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11-03-2012, 06:34 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Pentax Compact Camera Post Processing Contest #5

Pentax Compact Camera Post Processing Contest #5

The Rules

1. HAVE FUN!

2. Cameras:
No cameras with sensors larger than 1"
No large format or camera typically requiring a tripod to use
No interchangeable lens cameras
No 35mm (D)SLRs or any camera weighing over 1 kg

3. Entries will close on Nov. 30, 2012.

4. Maximum image dimensions are 1024x768 (ish) pixels

5. Max of 3 image entries per person, from archives or fresh. Entries may be withdrawn or changed

6. Listing camera brand & model with entry for all to see. Exposure data a plus.

7. Use any Post Processing Software and/or Techniques.

8. List software used, as well as your method, with your entry so we can all learn.

9. There are no limits or restrictions - make the subject image into whatever you want! Please do not to copy or modify other entries.

10. Contest winner determines the rules, selects theme, sets closing date, and judge’s next competition

11. HAVE FUN!



I was torn between two ideas for this one. One was a bit of challenge, while the other was quite simple.... I opted for simplicity.


Okay... Let's just have some fun... It's ARTSY TIME!
Take any image(s) you have (your own images) and get creative. Turn them into a painting, make them into a montage, whatever you like, just get creative!
I'll start us off with a few examples here...

A friend of mine, who lives several hundred miles away, is restoring a car. He sent me this image so that I could see the progress that he has made.



I turned around, made a montage out of it and mailed it back to him as a new Desktop image for his Computer.



Here are a couple of more examples quickly done up from P&S images of my car...
Much simpiler techniques were used, just "click,click" really, but just as effective, perhaps even more so!





Alright folks, so that's the challenge. It's time to let those juices flow... let's get playful, let's get creative! Show me what you've got.


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The Magic of Photoshop

Another tough challenge requiring a lot of magic.
So, I used the first image of the car in the shop, in PS CS6, and carefully made a selection around the car with the lasso tool. I then copied the selection to a new layer. I wasn't so keen on the car from the back view, so converted the image from 2D to 3D and then flipped it front to back to get the front view of the car, then converted back to 2D. The car was then placed on the image of the road which had been given some motion blur and radial blur was applied to the front wheel. I guess it would have been better if I has added a shadow.

Nice wheels, Fastback.

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I wasn't so keen on the car from the back view, so converted the image from 2D to 3D and then flipped it front to back to get the front view of the car, then converted back to 2D.
That's a good one I want to learn that trick!
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Almost missed the thread.

Am I understanding correctly that we can work on whatever image we choose?

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Am I understanding correctly that we can work on whatever image we choose?
That is correct sir!... As stated in the rules...Take any image or images that you want and get creative. Perhaps I should have worded it better (I'll edit above).
The pic's I posted are just examples, I want you to use your own images.

Mike

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Got it

I'll see what I can come up with.
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I realised I don't have any software to create effects that could really be classified as "artistic".
All serious stuff

I did try to get some effects that go beyond what I normally would do.

Since we can modify our submissions, I'll start with these.
If I come across something more fitting, I'll update.

Original image is from Panasonic FX500.

First step was to do some cropping to come up with a composition that I liked.


1st version is with DxO Filmpack and is essentially an emulation of Fuji Velvia 50.




2nd version is with Color Efex Pro 4
This is a "recipe" I sometimes use as a preliminary step towards B&W conversion.





Edit
Seems I got access to Photoshop.com where I found some 'effects'
I went for an impressionistic / pointillistic approach.
Completed with Color Efex Pro 4
Graduated filters and Graduate fog added.




All these were used as a plug-in application in LR4.
Some contrast and clarity added.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bart Quote
I realised I don't have any software to create effects that could really be classified as "artistic".
Despite your protestations you have come up with some real stunners. I really like the second one.

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Thank you, Anton!
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Very nice work Bart!!!

I am not at liberty to disclose which is my favorite however

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Thank you, Mike!

No favourites for the Judge till Judgement day. Agreed!
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Geez... I figured this would be an easy, fun contest for everyone... maybe I was wrong?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fastback67 Quote
Geez... I figured this would be an easy, fun contest for everyone... maybe I was wrong?
Maybe people think their own pics are already very good and don't want to mess with them?

Or perhaps they want to achieve a very big difference and are not sure how to do it?

I am working on something and will submit later

I did think you were very brave as its going to be difficult to judge with different starting pics and very different end results.
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Maybe people think their own pics are already very good and don't want to mess with them?
Copy/Paste

QuoteOriginally posted by Anton Magus Quote
Or perhaps they want to achieve a very big difference and are not sure how to do it?
I've seen folks here using some pretty slick programs that I've never even heard of, not to mention all of the fun On-Line offerings from sites like BeFunky.com etc. I just assumed that everyone here was way ahead of the curve, especially compared to me. Even the most archaic Photoshop programs offer a host of artistic tools however, so I had envisioned this as an artistic challenge. Anyone can go "Click-Click" to apply an effect... The real challenge is how well and to what extent these tools are used to create your vision.

QuoteOriginally posted by Anton Magus Quote
I am working on something and will submit later
Sounds good, can't wait to see it (them)!

QuoteOriginally posted by Anton Magus Quote
...its going to be difficult to judge with different starting pics and very different end results.
That's what I was thinking, but so far however...
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Fastback67,

While I would love to make you miserable, I actually have been lazy and haven't learned how to photoshop anything well yet.

I need to convert something into a watercolor image to use for a t-shirt logo. That's on my to do list for this week, I managed to get a small image from a online watercolor converter... but need a higher resolution.


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