Thanks, Pete. Nice example of what can be done just using On1.
I think the RAW Challenge gives us all the opportunity to learn from each other. I am so glad to see our members participating. Just a couple more days for anyone else who wants to join in. The submitter of the image will be choosing favorite edits on Saturday.
Canon 7D MarkII Lenses....24-105 (my newest and I love it), 10-24, 50mm, 70-300, 17-55 Sony a6000 Lenses...10-18, 18-55, 55-210, 35 NIK Suite OnOne Photo RAW 2018 Topaz: Adjust, Clarity, Simplify, Clean, Lens Effects, Remask, Impression, Star Effect, Restyle and DeNoise A.I. Gigapixel
Creative Effect Challenge No. 92 - RAW Challenge Night Scene - My choice.
Many thanks and congrats to all who participated!
Don't take my choice too seriously, I have enjoyed every submission and all the comments, and I can tell that everyone has been able to take advantage of the raw format to extract what is needed to achieve their own, personal vision.
So, my personal vision is biased because I was able to be there and then... We always enjoy the rich and monumental Place Stanislas in Nancy. What was 'special' was that it was a moment after some rain, with less people than usual, but with some peaceful life. Interesting light sources and mysterious zones of shadows. This view is full of intersting lines and perspective, but is free of the rich and monumental golden grids and fountains around the place.
That's why I have especially appreciated those who were very near my own realistic vision.
Nr 1 - Helen, especially the B&W version:
(Very convincing other submission, like Bailey's)
Nr 2- Among those who created compelling artistic visions, Billie Jean, with the first submission of outlines.
Nr 3 - For the detailed workflow in LR, and the totally mastered result, the submission of Fauxtoto.
There has been a lot of very useful comments, so I only want to add that I did like all efforts to restore every bit of the light sources, the wealth of solutions from cropping, the various ways to also render the mystery of shadows, the interest in monochrome versions. I have a feeling that the best realistic renderings were already enhanced in some way, which is exactly what I would have tried to do...
Another note about perspective.
It seems that everyone has felt the need to correct the slant on the arch. However, the shot was taken with the camera strictly vertical (vertical lines in the far left and right of the photo are really vertical). The original perspective is true... but disturbing, since the arch is not strictly perpendicular to the axis of the photo. Since I can't correct that visually in the PSE ACR, I have used the distort menu in the editor.
Maybe Helen can include the links to the three images by the winners?
Thank you michelb for submitting the challenge raw image and to hmca for once again hosting this challenge.
I really like the concept of this challenge and hopefully it will continue with someone else submitting a challenge image.
I enjoyed looking through the various submissions and how they were created and putting together my own submission. It would not be easy for me to pick a favourite because of the wide range of styles and techniques used. Thank you for mentioning my submission in your final choices and congratulations to the creators of those chosen by michelb.
Thank you michelb for allowing us to play with your image. I enjoyed experimenting with this very much and thank you for including my outlines submission among your picks. Congratulations also to Helen and Fauxtoto. It could not have been an easy decision with so many deserving submissions.
Michelb, thanks for letting us play with your image, for your explanations concerning the context, for your impressions, and for including my submission in your choices. Helen, thanks for organizing. Congratulations to all participants.