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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-04-2020, 07:46 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #328 "Four Peak or No Peaks?"
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 29
Views: 1,135
Thank you for the concern. Nothing to do with the corona virus. The past several years have been quite demanding for me, but I am not complaining as it is hopefully getting me set up for retirement.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-28-2020, 11:24 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #328 "Four Peak or No Peaks?"
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 29
Views: 1,135
I have been honored to host quite a few of these over the years.

I always find it difficult to select a host for the next challenge and make comments. I chose poorly for a closing date for this one as I have just completed a long work shift and am quite tired. I thought of postponing until tomorrow, but I have an obligation after work tomorrow. I don't want to delay the next challenge, so I hope you will forgive me as I will not make comments on each, but just select the next host. I truly appreciated the different approaches that were displayed here. Each has its own merit and appeal, but I will select todd to host the next challenge. I liked the choice of a panorama crop, sharpening and retaining the details of the mountains while using the front saguaro in a tight crop. Well done and congratulations todd! Well done everyone! Thank you for participating.


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-20-2020, 07:36 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #328 "Four Peak or No Peaks?"
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 29
Views: 1,135
Thank you savoche for hosting 327 and the great image to work with. I hope everyone finds this image worthy of your efforts.

It is photograph of Four Peaks, a prominent feature of the Mazatzal Mountains, northeast of Phoenix Arizona. It is so named for the four peaks close to each other, except for this day when the peaks are concealed in the clouds and are now "No Peaks"! The tallest of the four peaks, Brown's Peak is the highest point in Maricopa County.

Do what you will with it and contribute as many versions as you wish. I will close this challenge Tuesday April 28.

Let the festivities commence!

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For the next host:
The Mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-20-2020, 07:39 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #327
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 28
Views: 816
Thank you savoche for hosting this challenge!

328 is open for your creative genius! PP Challenge #328
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-13-2020, 05:59 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #327
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 28
Views: 816
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-06-2020, 06:12 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #326
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 23
Views: 893
Thank you
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-05-2020, 06:43 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #326
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 23
Views: 893
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-27-2020, 07:45 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #325
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 24
Views: 996
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-27-2020, 04:27 PM  
Thematic Pp #322
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 26
Views: 954
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-02-2020, 02:59 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #319 Bryce Canyon
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 21
Views: 1,163
I want to thank each of you who participated in this challenge. I always find it difficult to select a host for the next challenge, there is always such a wide range of results, from dramatic to subdued and also black and white. Each with their own merits.

scphoto - Welcome to Pentax Forums and to the post prcessing challenge. You started us off with a B&W version nicely executed.

mariwalt - You were able to keep the colors of the red rock balanced nicely with the whites of the snow and greens of the trees.

Bruce Clark - An interesting choice, setting the mountains and sky in the background to B&W and thereby drawing the attention into the canyon foreground in color.

tmlawes - You choice to retain more of the sky than others and have a nice balance of the colors.

jmacias - You chose a portrait crop and focus the attention to the canyon.

noelcmn - The most dramatic entry with vibrant colors.

lidy - A well balanced take on the image.

tuggie 76 - A nicely balanced image with a slightly brighter look.

todd - Two B&W entries, each with a slightly different feel. The first showing the expanse of the scene and the second more focused on the formations in the foreground.

savoche - A color and a B&W, both well done.

Tas - These challenges are always a good place to try out the new "toys". A nice image.

It wasn't easy, but I must select the host for the next challenge and I will bestow that honor on savoche for the color entry.





This was my result:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-22-2020, 09:06 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #319 Bryce Canyon
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 21
Views: 1,163
Welcome to PP Challenge #319! I will close Challenge #319 on February 2.

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For the next host:
The Mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-21-2020, 05:53 AM  
Post-Processing Challenge #318
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 16
Views: 751
Thank you lidy for hosting this challenge and for the honor of hosting the next challenge. I will get 319 going as soon as I can. It may not be until tomorrow.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-23-2019, 04:04 AM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge #316
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 22
Views: 845


(FYI - I will not be available to host Challenge #317 when this challenge closes)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-23-2018, 01:15 PM  
Post-Processing Challenge #280 - Merry Christmas!
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 10
Views: 847
Well, I guess it is time to wrap this challenge up. I want to thank each of you who contributed. There were some varied interpretations for this image, which is good.

jcomely - A nice submission with increased contract but retaining the branches of the palm trees.

noelcmn - A high contrast version, emphasizing the lights and rendering the shadows to pure black.

tuggie76 - You revealed your secret identity as Santa and allowed us to meet your lovely wife. You did a good job of creating the reflection of yourselves. You also contributed a nicely done realistic version with good balance.

D1N0 - A festive artistic take on the image.

johnhilvert - A high contrast version with a splash of color!

todd - You frequently have an imaginative take on an image and this challenge is no exception. You made sure there was no shortage of lights for the scene!



I must select the next host and I will chose tuggie76 for your edit with the addition of Santa and his helper. You brought the focus to the tree and added to the theme for the season with the addition of Santa and remembered to put in the reflection.





Here was my take on the image:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-25-2019, 08:52 PM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge #312 - Sunrise
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 11
Views: 577
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-13-2019, 05:22 PM  
Post Processing Challenge #311 - Stormrunner
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 19
Views: 1,591
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-05-2019, 01:40 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #310 - Airport Terminal
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 17
Views: 927
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2019, 07:16 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #309 - Lipan Point, Grand Canyon
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 22
Views: 1,603
It is time to bring #309 to a close. I want thank each of you who participated in this and past challenges and keep them going.

Well lets get to it....

Tas - Good to have you back! A nice well balanced image, retaining the storm clouds to the right, the colors of the sunset to the left and still keeping the canyon visible.

photocles - A bright image while still retaining the stormy feel of the day.

Metafrastis - A great job enhancing the rays of the sun and drawing the focus of the image to the sun.

aitrus3 - Wonderful job of bringing out the colors of the sunset.

todd - An excellent job of sharpening and bringing out the details of the canyon. The most vibrant color of the entries and truly brings the "wow" to the image. Well done!

vector - You chose a cooler temp for the image, befitting the evening hour well.

tuggie76 - A very nice, but subtle enhancing of the sun's rays into the canyon.

noelcmn - You elected to shine a beam of light into the canyon from the sun. The beam naturally draws the viewer's attention through the canyon and to the sun.

mariwalt - An excellent job at retaining the stormy feel of the day with the sun peaking underneath the clouds.

Well done everyone, but I must select one to bestow the honor of hosting 310.

I will bestow this honor to todd! Congratulations!

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-26-2019, 06:12 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #309 - Lipan Point, Grand Canyon
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 22
Views: 1,603
Thank you astonm for hosting #308.

For #309 your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to bring brilliance to these images taken at Lipan Point of Grand Canyon. You are provided three bracketed photographs to work with. You may use any single, all or any combination.

#309 will close on 10/3.

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DNG Image A

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DNG Image C


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For the next host:
The mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-19-2019, 07:40 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #308 - Mount Rainier
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 16
Views: 887
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-01-2019, 04:47 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #306 - Badlands
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-30-2019, 10:10 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #305
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 12
Views: 857
Well, I guess its time to wrap this challenge up.

I want to thank each of you who participated. This was a high contrast image, which lends itself to using HDR, but that also creates some challenges. One challenge is keeping the bark of the Aspen trees white. Another is avoiding halos.

There were 5 entries. Surprisingly, no one presented a black and white.

First a few comments:

photocles - You have one of the brighter images, which lends itself to focusing on the sun burst in the image. You managed to avoid introducing any significant halos. Nicely done.

Racer X 69 - I love the sharpening and detail of your entry and the vibrant yellow of the leaves. You did lose the white of the trunks and introduced halos around the leaves and sky, a very common problem with HDR. Well done.

Tomzohh - Glad to have you continuing with the post processing challenges. A nice well balanced image. Perhaps a slight yellow shift to the tree trunks, but overall a nice image.

noelcmn - You did some cleaning up, removing the rock and fallen tree in the foreground. You have perhaps the darkest processing, retaining the depth of the shadows, but enough detail to draw the viewer's attention to the forest floor, up the trunks to the sun burst and then the bright sky. A good image.

astonm - Good to have you back! While noelcmn removed the rock in the foreground, you chose to dig it up and move it closer to the trees. You also chose to maintain the depth of the shadows. As is common with HDR, there is some haloing between the leaves and sky, still a very nice entry.

Choosing the next host is never easy, but I must. I will pass the baton for #306 to photocles. I think you did the best at keeping the tree trunks white and the details of the leaves contrasted to the sky. Well done.




Since no one tried B&W, I thought I would give it a shot:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-22-2019, 09:29 PM  
Post-Processing Post-Processing Challenge #304 - Grand Canyon Panorama
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 14
Views: 1,678
Challenge #305 awaits your entries!

PP Challenge #305 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-09-2019, 08:47 PM  
Post-Processing Post-Processing Challenge #304 - Grand Canyon Panorama
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 14
Views: 1,678
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-08-2019, 09:19 PM  
Post-Processing Post-Processing Challenge #304 - Grand Canyon Panorama
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 14
Views: 1,678
Ahhhh....Lipan Point! Definitely one of my favorite spots at the canyon!

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