Weekly Processing Challenge 17th February 2018

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by Gerald Cafferty, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. Another weekly challenge.

    If anyone else would like to post next week please give it a go, upload a High resolution jpeg. Just indicate by Wednesday next in this thread if you are willing to try.

    Remember there are no rules you can do what you wish in your interpretation, please can you give information of the steps taken and software used to add interest.

    It is not meant as a competition just a bit of fun.

    Here we have a flat image in need of help.
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  2. LR...adjust shadows / highlights, straighten buildings, and crop. Define2...noise reduction. NIK...Detail Extractor and Tonal Contrast. 1497456_e29323dc5694d2119561a9944df7c1a1.jpg
     
  3. Started with PSE15 - straightened, horizontally rotated. Then, Color Efex - vintage film preset #1. Then, water paper sketch filter, boosted saturation and sharpness in PSE15.

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  4. Perspective adjustment, color gradient, levels adjustment.

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  5. Perspective corrections, replaced sky, sharpened and added a distortion/frame edge filter.
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  7. Hi Michael, I know this location very well and I'm surprised how unsettling it is seeing it flipped. Your treatment works well and as with all the others has made an improvement to the original.
     
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  8. PSE 14, crop, adjust levels, light, contrast, add saturation (slide film), add artistic filter, straighten buildings and add colour to sky.... aaforum-web.jpg
     
  9. Gerald Cafferty said:
    "Here we have a flat image in need of help."

    Really? Looks fine to me.

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  10. I started by selecting lighter colors and replacing with brighter colors. I dodn't like the look, so I converted to black and white in Silver Efex, then applied "oil paint" in PixelBender software in CS5, applied dual toning and vignette in Silver Efex, and finally sharpening in Photokit Creative Sharpener (available for free. See Mary Doo's post at Free EXCELLENT PixelGenius Digital Software... ). ppc.jpg
     
  11. Second attempt: Embrace the gloom! PS for some adjustments, DXO Viewpoint for straightening, Luminar and Akvis NatureArt for special effects.
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  12. Used the de-gloom tool in Lightroom, just kidding, Clarity, Vibrance, Saturation+, used adjustment brush on sky with de-haze. Applied gradient on bottom right - blacks, shadows, saturation. Radial filter on lower left with same adjustments as gradient. Unsharp mask in Photoshop.

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  13. The de-gloom tool worked a treat.
     
  14. I didn't think this needed anything funky done to it. It's a very classic image, so I gave it a classic toned B&W treatment. That brought out the texture in the clouds. I also straightened, cropped, and adjusted the exposure.
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  15. Basic adjustments in LR including sorting verticals. Over to Silver Efex for antique look. Opened in Elements to use Clone tool to remove a few signs of modernity.

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  16. GIMP: Perspective distort, crop, select sky (fuzzy select tool), curves on selection, invert selection, curves on new selection, scale image.

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  17. Notwithstanding GC's comments on my initial version, here's an abstract (used PSE exclusively). 1497456_e29323dc5694d2119561a9944df7c1a1_edited-1.jpg
     
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  18. Gerald, I see from the file info you used a Panasonic LX100. Does having a premaritally attached lens keep the sensor dust free?
     

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