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03-06-2015, 09:50 PM   #1
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PP Challenge 139 - San Diego Reflections!

Thanks Arizona Dave for selecting me to host this round of the post processing challenge. This photograph was taken a few weeks ago during a trip to the San Diego area. It is from the Coronado Ferry Landing, looking toward the San Diego skyline. It will take some work to look good, so lets see what everyone can do with it. I will close this challenge Saturday morning March 14 whenever I wake up and get around to closing it, so plan accordingly.

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03-06-2015, 10:19 PM   #2
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Nice pic, I just had a flashback. I grew up in SD county and spent a lot of time running along these pathways during winter evenings. Really pretty place, more brightly lit buildings since I was last there.

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Two edits. First one with lightroom I tried to take away the orange natrium lighting be desaturating the oranges. After that some colour tweaking. The second one was given to perfect effects for a nice B&W Look.

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dunerunner - good to have you back with us. Sorry you were somehow locked out of the last one.
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my first pass..

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I decided to try and keep the feeling of night but also recover some details. I started with two versions of the raw -- one that recovered detail evenly and then one that blew out the city in exchange of getting nice clouds.I removed the city and sidewalk and other lights and kept the clouds, tree, and water. This allowed me to blend it in with a linear burn and, I think, 31% opacity to recover sky detail. Then i copied the background, the whole image layer, changed the blending to luminosity, and made the now-middle layer black and white. Using the sliders, I made the light sources the proper, I felt, tone and brightness. Then i flattened it all.

Then I balanced out the hues a bit to make a more-uniform color scheme image-wide, including correcting the sidewalk for white. I left a bit of orange there to give the image some warmth. I duplicated the layer twice and blended both new layers as overlay. One I ran a high pass at 12 over, which made the lights in the city and tree leaves pop but left most of the rest of the image alone. The other I left as-was and changed the opacity to 4%, which tweaked the lighting slightly.

All that left a dark halo around the primary street light. On the bottom layer, I used a 20% dodge for shadow areas to dodge out the halo the best that I could. I flattened the image and voila!
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San Diego Night

Nice location and nice shot, Glenn!

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My Psychedelic Version
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WOW! All great entries. Still time to showcase your talents.
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my entry.....
wanted to showcase all elements ( clouds, skyline, path.....) a late evening stroll.....
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The Challenge in now closed. Congratulations ahannan, you got your entry in just in time. The results will be in later. You guys made this a great challenge, but a difficult one for me to make a decision. Great entries, I am going to have to think about this.

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