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View Poll Results: Which landscape image do you prefer ?
I prefer picture #1 30 30.93%
I prefer picture #2 7 7.22%
I prefer picture #3 18 18.56%
I prefer picture #4 30 30.93%
I prefer picture #5 11 11.34%
I prefer picture #6 1 1.03%
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Please help pick Post-Processing Winner
Old 01-07-2017   #1
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Please help pick Post-Processing Winner

All,

Andy just closed submissions to my post-processing challenge (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=159122 - thanks, Andy !).

I received a total of 38 submissions, I like all of them and it's very hard to pick a single winner. Like most things in photography, also for Post Processing, much of the output is determined by personal taste - and impossible to judge objectively.

So I picked 6 very subjective favorites, among which I have a hard time choosing a winner. I decided to ask the community to help me with the final pick, so if you read this thread, please participate in this short poll. Which of the following 6 landscapes do you prefer (please remember, there is a lens at stake ) ?

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Thanks to everybody who spent time on this, and submitted their work (to their student to judge !). And thanks in advance for participating in this quick poll (I'll leave it open for 3 days).

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Old 01-07-2017   #2
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Love them all... Great set of Finalists

Funny for a Girl that only shoots in b&w , I ended up going with a Color photo finalist ... #1 for it's subtlety !
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Old 01-07-2017   #3
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I'd be proud to have taken any of these, but I tried to imagine which one I would want hanging on my wall. A tough call between #1 and #4, but I went for the latter.

Great competition by the way.
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Old 01-07-2017   #4
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I shoot 99% color, but with this selection I had to go with BW (#4).
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Number 4 but cropped as in number 1...
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I voted for #1, which looked the most natural and the most pleasing visually of the six. This scene also worked very well in B&W, and #4 was a very close second place for me.

Very nice images.

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I was torn between #3 and #4 but eventually decided I liked #4 the best.
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Everyone did a fantastic job. I normally like b&w but picked a color photo. Love the dramatic skies in #1.
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I normally do color, but I picked a B&W one.
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#4, followed by #1.
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Old 01-07-2017   #12
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seems that I am in the majority though pride myself of being in the vast minority on most things in life, 1/4 or 4/1, and voted for 1.
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3,4,5 ain't hurting my eye.
It is very difficult spot to begin with, IMO.
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I like the colors in number 1, but all except number 5 look really fake to me. Lots of things are different in these variations, so I'm not sure if any of them are even photographs. Could you post your original image?
Please have a look at the OP of http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=159122. The raw files are still there.

BTW - somebody asked - I think it's totally OK for people to vote on there own file (once that is ).
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#1.

I didn't like 2, 5, and six because the light in the original photo was ugly and harsh, and no post processing can fix that.

I didn't like #4, it looks oversharpened. Too bad, the image had a lot of potential in black and white.

I chose #1 over #3, despite the fact that the color in #3 was probably more natural. I felt that #1 was a little too warm and #3 a little too cool. In the end, I preferred the warm version.
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All images look good to me, but I favored in the end Nr. 4, This is a great "game" that Roland has put together for RFF members.
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They are all nicely done. # 4 has just that wee bit of TriX and TMax look for me in B/W. Good Luck too all of you.
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difficult to vote since my favorites, mine , are not included
of the one's shown I choose No. 2
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Voted #1 though the clouds don't match the lighting perfectly.

#6 was a close second but the blue tone used on the mountains in the background was too far off what I expect. It did feel a bit like a Cokin filter was use, but not too much.

Good work all, thanks for sharing!

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A case for #2 and #6
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A case for #2 and #6

I did include #2 and #6 in the list of Finalists as I felt they looked very close to what a film photo would have looked like, #2 like slide film, and #6 like Portra or similar.

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I like No.5 best because it looks the least post-processed although I realise this will not be the winner
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Old 01-08-2017   #22
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For me it is number 3. Simply the most beautiful.

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I like the colors in number 1, but all except number 5 look really fake to me...
Until I read this post I thought it was just me. No offense to anyone, but all of the images except perhaps for 3 and 5, look over processed.

Image 3 is my pick. 5 looks natural but has too much harsh light.
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After several different viewings, for my eye it still comes back to number 3.
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Last call for votes ....
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Ooohhh this is close....
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I voted for #1 because the hue and contrast match the cold winter day best in my opinion. Would have been better if the photographer had waited a few minutes for the sun to come our and illuminated the valley.
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This is a very tight race with 30:30.
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We have a tie between #1 and #4 ! Let me figure out if and how to break it, and follow up tonight with a conclusion. Thank you all for participating in this !

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Thanks, Roland.
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The Winners

First, let me summarize who the finalists were:

1) 02Pilot
2) Astro8
3) Ginner
4) Lynnb
5) Pacco
6) Vince Lupo

And the winner is .... well, due to tie, and the work that you all put in, I decided we have two winners:

A) 02Pilot / Andreij will receive the 8.5cm/2 Nikkor LTM
B) Lynn will receive the CLE 40/2 Rokkor.


Both of you, please PM me your adresses please.

I learned a lot and I thank all participants for that. Post-processing is clearly subjective, and the outcome somehow personal. Some of the lessons:

- I need to get and use Efex
- Greg / Astro8 showed me a different way to start inside Corel PSP
- I do prefer color rendering that looks similar to some film that I've used in the past. Even with that limitation, colors can differ dramatically
- Some people like harsh counter light, some don't
- About half the participants prefer 21mm landscapes over 28
- 240 files exposed for the highlights are very mallable

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Wow, thanks Roland, you are very generous! Please feel welcome to contact me anytime if I can be of any assistance with your pp.

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Many thanks to those who voted for my split tone picture #4. Post processing is such a personal choice, where there are many good outcomes possible. I could happily live with several of the 6 versions on my wall.

This exercise has also given me respect for the M240 RAW files (my previous experience has been with Canon FF digital). Thanks for the opportunity Roland!
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Congrats to Lynn and Andreij!
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Yes, congratulations to Andreij and Lynn!...and very well deserved too.

I have to admit, the moment I saw Lynn's split tone version I knew that we were all in trouble
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Thanks to Roland and everyone who participated. As someone who has a lot to learn about post-processing, it was fascinating to read the varied descriptions of how people approached the task.

As I mentioned in the original thread, I was aimed for something that looked like early slide film (this is a rather vague target, I know). Nonetheless, having such a defined objective made it a more directed process than usual for me; often my color PP is dominated by "I wonder what this will look like". I also briefly considered going for a wet plate look, but I felt it might seem too heavy-handed for some. I certainly learned a few things along the way to the final product.

It was a fun challenge, and Roland's generous prize offer (now doubly generous) was the icing on the cake. Thanks, all.

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Excellent ending of a dramatic race for votes!

Thanks to Roland, RFF members were involved in this exciting (and very useful) experience.
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Just wanted to publicly thank Roland for starting this competition and for his generosity in awarding the prizes. The Nikkor 85/2 arrived to me today and it's in really great shape. I can't wait to run some film behind it.
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Finally got some film shot, developed, and scanned, so here's a quick sample (wide open) from the Nikkor 85/2 Roland so generously sent my way. I'm quite pleased.

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