lot in separate adjustment layers, then reduced their opacity to about 30% and 20%. I made another curve adjustment layer for the L channel and steepened it in the brights to bring out contrast in the sky, and in the mid-darks to increase contrast in the vegetation.
    2. Just for the heck of it, I used the Liquify filter to give the road a bit of an S-curve.
    3. In Lightroom, I increased whites and shadows, reduced highlights, and used the HSL panel to reduce saturation in orange and purple. I used an adjustment brush to increase clarity in the aloes and cacti, and further increased the white point and decreased highlights there.
    4. I added a large radial filter centered on the squall, increasing exposure slightly, reducing the black point slightly, and warming it slightly.
    5. I added a brush stroke for the sky, reducing contrast (which increased the differences among clouds—go figure…), increasing clarity, reducing blacks, and reducing texture (to soften the clouds up again).
    6. I added a graduated filter to increase foreground exposure 1/4 stop.
    7. The squall still wasn’t very visible, so I used a few adjustment brushes to lighten the front and darken the sea.
    8. Finally, I used Scott Kelby’s trick for making the road look wet: an adjustment brush at 100% contrast and 100% clarity.
  6. Leslie, the presence of the Renault truck is plausible since this is not far from where I took it's picture.
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  7. This thought just popped into my head when I saw the photo.

  8. DD620.jpg
    I copied everything below the sky and pasted in onto an imaged containing the cloud formation. Flattened the image and did some minor color adjustments. All using PS CS6.
  9. Did you miss me? No worries either way . . .

    First version - Converted to b & w in Silver Efex, then sharpened with Output Sharpener. Finished with use of dodging tool in PSE15.

    ppcjune21 copy.jpg
  10. Version 2 - All work in PSE15. Cropped from top, then applied impressionist brush, adjusted tonality with levels, and finally a tiny bit of selective sharpening.

  11. The navy came by flying the Nova Scotia flag at her bow just to Impress Becky and Hattie! Fog near Rambla with ship-2.jpg
  12. A second version ppc2.jpg
  13. Ok, Punta. Now I'm trying to figure out if Becky and Hattie refers to two corgi, or one corgi and the leash holder? I've tried to increase resolution and sharpen your fine post, but I can still only espy one duggie so far. Is this a find the missing corgi photo/game? :) Click on photo for bigger image.

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2020
  14. Hattie was with Becky. Harry was with me and is out of the picture. I just realized that I took the photo of the naval vessel during a 'tall ships' event in Punta del Este and did not exclude the masts and rigging of the tall ship that was behind it. That is also where the flag of Nova Scotia came from! The Uruguayan navy does have one tall ship (the Capitan Miranda); however, this isn't it.:)
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  15. Ah...the little planet of Corgi blissfully wends its way through the void. Mediachance Reactor for PS created the planet, Skylum provided the sky, and ACR contributed basic adjustments.
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