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10-27-2010, 09:41 AM   #1
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P-P Challenge #34

I've never played before, so if I get something wrong, let me know.

Here's a photo I like a lot, with an ugly sky. I realize the burned out sky would be easier to fix from raw, but that's not your challenge. Good luck.



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I played around with the curves and dynamic range and this is what came out:
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added a bit of sky and some define, sharpen and shadows n hilites

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Went for a little darker look since I had a nice sky from a few days ago:



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I went for a black and white charcoal drawing type effect:
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Is there an established time I leave this contest open?
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A lesser known Monet from his underbrush period...

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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
Is there an established time I leave this contest open?
I suggest until next Sunday November 7...that gives people a couple of weeks to enter.
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Okay I wasn't going to play but I changed my mind...decied to kind of go a bit out there...topaz simplify then adjust and then ABD Solarize preset in LR3:

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Bump! Anyone else? I'll leave it open for a couple more days. I'd love to see some more attempts, and ugly sky is a common problem.
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I couldn't get that sky to cooperate, so I cropped it! Then I played around with the colors, added a little contrast, and slightly desaturated it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by woof Quote
A lesser known Monet from his underbrush period...

Oohh... how was this done?
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I played around with the image in Picasa, and this is what I came up with Added "soft focus" and warmified, and sharpened a little.

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Looking at the flow of the shot, I felt the eye-draw is the subtle arc in the path and the shrubbery alongside it. As well, I felt that some focus was required on a unique feature in the photo as there is a ton of competition for the eye with all the details in this shot, so I picked the shrubs closest to the path as the main focus of the shot.

Decided to take the color information out and used the sepia chic (from the wonderland preset library) preset in LR as a starter. Cropped to 16x9 aspect ratio. Then tweaked curves, black levels, exposure, etc. Used two graduated filters to darken exposure from the top left and botton right, as well as minimizing clarity and sharpness for the "small world" effect to draw the eye in further. Now reads a bit like a sepia infrared shot, drama in the tones, not the color information. Also wanted to emphasize the pointer-like effect of the branch in the left side of the composition. The result:


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P-P Challenge #34 is officially closed. Some very creative treatments, including some very unusual ones, which makes picking a winner very tough and more than a little subjective. Unfortunately, I do have to pick a winner. Thanks for playing everyone.

Congratulations Woof, you're starting us on the next round. Now how on earth did you turn a photo into a painting?
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