Ss.org RAW challenge thread.

Discussion in 'Art, Media & Photography' started by Tang, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Whammy

    Whammy SS.org Regular

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    Yeap. All this :yesway:
    I love it when I look at a photo and I can tell who took it due to the style, framing, subject matter etc.
    The best watermark you can ever have is a photo that screams your name without actually saying it.
     
  2. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher Reason User Contributor

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    I was given permission to use a friend's MFD RAW file (Pratik Naik of Solstice Retouch) - I'll post it when I get home and can access it easily.
     
  3. ihunda

    ihunda SS.org Regular

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    Learning a lot from this thread, thanks guys. This is a picture I took yesterday doing street photography:

    Raw:
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    Edited:
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    And the raw file

    Any body inspired to try it?
     
  4. Whammy

    Whammy SS.org Regular

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    Lovely photo.
    It's a pity the focus isn't on her face. But still, lovely photo :)

    Interested to see what others do with it.

    I went Black & White. Was going to use some noise reduction but the photo didn't react kindly to that :lol: so I decided against it.
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    EDIT------------

    Actually here is a photo that I gave up trying to process.
    Everything I've done to the photo seems to make it worse so I'd love to see how others approach this :agreed:

    It was taken with a 24mm wide open at f2
    RAW File: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x0sgh907l7v3u39/IMG_8383.CR2

    Anyone want to do this as I'm completely stuck on this one :lol:
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  5. Rook

    Rook Electrifying

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    Here's two of my own that Tom asked for the RAWs for:

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    Pontoon by NickNickNickHowlett, on Flickr

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    View and Clouds by NickNickNickHowlett, on Flickr

    And here are the RAW's:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47095395/IMG_2320.CR2
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47095395/IMG_2349.CR2

    FINALLY GET A GO AT YOUR STUFF :D

    EDIT: Had a crack at Whammy's car first. Took a different route to your guys.

    Warmed up the white balanced to bring out more colours and emphasise that red. Ducked the highlights and upped the whites to move all the dynamic range into the higher tones so that I could drop the exposure about four stops and make that window and lighting pop - the lighting in this shot is absolutely wonderful. looking at this shot makes me feel like I'm wrapped up in a cold car looking out, like I'm waiting in the cold. Very cosy but with a touch of frost, and the looking to the window brings that feeling of anticipation. Lovely stuff.

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    EDIT EDIT: Oh wow, Photobucket slaughtered that, moving over to dropbox...

    EDIT EDIT EDIT: Didn't realise I did a full size export, sorted.
     
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  6. Whammy

    Whammy SS.org Regular

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    I've been uploading mine to Flickr but keeping them on private.

    I like the car one Rook. You brought out the dirty in the car :lol:
    But seriously, It's making me look at the photo differently now :yesway:

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    EDIT
    Hosting the car photo via dropbox with full pixels is killing the page :lol: Any chance of smaller files when showing your edit? :)
     
  7. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear Vendor

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    Thanks Nick!
    Damn Whammy nice edit.
    Here's my attempts - heavy critique would be appreciated!

    I quite like the first - but I realise looking back at yours Nick that I was actually trying to do exactly what you did subconsciously, and failed miserably haha! What did you do? Like I said I do like my edit but I think my stuff tends to look a bit too..hi res?
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    Here's a favourite of mine and the RAW:
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    https://www.mediafire.com/?b86696n8m5lgauu
     
  8. Rook

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    TP's Portrait.

    I'm cropping a lot but I didn't take the pics, come at me

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    You're on the right track, your tones are about right on the first one. The thing with the first one though is I was genuinely just dicking about, I couldn't let go of the shot but the framing was frankly awful, I just happened to have the 18 on and couldn't really go running over to frame properly and not freak those guys out, make the dog move and scare the birds away so it fell victim to the crop hammer. In a piss-take sort of way, because it was a square crop, I then imposed some pretty hairy instant-looking adjustments to it. Pull it up to about 80% grey on the RBG curve, really flat low tones and all the dynamic range in the upper half, all the contrast Then pull down the blue RGB curve to make it go brown, pull the blacks and exposure down to make it mostly-brown and you're getting close.

    The other one got my usual black and white pop technique. I like lots of black and lots of white in my BW shots, It got the horizon straightened I think and a clarity boost too I believe.
     
  9. Whammy

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    I liked this photo.
    The original showed fog in the background and a lovely worn path leading towards it.
    So for the edit I wanted to merge it all together as if you're lost in the fog and the path itself is guiding you through it, to the unknown.

    When I first saw the photo it reminded me of trenches during WW1. So I wanted to push that lonely no mans land vibe.

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    Whammy, I really like how you gave my shot a panoramic look, really nice, new perspective, the vignette really brings it in.

    Took a slightly different approach to Tom's. Don't know if I like it but whatever haha.

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  11. Whammy

    Whammy SS.org Regular

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    I just wanted to do something different to your edit :lol:
    But yeah it made sense to me to go wide, 2:1 Ratio.
    The lens was an 18mm after all and it would have been a shame to chop off the edges.

    This thread is starting to get interesting when we a doing completely different edits :)
     
  12. Philligan

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    This was a really rushed one (I'm sitting in class waiting for the prof to get here haha), but I tried to go for a grim, black metal setting. It seemed appropriate. :lol:

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    I'd love to take another shot at it when I have some more time - I'm not used to stuff like this at all, so it was really challenging trying to think of a way to make it look unique.
     
  13. Rook

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    Nice, yeah absolutely agree. I think I even said in the tog thread cropping an 18 is a sin, despite having done exactly that in that picture hahaha.

    Tang's.

    Yeah I cropped it again screw you guys :evil:

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  15. Tang

    Tang Master of Chihuahuas

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    Rook, love that crop! Very seductive lines in that shot! Great photograph ;)
     
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    Yeah, just to clarify that wasn't a criticism or anything, just a comment about people biting your head off in tog forums for cropping lol. I generally don't do it anyway but I just do stuff photography on the street and whatever so I'm able to impose pointless rules on myself haha.


    I can't say I really like the picture but that file is just astonishing.
    A-MAZING.
     
  17. Tang

    Tang Master of Chihuahuas

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    Ahh, I get to edit my favorite Rook shot ever (kids and birds by the lake)

    I am excite bike.
     
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    I know, man. I rarely crop, but I shoot with room because IMO it's better than chopping off hands and fingers.

    That RAW makes me want an MFD even more. I'm giving a go over the weekend.
     
  19. Rook

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    Joisus, do share.

    I WILL get a Hassy this year. It's worth the Hassy hassle.
     
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    Digital?? I already have a medium format film camera, but it's not compatible with any available backs without $800+ adapters and cords all over the place.
     

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