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04-08-2018, 05:33 AM - 1 Like   #1

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PP Challenge #255 - Cragside Drawing Room

Thank you Glenn5995 for hosting the last challenge, I really enjoyed working on the image and seeing how others approached it.

We have just had a fantastic landscape shot of a waterfall, so although I have plenty of landscape images to share (including a lot of waterfalls!), I thought it might be interesting to have a change of gear.

So I hit upon this image of a completely unrestrained Victorian gentleman's drawing room at Cragside in Rothbury, Northumberland UK. I hope this image will interest you all to participate!

I've included three brackets, which were taken handheld in relatively low light, so there are some imperfections as well as some options to for you to optimise your take on the image. I think there are many ways to approach this one (and didn't do my own version yet!). So I am dying to see what people come up with.

Please feel free to use any number of the images for the contest, and to come up with your own visions here, I don't think there is a 'right' way to do this one.

I will close the contest at 7am UK time Monday 16 July to give people a fair crack of the whip! I hope you enjoy.

PP Challenge #255 (a) +0EV
PP Challenge #255 (b) (-)
PP Challenge #255 (c) (+)

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

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04-08-2018, 09:21 AM - 3 Likes   #2
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What a beautiful shot, John. Cragside is about 40 miles from me, and a truly stunning place...

Here's my humble attempt. HDR merge, minor straightening and cropping, some colour and contrast work, then processing using DxO Film Pack including the "TV style" border.
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Great idea for a challenge. Lots of potential...

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Used only the (a) frame. LR auto-applied my import settings for this camera/ISO combo and then I ran it through my "standard" Color Efex recipe. Lifted the shadows a tad more, but didn't want to kill the atmosphere.

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My try...
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It was cold. Needed that fire lit...
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I played with the image, straightened a tad, adjusted highlights, but agree, it needed a fire.


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Something different
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Playing with lighting/mood.
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Tried all three

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Here's my try:


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