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02-28-2014, 09:54 PM   #1
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Pentax Compact Camera Post Processing Contest #21

Pentax Compact Camera Post Processing Contest #21
It has been a beastly winter across much of the northern hemisphere this year and it's not over yet so for this month's challenge I have chosen an MX-1 shot from last May. I did process this shot but not to my satisfaction, so I am keen to see whatever others come up with. The original jpeg and DNG files are linked below.

The Rules
1. Have Fun!
2. Use any Post Processing Software and techniques.
3. Entries will close on March 31, 2014 at midnight MDT.
4. Maximum image dimensions for entries are 1024x768 pixels
5. Max of 3 image entries per person. Entries may be withdrawn or changed
6. List software used, as well as your method, with your entry so we can all learn.
7. There are no limits or restrictions - make the subject image into whatever you want!
But please do not copy or alter other entries....
8. Contest winner determines the rules, selects theme, sets closing date, and judge’s the next competition.
9. Have Fun

Compact PP 21 DNG
Compact PP 21 jpeg

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The MediaFire website is: mediafire.com
The log in name is: pentaxchallenge @ yahoo.com
The password is: postprocessing





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02-28-2014, 11:40 PM - 2 Likes   #2
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Hi Todd, thanks for kicking off the month in fine style. I love what you have done to the scene.
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Thanks... Tried to approach it differently each time so would just start hacking away until it was time to surrender... Tools used in no particular order were LuminanceHDR, Color Efex (via Xnview), Rawtherapee, and Gimp+G'mic... With the middle one I made selective use at the end of the 'graphic novel' filter in g'mic to go painterly with it... With the last one I used a kodachrome film emulator filter in g'mic towards the end...


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Very good results, todd!

I hope I find some time to participate later in the month.
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Here's mine, go easy on me.... using lightroom.




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QuoteOriginally posted by shin888 Quote
go easy on me.... using lightroom.
Nice work! I like the fresh creative take with the second image. I like how the selective focus and crop force me to look at the scene differently. Thanks for participating. Nobody goes hard around here that I've ever seen. I enjoy these challenges (as I am guessing most do who regularly enter) because they give us liberty to experiment and/or practice and it's nice to get feedback.
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I had to get the .jpg.... when I open the .DNG on Corel Aftershot Pro, it's all wacked (all purple, colors washed out)... anyone else have this problem?

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
anyone else have this problem?
Not at all... Opened it in Luminance and Rawtherapee and UFraw with no wack.
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Edit: took out the first two, that I wasn't really happy with. Also, made some changes to this entry - basically some light cropping and got rid of the "dreaminess".


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Great entries, Shin888 and ChristianRock!
This scene seems to bring out the painter in people


I had a little trouble downloading the dng file.
I had to use ie. Chrome wouldn't start the download.

Afterwards, it looked fine to me.
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I personally don't like to use Chrome when really looking at images because it always looks a bit off from the original image... like more contrasty than it actually is. IE and Firefox renders images much better in my experience.
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I worked on the dng file.
In my experience, raw files can take more processing than jpg's.
I imported the dng in LR5 and did a very minor fix to the exposure, both blacks and whites.

Then I used DxO's Viewpoint 2 to do a little straightening and optical correction.
This program also uses Camera and Lens specific modules for this.
Like DxO Optics Pro. In the absence of a specific module, all can be done manually but for this case, a module was available. Just downloads it on the fly.

The result of this, went to DxO FilmPack 4 for a film emulation - Kodakchrome 64 - and some "Spielerei" with selective blur. Also added a border.





Next, I went to Color Efex 4 where I applied quite a number of filters
An evening look.




For the final version, I went to Silver Efex 2 where I decided to give an older look to this modern architecture - Anachronistic approach



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Cool effect, ivoire!
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