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08-07-2017, 09:15 PM   #1
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PP Challenge #230

Welcome to Post Processing Challenge #230!

Thank you BruceBanner for hosting the last challenge and many thanks to each of you who participate and keep this great challenge going.

It has been mentioned a few times that there is an interest for portraits. I share that interest, but do little portrait work and therefore have limited resources to draw from, but thought this one of a couple on their wedding day might be a good selection. I hope you find it worthy of your efforts and I look forward to seeing what you do with it. I will close this challenge in a week on the evening (Arizona time) of Monday August 14. Let the fun begin!

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A note to the winner: Please copy and post this info into the next challenge.


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I'll try with a softer vibrant feel;

Hmmm this attached version looks quite a bit worse than the final version I have worked on, interesting, I haven't noticed a deterioration in quality quite as much as this in my other attachements. Oh well, nvm.

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Tried to boost the figures whilst subduing the background.

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Vintage look with Color Efex:
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Went with the full on modern wedding photographer treatment:

- selective cropping
- simulated bokeh on background for better subject isolation
- area-based saturation and curves adjustments (let's make that white dress white!)
- skin softening and retouching on bride's face and body, more subtle treatment on groom to retain masculine look
- subtle light vignette
- various other subtle adjustments

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the happy couple
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Pretty much straight from the raw file, with just a tiny bit of cloning. . .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
Pretty much straight from the raw file, with just a tiny bit of cloning. . .
Thanks for the laugh!
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An interesting series of images created here, good luck with the judging Glenn.

All PP done in On1 Photo RAW.

This first image was processed using a split tone.

Moving on from the split tone to process as B&W but bringing back a small amount of colour after colours were adjusted underneath the B&W effect. The square crop provided less background.

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And the winner is........

It is time to bring this challenge to a close. I appreciate everyone's contributions. It is usually difficult for me selecting the next host and such it is with this challenge. In many instances it is a matter of splitting hairs when choosing one entry over another. Another issue is the color/tint of an image varies from one monitor to another. I have calibrated my monitor and viewed the images on other monitors, but what I am seeing may well not be what you are seeing on your monitor, so take any of comments about skin tones with a grain of salt. As always, the judging is subjective to my preferences. You will most likely see a preference throughout the comments about the detail of the wedding dress.

So let's get started:

caliscouser - You chose one of the tighter crops, but still retained the full image of the bride and groom, which I like. I like that you retained the detail of her dress. Your image seems a little dark to me, but otherwise nicely done.

iheiramo - A nice choice for crop and I like that you retained the detail of the dress. Skin tones look a little orange to me, but otherwise well done.

BruceBanner - A nice entry, but as you mention, their faces are a little too soft. It also appears a bit of a green tint exists with the skin tones. I like that you preserved the detail for her dress.

photomax7 - I really like that you tried something different. I like the cameo look, with the desaturated background. However, somehow in your processing, you created a shadow outline on the right side (as viewed) of his head and arm. My personal preference would have been to have retained more detail in her dress.

D1N0 - You tried for a different "vintage" look with more grain and a tint to the overall image. You accomplished that and like or dislike is a matter of personal choice.

atupdate - A post processing challenge would not be complete without the appearance of Godzilla. Fortunately he kept his presence hidden during the ceremony and only appeared briefly for the photo bomb.

dcshooter - Your entry I find the most difficult to comment on, because my thoughts are very similar to what you expressed about my entry in Challenge #228 and I fear it might sound like I am mocking you, but I assure you I am not. Your entry has a very professional appearance and as you state, you gave it the "wedding photographer treatment" and indeed the look is that which I would expect from a professional wedding photographer. I like the simulated bokeh. I like the choice of a light vignette. You have demonstrated that you possess great skills with processing.

There are only two thing which detract from the image and I admit they are my personal choice. The first is making the wedding dress so white that you lose the detail. I know this is common and accepted in wedding photography, but it always seems a shame to me for the bride to select a beautiful pattern/design for her dress only to have it lost in the photography. The other item is that I don't like the crop that cuts off the tip of her elbow. It just looks awkward to me. Other than those two nit piks, I really like the rest of the photo.

jcomley - I like what you attempted to do to emphasize their faces, but it appears a little too extreme and harsh to me. I think a more subtle difference in exposure with a larger circle and more feather would have worked a little better.

Dartmoor Dave - Perhaps a bit too much contrast, the bride's face seems a tad darker and rougher than I remember. You succeeded in receiving the most likes, in fact yours was the only entry to receive any likes.

todd - A good choice for the crop and well done overall on the processing. I like that the detail is retained for her dress. On my monitor, the skin tones seem to have a bit of a green tint.

Kerrowdown - I like the de-saturation of the background to focus on the couple, however his face and her neck and arms look dark compared to her face.

tas - You have two entries, a color entry and a sort of black and white image. Color - Overall, well done. You have good skin tones and retained the dress detail. I think a little more contrast would have helped, but well done overall. Black and white - Not a true black and white as you retained some color, but I enjoy seeing different things being attempted.

It is not an easy decision, but my selection for the host of the next challenge will be........

tas! (color version)

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