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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 04:32 AM
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"Extreme Processing" Challenge COMMENTS thread...
Comments on the photos welcome here.

In addition, although it is not a requirement for the challenge (and certainly not the basis on which they will be judged), I encourage entrants to share the techniques they used to achieve their work, so that the other members of this group may learn from them.

I'll go first...
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 05:17 AM
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1. A question
What is accepted as extreme processing? Does the original motive need to be intact, or is photoshopping allowed? :-)
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 05:54 AM
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3. I think it's going to be pretty much all photoshopping...
...or similar work with a comparable image editor. OTOH, I'd be curious to see what some people might come up with using methods other than computerized image processing.

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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 05:52 AM
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2. Autumn Lake
I've always enjoyed using this title since, of course, the photo of tree reflections in the water is not of an "autumn" anything -- it was taken at the Tallman Wildlife Sanctuary in Gig Harbor, Washington, at the height of summer, the evening of July 18, 2005.

The photo was given an autumnal look through the use of Photoshop's Channel Mixer. I took the red channel (which is normally based on 100% red, 0% green, 0% blue) and changed it to -50% red, 200% green, -50% blue, which had the effect of moving the green leaves of the reflection into the orange range, as the newly-remapped red mixed with the pre-existing green channel. A boost to the colors with hue/saturation and some judicious use of unsharp mask (to bring out the ripples in the water) completed the effect.

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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 08:59 AM
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4. Looks like I made an entry for Blue_in_AK
already... now I have to do my own.

LOL
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 02:09 PM
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5. "She stands out in a crowd" was pretty simple to achieve.
I made a duplicate of the cropped from original image, applied Duotone, tweaked the levels until it looked OK. Overlaid an original color image and erased everything but the one red leaf. Flatten the layers, applied unsharp mask, and did minor tweaks to levels and such. Gave it a clever name.


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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 05:07 PM
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18. That's really good
Almost like a silk screen ;-)
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 08:18 PM
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23. That was a perfect flower, captured at the perfect time of
day.

That day the Arboretum was crawling with photographers. Even a bluegrass band was there to take some publicity shots. (Reel World String Band) http://www.reelworldstringband.com/
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Samurai_Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 02:54 PM
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6. 3D Rainbow Rays was achieved...
In a free little editing program called Vicman's Photo Editor. I resized, then did the auto color processing. That made the rainbows come out more prevalently. After that, I applied a 3D transition mask and adjusted the saturation, brightness and contrast.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 02:55 PM
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7. Susitna at sunset
was just an attempt to lighten up my underexposed first shots out of the new camera -- learning curve and all that. I cropped, lightened, messed around with the hues ... I really don't know what all I did, but the result looks a lot more like what I was actually looking at, so I guess this is extreme processing in reverse.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 06:06 PM
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8. You did good.
You really brought out the colors in the sky. That's not easy.
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 05:11 PM
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19. Great colors!
You increased the drama in the pic very much with the prosessing.

Congrats on the 5000 :bounce:
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 07:47 PM
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9. Spaced Needle
1) Take "drive-by shooting."
2) Straighten and recrop.
3) Apply a bit too much (for realism, that is) unsharp mask.
4) Adjust levels for optimum contrast range.
5) In hue/saturation, increase master saturation to 100%.


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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 08:05 PM
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10. I really can't tell you what I did for my first entry
Because I did it a while back when we were posting those New Orleans photos. I just remember going crazy on the filters and liking the results.
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 05:17 PM
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20. It's very graphical, almost like an etching
It brings out the architectural details. Was it destroyed by Katrina?
That's too sad...

I accidentally posted this in the submission thread first, sorry :-)
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-05 12:35 PM
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42. Hi Mogster
Congrats on winning last month's contest. It was a beautiful photo.

The cathedral still stands, but I wrote RIP for New Orleans.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 11:26 PM
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11. Carmel by the Sea
Mostly just lightened and brightened, then softened it up a lot so it looks like an impressionist painting.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 12:14 AM
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12. you did not use the impressionist filter?
wow. good work.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 12:33 AM
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13. View from Mt. Index
1) Used Photoshop's highlight/shadow adjustment to bring up the foreground level.
2) Worked with hue/saturation to bring up all colors, with an especial emphasis on reds and yellows.
3) Used clone stamp to remove the ugly clearcut in the middle hills, plus erase high-tension lines running along the ridge.
4) Finally, used Fred Miranda's "Velvia Vision" plug-in to give the color an extra 25% boost.

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CC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 12:33 AM
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14. A lot was done on
Edited on Fri Dec-02-05 12:37 AM by CC
Grass Dancer, now to remember since I finally found the original. He was cut out with the lasso tool and placed on a yellow background that faded into white because of the lighting on him. Duplicated the layer of the dancer and blurred him, then duplicated that layer and used smart blur edges only. I then inverted it and removed all the white leaving black outlines. I adjusted the opacity until I liked it and flattened all. Oops, painted in the shadow then blurred it before flattening all the layers.



Love seeing everyone's work. They are all great and love seeing the different creative direction each person has gone.









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CC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 12:46 AM
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15. The subtle changes one is called
Bombay Hook Morning Swim.

Adjusted levels slightly.
Adjusted color balance slightly.
Pulled the to top reeds down a bit to narrow the water area and cropped it.


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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 02:56 PM
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16. The Rose is beautiful!!
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 05:01 PM
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17. Great pictures, all! :-)
Especially that rose, it was special :-)

My piper are from a series called 'The day the world went pink', taken a beautiful spring day in 2002. I wanted the bright green spring leaves to turn pink, so the hue is adjusted. Then I made a loose selection with a feather of 20 around the image center, inverted it and applied a slight radial blur.

I have a very Brecht-ish clown too I wanted to post, and wondered if I could get permission to post another pic? ;-)
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 05:53 PM
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21. I think the rules on this "challenge"
were that you could post as many as you want.
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Samurai_Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 07:16 PM
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22. My "Jammin'" submission
I cropped the photo, and then used the 'find edge' transition in Vicman's Photo Editor. Lightened it up a whole lot and sharpened it a bit too.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 08:48 PM
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24. I found something that might help with extreme
editing. It is called Art Rage. You can paint over photos using this tool.


http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html

It's free.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 08:48 PM
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25. double post
Edited on Fri Dec-02-05 09:08 PM by alfredo
Oops!!!
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Mr. McD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 10:52 PM
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26. Sketching, I wanted this to look like a pencil drawing.
I used the emboss filter for depth and line definition. Then I used the solarize filter to thin out the background and for line strength. I converted to grayscale the rest was just a matter of contrast, brightness, and gray level.

For Gemini Reborn I erased the background, adjusted the contrast and used the cutout filter.
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Samurai_Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 10:59 PM
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27. Paint and Slide -- first attempt with Art Rage
Man, that Art Rage program is cool! My attempt is probably pretty lame, because I'm on a laptop with a touchpad instead of a graphic pen. But it was fun, all the same!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-05 09:14 PM
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31. That's pretty good for a first try.
Edited on Sat Dec-03-05 09:36 PM by alfredo
Isn't Art Rage a real hoot?
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-05 12:43 AM
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28. IMPORTANT NOTE -- (EARLY) CUT-OFF APPROACHING!
As I noted in a separate thread, since F.Gordon seems to have dropped out of sight, and since I know he was planning to sumbit to this challenge, I don't want the entries to fill up without him having a chance to either submit a couple of entries.

Accordingly, I'm going to cut off the entries at 28 for the time being, unless I hear from F.Gordon that he isn't planning to enter after all. Once the cut-off has been reached, I'm going to wait a few days for F.Gordon to get in his entries, then start the actual polling.

So, if you haven't had the chance yet, get your entries in right away. We seem to have 24 already, so only four more non-F.Gordon slots remain. (It's looking more and more like my initial prediction that this challenge wouldn't draw all that many entries falls under the "famous last words" category.)

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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-05 01:06 AM
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29. Are these going to be posted in the Lounge
like a regular contest? And, no, I haven't heard from F. Gordon either, but I hope he shows up. I think he'd hate to miss this one.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-05 02:19 AM
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30. The finals will be...
I still haven't decided whether the preliminary rounds will be in the Lounge or this group. It's something I was planning to talk over with F.Gordon, which obviously hasn't been possible up to now.

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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-05 11:54 PM
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32. Way too much serious, beautifual work... time for silly
so, CURSE YOU RED BARON!
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-05 12:49 AM
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33. LOL - love it!
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F.Gordon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-05 02:29 AM
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34. Looks like there are 29 1/2 entries
Edited on Sun Dec-04-05 02:32 AM by F.Gordon
Since realpolitik didn't enter an original. You have a "full plate". I'm still workin' on my main entry but here are a couple I would have entered...

When Children Are Left Behind





Fantasy Park



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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-05 06:40 PM
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35. I have no idea how I acheived Chrome Mountain
...and I can't replicate it. :cry:

I did it more than a year ago, stumbling along, when I knew next to nothing about PS.
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-05 07:19 PM
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36. I don't really know what I'm trying to do with fire dude
But I'm having fun experimenting. I guess I'm trying to make him look like one of those comic book characters from the 1930s. The guy in the picture is a local performer and actor who plays with fire.

What I did was use the "liquify" filter on the flames to make them larger. In the second Shongo photo, I used the "cloud" filter for the background to try to give it a fiery background. Then I used the "poster edges" filter to give it that comic book look.

I've never used any of those filters before. By the way, Shongo is the name I gave him, he goes by another name. Shongo is supposed to be the African God of Fire.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-05 10:32 PM
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37. EVERYBODY PLEASE READ!!!!!
Houston, we have a problem.

Even though I issued a cut-off at 28 entries, people have kept submitting photos. Since I don't have the authority to lock this thread on my own, I couldn't stop these additional photos from being entered.

So (big gulp), I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and have a larger field and four preliminary-round polls for this challenge.

With four polls, we'll be taking the top two finishers in each poll, plus the two closest overall runners-up, to include in the final round.

What this means is that, since we're currently at 34 entries, I will accept up to an additional SIX ENTRIES. Anything submitted after that will be disqualified, whether I can lock the thread or not.

Also, I'll be ending the submission period tomorrow night, even if we have less than forty entries on hand.

(I don't know how I get myself into these things...)


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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-05 04:06 AM
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38. I just noticed that you had cut it off earlier and people get posting
No wonder you had such an outburst. This was a fun challenge.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-05 09:36 AM
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39. I am willing to withdraw. I did not see the post to stop
when I put mine up there, but it is clearly after it.
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GOPFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-05 09:49 AM
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40. Maybe you can ask everyone with multiple entries...
...to choose their favorite. Managing 40 entries is a LOT of work!
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-05 12:32 PM
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41. I want to withdraw my second entry, the first of the two Shongos
Edited on Mon Dec-05-05 12:33 PM by RagingInMiami
Just to add more confusion to the mix.
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ralps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-05 02:06 PM
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43. Hi regnaD kciN, if you need to my third submission "Rose- dry" could
be withdrawn. Thanks for doing these threads. :hi: :loveya: :hug: :pals: :woohoo:
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