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    PP Challenge #1

    There are links below to this one image available in 3 formats; nef RAW, DNG and a full size jpg.

    As you can see, it is far from a good capture
    PP Challenge #1
    Yes, he is carving - or sculpting, with a chainsaw!

    What you do:
    1) Download the image from the links below, use whichever format you can handle easiest for PP
    2) You have a go at making the best of it, but
    3) Keep a record of what you did and
    4) Post your result in this thread, if more than one image, put them in separate posts please

    The competition closes on the 20th January 2010 (10 days)

    5) The winner has to tell us all what they did

    Here are the image links:
    PP Challenge #1RAW (nef) from Nikon D5000 - 10.1 MB
    If you have problems with NEF download, please read this post (it's #16 below)
    PP Challenge #1DNG for ACR 2.4 and higher - 7.9 MB
    PP Challenge #1Full size unprocessed jpg - 1.1 MB

    What I do:
    Depending how many entries depends how we vote, if 10 or less, I'll set up a poll (like Mini Comps), if more than 10, it will be the PM method (like the monthly competitions).

    That's it for now, we'll see how it goes and can tweak the format or rules if we need to next time around. Any questions, just ask, I have refrained from trying to answer questions I think may arise because this first post will get too long.

    Good luck all,
    Last edited by McQ; 13th February 2010 at 05:49 PM. Reason: Updated 4) for multiple images

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Voting Number V2

    Okay, here's the first one.

    PP Challenge #1
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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    This is gonna be good; that's not what I was expecting

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Voting Number V3

    Here is my 10 Minute Fix.....

    I wanted to increase detail and improve the local contrast.....the fastest easiest way was to use Topaz Adjust......I used 3 passes....

    The first was to Clarify using a preset I had made...(Brighten & Lighten-Adjusted Contrast & Brightness also within Topaz)
    The Second was to Denoise again with my preset....(Clean up some shadowing)
    The third was to add detail with HDR1 preset....(added Detail)
    Finally I cropped it........

    I can print out the Presets settings if requested.....

    I ran Topaz in XnView and cropped there and added border.....I also could have run Topaz in Paint Shop Pro.....but in Gimp I would have needed to use XnView for running the PS-Type Plugin....


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    Re: PP Challenge #1

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    PP Challenge #1

    My contribution. Just the obvious I'm afraid.

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    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 22nd January 2010 at 08:39 AM.

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    Voting Number V5

    Tough image with that net in front....................a more traditional approach.(color, sharpness, detail)

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve S View Post
    Tough image with that net in front
    Yes, I wanted to see if anyone managed to remove it
    Not that that will necessarily result in winning, but that would be a challenge!

    I don't mind if people want more than one go.

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    Voting Number V6

    What the heck, heres a half-hearted attempt from me. Portraits arn't my normal thing but i thought I'd give it a go since it's the first.

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Yes, I wanted to see if anyone managed to remove it
    Donald has removed it; I had a go but gave up. I've got a tool that removes pimples that could work but it would take hours.

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    Voting Number V7

    I wanted to see what Picasa would do for me in this venue. I spent about 7 minutes on this and did not use the automatic clicks. Brought up highlights 50%, brought up fill about 40 % and brought up shadows about 10%.

    I'm interested to see how it stands up to REAL post processing.

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Voting Number V8

    What net?
    You talking about that weird pattern all over the curtain?
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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Voting Number V9

    Adjusted the Hues, Sats, and contrast. then flipped it just for funzies. This was cool
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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Voting Number V10

    It's a bright sunny day

    (But the NEF file doesn't work!)

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Voting Number V11

    Artistic versions now .
    Original and square-cropped to try and solve the compositional problems.

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    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 22nd January 2010 at 08:42 AM. Reason: Removed second picture in this post (it is in following post)

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Voting Number V12

    Artistic versions now .
    Original and square-cropped to try and solve the compositional problems.

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    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 22nd January 2010 at 08:42 AM. Reason: Removed first picture in this copied post

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    What if the nef doesn't work for you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrik View Post
    ~ (But the NEF file doesn't work!) ~
    What if the nef doesn't download for you?

    Most Common problem:
    We have discovered that if you attempt to download the NEF from the link with Internet Explorer, it saves it apparently as a Tif - but it isn't, so after download, change the filename extension from ".tif" to ".NEF" and it should work.
    (There was also a problem with the filename here at CiC, but that is now fixed)

    Version problems of ACR
    If Photoshop Elements 6 or Photoshop CS2/3, check the version of ACR you have; it must be 5.4 or 5.5. If you can't update, or have an even older version of one of the above programs, please use the DNG link.

    If you have Photoshop Elements 7/8, Photoshop CS4 or LR2.x, check the version of ACR you have; it must be 5.4 or higher. If yours is earlier, you can download ACR 5.6 to fix the problem.

    See here for which cameras are supported by which ACR versions.
    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/407/kb407111.html

    Otherwise, assuming you're using something else; is there an update for that?
    The D5000 came out on 1st May 2008 (in UK at least), so is your programme more recent than that?

    Cheers,
    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 16th January 2010 at 12:02 PM. Reason: Amended for the cause of this problem and software version vs ACR compatibility

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Hi Matt,

    I split your 2nd and third goes into separate posts. (#14 and #15)

    Oh, and I snuck back up and changed the rules to ask for this in future

    Obviously not a problem as it was my fault I didn't already have that in the rules.

    btw I did it to ease voting issues in due course.

    Cheers,

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Cheers , no problem.

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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Voting Number V13

    Using my experience in portrait retouching, I've concentrated more on the model in this version ...

    PP Challenge #1
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    Re: PP Challenge #1

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Using my experience in portrait retouching, I've concentrated more on the model in this version
    I'm really concerned about us allowing this image. We're promoting clear breaches of health & safety regulations. She hasn't got ear mufflers on!!

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