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Weekly Challenge #398: "Sow's Ear to Silk Purse"
Posted By: dlneubec, 09-02-2017, 12:59 PM

Weekly Challenge #398

This will be my first effort at hosing this week’s challenge. I hope I get this posted correctly and some of you find it interesting to participate in.

Many times I’ve looked at a photo I’ve taken and thought, wow, I messed that up. Then, upon further reflection, I discovered a way to turn a “Sow’s ear into a Silk Purse”, by cropping, post processing, etc. The object is to take a photo that was in your “Sow’s ear” list and create one for your “silk purse” list. For anyone who is not familiar with this phrase, the definition is to turn something ugly or inferior into something attractive or of value. Similar to the last challenge, doing this has encouraged me to learn more about post processing and how to use various programs to alter/enhance a photo or create something of value from what started out unusable. Again, for this week’s challenge, please post a before and after shot for your entry and explain what you did to turn it into something of value.

This challenge will end on Friday Sept. 8 at midnight my time.

The fine print:

Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

Rules
1. Post ONE photo (unless asked for a comparison photo), max 1024x1024.
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your picture(s) in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to be the judge for the next week.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax/Ricoh (DSLR) camera can be used.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge

Read more at #397 Process to the Max - Page 2 - PentaxForums.com

Here is an example. In this case, it was my first use of a new K-S2 and I was unfamiliar the whole P-TTL versus the old TTL flash I was trying to use. I had this portrait that I really liked the composition of, but due to the flash, it was totally washed/blown out and seemingly unusable, yet I didn’t want to give up on it. As was my winning image from last weeks challenge, this was run through multiple effects in Paint Shop Pro, Virtual Painter 5, to get the charcoal sketch look of the final.

I can’t wait to see how you all transform your “Sow’s ear into a Silk Purse”!

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09-03-2017, 04:13 AM   #2
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I kinda like the first shot, actually, but then I'm into horror movies!
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Yeah, if we had a "macabre" challenge, it would have had a shot!
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Here is my entry. I rather liked the light on this fire pink bud but the final product was bland and I failed to get a good separation from the background. So, taking another image of a flower in full bloom, I combined the two and darkened the background.

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"He likes it"

A friend of mine every year on Memorial Day marches with a group of history reenactors at the Saugus Ma. Memorial Day parade.He asked me if I could take his picture for his grandkids. He liked the original but flipped out when he saw the processed shot.He kind of looks like "Archie Bunker"--charliezap
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That really turned out great Charlie. I would love to know how you got the starburst.
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QuoteOriginally posted by slowpez Quote
That really turned out great Charlie. I would love to know how you got the starburst.
Thanks Susan--I have an old version of Paint Shop Pro (8) and one of the effects is "Illumination"---charliezap.
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Shot with the ist*DS and DA 18-55mm




This prints wonderful at 11"x14" even with the tight crop. I sure am glad that Ohio winters often have gray skies.



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On holiday by the banks of the Murray River in South Australia, I was watching the water skiers doing their stuff in the light of the setting sun. I saw an opportunity of catching the sunlight through the "rooster tail" and waited and waited and eventually I caught this shot. In camera it looked pretty dull but I just knew there was something in it and hurried back to camp and computer to set to work. Many iterations and interpretations later it came out close to what I had originally envisioned. Extensive cropping, sharpening, saturation and masking was required to bring it out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bruce Clark Quote
On holiday by the banks of the Murray River in South Australia, I was watching the water skiers doing their stuff in the light of the setting sun. I saw an opportunity of catching the sunlight through the "rooster tail" and waited and waited and eventually I caught this shot. In camera it looked pretty dull but I just knew there was something in it and hurried back to camp and computer to set to work. Many iterations and interpretations later it came out close to what I had originally envisioned. Extensive cropping, sharpening, saturation and masking was required to bring it out.
Well done. I thought the first photo was quite nice actually, but the PP version is spectacular.
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I just took this a couple of days ago, I liked the curves of the mandolin, but it just needed something, so I went High Key.
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As you may have noticed, I went to a firefly festival to photograph my little insect obsessions. I couldn't get a shot of the bugs themselves--too many fellow-tourists scaring them away--but I did get a lovely skyline by moonrise. It just took a teensy weensy bit of processing to get it to work.
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After. I tried to go brighter but didn't like the results, and it truly was dark that night, in the middle of a national park.

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An overexposed shot that I tried to rescue


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Not too late to get an entry in! You have until midnight tonight!

Here is another I just did to offer some incentive. It started as a macro shot of some dew covered Gray Dogwood berries, that I first changed to a night-look in post processing, then later transformed into a painted effect. Then I added a light burst effect as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dlneubec Quote
Not too late to get an entry in! You have until midnight tonight!

Here is another I just did to offer some incentive. It started as a macro shot of some dew covered Gray Dogwood berries, that I first changed to a night-look in post processing, then later transformed into a painted effect. Then I added a light burst effect as well.
Hardly a sow's ear though--the unprocessed photo is also beautiful! <3
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